iGEMer’s Guide to the Future
iGEM is an international competition for the genetically engineered machine, a competition in synthetic biology. Every year almost 300 teams participate with inventions ranging from rapid diagnostics to bioremediation or energy production. All teams are composed of students, from high-school to post-graduate levels.
The iGEMer’s Guide to the Future is the result of a four-year collaboration with iGEM teams and supports them in making their innovation sensitive to their contexts. The Guide creates a space and a process to think about synthetic biology in its context. It contains a variety of tools and activities that aim to gather knowledge and integrate it into in their innovation process and design. This allows to underline not only what genetic engineering can deliver to improve our societies but also under what conditions these innovations can help.