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News Archive

Here you will find the archived news items from the iGEM 2018 Main page

July 19

Volunteer at the Giant Jamboree!

The volunteer application is now open! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest synthetic biology event of the year, and help us make the Giant Jamboree an amazing experience for attendees. See the Volunteers page for the application and additional information.

Please note that this opportunity is open to members of After iGEM and other individuals not affiliated with a current team.

Apply Now!

July 19

InterLab Data due in one week!

Data for the InterLab study is due in one week! Submission of your excel data sheets and online forms (parts I-IV) are due on July 27, 11:59PM EDT. Online submissions will be validated by the Measurement Committee after the deadline, and all participating teams will receive a confirmation email on July 30.

If you have any questions about the final deadline, please contact Measurement [AT] igem [DOT] org.

July 18

July Newsletter Out Now

The latest edition of the iGEM Competition Newsletter came out last week! We introduced the new Ambassadors for 2018, announced sponsor news from SGI-DNA and Promega, and highlighted team Meetups to attend. Read the July newsletter now and subscribe here.

July 18

Promega Hosting Second LIVE Q&A Workshop

Do you need technical help with your iGEM project? New to 2018, Promega are lending their technical expertise to all iGEMers, and are hosting their second LIVE Online Q&A Workshop on Tuesday August 14, 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time.

They can answer questions from the basics, like how to troubleshoot a ligation, to the advanced, like designing CRISPR experiments.

Submit a question by this Friday July 20, to have it featured in the seminar, and tune in on August 14 to submit your questions LIVE.

July 17

Be An iGEM Judge!

We're looking for diverse applicants to join the #iGEM2018 Giant Jamboree judging panel! This is our final call for applications! The deadline to apply is July 31. If you're interested in judging at iGEM, please apply here.

May 24

Updated Privacy Policy

iGEM has updated their privacy policy, please take a look by visiting:

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July 13

Two Weeks Left to Submit InterLab Data

There are now two weeks left to get InterLab data in! All participating teams should be making progress. If you have any questions or issues with the study, please email us at HQ [AT] igem [DOT] org, or reach out to the Measurement Committee: Measurement [AT] igem [DOT] org.

July 12

iGEM at the UK Meetup

The first day of the UK iGEM Meetup is done! We have FOUR representatives for iGEM attending: 2 After iGEM Ambassadors Will and Thea, Director of iGEM Safety & Security Piers Millett, and our very own President of iGEM, Randy Rettberg! Be sure to say hi on day two!

July 11

Welcome to Gold Sponsor, SGI-DNA

We are proud to announce that SGI-DNA will once again be a gold sponsor to the iGEM Competition. iGEM believes that safety and security is everyone's responsibility. SGI has been providing safety screening services for the Registry of Standard Biological Parts since 2013. This invaluable service ensures that the thousands of contributions to the Registry can be processed safely, and used responsibly by teams in their projects. Thank you, SGI-DNA!

July 11

New iGEM Ambassadors Announced

We had some very special guests visit iGEM Headquarters this week: The new iGEM Ambassadors! Read about what they've been up to in their newest post on the After iGEM platform.

July 3

HQ Closed on July 4

iGEM Headquarters will be closed on July 4 for American Independence Day Holiday! Please contact us by email in the meantime: HQ [AT] igem [DOT] org .

June 29

New Article From IDT

IDT has been helping iGEM teams push the boundaries of synthetic biology for six years. Take a look at what some teams were able to achieve during iGEM 2017 thanks to IDT!

IDT is offering iGEM 2018 teams 20 kb of DNA as gBlocks® Gene Fragments or Alt-R® CRISPR Genome Editing products free of charge to each iGEM 2018 team! See the offer information here.

June 28

One Day Left For InterLab Sign-up

More than 250 teams are already signed up for the 5th International InterLab Measurement Study: the largest collaborative study in synthetic biology in the world.

There’s still time for iGEM 2018 teams to participate! Sign up by June 29, 11:59PM EDT!

June 27

Preliminary Safety Form Due This Week

A preliminary version of the safety form is due this week (June 29, 11:59PM EDT)! Make sure you enter as much information as possible. The information you enter in the form will be autosaved as you fill it, and our safety committee will be able to review it at any time.

