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Here you will find the archived news items from the iGEM 2019 Main page

Benchling Training for iGEM Teams
July 18

Join the Benchling team at 10am PT/1pm ET on Tuesday, August 13 to learn the ins and outs of Benchling's Molecular Biology and Notebook applications, and to learn how they can help your team collaborate more efficiently. We'll show you how to get started on Benchling, walk through a molecular biology workflow, and share some of our favorite tips and tricks. We'll also have time for Q&A.

Register below to join us for this webinar. Even if you're in a different time zone or you'll be busy, register now to automatically receive an email with the recording.

Promega Q&A Webinar next week
July 17

Promega is hosting an exclusive iGEM Ask the Experts Live Q&A Webinar Series, where Promega's experts will answer your questions about ligation, transfection and transformation. The next webinar "iGEM Transformation Challenges" is coming up next week on Tuesday, July 23.

Note that this webinar is scheduled for 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Register below to RSVP, or to download their previous webinar on ligation challenges:

Be an iGEM Judge!
July 12

Are you interested in judging at the 2019 Giant Jamboree? Judge Applications are still open, so apply today and help us celebrate the achievements of our amazing teams this year!

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Volunteers wanted for Giant Jamboree!
July 11

We are looking for volunteers to help us make the 2019 Giant Jamboree a great event! Help us ensure that every attendee has an amazing experience. The first round of applications is open through August 30, and notifications will be sent by September 9.

This opportunity is open to iGEM alumni and other non-team members only. This opportunity is not available to current team members or their family members. For the application and more details, visit the Volunteers page. Please email Kitwa if you have any questions: kitwa AT igem DOT org

Giant Jamboree Registration Now Open
July 3

Register now to attend the Giant Jamboree!! Join us at the Hynes Convention Center from October 31-November 4 and experience iGEM in action.

Regular registration will end on August 31 at 11:59PM EDT.
Teams, please note: at least one team member must be registered by this date in order to ensure you have a presentation session at the Giant Jamboree.

REMINDER: Upcoming deadline to submit orders for synthesis
July 2

Twist Bioscience is offering every iGEM 2019 team complimentary 10 kb of Gene Fragments during the 2019 competition. Synthesis will be performed in monthly batches; orders must be received by the monthly submission deadlines to be processed.

Submit requests by July 10 to be included in the next round.

The iGEM Blog is Back!
June 26

We are excited to announce that the iGEM Blog is officially back, and better than ever! Through the iGEM Blog, we'll be sharing stories from all around the iGEM community.

The first blog post "What is iGEM?" is up now. Our lead writer Linda Kahl wants to hear from YOU - what does iGEM mean to you? Share your perspective for the chance to be featured in future blog posts.

REMINDER: Two competition deadlines this week
June 24

There are two competition deadlines coming up at the end of this week:

1. Preliminary Safety Form Due
An initial version of your Safety Form is due June 28, 11:59PM EDT. This includes your team's contact information, information about your lab, and information about your project. Any team member may fill this in and save the form for submission.

2. Project Inspiration and Descriptions Draft Due
Your preliminary draft for your team's project inspiration and description is due June 28, 11:59PM EDT. This description should be posted on your Team Wiki Description page (example URL: https://2019.igem.org/Team:TeamName/Description).

Deadline: June 28, 11:59PM EDT (4 Days!)

This Week: 3 Days until first Promega Q&A Webinar
June 24

Promega is hosting an exclusive iGEM Ask the Experts Live Q&A Webinar Series, where Promega's experts will answer your questions about ligation, transfection and transformation. The first webinar "iGEM Ligation Challenges" is this week. Note that this webinar is scheduled for 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT) on Thursday June 27.

Winners of GenScript Grant Opportunity Announced
June 19

GenScript has announced the winners of their team sponsorship offer!
Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Montepellier
  2. Toronto
  3. Lubbock TTU
  4. Ruperto Carola
  5. BrownStanfordPrincetn

All iGEM teams are still eligible to receive 20% off DNA synthesis and cloning services from GenScript.

