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News Archive

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

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 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.

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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.

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.

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 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!

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

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 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 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 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.