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Course module: BMB519117
International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition
Course info
Course codeBMB519117
ECTS Credits12
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personN. Geijsen, PhD
Contactperson for the course
N. Geijsen, PhD
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
After completion the course, the student is able:
  • to execute an experimental project and to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team in accordance to the values described by the iGEM organization
  • to contribute to workmeetings, make a workplan, excecute the workplan and to get sponsors and media attention
  • To contribute to a written report
  • To describe and reflect on his own performance and learning experience
Period (from – till): February - November

Course coordinator: Prof. Niels Geijsen (

Prof. Niels Geijsen (
Dr. Margot Koster (
Prof. Dr. Guido van den Ackerveken
Prof. Dr. Roos Masereeuw
Dr. Ton Peeters
Course description:
The iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition),, is an international organization that stimulates students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. The competition already involves more than 100 teams from many universities and institutes. This course offers students the unique possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team on a very challenging project. The students do not only have to design and build a genetically engineered biological system, but also need to get sponsors, attract media attention and finally present their work on different occasions, including the iGEM jamboree in November in Boston.

Assessment is based on participation, the quality of the final report and an individual report to be judged by at least two instructors/teachers. 
Literature/study material: 

For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen or Dr. Margot Koster. Deadline for  the application is February 1. The team is selected from motivated students in a face-to-face interview. (July-august min. 75 % availability is required). For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen ( ) or Dr. Margot Koster (

Mandatory for GSLS students.

Optional for students from other GSL Master's programmes:

Prerequisite knowledge:
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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