REMINDER: 2 Days left to submit orders for Twist Bioscience
June 10

Twist Bioscience is offering every iGEM 2019 team complimentary 10 kb of Gene Fragments during the 2019 competition. Synthesis will be performed in monthly batches; orders must be received by the monthly submission deadlines to be processed.

The next request deadline is in two (2) days!
Submit requests by June 12 to be included in the next round.

Winners of Promega Grant Opportunity Announced
June 7

Promega has announced the winners of their team sponsorship offer!
Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. UAlberta
  2. Bonn
  3. CU
  4. MSP-Maastricht
  5. Northern BC
  6. NUS Singapore
  7. Sao-Carlos Brazil
  8. NYU Abu Dhabi
  9. Sorbonne U Paris
  10. Victoria Wellington

Promega will continue to support ALL iGEM teams with expert technical help throughout the season. Join Promega for an exclusive iGEM Ask the Experts Live Q&A Webinar Series where Promega's experts will answer your questions about ligation, transfection and transformation.

Ask the Experts - Upcoming Webinars:

  • June 27: iGEM Ligation Challenges
  • July 23: iGEM Transformation Challenges
  • August 20: iGEM Transfection Challenges
Upcoming deadline for Twist Bioscience synthesis pilot
June 4

Twist Bioscience is offering every iGEM 2019 team complimentary 10 kb of Gene Fragments during the 2019 competition. Synthesis will be performed in monthly batches; orders must be received by the monthly submission deadlines to be processed.

Submit requests by June 12 to be included in the next round.

iGEM teams innovate faster with a free Benchling account!
May 29

Benchling is partnering with iGEM for the first time to help iGEM teams accelerate their work! In 2019, all iGEM teams can sign up for FREE Benchling accounts. iGEMers will get special access to an enterprise feature, Benchling Sync, and 10 GB of extra space. Get started with Benchling's Notebook and Molecular Biology applications, and create a Benchling organization to start sharing data with your team today. Get started.

World Metrology Day
May 20

It’s World Metrology Day! What better way to celebrate than with 7 newly published calibration protocols from our Measurement Committee?

Making precise and accurate measurements in wet lab can be hard. We want to make it easier for iGEMers. Improve the quality of your results - Calibrate first!

Winners of Opentrons Robot Challenge Announced
May 17

Opentrons has announced the winners of their Robot Challenge!
Congratulations to the following teams: CU, Victoria Wellington, OUC-China, Leiden, ITESO Guadalajara, Lethbridge, UC Davis, TUDelft, and NUS Singapore.

Teams that did not win a free robot are still eligible for a discount of $2000 off your first OT-2 Robot.

Closed for Memorial Day
May 27

Our office will be closed this Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day in the US. Please contact us by email at HQ [at] igem [dot] org in the meantime.

No Phone Service
May 21

Our phone line is currently unavailable due to office relocation. We expect the phone to be restored by Friday, May 24. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you need to contact iGEM Headquarters, please email us at hq [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Coming from overseas? Travel Visas for the Giant Jamboree
May 16

Are you traveling from overseas to attend the Giant Jamboree? We recommend that teams who need a visa to travel to the United States of America apply for their visa as early as possible. It can take a long time for some visas to process, and even if the rest of your team receives their visa quickly, it may take longer for yours to be approved. You don't want to miss out on the amazing experience at the Giant Jamboree, so apply early!

All team members registered for the 2019 Competition can download a customized Visa Invitation Letter to assist with the visa application process. Visit the Visa Help page for more information:

Where are all the iGEM Teams? Find them on the team map!
May 16

Around the world, we now have 303 teams officially approved, and counting! Find them on the interactive team map on Google Maps.

Have trouble accessing Google Maps? Click to browse the Team List on igem.org

REMINDER: 2 Days left to apply for sponsorship opportunities
May 15

We currently have two sponsorship opportunities for iGEM teams in 2019 from two of iGEM's partners, GenScript and Promega.