Remember, there's no need to click any button to "submit" at this stage; Your PI only has to sign off a final version by the deadline in September.

June 26

Be An iGEM Judge!

Are you interested in helping shape the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders? We're looking for diverse applicants to join the iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree judging panel!

If you're interested in judging at iGEM, please apply here.

June 25

Three Deadlines This Week

There are three deadlines coming up at the end of this week: InterLab Study sign-up, Preliminary Safety Form, and Project Descriptions.

See the official 2018 Calendar for more information.

June 22

German iGEM Meetup This Weekend

The German iGEM Meetup is on this weekend in Marburg! The co-ordinator of the After iGEM Ambassador Program, Guilherme, is on his way there as our official representative.

Guilherme was an iGEM ambassador himself last year! If you’re attending be sure to say hi and ask him questions about his experiences in iGEM, After iGEM, and the Ambassador Program.

June 22

Winners of GenScript's Grant Opportunity Announced

GenScript has announced the 5 recipients for their team sponsorship offer! Congratulations to the following teams: Munich, Stony Brook, UCL, Virginia, and Washington.

These teams will each be receiving a total of $4000 of support from GenScript.

June 19

June Newsletter Out Now

The June Newsletter is out now! Register for the Jamboree, Get Connected, and more...

Read the latest edition, view previous editions, and subscribe here.

June 20

Mentorship Program Still Taking Applications

We are still taking applications for the 2018 Mentorship Program!

iGEM Alumni: Continue your iGEM experience as a mentor;
Teams: Get the help you need from experienced iGEMers!

Apply by this weekend, June 24.

June 18

Giant Jamboree Registration Now Open

Register now to attend the Giant Jamboree! Taking care of registration early means avoiding late fees and other headaches. It is also a good chance to start planning your trip to Boston.

June 14

New Partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks

We are excited to announce today a new partnership between Ginkgo Bioworks and iGEM! Ginkgo’s five co-founders have a long history with iGEM. After participating in iGEM’s early days, Ginkgo was founded in 2008. Ten years later, they are excited to give back to their roots and seed the next generation of leadership in synthetic biology.

As lead partners, Ginkgo and iGEM are delighted to formalize a relationship that began so long ago.

See the press release here.

June 13

Mentorship Program Welcomes Applications

Would you like to apply your experience to support and guide iGEM teams, developing teaching, leadership and mentoring skills?
Do you think your team should join the program and receive the assistance of a mentor?
After iGEM invites both mentors and teams to apply and enjoy this collaborative experience.

The sign-up deadline is June 24.

June 12

Meetups Around the World

Our visual designer Ana was at the Nordic iGEM Conference over the weekend! Meetups are a great way to meet the other teams in your region, find potential partners for collaboration, or to get practice and feedback on your project before the Giant Jamboree. Every meetup is different!

There are 5 meetups in Europe, 3 in North America, and 3 in Asia coming up. Check out the meetups calendar and join in on the fun!

June 11

2018 Team Map

Where are all the iGEM teams? Find out with the 2018 Team Map!

Access the interactive Google map here. Let us know if you find any errors by emailing us at hq [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Update (June 21): The Google Maps link is temporarily unavailable. Please use this direct URL to access the team map in the mean-time:

June 6

Free Software From MathWorks

MathWorks is offering complimentary software kits to all iGEM teams in 2018! It includes FREE access to 13 products including MATLAB, SimBiology, and more. They also have a library of resources to help you get started. Claim your kit today!

June 5


Traci and Vinoo from iGEM Headquarters are at the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Conference in Scottsdale, AZ this week! If you're attending, drop by and say hello!

June 4

Now Taking Collaborations Requests

Did you know that collaborating with other iGEM teams is part of the Silver Medal Criteria? If you’re looking for a collaboration opportunity, or if you have one to offer, visit our collaborations page and make a request today!

June 1

Winners of Promega's Grant Opportunity Announced

Promega has announced the 10 recipients for their team sponsorship offer! Congratulations to the following teams: Unesp Brazil, RDFZ-China, UI Indonesia, TecMonterrey GDL, Makerere Uganda, NYU Abu Dhabi, Manchester, Edinburgh OG, Tacoma RAINmakers, and Stony Brook.

