The iGEM Contest
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.
The teams from all over the world try to solve everyday issues by using synthetic biology. The tackled problems range from climate change and sea pollution to antibiotic resistance.
In order to success, the students develop new systems, improve existing ones and try to use and combine working solutions.
Working on a Project
Every year in fall students from universities all over the world decide to dedicate a big part of their anyway little free time to their iGEM Projekts.
After gathering students from different fields of study the teams have to come up with ideas to buckle down and make the world a better place.
After agreeing on a specific topic (which is no always easy without some beers getting paid to persuade) the real work can begin.
The registration to be an official iGEM Team costs a few thousand dollars and as a students team you have to work hard to gather this much money. Hundreds of emails need to get written to reach potential sponsors. The Teams also need to convince their own principals and professors to get as much support as possible.
Simultaneously the work in the labaratory should get prepared. In fact there are a lot of different tasks which is why the teams often split up in different groups each one with another duty.
Even though the students work hard during semester, a lot of work needs to be done in the summer holidays.
In fall, laboratory work is finished up and the wikki page, the documentation of the projekt gets puplished.
The Giant Jamboree
It all comes to an end with the Giant Jamboree in Boston/Massachusetts. On this event, which is taking place on 25-28 of October this year the teams have a tight time shedule to present their work in front of the iGEM judges and the other teams.
Over 5000 participiants show off their work and get in touch with other students from all over the world.
Awards are assigned to winners of different categorys like”Best Wikki Page” or “Best Applied Design”.
We, the iGEM Team Graz 2018 are really putting a lot of effort in this competion and are looking forward to the Grand Jamboree in fall to present our 2018 Project.