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The main page of the yearly iGEM wiki is constantly changing. We make an effort to keep all pertinent information easy to access from the main page. Occassionally, though, you may find that a link that you saw before is no longer easy to find. Please use the links below to go back to the main page for each iGEM season. We hope that this will be a valuable information resource for past, current, and future iGEM members.

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Important Jamboree Information

iGEM 2009 Jamboree icon

The Jamboree is fast approaching!

Here is some information to help prepare you for the weekend:

October 27, 2009

Wiki Freeze Today

Wiki freeze icon

The wiki freeze is tonight! Be sure to have all of your project information on the 2009 iGEM wiki by 11:59pm EDT. You will not be able to make any edits to the wiki after that time.

Also due:

Update: There were some wiki loading issues leading up to the wiki freeze. To find out more see the report page.

October 21, 2009

Submit your judging form

Judging gavel

You can now submit your team's judging form! The forms are due on October 21 at 11:59pm, EDT. You may edit the form up until the deadline, at which point the wiki will freeze and you will not be able to make any changes.

Note: Software tool teams now have a specialized version of the judging form that reflects the medal requirements for software teams.

October 15, 2009

Wiki Freeze & Judging Form

Judging gavel

There is only ONE week left until the wiki freeze! Be sure to finalize all of your information on the iGEM wiki and the Registry before the deadline so that the judges can review your project.

The judging form is also due on October 21 at 11:59pm, EDT. The form will be released shortly so keep checking for updates.

October 14, 2009

Show off your team spirit!

Heidelberg 2008 Mascot

The Jamboree is less than a month away, and although you must be busy with preparations, you should also think about your team t-shirts. You're representing your team and university, so why not show off!

Design and wear your team t-shirt, especially for the iGEM from Above photograph. And since this year's Jamboree falls on Halloween (October 31) weekend, it'll be fun to have a team costume or mascot.

October 9, 2009

Volunteering for the Jamboree

We're currently looking for volunteers who would like to help out during the iGEM 2009 Jamboree (October 30th to November 2nd). If you're an iGEM alum, interested in synthetic biology, or would like to take a peek at what we're doing at iGEM and the Registry of standard parts, we'd love to have your help. Check out the volunteer page to see how you can help.

September 30, 2009

Jamboree social event

iCEM logo

We need help planning iGEM 2009 Jamboree social event! Check out the social event planning page to see how you can help.

September 29, 2009

Early registration closed

Early registration for the iGEM Jamboree is over. Jamboree attendance fees are now $225 for high school students and undergraduates and $425 for all others. All iGEM team members that are attending the Jamboree must register by October 2.

See the Jamboree attendance fee page for details.

Upcoming deadlines:

September 25, 2009

Due Friday!!

Calendar showing Friday Sep 18 deadline

The following requirements are due this Friday, September 18 at 11:59pm, EST:

September 16, 2009

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an iGEM sponsor

iGEM Headquarters is always looking for new iGEM sponsors.

Would your company like to become an iGEM Partner? Sponsor your local iGEM spring workshop? Sponsor the iGEM Jamboree social event?

Special: sign up now to sponsor iGEM 2010 and get iGEM 2009 recognition.

See the Sponsorship page for more details.

September 11, 2009

Hotel block: Hyatt Regency -- Update

Hotel image.

UPDATE: 50 more rooms have been added to the iGEM room block at the Hyatt. We are also currently working on setting up a room block with another area hotel. As soon as we have any new information, we will post it here.

The iGEM room block at the Hyatt Regency hotel is almost sold out! If you would like to take advantage of the room block, book your rooms right away.

See booking details on the Hotels page.

August 31, 2009


Deadline clock

The Calendar of Events has been updated. Please be aware of the following deadlines:

August 27, 2009

Information Updates

Judging gavel

The Judging page has been updated with information about poster judging.

Registration badge

iGEM 2009 Jamboree registration is now open. You can find more details at the Jamboree attendance fee page. ** Registration deadline for iGEM teams is September 18 **

August 6, 2009

Preliminary Project Tracks

iGEM project tracks

Submit your preliminary project track by August 7!

The judging committee would like to get a sense of team track selection. Please send an email to HQ with "Preliminary Project Track" in the subject stating which track you think your project fits in to.

See details on the Track page.

Note that this is NOT the final track selection before the Jamboree.

August 4, 2009

iGEM Forum

iGEM forum screenshot

If you have a question about anything iGEM-related, from lab questions to fundraising, to team t-shirt styles, ask it on the iGEM forum! See details on the forum details page.

July 28, 2009

Project description

Project description text image

Preliminary project descriptions are due on August 1.

See the project description page for more details.

July 28, 2009

Summer Events

Team pyramid

Are you holding a regional team meetup? Getting together with other iGEM participants? Holding a fundraising event? Tell the iGEM community all about it on the summer events page.

July 15, 2009

iGEM Partner Offer: GENEART


GENEART is once again joining iGEM this year as a sponsoring partner. The company will be offering low-cost DNA synthesis to all iGEM teams this year. See the Partner Offers page for more details on how to take advantage of this great offer.

June 5, 2009

New Invitation Letter System

Visa letter system image

We have a new way for iGEM team members to get their visa invitation letters. Instead of emailing your information to iGEM HQ, you can enter your information on your 'My Account' page, submit it, and download your invitation letter.

See the Visa page for instructions and details.

