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For Students

There are a number of synthetic biology initiatives around the world that are run to benefit students. These are not affiliated with or connected to SBA but information is provided below.


iGEM is an internation competion for undergraduate teams. It has been running since 2003 with hundreds of teams from around the world competing each year. many team members have gone on to successful company founders and academics. More information can be found at

Synthetic Biology Challenge

The Australian Synbio Challenge is a not-for-profit synthetic biology-focused program that educates students to design, build and test novel ideas to tackle real-world problems.

The challenge aims to catalyse innovation in science and new business ventures. Students are guided by their university mentors through a crash course in synthetic biology and commercialisation. The students learn critical skills through serval deliverables such as an initial design presentation and review, a 3-minute pitch video and a final showcase presentation. The challenge offers students several seminars from experts in DNA synthesis, experimental design, intellectual property, commercialisation, investor pitching and more.

The Australian Synbio Challenge runs from January to October each year. Please email or visit for more information.

Become a member today!

SBA welcomes anyone interested in synthetic biology to become part of our wonderful and vibrant community. Membership benefits include:


Being part of our local node events.


Discounted conference registration fees.


Access to our in person and online networks.

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