Recipient teams will be contacted directly by Promega.

May 30

Sign Up Now for the 5th International InterLab Measurement Study!

All teams in iGEM 2018 are invited to participate in the 5th International InterLab Measurement Study. This is an optional and voluntary exercise for all teams in the competition, and also an optional activity for fulfilling the Bronze Medal Requirement #4 this year.

Sign-ups are now open, and will close on June 29.

May 29

New Videos from IDT

Have you ordered your 20 kb of FREE custom DNA from IDT yet?

Live in the future of synthetic biology: learn how to order and handle your gBlocks® today with two new videos by IDT.

May 30

Team Sponsorship Opportunities - Apply Today!

Last chance to apply for sponsorship opportunities from GenScript and Promega! Applications are due tomorrow! (Deadline: May 31, 2018).

  • GenScript will sponsor 5 iGEM teams, offering $4000 of total support for each sponsored team
  • Promega will sponsor 10 iGEM teams, offering $2000 in Promega products for each sponsored team
May 25

Distribution kits for Chinese teams

Chinese teams will soon be receiving the iGEM 2018 distribution kits! We sent 105 distribution kits to GenScript today for shipment to teams in China. Many thanks to GenScript for their critical support!

Pending teams, we are waiting for your registration materials! Check your team status and contact us at hq(at)igem(dot)org!

May 25

iGEM 2018 May Newsletter Out Now

The May newsletter for the competition is out now! Read the latest edition, view previous editions, and subscribe today to get the competition updates delivered straight to your email inbox.

May 25

Closed For Memorial Day

Our office will be closed this Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day in the US. Contact us by email at HQ [at] igem [dot] org in the meantime.

May 24

Team Sponsorship Opportunities - Apply Today!

We currently have two sponsorship opportunities for iGEM teams in 2018 from two of iGEM's partners, GenScript and Promega.

  • GenScript will sponsor 5 iGEM teams, offering $4000 of total support for each sponsored team
  • Promega will sponsor 10 iGEM teams, offering $2000 in Promega products for each sponsored team

The deadline to apply for both opportunities is in one week (Deadline: May 31, 2018) so apply soon to be considered! 

May 22

Traveling Internationally to Attend the Giant Jamboree?

Visa applications can sometimes take months to process, so be sure to apply for your travel visa early! The staff members at iGEM Headquarters cannot contact the consulate on your behalf if your visa application is delayed.

By applying early, you increase your chances of attaining your visa on time to attend the Giant Jamboree. Information about travel visas and instructions on accessing the iGEM visa application letter system are available on the Visa Help page.

May 21

Safety Forms

Piers Millett, the head of the iGEM Biosafety and Biosecurity Program, is at iGEM Headquarters this week!

While Piers is here, let’s talk safety forms! Safety forms are for YOU to tell US what your team is doing to be safe throughout your iGEM project. Not all teams need to fill a Check-In Form but ALL teams need to fill the Safety and Security Form in order to compete in iGEM. There’s no penalty for asking questions about safety, so if you’re in doubt don’t hesitate to contact us! Learn more.

May 18

Team Approvals

Distribution kits are being shipped out to approved iGEM 2018 teams! Pending teams should check on the status of their registration materials through their team profile page and contact us if there are any discrepancies at: hq [at] igem [dot] org.

May 16

Full Day Added to the Giant Jamboree

With 340 teams signed up for the iGEM Competition this year, we are excited to announce that the 2018 Giant Jamboree will be extended by one day to accommodate for all of our amazing teams! Thursday, October 25 will now begin with the Opening Ceremony, followed by team presentations and posters. This new schedule will have three full days of presentations, poster sessions, and workshops, so that everyone can make the most of their Jamboree experience.

See the Giant Jamboree page for more information.

May 16

Sponsorship Opportunities For Teams From iGEM's Partners

We currently have two sponsorship opportunities for iGEM 2018 teams from two of iGEM's partner sponsors, GenScript and Promega. Applications for both opportunities will close on May 31, 2018 so apply soon to be considered!

See the Special Offers page for more information.

