News Archive

News Archive

Here you will find the archived news items from the iGEM 2020 Main page.

Changes to the iGEM 2020 Calendar
August 11

To help us all adapt to the new competition conditions this year, we have made some changes to the 2020 Competition Calendar. Please see below for the full list of changes, and mark your personal and team calendars accordingly!

  • Final Team Rosters due: Friday, August 7 -> Friday, October 2
  • Final Track Selection due: Friday, August 7 -> Friday, October 2
  • Testing Day: Wednesday, August 12 -> Wednesday, August 26
  • Giant Jamboree Registration closes: Monday, August 31 -> Wednesday, September 30
  • Giant Jamboree Late Registration opens: Tuesday, September 1 -> Thursday, October 1
  • Team Project Promotion Videos: September TBD -> Friday, September 25 at 11:59AM EDT*
  • Final Safety Forms Due: Friday, September 11 -> Friday, September 11 (no change)
  • Team Project Title and Abstract due: Friday, September 25 -> Friday, October 9
  • Final Judging Form due: Wednesday, October 14 -> Friday, October 23
  • Github Freeze: Monday, October 19 -> Tuesday, October 27
  • Registry Pages Freeze: Monday, October 19 -> Tuesday, October 27
  • Wiki Freeze: Monday, October 19 -> Tuesday, October 27
  • Team Presentation Videos Due: TBD -> Friday, October 30 at 11:59AM EDT*
  • Poster Freeze: TBD
  • Opening Ceremony for Giant Jamboree: Friday, November 13
  • Giant Jamboree begins: Thursday, October 29 -> Saturday, November 14
  • Giant Jamboree ends: Monday, November 2 -> Sunday, November 22
  • Team Wikis Thawed: Thursday, November 5 -> Wednesday, November 25
  • Closing Date for 2020 Competition / Wiki Archive Date: Friday, December 11 -> Friday, December 18

More information can be found on the official Competition Calendar:

iGEM 2020 X Just One Giant Lab (JOGL)
August 7

There has been a lot of buzz about the iGEM X JOGL collaboration. Some of you may be wondering what it is, how it ties into the iGEM values, what it has to offer and how you can be part of this. This newsletter is dedicated to answering these questions!

You can learn more about the iGEM 2020 X JOGL Collaboration and find the onboarding guide here:

Judging Rubric Now Available for Teams
August 6

Judging is a complex task and can seem mysterious to iGEMers at times. We're aiming to help teams understand how they are evaluated and provide more information ahead of time. Teams can view the judging rubric to get an idea of how they will be evaluated for Medals, Awards, and Special Prizes. Check it out:

Apply to be an iGEM Judge!
August 5

Applications to be a judge at the first ever iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree are now open! Judges will evaluate, celebrate, and help guide the next generation of synthetic biologists. Click below to learn more:

Join us at the iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree!
August 3

iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree
November 14-22, 2020


We are excited to announce the dates for the iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree! Even though we can’t come together at one big in-person event this year, the virtual format brings some exciting opportunities to celebrate iGEM at a scale never before experienced.

Nine -- yes 9! -- full days to gather for Competition, Community, Contribution, and Celebration.

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Submit a session for the Global Meetup by August 9
August 5

We are inviting iGEM 2020 Teams to lead and organize activities with us for the iGEM Global Meetup (August 20-21). You can submit your activity/ideas through the form below, and we will reach out to you to help get you started! These activities can be related to your iGEM Project, synthetic biology, or something totally different which you think will be fun for our global community. Submit a session by Sunday, August 9:

Deadlines Extended
August 4

Final Track Selections and Final Team Roster deadlines have been extended! Track selections and team rosters are now due on October 2 by 11:59PM EDT.

Congratulations to July GenScript Winners
August 4

Congratulations to GenScript's sponsorship recipients for July, FCB-UANL! There are still 2 sponsorships up for grabs. The next voting deadline is August 31.

Week 8 Measurement Webinars
August 3

The Measurement Committee is hosting a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The final webinar of the series is tomorrow!

