Experimental track

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Sign-up for the experimental track is open. See below for more details.

For iGEM 2009 we will are opening up an experimental track for individuals or small teams that are interested in participating in iGEM in a limited capacity. These non-competition teams will have a chance to present a flash 5-minute presentation and present a poster at an exposition section of the iGEM 2009 Jamboree on October 30 - November 2, 2009. Non-competition teams will not be eligible for the standard prizes from the iGEM judging committee but might be eligible for a single award specific to non-competition teams.



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.

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.

iGEM HQ will be evaluating requests to participate on a case-by-case basis.


Teams participating in the iGEM 2009 experimental track must:

  1. Be affiliated with a university or educational institution.
  2. Have at least one faculty instructor.

Fees for Experimental Track Teams

Non-competition teams will be required to pay a team registration fee and any Jamboree attendance fees.

Team registration fee: $500.00 USD per team
Jamboree attendance fee: $175.00 USD per undergraduate (or high school student); $375.00 USD per graduate student/instructor/other

DNA Distribution

Distribution of DNA to non-competition teams will be determined on a case by case basis.


What is the difference between experimental iGEM teams and other full iGEM teams?

  • Presentations are only 5-minutes long (full team presentations are 20-minutes).
  • A matter of scale -- some groups consist of only one student and a faculty advisor. For them, the chance to present briefly is good enough.
  • Experimental track teams aren't eligible to win any of the standard iGEM prizes.