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iGEM Project 2017

What is iGEM

The iGEM competition is a world wide synthetic biology competition where multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students that are not in the final year of there degree come together to work on a synthetic biology project of their own design. The team will be responsible for the design of the project as well as its implementation in the lab and its documentation on a wiki page. The team will also present posters and various presentations throughout the project culminating in the Giant Jamboree in Boston in late 2017.

iGEM at Exeter

Exeter has an excellent record in this completion with its first team taking part in 2012 and through hard work has been able to establish itself as a gold winning regular (for previous team please see the previous WIKIs listed below).

  • iGEM 2012
  • iGEM 2013
  • iGEM 2014
  • iGEM 2015
  • iGEM 2016 - The team achieved Gold in Boston
  • iGEM 2017 - the team obtained a gold medal and we also were awarded the special awards for Best Environmental Project in the Overgraduate Section and Best Applied Design in the Overgraduate Section. 

Be on this year's team

If you would like to be on this year's iGEM team, you can apply using the iGEM 2018 Application Form‌. 

The team will be comprised of ten students from any disciplines that feel they can contribute to the project. The project will run through the summer break (however additional work will be expected outside of this time) with students receiving a stipend to cover staying in Exeter over the summer period. The cost of the trip to Boston will also be paid for.

For any questions about iGEM or how the application process works, contact Dr Paul James.

Please save this form as a PDF with the filename as Your Name and send to with the subject title of the email: Your Name iGEM 2018 Application Form

There will be three drop in session in the foyer of the BioEconomy Centre (Henry Wellcome Building For Biocatalysis) on Wed 17th/ 24th and 31st at 14:00-15:00 and the deadline for application is 17:00 on the 1st of February 2018 with interviews being conducted on the 12th-13th of February 2018 with successful students being notified via email. We encourage applications from students that are eligible (not in the final year of their degree) and have been unsuccessful in previous years.


multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students that are not in the final year of there degree