ON SITE REGISTRATION — Registration for the Giant Jamboree will be open Thursday, October 30 through Monday, November 03. Details

Giant Jamboree Update: STRICT ACCESS CONTROL — badges must be worn at all times. Only confirmed registrants will receive badges. Details

Giant Jamboree Update: All room block discount codes have expired. Still need to book? Contact HQ [at] iGEM [dot] org for assistance right away.

October 29, 2014

display adaptors

Teams intending to use their Macbooks for presentations should bring their own display adaptors (VGA, DVI, or HDMI) with them, as none will be available at the Hynes Convention Center. If you need an adaptor, please visit the Apple Store located at 815 Boylston Street to purchase one.

October 28, 2014

poster printing

Looking for a place to print your poster? There are several FedEx Office locations near the Hynes Convention Center. Be sure to call the location and confirm when your poster will be ready for pickup before placing your order! Search for locations using zipcode "02115" to find locations near the Convention Center:

Location inside the Convention Center (open limited hours)
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

Location outside the Convention Center (open 24 hours)
187 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02115

October 27, 2014

iGEM Community page

Check out the iGEM 2014 Community page! If you have news, events, team videos, etc., that you would like to share with the rest of the iGEM community, email us at: hq (at)!

We've recently added community contributions from:

  • Edinburgh
  • Tec-Monterrey
  • UB Indonesia
  • Heidelberg
  • Colombia
  • Evry
  • INSA-Lyon
  • Pitt
  • SDU-Denmark
  • METU Turkey
  • KIT-Kyoto
  • iGEM Start-up Showcase - lightning talk

October 22, 2014

poster and presentation guidelines

As you prepare your posters and presentations, be sure to review the guidelines and other helpful information! See the presentation and poster sections of the Giant Jamboree Handbook for details.

October 20, 2014

Giant Jamboree Schedule

The schedule for the Giant Jamboree is now available! You can click and download the detailed pdfs for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here.

October 18, 2014

Wikis are frozen!

Congratulations to all teams for having finished their wikis. Read through team wikis here.

October 17, 2014

team banners

If you didn't get a chance to send us your team banner before the deadline, you have until Monday October 20 to send us your design!

October 16, 2014

practice session sign-up sheet

Teams can practice their presentations on Thursday October 30 at the Hynes Convention Center, and can register for a timeslot on the practice session sign-up sheet.

October 8, 2014

Safety forms now viewable from Official Team Profile

We have added links on your Official Team Profile page, so that participants and judges can view (but not edit) your safety forms. There is no need to copy the whole content of your safety forms onto your wiki, although we encourage you to write something about safety.

October 5, 2014

Registration update

Online registration for the Giant Jamboree has closed. Need to register? Contact registration [at] igem [dot] org to inquire about online registration eligibility.

September 30, 2014

poster guidelines

Be sure to look at the poster guidelines and judging requirements and keep them in mind as you begin creating your team poster! Information about the expected components, evaluation criteria, and the judging process can be found on the Poster Guidelines page.

October 10, 2014

wiki freeze Oct 17 -- Wiki Frozen

Team wikis will be frozen on October 17 at 11:59PM EDT! Be sure to read the Wiki How-To page for information on wiki requirements and an insider perspective from an iGEM alum! In particular:

  • host all wiki content (code, files, etc.) on
  • don't wait until the last minute to update your wiki
  • name uploaded files clearly with unique names

October 8, 2014

Judging forms now available. Deadline: October 17th

Judging forms are now available! Judging forms are used to communicate your work and achievements with the judges. Judges will look at your wikis, but these forms help them understand where to look, especially if you have many pages. The forms are available on the 2014 Judging Forms page. Please login and complete them now! The deadline is the 17th of October. Please see the official iGEM calendar for for important deadlines.

October 6, 2014

part submissions

As you're preparing your part submission to iGEM HQ, be sure that your part follows these requirements:

  1. parts shipped to the Registry must be documented on the Registry
  2. parts must be BioBrick (RFC 10) compatible
  3. samples must be in pSB1C3, the Registry's standard shipping backbone

Please also note that part submissions should be either liquid DNA samples or dried DNA samples, but that we no longer accept paper submissions. Please read the DNA submission, submission requirements, and submission formats pages for additional information and details.

Part submissions must be received by iGEM Headquarters by October 10 in order to be eligible for medals and awards.

October 3, 2014

last day to register for Giant Jamboree!

Late registration for the Giant Jamboree ends today, so be sure to register by tonight if you haven't already!

October 1, 2014

Sheraton room block extension!