  • Session 8 (August 4, 10AM EDT) - Protein Purification and Characterization

If you have questions for the Measurement Committee, join in on their office hours Tuesday, August 4 at 1PM EDT

July Sponsor Newsletter
July 29

In the midst of an unusual iGEM year, our sponsors are here for you and want to help you succeed! Participating in iGEM unlocks access to exclusive sponsorship offers for teams - Check out our guide below, and make the most of what our partners have to offer.

Missed something? See our newsletter archive to read previous issues

MathWorks Workshop Recording Ready for Streaming
July 28

Did you miss last week's MathWorks Workshop "Modeling and Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems with SimBiology and MATLAB"? View the recording now on YouTube or Bilibili.

MathWorks is offering complimentary MATLAB software to iGEM 2020 teams for use in the competition.​ Learn more 

igem.org Websites
July 27

We have recently become aware that updated security settings on several web browsers has changed how our igem.org pages are displayed. We are working on this issue, and we hope to have it fixed soon. Please contact us at hq AT igem DOT org with any questions.

Week 6 Measurement Webinars
July 17

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The next webinars on July 21 will cover:

  • Session 6A (7AM EDT) - Quantifying fluorescence and cell phenotypes with flow cytometry
  • Session 6B (10AM EDT) - Transformation and Sequencing

If you have questions for the Measurement Committee, join in on their office hours Tuesday, July 21 at 3AM EDT or 1PM EDT

MathWorks Modeling Workshop - 1 week left to register
July 16

MathWorks: Modeling and Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems with SimBiology and MATLAB
July 23, 10AM EDT

Modeling is an important part of synthetic biology and the iGEM Competition. This workshop, presented by our Partner MathWorks, will provide iGEM teams with an introduction to modeling, simulation and analysis with MATLAB and SimBiology using an example from synthetic biology literature.

Click below to register:

Video Guidelines & Resources are out now!
July 15

Video deliverable guidelines and video production resources are out now!

Deliverable: Presentation Video

Each team must make one 20-minute presentation video for their project.

Deliverable: Project Promotion Video

New in 2020, all teams must create and submit a Project Promotion Video.

Resources

New resources about video production:

Diversity and Inclusion Office Hours July 16-17
July 14

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be hosting "Office Hours" to explore various Diversity and Inclusion topics with our community. The focus of the first Office Hour is on systemic racism in academia and STEM. This forum is intended to give the iGEM community a platform to discuss diverse experiences with racism, and systemic racism especially in the context of Academia and STEM.

Please join us:
Thursday, July 16 at 1PM EDT or
Friday, July 17 at 11AM EDT

NEW Judging Office Hours starting this week
July 13

Have a question about judging? Need some help understanding special prizes or medals? Not sure how to use the Pages for Awards? Join us for Judging Office Hours! The first Judging Office Hours will be on Friday, July 17 at 4:00 AM EDT and 1:00 PM EDT. Click below to learn more:

Week 5 Measurement Webinars tomorrow
July 13

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The next webinars on July 14 (tomorrow) will cover:

  • Session 5A (7AM EDT) - Quantifying fluorescence and cell count with plate readers
  • Session 5B (10AM EDT) - Cell-Free Systems
iGEM 2020 Global Meetup
July 20

iGEM is hosting the first ever global meetup for all teams to connect, collaborate and celebrate! This year, we can't meet each other in person, but we want you to have an amazing iGEM experience and still meet other teams!

Save the date: August 20-21 (Thursday-Friday)

July Newsletter - Team Highlight on Collaborations
July 8

Need help with Arduino? Ever wondered what iGEM sounds like? Animal Crossing hangout and more...

Missed something? See our newsletter archive to read previous issues

Mentorship Program applications due July 10
July 9

We are taking applications for the After iGEM 2020 Mentorship Program! Apply to be a mentor or to receive mentorship by Friday, July 10, 11:59PM EDT (Tomorrow!). If you have a question about the program, contact the co-ordinators at after-education [AT] igem [DOT] org

How to Find Insights from Social Science Research Related to Your Project
July 8

"If you find interpreting social science research challenging, please know that you are not alone. Finding insights from social science research does not come naturally to anyone, including social scientists!" Read Joy Zhang's top five key points for finding insights from social science research related to your iGEM project.

