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iGEM 2019



The iGEM Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration. The main program at the iGEM Foundation is the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, which is the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Since 2004, participants of the competition have experienced education, teamwork, sharing, and more in a unique competition setting. This competition aims to build biological systems from standard, interchangeable parts and operate them in living cells. However, iGEM is much more than a competition; the iGEM community has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the new field of synthetic biology.

Since the academic year 2015-2016 a Leiden iGEM team participates in the iGEM competition. The team is built around highly enthusiastic and bright honorsstudents. This first team has represented our University in Boston, USA at the annual Jamboree in September 2016. For more information, you can check their Facebook page: and Twitter:

Student team iGEM Leiden 2017-2018 won gold in Boston:


Vanaf november 2019: teamleden worden geselecteerd
Vanaf februari 2020: kennismaken team en brainstormsessies
Vanaf maart 2020: vormgeving van het idee en het team, pr en marketing, fondsenwerving.
zomervakantie: uitwerken en ontwikkelen van het idee


Teamwerk middels verschillende reguliere bijeenkomsten, intensieve periode in het lab, excursie naar de Jamboree in Boston USA.


If you (Honours College Bachelor student or Master student) are interested in joining this year’s iGEM team, please send a CV, your marks, and a motivation letter to and before December 24st, in which you explain why we should give you a place in the team.


Ga voor meer informatie naar de website van iGEM of neem contact op met Dennis Claessen via