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Meet the iGEM team from 2017
Staff and students discuss equality in science

University of Exeter iGEM Team


What is iGEM

The iGEM competition is a worldwide synthetic biology (SynBio) competition where multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students come together to work on a SynBio project of their own design. The team will be responsible for the design of the project, its implementation in the lab and its documentation on the iGEM wiki. The team will also present posters and various presentations throughout the project culminating in the Giant Jamboree in Boston in late October 2020.

iGEM is not just about the science !!! At Exeter iGEM we are a truly multi-disciplinary team and are looking for students who are also interested in the Human Practice elements of the competition. Human Practices looks at establishing a two-way dialogue with stakeholders and the public to help further SynBio projects as well as SynBio education (An example of which can be seen below with the 2017 team discussing equality in science).

iGEM at Exeter

Exeter has an excellent record in this completion with its first team taking part in 2012 and has worked hard to establish itself as a gold winning regular (Examples of the work done by past Exeter iGEM teams can be seen below).

  • iGEM 2017 - The team achieved a Gold medal and we also were awarded the special awards for Best Environmental Project and Best Applied Design in the Overgraduate Section.
  • iGEM 2018 - The team achieved a Gold medal in Boston
  • iGEM 2019 - The team achieved a Gold medal in Boston and were also Nominated for Best Environment Project, Best Model and Best Wiki and WON Best Hardware, Best Integrated Human Practice and Best Entrepreneurship. 

What is expected of an iGEM team member

The team members are expected to attend a bootcamp week (Monday 20th April - Friday 24th April) where they will receive a crash course in everything synthetic biology. The project itself will run from the Monday 17th June over the summer break with students expected to take holiday during this time. The Giant Jamboree will be held in Boston October 29th - November 2nd.

Team members will receive a stipend (Yes thats right not only is it an amazing opportunity but you get PAID to do it) to work over the summer (£1800) as well as having the cost of attendance at the UK meet-up and Giant Jamboree in Boston covered.

Be on this years team

We are looking for any student (that is NOT in the last year of their degree) in any college / discipline that feel they can contribute to the 2019 team.  If you would like to be on this year's iGEM team, you can apply using the iGEM 2020 Application form. DEADLINE EXTENDED till the 14th of February 2020.

The team will be comprised of ten students from any disciplines and 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.

Come and find out about being an iGEM 2020 Team member

We will be running in Drop-In sessions designed to tell you everyhting you need to know about being an iGEM team member and answer any questions you may have. Please keep checking this page to see when they are or register your interest by emailing Dr Paul James.

Drop in sessions will be in the Peter Chalk Centre on the 12th Feb Peter Chalk 2.5 at 14:00