International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM): ‘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. The iGEM Competition 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.
iGEM is also much more than a competition; our community has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the new field of synthetic biology.’ (from the iGEM website)
BioMod: ‘Biomod is an annual biomolecular design competition for students.
Undergraduate teams compete to build the coolest stuff using the molecules of life. Previous winners have used DNA, RNA, and proteins as building blocks to create autonomous robots, molecular computers, and prototypes for nanoscale therapeutics. Students lead projects each summer and then travel to the Jamboree in late October to present their work and win awards.’ (from the BioMod website)
SynBerg: a multi-university research center established in 2006 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help lay the foundation for synthetic biology
BioQuisitive: DIYBio in Melbourne
CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform: CSIRO has invested $13 million in the Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP). SynBio is a rapidly expanding multi-billion dollar industry with significant potential for generating societal benefits and commercial opportunities; it will drive innovation in a large number of diverse industries going into the future. Because of this, Australia must develop a strong SynBio ‘research ecosystem’ or it risks losing competitiveness.