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The iGEM 2009 Jamboree will take place October 30 - Nov 2.

Important Note: In order to cut down on the number of parallel presentations, we have decided to change the format of the Jamboree in 2009. Presentations will be given on BOTH Saturday and Sunday during the day. We are planning on having no more than 5 parallel sessions at a time. Tracks will be assigned to different satellite areas around MIT campus. Posters will be in assigned locations, also divided by track. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday morning. Please start planning accordingly.

More details will be provided as the season progresses.


Attendance fees

A Jamboree attendance fee of $175.00 USD is required for each undergraduate or high school students and $375.00 USD for all instructors, grad students, advisors, and other attendees. See the attendance fee page for more details.

Guests, family, & friends

Guests, family, and friends are welcome to come to the Jamboree. Each must register and pay the Jamboree attendance fee. There will be registration on site for last minute attendees but note that there is a $50 fee increase after September 18.

As space is limited in presentation rooms and at the awards ceremony, preference will be given to iGEM team members. Extra seating will be available on a space available basis. Payment of the Jamboree attendance fee does not guarantee a seat in presentation rooms or at the awards ceremony.


The detailed schedule for the iGEM 2008 Jamboree has not been finalized yet. You can take a look at the 2008 Jamboree schedule for a general idea of how the Jamboree will run.

A tentative general schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct 30 iGEM 2009 Begins
6pm - 10pm pre-registration, presentation practice sessions
Saturday, Oct 31 Presentation Day One
morning/afternoon presentations, poster session
evening free evening
Sunday, Nov 1 Presentation Day Two
morning/afternoon presentations, poster session
evening dinner, social event
Monday, Nov 2 Awards Day
morning awards ceremony
afternoon workshops


For more details on the judging/criteria/awards aspects of the Jamboree see the Judging page.

Software tools track

More details will be provided for the software tools track as the iGEM season progresses.

Experimental track / Non-competition teams

The non-competition teams will be given the opportunity to present their work in a exposition part of the Jamboree. Teams will give 5-minute presentations, have poster space to present their posters, and compete for a special track specific award (they will not be eligible for the same awards as the traditional iGEM teams). Details about this track can be found on the Experimental track page.


See Hotels page for more information.

Photo release form

A photo release form must be signed by all Jamboree participants/attendants prior to attending the event.

Poster requirements

There will be two poster sessions at the iGEM 2009 Jamboree. Each team will be assigned to ONE of the two poster sessions. Locations will be assigned prior to your arrival at the Jamboree. You will be required to put up your poster by 9am on the day of your session. Posters shall be NO LARGER than 48 inches by 48 inches (1.22m x 1.22m).

For details on poster judging see the judging page. Keep in mind that the poster must be able to convey your team's project fully. It should be able to be judged without any external information or input from team members.

iGEM HQ will be asking for a copy of your poster in pdf format for our files. You will be required to provide the pdf version of your poster at the time of your presentation.

Project abstracts

Due September 18. See the project abstract page for more details.

Team roster

In order to get a final list of team members, each team must finalize their team roster by Friday, September 18. For your roster to be finalized, each team member must have a user account and be listed on the Team Information page. Note that all members must be confirmed and NOT listed as "pending" (i.e. they should be in the Team Roster section of the Team Information page. See this example.

For more information on how to add members/edit your Team Information page see the iGEM team Registration Handbook.


Project: According to the iGEM requirements, each iGEM team's project should be documented on the iGEM 2009 wiki site with detail enough to replicate it independently. Additional presentational information about the team - their story, the rationale for the project, failures, successes, future work, etc. - is highly encouraged. Remember that these wiki pages will be the main source of inspiration for future teams, and having good documentation on them and in the part description in the registry increases the likelihood of more teams building on your project and your parts. What is considered proper documentation is decided by the judging committee and you can find details about proper documentation at the Judging page.

Parts: iGEM requirements also state that all teams must properly document their parts on the Registry. The judging committee also decides what is considered proper part documentation. See the Judging page for details. Remember, the success of not just iGEM, but all of synthetic biology, depends on the development of well-characterized, reliable, standardized biological parts that have been designed to be simple to use and understand.

DNA submission

iGEM teams are expected to submit their parts to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. In addition to submitting your parts, you must also declare which of you parts are you "favorites." Judges will only be looking at favorite parts so make sure to promote them before the October 21 deadline.

See the DNA submission requirements for more information about the DNA submission process.