May 15

Winners of Opentrons Robot Challenge Announced

Opentrons has announced the 10 winners of their Robot Challenge! Congratulations to the following teams: Makerere Uganda, NCKU Tainan, SJTU BioX Shanghai, Newcastle, Duesseldorf, Marburg, UIOWA, Queen's Canada, Stony Brook, and Tec-Monterrey.

Did you miss out on the Opentrons Robot Challenge? Don't worry, Opentrons are enabling all iGEM teams in 2018 to get access to low-cost automation with their offer of $2000 off your first Opentrons robot.

May 14

Apply to be a Judge at the Giant Jamboree!

Judging applications for the 2018 Giant Jamboree are open and we are looking for a diverse applicants to join our judging panel! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so make sure you apply today to be considered in the next round.

May 8

New Sponsorship Opportunities From GenScript

We are excited to announce new sponsorship opportunities from GenScript for iGEM 2018 teams! They are offering team grants of $4000 total in products, support and services to 5 iGEM teams, and 20% off DNA synthesis and cloning services for all teams. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018. Learn more.

GenScript is also providing critical support for our teams in China by shipping the iGEM 2018 Distribution Kits.
Thank you, GenScript!

May 7

Promega iGEM Crash Course: Ask the Experts

The Promega iGEM Crash Course: Ask The Experts live Q&A with Promega is now over! Thanks to everyone who joined in! You can get on demand access to the entire webcast and see the questions that your fellow iGEMers asked -

Did you know Promega is offering technical support like this all year? They are also offering a team grant opportunity of $2000 in products to 10 iGEM teams! The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018. Learn more.

May 2

iGEM 2018 Opening Day!

Thank you to the 340 teams that have registered for the iGEM 2018 Competition! Registration for new teams is now closed.

May 1st was Opening Day for iGEM 2018! From this day you can view and edit the safety forms, create your visa invitation letter, update your team rosters, declare your track preferences, and much more! 

Check out the official iGEM Calendar for more information on all of the most important deadlines.

May 2

Opentrons Bringing Automation to iGEM

The Opentrons and iGEM partnership is bringing low-cost, open-source automation to all iGEM 2018 teams. Thank you to all teams that applied for the Opentrons Robot Challenge - we received over 50 applications!

Did you miss out on the Opentrons Robot Challenge? Don't worry, all iGEM teams in 2018 are still eligible for $2000 off their first Opentrons robot.

May 1

Promega iGEM Crash Course: Ask the Experts

Do you have technical troubleshooting questions for your 2018 iGEM project? Promega are lending their technical expertise in a LIVE Online Q&A Workshop exclusively for iGEMers on Monday, May 7.

Submit a question by May 3 and get a FREE tube of T4 DNA Ligase. Register and submit your questions at

April 13

Distribution Kits

The 2018 Distribution Kits have started shipping to registered and approved 2018 iGEM teams! Have you received yours yet? Tag us on social media and use #iGEM2018 and #WelcomeToiGEM to let us know!

If you're curious about what will be in your distribution kit, please see the 2018 Distribution Kit handbook.

April 11

Opentrons bringing automation to iGEM

iGEM and Opentrons are excited to announce a new partnership, bringing low-cost, open-source automation to all iGEM 2018 teams. 10 select teams will receive free OT-2 robots, and all teams will be eligible for a 50% discount!
Applications are due May 1, 2018. Apply soon to be considered.

April 4

Late registration now open

You can still register to be part of iGEM 2018! Register and pay for your team by April 30 to join this year's competition.

April 2


Some teams have already let us know about their Meetups! If you're organizing one, let us know by email - hq [at] igem [dot] org - to have it posted to the Meetups page

March 28

Team Approvals

We've begun approving teams for iGEM 2018! Team primary PIs will receive emails from iGEM HQ confirming team status when we have received all applicable registration materials. Check your team profile page to see the status of your team's registration materials and contact us if there are any discrepancies at: hq [at] igem [dot] org.

Please note, the team registration fee status is updated manually so there may be a delay between fee submission and fee status.

March 23

Regular registration ends soon!

The regular registration deadline is coming up on March 31! Don't forget to register and pay for your team by 11:59PM EDT to avoid the late registration fee.

March 15

iGEM at the World Health Assembly

Did your team work on a Health and Medicine project?
Are you interested in international policy?
Do you want to be part of the global conversation on synthetic biology?