Limited Distribution Kit Plates available for request
July 7

As a result of the current pandemic, we were unable to manufacture and ship out our 2020 DNA Distribution Kits to teams. Fortunately, we have a very limited amount of 2019 Distribution Kit Plates that we can ship out to teams this year.

The deadline to submit a request is Wednesday, July 8, by 11:59PM EDT (Tomorrow!). For more information and for instructions on how to request kit plates, please visit this page:

Sign up for Safety Values and Risks Workshop
July 6

The iGEM Safety Committee has trained the 2020 Ambassadors to run Risk Workshops with iGEM 2020 teams. These small-group sessions will help your team evaluate risk in your project, and navigate the iGEM Safety Program. By the end of the workshop you should know where to go for information on different risks and be confident you have the tools you need to manage them effectively.

Sign up for a pre-scheduled workshop with an Ambassador, or invite an Ambassador to present at your regularly scheduled team meeting.

iGEM X Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) Official Launch Event July 8
July 6

iGEM is teaming up with Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) to foster efficient collaboration among teams and enhance the accessibility to skills and resources amidst the pandemic. This is also the start of iGEM’s journey to Vision 2030 for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join the official launch event of the program on July 8 to learn what it's all about!
9:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM CEST
Click below to register:

Direct Link: https://bit.ly/iGEM-JOGL-Launch

Learn more about the iGEM 2020 X JOGL Program: https://app.jogl.io/program/iGEM2020

Judging in iGEM 2020
July 3

The iGEM 2020 Season is quite different from previous years, and we've made some exciting changes to the medal criteria so that all iGEM teams can participate and achieve medals – with or without lab access – this year. Check out the new guide on our blog:

Mentorship Program application deadline extended
July 2

We are taking applications for the After iGEM 2020 Mentorship Program! Apply to be a mentor or to receive mentorship by next Friday, July 10. If you have a question about the program, contact the co-ordinators at after-education [AT] igem [DOT] org

Limited Distribution Kit Plates available for request
June 29

As a result of the current pandemic, we were unable to manufacture and ship out our 2020 DNA Distribution Kits to teams. Fortunately, we have a very limited amount of 2019 Distribution Kit Plates that we can ship out to teams this year.

The deadline to submit a request is Wednesday, July 8, by 11:59PM EDT. For more information and for instructions on how to request kit plates, please visit this page:

Register for MathWorks Modeling Workshop - July 23
July 2

MathWorks: Modeling and Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems with SimBiology and MATLAB
July 23, 10AM EDT

Modeling is an important part of synthetic biology and the iGEM Competition. This workshop, presented by our Partner MathWorks, will provide iGEM teams with an introduction to modeling, simulation and analysis with MATLAB and SimBiology using an example from synthetic biology literature.

Click below to register:

Missed Benchling's Webinars?
July 1

Stream Benchling's webinars for free:

Note: If you cannot access the Videos through YouTube, please contact hq AT igem DOT org to request the video files.

iGEM teams can get Benchling software and extras for free! Visit their iGEM 2020 Partner Page to get started ahead of the next webinar.

Mentorship Program Applications due Friday, July 3
July 1

Applications for the After iGEM 2020 Mentorship Program are now open! Apply to be a mentor or to receive mentorship by next Friday, July 3. If you have a question about the program, contact the co-ordinators at after-education [AT] igem [DOT] org

Mentorship Program Information Session July 1
June 26

Applications for the After iGEM 2020 Mentorship Program are now open! Apply to be a mentor or to receive mentorship by next Friday, July 3. If you have a question about the program, the coordinators will be holding an information session on Wednesday, July 1. Join either session time that works best for you: at 3 - 4 AM EDT and at 1 - 2 PM EDT.

Week 3 Measurement Webinars tomorrow
June 29

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The next webinars on June 30 (tomorrow) will cover:

  • Session 3A (7AM EDT) - Modeling circuits with ODEs and experimental data
  • Session 3B (10AM EDT) - DNA Assembly Techniques
iGEM 2020 Late Team Registration ends TOMORROW!
June 29

Late Team Registration for iGEM 2020 will end next Tuesday, June 30 (Tomorrow!). Teams must submit their team fee by June 30 at 11:59PM EDT to register for the 2020 Competition. Please contact us at registration [AT] igem [DOT] org if you have any questions or need more time to submit the late registration fee.