Due to issues with the booking website, the Sheraton Boston has extended their booking deadline. Jamboree attendees now have until October 13 at 5:00PM EDT to book hotel rooms at the Sheraton.

Remember to book by the deadline to save $150 per room.

  • Sheraton Boston (preferred hotel, attached to Hynes Convention Center)
  • Deadline: October 13 EXTENDED
  • *Remember, rooms are only available on a first come first serve basis so book now!*
  • Rates: $199 - $279 USD
  • Booking code: iGEM
  • Booking website: booking link

Additional details can be found on the hotel information page.

NOTE: if you have issues booking through the website, please send a screenshot of the error to HQ [at] iGEM [dot] org.

September 29, 2014

hotel room blocks

Be sure to book your hotel rooms for the Giant Jamboree soon! We have reserved room blocks at three hotels in the area, and the deadlines for booking are coming up quickly:

  • Sheraton Boston (preferred hotel, attached to Hynes Convention Center) - book by October 7
  • Holiday Inn Brookline - book by October 2
  • Midtown Hotel - book by October 9

Rates and additional details can be found on the hotel information page.

September 26, 2014

iGEM Community page

Check out the iGEM 2014 Community page! If you have news, events, team videos, etc., that you would like to share with the rest of the iGEM community, email us at: hq (at)!

We've recently added community contributions from:

  • SF Bay Area DIYbio
  • Oxford
  • Paris-Saclay
  • METU Turkey
  • Macquarie Australia
  • ATOMS-Turkiye
  • Tec-Monterrey
  • Virtus Parva
  • BGU Israel
  • Valencia Biocampus
  • Waterloo
  • Imperial

September 25, 2014

Design your team banner!

This year you can design a team banner and we will print for you!
The banners will be displayed at the Giant Jamboree for everyone to see. Banner designs are due October 13, and more details are available on the Banner page.

September 24, 2014

Next Safety Office Hours: September 29 / Check-Ins due October 1

Do you have questions about Check-Ins, or any other topics related to safety in iGEM? Join on Skype for Safety Office Hours!

  • Monday, September 29, 12:00 noon EDT
  • Monday, September 29, 21:00 EDT

Remember that you should submit any necessary Check-Ins by October 1. Please send a Check-In for any organism or part that is not on the White List. If you start using a new organism/part at any time, even after October 1, you can submit a Check-In at that time.

September 17, 2014

Measurement data due

For teams participating in the interlab study, please note that your measurement data is due this Friday September 19! For a full list of requirements and extra credit opportunities, check out the interlab study page!

The complete Calendar of Events is also available for viewing.

September 16, 2014

Game Room at Giant Jamboree

‪If you've developed any games this year, let us know! There will be a Game Room at the ‎Giant Jamboree‬ for you to showcase them!

Email us for more info: hq (at) igem (dot) org

September 5, 2014

Interested in working at iGEM Headquarters?

We have several positions available. Come to the iGEM Headquarters Jobs information session and sign up for an interview time slot at the Giant Jamboree. See the Jobs page for details on positions available and feel free to contact us for more information.

September 3, 2014

Giant Jamboree registration ends Sept 5

Be sure to register your team for the Giant Jamboree by 11:59PM EDT on Friday September 5! Registration fees received after September 5 will be subject to the late fee surcharge. Late registration will be open online from September 6 to October 3.

Have questions regarding registration? Email us at: registration (at) igem (dot) org!

August 28, 2014

Project titles & abstracts

Project titles & abstracts are due this coming Saturday August 30 at 11:59PM Boston time! See this page for additional details and submission instructions.

You can also view the complete Calendar of Events to see all upcoming deadlines.

August 20, 2014

Main page RSS feed!

Follow the RSS feed for this page, so you don't miss any updates!

August 19, 2014

Wiki requirements

As you begin to work on your team wiki, be sure to keep the wiki requirements in mind! In particular, please note that:

  • all team wiki materials must be hosted on the server
  • Flash is not permitted on team wikis

The complete list of requirements can be seen on the wiki requirements page.

August 14, 2014

Check-In Form published! Check-In by October 1 for organisms/parts already used

The Check-In form is now available for you to complete! Please submit a Check-In for any organism or part that is not on the White List.

Because of the late date, we know that most teams have already used many organisms/parts in the lab. Please review the organisms/parts you have used so far, refer to the White List, and submit Check-Ins for organisms/parts you have already used by October 1st (earlier is better).

Email with any questions.

August 29, 2014

Final Safety Forms due

As a reminder, Final Safety Forms are due on Monday September 1! You can email safety (at) igem (dot) org if there are any questions.