  • GenScript will sponsor 10 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 application deadline is in two (2) days!
Apply by May 17 to be considered.

Is your project safe? Safety Check-Ins
May 14

Is your iGEM project safe? To help teams make sure of this, the Safety and Security Committee has created a series of resources and check-in forms.

Any team that plans to acquire or use any organism/part that is NOT on the White List must submit a Check-In form first. In addition, If your team plans to use any vertebrates (e.g. rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters), or higher order invertebrates (e.g. cuttlefish, octopus, squid, lobster) you will need to complete an Animal Use form to tell us about any risks associated with your work and how you will be managing them.

REMINDER: 2 Days left to submit orders for Twist Bioscience
May 13

Twist Bioscience is offering every iGEM 2019 team complimentary 10 kb of Gene Fragments during the 2019 competition. Synthesis will be performed in monthly batches; orders must be received by the monthly submission deadlines to be processed.

The first request deadline is in two (2) days!
Submit requests by May 15 to be included in the next round.

May Newsletter Out Now
May 8

The iGEM 2019 May Newsletter is out now. Subject: "We're hiring! Also: travel visas, safety check-ins, and new lab protocols for teams." Read it now!

We send out major news and notifications via the 2019 Competition Website (2019.igem.org) and through our newsletters. Make sure to check the competition website at least once a week, and add info AT igem DOT org and hq AT igem DOT org to your safe senders list.

Missed something? See our newsletter archive to read previous issues or subscribe.

REMINDER: 2 days left to apply for Opentrons sponsorship opportunity!
May 6

Opentrons will sponsor 10 iGEM Teams in 2019. Each sponsored team will receive a free OT-2 pipetting robot, plus accessories - a combined value of $10,000! All registered iGEM Teams in 2019 are eligible to apply. If you have ever wanted to automate your protocols like transformations, ligations, digests, and more, you should apply for this sponsorship opportunity!

The application deadline is in two (2) days!
Apply by May 8 at 11:59pm EDT to be considered.

REMINDER: Apply for sponsorship opportunities from GenScript and Promega
May 3

We currently have two sponsorship opportunities for iGEM teams in 2019 from two of iGEM's partners, GenScript and Promega.

  • GenScript will sponsor 10 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 application deadline for both opportunities is in 2 weeks! Apply by May 17 to be considered.

2019 Judging Handbook Published
May 2

We provide a Judging Handbook for both judges and teams to review during the iGEM season. This handbook allows everyone involved in the competition to see how judging works in iGEM.

Click below to download a PDF of the 2019 Judging Handbook!

Visit the Judging Hub to learn more about judging in iGEM.
Want to be a judge for the 2019 Competition? Applications are open now.

Happy Opening Day!
May 1

Happy Opening Day! On this day, many of the main forms you’ll need for the 2019 season will open. Here's a summary:

  • Submit a Safety Check-In Form
  • Create a Visa Invitation Letter
  • Start selecting team track preferences
  • Start editing Safety Forms
  • Start editing your team roster
  • Start editing your team judging form
REMINDER: Apply to Win 1 of 10 OT-2 Robots from Opentrons!
April 30

Opentrons is giving away 10 free OT-2 pipetting robots iGEM 2019 teams.

The application deadline is in 1 week! Apply by May 8 at 11:59pm EDT to be considered.

iGEMers Can Count on MathWorks!
April 25

MathWorks has shown its unwavering support to iGEM teams since 2008, through their continued generosity of offering complimentary software and technical mentoring of our growing community. For 2019, iGEM teams can continue to count on MathWorks: All teams are eligible to receive a complimentary software kit from MathWorks with 13 free products including MATLAB, SimBiology, Simulink and more! Learn more

More DNA synthesis for teams
April 25

Twist Bioscience is helping change the way iGEMers share in the 2019 Competition. For the first time, teams don't have to ship samples to HQ - Twist Bioscience will synthesize them! In addition, they will offer every team complimentary 10 kb of Gene Fragments in 2019. Learn more

Free DNA Synthesis from IDT
April 24

IDT is helping bring iGEM's vision for the future to life! For 2019, they are offering FREE for all teams:

  • 20 kb of DNA as gBlocks® Gene Fragments
  • OR
  • Alt-R® CRISPR Genome Editing products

Learn more

Win 1 of 10 awards from GenScript
April 23

GenScript is making research easy for iGEMers! This year, GenScript is offering a team grant opportunity worth $4000 in products and support per sponsored team, as well as 20% off synthesis and cloning services for all teams in 2019. 