High School teams will also need to submit Principal, PI Participant, and Department Head (if applicable) consent forms before the team can be approved. Learn more about consent forms.

Next GenScript voting deadline TOMORROW!
June 29

Congratulations to GenScript's first two sponsorship recipients: RUM-UPRM, and IISER Bhopal! There are still 4 sponsorships up for grabs. The next voting deadline is June 30 (Tomorrow!).

iGEM X Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) Official Launch Event July 8
June 26

iGEM is teaming up with Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) to foster efficient collaboration among teams and enhance the accessibility to skills and resources amidst the pandemic. This is also the start of iGEM’s journey to Vision 2030 for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join the official launch event of the program on July 8 to learn what it's all about!
9:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM CEST
Register by Sunday, July 5:

Direct Link: https://bit.ly/iGEM-JOGL-Launch

Learn more about the iGEM 2020 X JOGL Program: https://app.jogl.io/program/iGEM2020

Preliminary Safety Form due TODAY!
June 26

The first Competition Deadline is today: the Preliminary Safety Form. An initial version of this form, with as much information as possible, is to be provided by the team by June 26, 11:59PM EDT. Any team member may fill the form, and the information will save automatically for the June 26 submission. The form does not need to be signed off by the PI until September 11.

June Sponsor Newsletter
June 24

In the midst of an unusual iGEM year, our sponsors are here for you and want to help you succeed! Participating in iGEM unlocks access to exclusive sponsorship offers for teams - Check out our guide below, and make the most of what our partners have to offer.

Missed something? See our newsletter archive to read previous issues

1 Week left to register for iGEM 2020
June 23

Late Team Registration for iGEM 2020 will end next Tuesday, June 30. Teams must submit their team fee by June 30 at 11:59PM EDT to register for the 2020 Competition. Please contact us at registration [AT] igem [DOT] org if you have any questions or need more time to submit the late registration fee.

High School teams will also need to submit Principal, PI Participant, and Department Head (if applicable) consent forms before the team can be approved. Learn more about consent forms.

Preliminary Safety Form due this Friday, June 26
June 22

The first Competition Deadline is coming up at the end of this week: the Preliminary Safety Form. An initial version of this form, with as much information as possible, is to be provided by the team by June 26, 11:59PM EDT. Any team member may fill this in and save the form for submission. The form does not need to be signed off by the PI until September 11.

Week 2 Webinars, and Measurement Committee Office Hours tomorrow
June 22

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The next webinars on June 23 (tomorrow) will cover:

  • Session 2A (7AM EDT) - Modeling: ODEs and Hill Function
  • Session 2B (10AM EDT) - DNA parts and Basic Molecular Biology

If you have questions for the Measurement Committee, join in on their office hours tomorrow at 3AM EDT or 1PM EDT

Black Lives Matter
June 19

iGEM stands against racism and inequality, and seeks to break down barriers that currently exclude people of colour from synthetic biology. We seek to do this not in a way that tokenizes, but in a way that embraces the talent that the synthetic biology industry needs to fulfill its potential. We at iGEM Headquarters commit to taking action towards building a more representative and equitable iGEM community. Through internal reflection on our structures and practices, we are identifying tangible ways to implement this vision in our own organization.

Read the full statement

iGEM Summer Webinars: Getting Started
June 18

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. New videos from Week 1 "Getting Started" are available now on YouTube.

Learn more about this webinar series:

FREE MathWorks software for iGEM 2020 teams
June 16

MathWorks is offering complimentary MATLAB, Simulink and SimBiology software to iGEM 2020 teams for use in the competition.​ Using MATLAB and Simulink products helps your team organize, model, and develop complex biological systems for your iGEM project. Visit the 2020 Software Page for more information on how to request FREE MathWorks Software:

Congratulations to Revive & Restore Grant Recipients!
June 15

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore have selected 12 iGEM teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation to receive their team grants.