August 27, 2014

Safety Office Hours postponed to Friday, August 29

Unfortunately, we must postpone the Safety Office Hours from Thursday, August 28 to Friday, August 29 (still at 12:00 noon and 21:00 EDT). We are very sorry for the inconvenience. If you are unable to join us on Skype, you can always ask questions by email!

August 20, 2014

Out of the office

Many iGEM Headquarters staff members will be out of the office beginning Thursday August 21, and returning Thursday August 28. We thank you for your patience as email correspondence may be delayed during this time!

August 14, 2014

Reminder: Final Safety Form due September 1
Next Office Hours August 28

Great job on your Preliminary Safety Forms! Now it's time to edit and finalize your answers. The Final Safety Form is due on Monday, Sept 1.

The next Virtual Open Office Hours have been POSTPONED -- they will be on Friday, Aug 29, at 12:00 noon and 9:00 PM EDT. Join us on Skype, ask questions, and get help!

August 12, 2014

iGEM Community page

Check out the iGEM 2014 Community page! If you have news, events, team videos, etc., that you would like to share with the rest of the iGEM community, email us at: hq (at)!

We've recently added community contributions from:

  • Team Pitt - Living Skin Therapeutics
  • iGEM High School - Team videos
  • Team Paris Bettencourt - Team Video
  • Team Technion-Israel - Safie

August 6, 2014

Project descriptions and team rosters due August 15

Project descriptions as well as team rosters are due next Friday August 15! Be sure to post your project description to your team wiki on an easily accessible space or page.

Team rosters are used to determine a team's section (overgraduate or undergraduate) and for printing participation certificates. Be sure to check your team roster for the following:

  • Correct name spelling
  • Age information (especially for student team members)
  • All team members should be listed as approved, not pending

See the complete Calendar of Events for more important dates in the iGEM 2014 season.

August 5, 2014

Giant Jamboree: special events

Hosting the Giant Jamboree at Hynes Convention Center means we'll have more space for special events! Check out the special events we're working on!

Have ideas for additional events, or interested in being involved with one of the events? Send an email to: hq (at) igem (dot) org!

August 1, 2014

Visa invitation letters

The visa invitation letter system is online! If you will be applying for a travel visa in order to attend the Giant Jamboree in the fall, you can use the online system to generate a visa invitation letter for your application. See the Visa help page for more information about visas, and instructions on how to obtain your invitation letter.

Giant Jamboree attendees should apply for a B-1 travel visa, which allows the visa holder to attend and present at conferences.

July 31, 2014

iGEM Community page

Check out the iGEM 2014 Community page! If you have news, events, team videos, etc., that you would like to share with the rest of the iGEM community, email us at: hq (at)!

We've recently added community contributions from:

  • Team Linköping - Survey on Peanut Allergies
  • Team Virginia - Survey update
  • Team Stony Brook - Team introduction video
  • Team UANL Mty-Mexico - The Reprogrammator

July 21, 2014

Registration is open!

Registration for the Giant Jamboree is now open!
Deadline: September 5
Cost: $750 for iGEM team members
Visit the Giant Jamboree registration for more information!

July 17, 2014

Track preferences due July 25

Which tracks are applicable to your project? Be sure to choose your track preferences by July 25! See the track selection page for detailed instructions on how to submit your track preferences.

The complete Calendar of Events for iGEM 2014 is also available online.

July 16, 2014

Next Safety Office Hours: July 19/20

Do you have questions about the Safety Form, or any other topics related to safety in iGEM? Join on Skype for Safety Office Hours!

  • Saturday, July 19, 21:00 EDT
  • Sunday, July 20, 12:00 noon EDT
July 14, 2014

iGEM 2013 World Championship - Team Experiences

See what teams have to say about their iGEM 2013 experience.

Congratulations to all iGEM 2013 participants! Relive the iGEM 2013 World Championship with team interviews and testimonies!

Watch the video

July 17, 2014

Track preferences due July 25

Which tracks are applicable to your project? Be sure to choose your track preferences by July 25! See the track selection page for detailed instructions on how to submit your track preferences.

The complete Calendar of Events for iGEM 2014 is also available online.

July 16, 2014

Next Safety Office Hours: July 19/20

Do you have questions about the Safety Form, or any other topics related to safety in iGEM? Join on Skype for Safety Office Hours!

  • Saturday, July 19, 21:00 EDT
  • Sunday, July 20, 12:00 noon EDT
July 03, 2014

Safety Form is ready! Submit a Preliminary version by July 21

All teams should complete a Preliminary Version of the Safety Form. Answer the questions that you can answer, and leave blank the ones you cannot answer yet.