Team award applications close May 17.

Win 1 of 10 product grants from Promega
April 23

Promega believes that mutual advancement can only be achieved by working in harmony. That's why for 2019 Promega is partnering with iGEM, and giving away up to $2000 of free Promega products to 10 iGEM teams. iGEMers can also call Promega's technical support scientists for technical help at any time!

Team grant applications close May 17.

Win 1 of 10 OT-2 Robots from Opentrons!
April 22

iGEM startup Opentrons is enabling better reproducibility for iGEMers through low cost automation. For 2019, Opentrons will continue their giveaway of free OT-2 robots to 10 iGEM teams.

Apply by May 8 to be considered.

2019 Judge Applications - Now Open!
April 19

The Judge Application is now open! If you're interested in judging this year, please submit an application.

Do you have questions about being a judge or the application process? Please send us an email at judging [AT] igem [DOT] org with your concerns / questions and we'll help you out!

Our Vision: Focus on Information
April 15

We recently announced several exciting changes to the iGEM 2019 Competition. These changes reflect the next step in moving towards our vision of synthetic biology -- one where you don't have to manipulate your DNA and instead can focus on the information, documentation, and characterization of your parts.

We're happy to share this vision with you and we invite you to join us in making it a reality. Read more at https://igem.org/Vision.

iGEM is going sample submission free and Type IIS is now fully supported
April 10

With technologies ever changing, iGEM is changing too. For 2019, we are removing the requirement for teams to submit physical samples of their parts to HQ. We are now accepting parts in the Type IIS standard alongside the usual BioBrick RFC[10] standard. We are also including samples of Type IIS parts in Kit Plate 6 of the DNA Distribution Kit. These combined changes will give teams more flexibility, and allow teams to be closer to the cutting edge than ever before.

iGEM in The Economist
April 8

The Economist journalist, Oliver Morton, attended the iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree. His subsequent piece titled, 'The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything' came out in the Economist this spring.

Read about iGEM in the Economist

Late Registration Now Open
April 3

Missed out on regular registration? There's still time to join!

Late Registration is now available, and closes on April 30.

Phone Service Restored
March 28

Our phone is back online. You can reach us at +1-617-500-3106.

Regular Registration extended by two days
March 28

iGEM Headquarters has just moved to a new location in Boston! Due to the short disruption we have experienced from the move, we have decided to extend our regular registration period by two days. The new deadline for Regular Registration is:


April 2 at 11:59PM EDT


Register and pay for your team before April 2 to avoid the $500 late registration fee.

Reminder: Regular Registration Closes in 2 Weeks
March 18

Regular registration is closing in two weeks!

Register and pay for your team before March 31st to avoid the $500 late registration fee.

What's trending in iGEM?
March 13

What is the most popular competition track? How many teams work in chassis other than E. coli? What are the most important research trends in iGEM?

Get answers to these questions and many more in the newly published iGEM 2018 Annual Report.

Team Registration Now Open!
February 19

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here! Team registration for the 2019 Competition is now officially open. Visit the registration information page for instructions, including information about deadlines, fees, and other materials you'll need to register your team.

Registration Coming Soon...
January 11

We will be opening team registration in Mid-February! Regular registration for 2019 teams will be $5,000 USD. We will send out the announcement through our Newsletter, so please sign up for the Newsletter to get the latest updates about iGEM 2019! You can see previous Newsletters and sign-up to receive them here: http://igem.org/Newsletters.

Welcome to iGEM 2019!
January 8

2019.igem.org 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 2019.igem.org/Competition.