Congratulations to the recipients:

Team UGent Belgium
Drought Relief

Team UNSW Australia
Genetic Rescue

Team MichiganState
Genetic Rescue

Team MSP-Maastricht
Invasives Control

Team HK CPU-WFN-WYY
Remediation, Plastic

Team Qdai
Remediation, Soil

Team Alma
Remediation, Soil

Team RUM-UPRM
Remediation, Water

Team AshesiGhana
Remediation, Water

Team BNDS China
Synthetic Alternatives

Team Manchester
Synthetic Alternatives

Team FCB-UANL
Synthetic Alternatives

Thank you to Revive & Restore for supporting innovation in conservation at iGEM!

iGEM Summer Webinars: Getting Started
June 15

The Measurement Committee is developing a series of weekly webinars to help with your projects. The next session will provide an overview of:

  • How and where to start your project, as well as what you can plan and design.
  • A beginner’s guide on how to utilize databases effectively in conjunction with bioinformatics tools.
  • The decision making process when choosing a cloning strategy.

The next webinar is on Tuesday June 16, 10:00AM EDT (Tomorrow!). Click below to register for the webinar series:

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Preliminary Safety Form due June 26
June 12

The first Competition Deadline is coming up at the end of this month: the Preliminary Safety Form. An initial version of this form, with as much information as possible, is to be provided by the team by June 26, 11:59PM EDT. Any team member may fill this in and save the form for submission. The form does not need to be signed off by the PI until September 11.

Awards and Special Prizes out now
June 11

Teams can compete for various awards on top of the medals. These awards include the Grand Prize, Track Awards, and Special Prizes. For more details about the 2020 awards, click below.


Black Lives Matter
June 10

Today we stand in solidarity of Black Lives Matter through the #Strike4BlackLives. We pledge to continue our ongoing discussions at iGEM HQ on how to best support the Black Lives Matter movement, and what actions we can take to address racism in STEM, academia, and in society. #ShutdownSTEM #ShutdownAcademia

June Newsletter
June 9

We have got an absolutely jam-packed newsletter this month: new Award & Special Prize info, new collaborators, new webinar series', new team meetups, new sponsor offers, new videos, and so much more!

Look inside for:

  • First competition deadline: Preliminary Safety Forms due June 26
  • Doing Human Practices During a Global Pandemic
  • FREE MathWorks software for iGEM 2020 teams
  • GenScript announces second sponsorship winner
  • New iGEM Summer Webinars Series & Measurement Committee Office Hours
  • Team Highlight: German Meetup, UK Meetup, Southern China meeting, and more!
  • Join iGEM 2020 on the JOGL platform and be a part of achieving Vision 2030 for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Missed the Opening Weekend Festival? New Videos Ready Now
Measurement Committee Office Hours - Session 1
June 8

Do you have questions about engineering and measurement for your project? Please join our friendly Measurement Committee at their new Office Hours to ask your questions! We will be running office hours on every other Tuesday starting June 9.

The first Office Hours Sessions are on June 9 at 3:00AM EDT and 1:00PM EDT.

The Measurement Committee is also hosting a new series of weekly webinars to help iGEM teams with your projects! Planned topics include taking your ideas into the lab, designing DNA sequences, DNA part assembly from classical to modern methods, engineering your organism, modeling your project, measuring cellular phenotypes like fluorescence, and how to purify and characterize protein products. Learn more.

Missed Benchling's Webinars?
June 5

Stream Benchling's webinars for free:

Note: If you cannot access the Videos through YouTube, please contact hq AT igem DOT org to request the video files.

iGEM teams can get Benchling software and extras for free! Visit their iGEM 2020 Partner Page to get started ahead of the next webinar.

Opening Weekend Festival: New Video Available Now
June 1

New Video Ready Now: Judging in iGEM 2020

The Executive Judging Committee (EJC) has made some exciting changes to the medal criteria so that all iGEM teams can participate and achieve medals with or without lab access this year. Join a panel of our EJC members as they talk about these changes, and take questions and feedback from teams.

