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The iGEM 2009 Jamboree will take place on October 30th to November 2nd, 2009 at MIT's Stata Center in Cambridge, MA.

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Jamboree registration

Registration for the iGEM 2009 Jamboree is due on September 18th. 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. Registration after September 18th will increase $50.00 and all payments must be received by October 2, 2009. Head to the attendance fee page to find out more details about how to register.

Project Abstract

In order to provide others with a short snapshot of what your project is about, we will be asking each iGEM team to submit an abstract of 100-150 words by September 18th. Your abstract will be used in the Jamboree program that will provide a guide to the different topics that iGEM teams will be presenting. Please 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 September 18th. 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. Be sure to include all members who participated over the summer, not only those who will be attending the Jamboree, as this list will be used to create participation certificates (so check for spelling mistakes too!).

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

Requests for Variance

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 before September 18th. Parts in standards that are not approved by the judging committee will be judged as if no parts were submitted. See the Judging page for more details and examples. Please send your requests to judging AT igem DOT org.


Track selection helps group similar projects together so that they may be judged fairly, share presentation time, and poster location. It is important that you submit your track selection on time, by September 18th. You can find a list of the tracks on the tracks selection page and see judging criteria for each track. Email your top 3 track selections, in order of preference, to hq AT igem DOT org.


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 submissions

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 may only be looking at favorite parts (final decision yet to be made) so make sure to promote them before the October 21st deadline.

See the DNA submission requirements for more information about the DNA submission process and about how to promote your parts to Favorites.

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.

Presentation requirements

Each registered iGEM team is to make a 20-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions/answer session. A laptop will NOT be provided to your team -- please make sure you bring your own laptop from which to display your presentation as well as any necessary accessories to connect the laptop to a projector cable.

iGEM HQ will also be asking for a copy of your presentation in pdf format for our files. You will be required to provide the pdf version of your presentation on Saturday, the day of Jamboree presentations. Please check back for more details on how to submit your presentation.

Photo Release Form

Some of the products of the previous iGEM Jamborees are the iGEM from Above photographs. The use of these photographs, and all others from the Jamboree, was made possible due to the existence of a filled-out photo release form from every person attending the Jamboree. We must do the same for this year's Jamboree. In order to comply with the law, every person attending the Jamboree must fill out a photo release form. All participants attending the Jamboree must print, fill out, and bring a photo release form with you to the Jamboree.


iGEM does not provide travel or housing for any iGEM members. Participants are required to make their own travel and lodging arrangements. However, we have arranged for iGEM room blocks with special pricing at nearby hotels. All iGEM Block rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so it is recommended that you make your reservations early.


If you need to apply for a visa to come to the Jamboree, email HQ and we will send you an official invitation letter.


There will be many opportunities to volunteer at the Jamboree. We would especially like to encourage past iGEM participants (iGEM alums) to volunteer to help during the Jamboree. Head to the Volunteer page to find out more information.

During the Jamboree

Presentation practice sessions

For the 2008 Jamboree we will again have presentation practice sessions. On November 7, the Friday night before the Jamboree, teams will be able to sign-up for a conference room in which to practice their presentation. There are a limited number of time slots available so please only choose one slot. We cannot match the room that you will ultimately give your presentation in with the practice room. This should, however, give you a chance to practice your talk in a new environment.

There will also be pre-registration available beginning at 6pm. Conference services will be on-site to pass out team registration boxes (see below).

See the practice sessions page to reserve a time slot.

Team boxes

The team leader of each team will be responsible for picking up the team's box and distributing its contents among the members. Please make sure to pick up your box as it has some important information in it. Boxes can be picked up at pre-registration on Friday night beginning at 6pm or on Saturday morning during the breakfast/registration period.


  • Name badges
  • Participation certificates
  • Jamboree Handbook
  • Jamboree program
  • Map of the Jamboree
  • Internet connection information
  • Sponsor information
  • Other information


The detailed schedule for the iGEM 2009 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

Team t-shirts

We highly encourage all iGEM teams to design their own team t-shirts. When the iGEM from Above photo is taken, it is great to see all of the teams clumped together in groups by the color of their t-shirts.

iGEM paraphernalia

We will once again be selling iGEM sweatshirts and iGEM patches at the Jamboree this year. If you are interested in ordering one, make sure to stop by the iGEM Store. We will be offering them at a new price of $30 for sweatshirts and $5 for patches.


For more details on judging protocols see the Judging page.


Fore more details on awards see the Judging page.

iGEM workshops

There will be an afternoon of iGEM workshops on Sunday after the awards ceremony. See the iGEM workshops page for more details.


iGEM 2008 Results

iGEM 2008 results will be announced at the Jamboree awards ceremony on Sunday November 9. Please check back for results then.

iGEM 2008 press & pictures

If you have any online articles about your team or iGEM that you would like to share, please post them on the Publicity page.

If you have pictures that you would like to share with us, post a link to them on the Media page.

iGEM 2008: press kit

For the iGEM boilerplate, high-resolution logos, and more material for the press, please see the press kit page.

iGEM 2009

We will be posting information about iGEM 2009 soon after the Jamboree so make sure you check back if you are interested in participating!