Join iGEM at the WHA!
If have participated in iGEM before, you can apply to be part of the After iGEM Delegate Program and attend at the World Health Assembly in Geneva (May 21 - 26)

March 9

IDT Offer

We are excited to announce that IDT will be partnering with iGEM for the third year to offer all registered 2018 teams 20 kb of custom DNA in the form of gBlocks® Gene Fragments and Alt-R® CRISPR Genome Editing products! Cost no longer has to be a limiting factor in your research.

Visit to learn more!

March 7

After iGEM

When you complete a season of the iGEM Competition you join a community of iGEMers around the world and gain access to exclusive job opportunities like these. If you have been in an iGEM team before this year, you can request access to After iGEM today:

To recruit iGEMers visit

February 23

Join the Human Practices Committee!

Love #iGEM?
Want to ensure that synthetic biology projects are safe, responsible and good for the world? Apply to serve on iGEM’s Human Practices Committee!

March 6

Giant Jamboree Video

Get a sneak peek into the biggest synthetic biology event in the world, the iGEM Giant Jamboree

February 23

Regular Registration is open!

Regular registration will be open until March 31st! See the registration page for details.

February 13

The new 2018 pins have arrived!

Join an iGEM team to get yours delivered to a lab near you!!

February 12

Early Registration Deadline

Early registration closes this Friday February 16 at 11:59PM EST! Be sure to register and pay for your team by Friday in order to receive a $500 discount off the team registration fee! See the registration page for details.

January 29

iGEM Competition Newsletters

Sign up to learn more

Are you part of an iGEM 2018 team or interested in learning more about the competition? Make sure to sign up for our newsletters featuring competition news, highlighted and announcements. We will be sending you newsletters about once a month. They are designed to provide you with key updates, reminders and announcements for the iGEM 2018 competition season. To sign up for our newsletters or look through past messages, visit:

January 25

Promega and iGEM - We are delighted to welcome Promega as a new iGEM Partner sponsor of iGEM 2018.

Promega believes that mutual advancement can only be achieved by working in harmony and that the best benefits we receive come from the prosperity of our communities. For Promega, and for iGEM, this often means fostering education and advancement of the next generation of scientists and innovators – all of you iGEMers.

Team Grant opportunity: Promega is proud to announce its plan to support global iGEM teams in 2018 in two important ways. They plan to sponsor 10 iGEM teams around the world by providing each team with up to $2,000 in free Promega products. They also will offer unparalleled technical support to all competitors who will be welcome to reach out to them as they build their genetically-engineered machines and seed their scientific careers.

January 25

Register your Team for iGEM 2018

Build a better world by participating in iGEM 2018! 

The iGEM 2018 competition season is officially OPEN. Register your team and solve real world problems using synthetic biology. Get $500 off the regular registration rate when you register and pay by Friday, February 16, 2018. For complete registration details and to save, visit the registration page.

January 25

MathWorks and iGEM

Celebrating its 10th year of sponsoring iGEM

From 90 teams in 2008 to over 300 in 2017, MathWorks has shown its unwavering support to iGEM teams, through their continued generosity of offering complimentary software and technical mentoring of our growing community.

In 2018, MathWorks is proud to once again sponsor the iGEM competition. As an iGEM Partner, MathWorks will provide a FREE MATLAB Software License (includes 12 products) and Technical Mentoring available to ALL teams. This complimentary software kit is designed specifically to cater to the needs of iGEM teams.

January 25

Competition Hubs

Here to help you succeed in the iGEM competition will be your resource for all competition related details and announcements. Make sure to look over the content on the iGEM Hubs as there is a wealth of information there designed to help you do well in the competition. To help you naviaged though the competition, we have grouped information into Hubs. Visit each hub for general information as well as a deeper understanding of what is expected from your team for the 2018 season.

January 19

Welcome to

iGEM is excited to announce the launch of the iGEM 2018 competition website! will be your key resource for all competition related details and announcements. Visit this page often for news and updates. To get started, learn about competition requirements and registration by visiting

January 17

New to iGEM? Not sure what to expect?

Experience iGEM by looking back at the completed season.

Visit the official iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree photo library on Flickr or watch the wrap up video of event highlights here.