Congratulations to GenScript's second winner
June 1

Congratulations to GenScript's first two sponsorship recipients: RUM-UPRM, and IISER Bhopal! There are still 4 sponsorships up for grabs. The next voting deadline is June 30.

Join Benchling on June 2 for "Mastering Benchling Molecular Biology" webinar
May 27

Join Benchling in their webinar training series for iGEMers. In the next webinar, they will walk through a molecular cloning workflow on Benchling. They will also cover importing sequences from the iGEM Parts Registry, cloning assemblies, primer design, and sequence alignments. Note that this webinar is scheduled for 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Congratulations to GenScript's first winner
May 27

Congratulations to GenScript's first sponsorship recipient: RUM-UPRM! There are still 5 sponsorships up for grabs. The next voting deadline is this Sunday, May 31.

Changes to Payment and Invoice Instructions
May 26

We are changing the online system we use for credit card payments and we have also changed our system for creating invoices for wire transfers and checks. Please visit the Team Fee page for information on the new system.

If you generated an invoice previous to May 26 for a wire transfer or check payment, you will need to request a new invoice as we will no longer use the previous invoice to collect payments, effective immediately.

Reminder: 3 Days left to submit proposals for Revive & Restore iGEM Team Grants
May 22

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore will award up to 12 grants of $5500 (USD) each to iGEM teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation. This sum will be provided to help kick-off your team project and will offset the iGEM 2020 regular registration fee. Proposals are due no later than 11:59PM PDT Monday, May 25.

Human Practices in iGEM 2020: how can the committee help?
May 21

Please let us know (through this anonymous survey) how the Human Practices committee can help you succeed in iGEM 2020! Fill out the survey on Google Forms, or here on Microsoft Forms if you cannot access Google Forms. Please contact the committee with any questions: humanpractices [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Direct Link: https://forms.gle/c1hQEzaFsSe1KZiW87

iGEM Measurement Committee Survey
May 18

The iGEM Measurement Committee wants to know what Engineering and Measurement resources will be most useful for your team this year! Help them by filling out this survey by Friday May 22. If you cannot access Google Forms, please download the questions here and return your responses to the Measurement Committee by email: measurement [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Direct Link: https://forms.gle/DgQtKjKtXmnjLPJ47

Reminder: 1 Week left to submit proposals for Revive & Restore iGEM Team Grants
May 18

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore will award up to 12 grants of $5500 each to iGEM teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation. Proposals are due Monday, May 25 (1 Week!).

Join Benchling TOMORROW for "Mastering Benchling Notebook" webinar
May 18

Join Benchling in their webinar training series for iGEMers. In the next webinar, they will demonstrate the best ways to design and plan experiments with Benchling, keep your projects and notes organized, and use advanced features, such as built-in tables with formulas and Benchling Sync. Note that this webinar is scheduled for 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Tuesday May 19.

The first ever iGEM Opening Weekend Festival is now over
May 17

Thank you to all attendees and contributors for helping us make iGEM History!

We will be uploading session videos to YouTube and Bilibili in the coming days. Main Stage videos from Day 1 and 2 are ready to view on YouTube. Stay tuned!

Welcome to iGEM!!! Download the Welcome Booklet
May 15

Ready to start the 2020 iGEM Season? We have prepared this welcome booklet with key information for navigating 2020 and special messages from our Committees and Sponsors.

Opening Weekend Festival - How to Join
May 14

The FIRST EVER iGEM Opening Weekend Festival is starting tomorrow! Introducing the Virtual Blueprint - With 50 confirmed sessions across 4 "Virtual Stages". See our guide on how to join sessions.

We're trying out a few different platforms to make it all happen. To make your weekend experience seamless, we recommend starting with these 5 steps to activate all the platforms on your devices:

New Confirmed Sessions:

  • Judging in iGEM 2020
    Executive Judging Committee
  • Sequence Optimization for Expression and Synthesis
    Software Committee
  • Discovering the data need to model biochemical networks with Datanator
    Software Committee
  • Fostering Open Collaboration Between iGEM Teams
    Just One Giant Lab (JOGL)
Opening Weekend Festival - schedule out now!
May 13

The FIRST EVER iGEM Opening Weekend is starting in just 2 days! We're so excited to see you there and to welcome all of our teams to the competition.

