From 2009.igem.org


Note: All Awards & Judging Criteria for iGEM 2009 are currently in draft form. Please send any comments or suggestions for awards and judging by email to the judging committee at judging AT igem DOT org.


Judging criteria

Teams will be judged according to the various criteria that the iGEM judging committee has outlined on the Judging Criteria page.

Judging Forms

Teams will be required to submit a judging form that outlines their accomplishments according to the criteria. Details on where/how/when to fill out this form will be provided as they are available.


Teams are eligible to win the awards as listed on the Awards page.

Important Dates

Be sure to study the official iGEM calendar to find out the final dates for different judging requirements.

BioBrick standard variance requests

One of the requirements for iGEM is that teams are required to provide their parts to the Registry as standard biological parts in standard BioBrick plasmids. If a team wishes to use a different plasmid or different assembly method, they must document the new standard, explain their decision, and receive approval from iGEM Headquarters by the stated deadline. Please send your requests to judging AT igem DOT org.

iGEM 2009 variance requests
  1. Heidelberg (approved)
  2. Slovenia (approved)
  3. UC Davis (approved)
  4. UCSF (approved)
  5. Tokyo Tech (approved to ship plasmids pending interaction with Lizarazo)
  6. Todai_Tokyo (unclear, request for more information sent to team)
  7. Johns Hopkins BAG (approved)
  8. UChicago (variance not required)
  9. UC Berkeley (approved)
  10. Alberta (approved pending submission of BBF RFC)
  11. BIOTEC_Dresden (approved)
  12. Purdue (unclear that variance still required, email sent to team)
  13. Freiburg Bioware (variance not required)
  14. Newcastle (variance not required)

Poster judging

For the 2009 iGEM Jamboree there will be two poster sessions. Each team will be assigned a poster location during one of the sessions.

Poster judging will occur throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. It is important that your poster convey all of the information necessary without the need for verbal explanation. Once the poster judging team has been to your poster, they will leave a marker indicating that your poster has been judged.


To file an official complaint regarding iGEM 2009 judging you must send an email to complaints AT igem DOT org. Your email should include your real name, the real name of your school and team, and the real name and email address of your faculty advisor. Your email must also be copied to your faculty advisor. In your email please clearly state your complaint and what you hope will happen as a result of filing your official complaint. The iGEM judging committee will work diligently to respond to all complaints as quickly as possible. Complaints that are sent to other email addresses, or that do not include the requested information will be ignored. All decisions by the judges regarding complaints are final.