May 26, 2009

Jamboree: Visas

Visa letter image Deadline: June 1
If you require an invitation letter from iGEM Headquarters in order to obtain a visa to travel to the Jamboree, you must request the letter by June 1. In iGEM 2008 there were several teams that were not able to attend the Jamboree due to visa problems. In order to avoid a similar problem this year, we are asking that all teams apply for visas by June 1 at the latest. See the Visa page for more details and information.
May 19, 2009

iGEM Spring Workshops: Europe

London underground. The date for the Europe workshop has now been finalized! It will take place on the weekend of June 20/21 at Imperial College in London. See the Europe workshop page for more details.
May 13, 2009

DNA Distribution ready to ship

The 2009 spring DNA distribution will ship by early next week. All iGEM teams that have provided a shipping address will receive the distribution.
iGEM 2009 techs with spring DNA distribution.
    Important details:
  • The distribution is shipped as (3) 384-well plates of dried DNA.
  • The distribution does not contain the complete set of parts in the Registry. Instead it is made up of a smaller subset of high quality parts and iGEM 2008 team favorite parts.
  • Kits will be shipped via USPS for US teams and via DHL for non-US teams. Tracking numbers will be available on request.
Q: What do we do with these plates?
Find out how to locate parts in the plates and what to do with them on the Registry 2009 DNA distribution page.
Many thanks to our iGEM 2009 technicians, Paul, Jess, and Vinoo, (pictured above) for their hard work in preparing this year's DNA distribution.
May 7, 2009

iGEM Spring Workshops: Asia

Tokyo metro map. The date for the Asia workshop has been finalized. It will take place on the weekend of June 27/28 at Tokyo University in Tokyo. See the Asia workshop page for more details.
May 7, 2009

iGEM Spring Workshops: MIT

iGEM spring workshop at MIT. The schedule for the spring workshop at MIT has been finalized. See the MIT workshop page for more details. If you haven't done so already, make sure to register for the event.
May 7, 2009

Online Tutorial from The Mathworks, an iGEM Partner

Mathworks webinar today.
The Mathworks, an iGEM sponsoring partner, is hosting a complimentary webinar on April 24. The webinar will introduce iGEM teams to SimBiology, a MATLAB based tool for modeling, simulating, and analyzing biochemical pathways. See the Partner Offers page for more details.
April 17, 2009

Experimental teams sign-up

Sign up for the experimental track. If you are interested in participating in the experimental track for iGEM 2009, send an email to iGEM HQ with the subject iGEM 2009 Experimental track. One of the requirements to participate in this track is that your team must be affiliated with a university or a formal educational institution. See the experimental track page for more details and requirements.
    In your email be sure to include:
  • University or educational institution you are affiliated with.
  • iGEM 2009 team you are affiliated with (if applicable).
  • The kind of project you will be working on.
  • Number of people on your team.
Deadline: Emails must be received by May 1.
April 15, 2009

iGEM Spring Workshops - updated

iGEM spring workshop details are being finalized.
We are working on finalizing the workshop dates and locations.
    Current plans are:
  • MIT Workshop: Finalized! May 16/17 on MIT campus, Cambridge, MA.
  • Europe Workshop: Most likely May 30/31 in London, UK at Imperial College.
  • Asia Workshop: Most likely June 27/28 in Tokyo, Japan at Tokyo University.
If you have any thoughts on any of these dates or locations please send email to iGEM HQ.
April 13, 2009

Late Registration

Last call for iGEM 2009 registration!
We currently have 106 teams registered to participate in iGEM. While registration ended on March 31, teams may still register for iGEM.
  • We have heard from more teams who are interested in participating in iGEM 2009.
  • iGEM HQ needs to finalize the venue for the Jamboree. We will be selecting the venue this week.
  • In order to finalize the venue we may have to limit the number of teams that are able to participate in the Jamboree. Teams who still wish to register will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • So, make sure to register for your team if you have not already done so!
April 6, 2009

Partner Offer: The Mathworks

The Mathworks partner offer The Mathworks, makers of MATLAB, have once again joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. They will provide iGEM teams with MATLAB software licenses and a SimBiology Webinar. To see more details on how to take advantage of the Mathworks offer, see the partner offers page.
April 6, 2009

Registration has ended.

Regular team registration closed on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59pm EST. Teams may still register for iGEM but the team registration fees is now $1750 USD.
April 1, 2009

Registration Deadline

Registration ends on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59pm EST. After this deadline, team registration fees will be subject to a $500 late fee.
  • See the Team Registration Fee page for details.
  • Wire transfers and checks must be postmarked by the deadline so as not to be charged the late fee.
March 31, 2009

Registration for iGEM 2009 is now open

Head to the iGEM 2009 Registration page to apply for your team.
February 19, 2009

Changes in iGEM 2009

There are several important changes to iGEM 2009 that you should be aware of:
  • The iGEM 2009 Jamboree will be longer than in past years. See the Jamboree page for more details.
  • iGEM 2009 is introducing an experimental track for DIY Biologist and other non-competition teams. See the experimental track page for details.
February 19, 2009

Learn how to start an iGEM team

Interested in starting an iGEM team for 2009? Check out the Start A Team page for suggestions.
January 30, 2009

See what happened at iGEM 2008

Want to learn what happened at iGEM 2008? Head to to get some great ideas.
January 30, 2009

iGEM 2009 seasons

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