We'll be hosting 40+ sessions designed especially for iGEM 2020 teams, and we're trying out a few new platforms to make it all work. Keep an eye out for instructions in your inbox on how to join sessions. In the meantime, check out some of the new sessions we have lined up for you, and browse the newly released schedule!

New Confirmed Sessions:

  • Wiring the Past & Future: A Transition for Engineering Biology
    Keynote and Panel Discussion with Drew Endy, Pamela Silver, Tom Knight and Megan Palmer
  • Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risks
    iGEM Human Practices + iGEM Safety & Security Committees
  • Designing Scientifically Valid Surveys
    iGEM Human Practices Committee
  • Wondering about your High School iGEM journey? A conversation with HS iGEM alumni
    After iGEM High School Committee
Join Benchling on May 19 for "Mastering Benchling Notebook" webinar
May 12

Join Benchling in their webinar training series for iGEMers. In the next webinar, they will demonstrate the best ways to design and plan experiments with Benchling, keep your projects and notes organized, and use advanced features, such as built-in tables with formulas and Benchling Sync. Note that this webinar is scheduled for 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Free SnapGene and Geneious licenses for teams
May 11

We are honored to Partner with SnapGene and Geneious for the first time! SnapGene and Geneious are joining forces to help iGEM teams create successful projects by offering free access. Request SnapGene or Geneious sponsorship:

Opening Weekend Festival sneak peek
May 8

We're kicking off iGEM 2020 with a bang! Tune in during Opening Weekend for exclusive sessions with iGEM Headquarters, Committees, After iGEM, and more!

Confirmed sessions so far:

  • COVID-19 Projects in iGEM 2020
  • GMOs in Agriculture - The Nobel Laureates’ Campaign Supporting GMO’s
  • Engineering Biological Information Processing Systems
  • Modeling for Synthetic Biology
  • Cloning and Assembly Plans
  • How to build an inclusive iGEM project

We're publishing new sessions every day, and the schedule of events is coming soon... Save the date, and stay tuned!

Regular Registration ends May 15
May 7

Regular registration for iGEM 2020 ends next Friday May 15! Be sure to submit your team's registration fee by May 15 at 11:59PM EDT to avoid the late registration surcharge. Teams may request an extension of the regular registration rate by following the instructions on the Team Fee page.

The deadline to request a credit or a refund is also May 15.

Medal Criteria out now!
May 6

We are happy to announce an early release of the 2020 Medal Criteria:


You're Invited... Opening Weekend Festival
May 1

We're kicking off iGEM 2020 with a bang! Tune in during Opening Weekend for exclusive sessions with iGEM Headquarters, Committees, After iGEM, and more! Attend webinars, panels, workshops, and Q&As designed to help your team make the most of your iGEM experience this year. Meet other teams from all around the world, form bonds and forge pathways towards a truly collaborative iGEM season.

Join the Global iGEM Slack Workspace
April 30

Looking for a way to connect? Join the Global iGEM Slack Workspace! All iGEM 2020 team members are welcome to join: chat, discover other projects, create collaborations, and help each other out with your scientific (and non scientific) dilemmas.

REMINDER: Benchling webinar tomorrow!
May 4

Join Benchling in their webinar training series for iGEMers. In the first webinar, they will introduce you to Benchling’s core applications – Notebook and Molecular Biology, and show you how you can collaborate with one another using Benchling. This webinar is May 5, at 1:00PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) (Tomorrow!).

New Blog Post - iGEM in the age of COVID-19: How teams are coping and succeeding
April 29

"It’s often been said that iGEM is not easy, iGEM is worth it. And we at IDT believe this is especially true during this time of a pandemic." Check out IDT's new guest post on the iGEM Blog. Read more.

Update: Revive & Restore Grant Proposal Deadline Extended
April 29

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the proposal deadline for the Revive & Restore grant will be extended to Monday, May 25. Teams will now have more time to assess their situation, find funding, and form a project plan.

