<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>iGEM, or the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, is <STRONG>an international synthetic biology competition for undergraduate students</STRONG>. The iGEM Europe 2013 competition brings together <STRONG>64 teams from the largest universities in Europe</STRONG> in order to find solutions to the world&#8217;s biggest challenges in terms of <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/energie_solaire_environnement/solar-photovoltaic-energy,p,219,EN.jsp" target=_blank>energies</A>, health, <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/entreprise-chimie/index,p,224,EN.jsp" target=_blank>environment</A>, and materials, but also in order to look to the future.&nbsp; </P> <P align=justify><BR>This year, Lyon was chosen by the <STRONG>American iGEM Foundation</STRONG>, ahead of London and Berlin, to host the European finals on the 11th, 12th and 13th of October. The objective of organising this event was <STRONG>to ensure that Lyon and<A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/universite-lyon/school-university-france,p,15,EN.jsp" target=_blank>its universities </A>gain international recognition for their pioneering work and innovation in synthetic biology. </STRONG></P> <P align=justify><BR>France hadn&#8217;t hosted the European iGEM selections for 10 years, and it was <A title="" href="http://insa-lyon.fr/" target=_blank>Lyon&#8217;s INSA</A>, with the support of <A title="" href="http://grandlyon.com/" target=_blank>Greater Lyon</A>, which organised the successful event. In fact, two French teams were selected to participate in the final which will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston from the 1st to the 4th of November 2013. <BR></P> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P>