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The Center for Living Technologies organized the Dutch iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation) symposium in July 2022. From October 26 – October 28, the global iGEM 2022 Grand Jamboree will take place in Paris.

The iGEM Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community for collaboration. iGEM ​​hosts an annual global synthetic biology student competition, iGEM Grand Jamboree, where the teams create projects from start to finish – from brainstorming to proof of concept. The projects offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and push the boundaries of synthetic biology by addressing unique challenges in their local communities.

Dutch iGEM Meeting

This event aims to bring all Dutch iGEM teams together so that they can communicate with each other, network and explore possible partnerships for the iGEM competition. 51 students from 6 Dutch universities (TU Delft, TU/e, University of Groningen, Leiden University, Maastricht University, Wageningen University and Research) took part in the event. Student teams presented their projects, followed by a brainstorming session where each group had the opportunity to discuss/network one on one with the other groups. The students discussed research collaboration and outreach activities. Kyra Delsing (Rathenau Instituut, The Netherlands) during the keynote discussed various ethical, societal, and political aspects of synthetic biology and gave an insight into the Future Panel on Synthetic Life.

Wilco Nijenhuis introducing CLT to the audience
Kyra Delsing from the Rathenau Instituut presenting the key-note on Synbio and Society

Global iGEM meeting

The iGEM 2022 Grand Jamboree will take place from October 26 – 28, 2022 in Paris, with 7000 participants including students, academics, investors, industry representatives, in the field of synthetic biology. More than 350 iGEM teams present their projects to the world.