If you need extra time for any reason, please email safety AT igem DOT org. For more information, check the Safety Hub.

July 01, 2014

iGEM Community page

The iGEM 2014 Community page is up! If you have news, events, team videos, etc., that you would like to share with the rest of the iGEM community, email us at: hq (at)!

We've recently added community contributions from:

  • Team Aalto-Helsinki - BioBrick Seeker and Team Seeker tools
  • Teams SYSU-Software and SYSU-China - Biobrick Blast tool
  • Automatically generate plans for assembling your genetic constructs -Evan Appleton, Boston University
  • Team Virginia - Survey

July 01, 2014

Upcoming deadlines

Preliminary Safety Form - July 21

On this form, you will tell us about your safety training, the organisms/parts you are using, the potential risks of your project, and what you have done (or will do) to minimize those risks.

Visit the Safety Hub for more information.

Track Selection - July 28

Tracks in the iGEM competition allow teams to focus their project towards a specific subject area within synthetic biology and allow them to know who they will compete against for the track award. Track selection is due on July 28

See what options you have available on our Tracks page and contact us if your team has any questions!

July 01, 2014

iGEM Meetups

It is never to late to organize a meetup!

Meetups are opportunities to get together with teams near you, meet iGEMers and help each other with their projects!

Did your team already participate in a meetup? Be sure to post pictures, videos and all media! Share your event with all the iGEM Community

Visit the Meet ups page for more information.

Jun 23, 2014

About Our Lab form due tonight!

Remember, the About Our Lab form is due tonight at midnight EDT! To learn more about safety in iGEM, visit the Safety Hub.

If you need extra time, please email safety (at) igem (dot) org.

Jun 18, 2014

New Partner: ERASynBio

ERASynBio has joined as an official iGEM 2014 Partner and will be offering a special partner offer to teams. Following their support of advancing European teams in previous years, ERASynBio is pleased to invite applications for the iGEM 2014 Giant Jamboree registration credit! For more details see the Partner Offers page.

Jun 6, 2014

About Our Lab form published

The About Our Lab form has been published. It is now due on Monday, June 23. If you need extra time (for example, because your team has not started working yet), contact safety (AT) igem (DOT) org.

Visit the Safety Hub to find out about all this year's safety requirements and deadlines, learn about safety and find resources.

May 20, 2014

Giant Jamboree Update

Wondering where to stay for the Giant Jamboree?
New hotel information is now available!
Check out the Giant Jamboree Page for details and reservation discount codes.

May 1, 2014

Last day for late registration!

Today is the last day for late registration! To register your team, complete the registration application, including the shipping information and resource description sections, and submit the team registration fee.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at hq (at) igem (dot) org!

May 19, 2014

Safety office hours & more!

Join Kelly Drinkwater at Virtual Open Office Hours to ask questions and discuss safety in iGEM!
Remember to get Skype, and then add as a Skype contact.

  • Thursday, May 22, 12:00 noon EDT
  • Thursday, May 22, 21:00 EDT

Check out the Safety Hub for resources on lab safety and information on this year's safety requirements.

May 12, 2014

Meet ups!

Is your team organizing a Team Meet up? Want to meet fellow iGEMers?

Meet up events are happening around the world. Teams share ideas, help each other and spend time with their fellow iGEMers!

iGEM HQ wants to help! Please contact us by May 31st and tell us about your meet up . There is the opportunity to have a representative from Headquarters come to your event.

Visit the Meet ups page for more information.

May 9, 2014

iGEM 2014 DNA Distributions have shipped!

The 2014 DNA Distributions have shipped to our registered teams! Teams will be receiving their kits shortly, so be sure to read through the 2014 Distribution Handbook, where you'll find information on what to expect and how to use the kit. We hope you enjoy the colorful 2014 pins too!

Apr 21, 2014

Apply to work with SYNENERGENE partners!

Are you looking for an exciting Policy & Practices challenge? Do you want to explore your project with think tanks, experts, policymakers, science museums, and public engagement specialists? Learn about SYNENERGENE, read the open calls/invitations, and apply now! First proposals are due May 30, 2014.

Apr 01, 2014

Late Registration is open

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in iGEM 2014! Late registration will be open until May 1st and the registration fee is currently $4000 USD.

Please visit the registration page and the team fee page for more information

Apr 01, 2014

Team approvals and sections

Registered for iGEM 2014 and wondering when your team will be approved? Team applications will be approved soon, and we thank you for your patience as we process the applications of 200+ teams!

The default section for pending teams is the Overgraduate section, until a team has been approved by iGEM HQ. After approval, teams will be assigned to either the Overgraduate or Undergraduate section based on the ages of students listed on the roster. See the Sections page for more information.

Note: If students do not provide age information, the team will be assigned to the Overgraduate section.

Mar 28, 2014

Passed the 200 team mark!

Mar 28, 2014

Regular Registration ends today!

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in iGEM 2014! Today is the last of the regular registration period!

Late registration beings tomorrow and the fee goes up by $500 USD. Visit the Team Registration Fee Page for more details.

Note: Late registration will end in May 1.

Mar 26, 2014

Registration deadline for iGEM 2014 is the 31st of March! Don't miss out! Register for iGEM 2014 now!

Mar 19, 2014

New Track Registration deadline 31st of March

Thinking about participating in one of our seven new tracks in 2014? Please tell us now and sign up on your team page! Especially for Microfluidics, we need to plan ahead so that we can have enough equipment ready for the workshop.

Not sure what track your team is currently in? Look up your team on our Team Track page.

Check out our tracks page at

Mar 19, 2014

Previous iGEM teams map by SynBio Consulting

We're already in our 10th year of iGEM in 2014! There have been over a thousand teams so far in the duration of the competition. So where are they and what did they work on? Check out SynBio Consulting's map on our previous competitions page to see a geographic distribution of teams and projects.

This map has info up to 2013. We're waiting for all the teams to register for the 2014 competition and will put one up a new map when it's ready!

Mar 18, 2014

Two weeks left to Register for iGEM 2014!

Mar 17, 2014

Be sure to check your email, we just sent out our March Newsletter.
Find out more about our new tracks and interesting FAQs!

Mar 11, 2014

Special: Multiple Team Discount

Register multiple teams from one school and get a $1000 discount! See details on the fees page.

Mar 10, 2014

New Track: Measurement

The foundation of all engineering disciplines is built on the ability to repeatedly measure precise properties of your system. Creation of new units of measurement can lead to great advancements in human progress. One such example is creation of the Ohm measure of electrical resistance leading to construction of the first successful transatlantic communications cable.

What can you measure precisely and with high repeatability in synthetic biology? What new units can you create that the field will use to make the next leap in human progress? What unit will you be known for that will still be in use in a 100 years?

If you’re interested in these problems, check out the Measurement New Track. We have an inter-lab study that all teams can participate in! The parts are in the 2014 Distribution! If you’re passionate about building new tools and want to get involved, check out our Measurement New Track page!

Mar 7, 2014

New Track: Policy & Practices

Are you interested in how synbio and iGEM will be regulated? What are the rules in your country regarding the release of engineered organisms into the wild? Do you know if you can test your awesome iGEM project in the field legally?

We’re faced with many challenging issues in getting synthetic biology acknowledged, understood and not feared by regulators. We need iGEM teams who are going to tackle the hard questions and approach and inform their legislators, law makers and policy makers about synbio.

If you’re passionate about these issues and want to get involved, check out our Policy and Practices New Track page! Human Practices has always been a core component of iGEM teams, but now you can choose P&P as your main project!

Mar 7, 2014

New Track: Microfluidics

Already registered for iGEM? Not sure what to work on yet? Looking for something cool to do over the summer? Interested in Microfluidics?

Check out our New 2014 Microfluidics track! We’re having a workshop at iGEM HQ where you get to build your own 8 channel controller and some chips. You’ll get to go home with the kit and any extra chips you can make. We’ll teach you everything you need to build, test and run the kit.

There will be a fee to attend the workshop, but you’ll go home with your own 8 channel controller!Check out the New Track page here:Microfluidics

Mar 7, 2014


There are two types of iGEM fees: the team registration fee and Jamboree attendance fee. Read more about fees in iGEM at

Mar 7, 2014

New Tracks

iGEM has a diverse range of project tracks, from health and medicine to food and energy with many projects in-between. This year, we’re introducing seven New Tracks to bring even more diversity into the competition. Part of the reason for these new tracks is to highlight the different participation requirements and evaluation. We want teams to pick their New Track earlier, so we can help you over the course of the summer.

Check out the New Tracks page for more information.

Feb 28, 2014

Passed the 100 team mark!

Feb 18, 2014

37 teams in the first 4 days of iGEM 2014 Registration!

Feb 14, 2014

Register is now OPEN for iGEM 2014

Registration for iGEM 2014 is open until March 31! Team instructors, register your team by completing the registration application, and submitting the registration fee. Be sure to read the Requirements page, also.

Jan 21, 2014

2013 was a banner year for iGEM! Read a review of last year’s competition and teams in the 2013 Annual Review.