Team Grant Opportunity for up to 6 teams from GenScript
April 27

We are proud to welcome back GenScript as a Partner Plus Sponsor for iGEM 2020! GenScript has been a proud sponsor of iGEM teams since 2009, providing logistical support, team grants, and products through the years.

This year, GenScript will once again be extending a 20% discount on select products to all iGEM Teams, and a team grant opportunity of $3000 for up to 6 teams through a voting contest. The first voting deadline is on Thursday, April 30 (4 days!).

iGEM teams get up to 20 kb FREE custom DNA
April 24

IDT’s partnership with iGEM is entering its seventh consecutive year. This partnership has transformed the way that iGEMers around the world approach synthetic biology, and was a big step towards bringing our vision to life: synthetic biology without DNA manipulation.

We are incredibly thankful for IDT's continued support. For 2020, teams can once again access up to 20 kb FREE custom DNA or equivalent products from IDT.

Join Benchling for the first webinar of iGEM 2020!
April 23

Join Benchling in their webinar training series for iGEMers. In the first webinar, they will introduce you to Benchling’s core applications – Notebook and Molecular Biology, and show you how you can collaborate with one another using Benchling. This webinar is scheduled for May 5, at 1:00PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

iGEM 2020: An exceptional Year
April 22

This is not a normal year. Together, we are facing the biggest pandemic in the past 100 years. Based on your feedback, we are adapting the iGEM experience - we have examined each part of the competition to make it even better this year. This is iGEM in the time of a pandemic. It will be different but it will be worth it.

See the full announcement here.

Take a look at some of the changes on our "New for 2020" hub, including: Changes to Judging, New iGEM Activities Starting Now, Virtual Giant Jamboree, Changes to Registration, Two-Phase Projects, New Video Deliverables, Safety and Human Practices and COVID-19, and New Resources.

Reminder: 1 Week left to submit proposals for Revive & Restore iGEM Team Grants
April 27

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore will award up to 12 grants of $5500 each to iGEM teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation. Proposals are due Monday, May 4 (1 Week!).

Ambassador Coffee Hours - Tell us your feedback!
April 22

With the day-to-day changes everyone is facing around the world, we are looking for information from our community to help guide some decisions for this year. No one knows your situation better than you. Whether you are a PI, advisor, instructor, student leader, or student member, if you are thinking of participating in the iGEM 2020 Competition, we want to hear from you.

Starting Thursday, April 23 (tomorrow!) until Tuesday, April 28, our Ambassadors will be hosting video calls to hear from you and the other teams in your area. Please join any of the calls happening in your region to meet with the rest of the iGEM Community, and tell us about your situation.

Team Fee Extension Policy
April 16

Due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, teams must follow these instructions in order to request an extension of the regular team registration rate:

  1. Team PI completes the New Team application on iGEM.org: https://igem.org/New_Team
  2. Team PI emails hq AT igem DOT org with the following information:
    1. team name, as shown on the team information page (https://igem.org/Team.cgi)
    2. team code, as shown on the team information page (https://igem.org/Team.cgi)
    3. Invoice confirmation number
    4. documentation of the reason(s) the team is unable to transmit their registration fee by April 30 (ex: administrative offices are closed, banks are closed, etc.)
    5. expected date of when the team will be able to transmit their registration fee, and supporting documentation
  3. iGEM Headquarters will respond to the email to confirm the extension, or request additional information as needed

Please note that iGEM Headquarters must receive an email from the team PI in order to grant the extension, and teams must receive confirmation from iGEM Headquarters in order to receive an extension. The regular registration rate will end on May 15 and a late registration surcharge of $500 will apply beginning May 16, unless you request an extension by following the above instructions.

New rules and guidelines for iGEM teams in the context of COVID-19
March 30

The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly affect 2020 iGEM projects. Some teams may even want to respond to COVID-19 using the tools of synthetic biology. Regardless of your project choice, we want to caution that this public health crisis poses some special challenges for iGEM teams. We have created new Safety and Human Practices guidelines for teams conducting iGEM projects during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Click below to learn more about iGEM's rules for projects focused on COVID-19, and social distancing and responsible interactions.

Ambassador/Team Interviews - Join us for a video call
March 24

With the day-to-day changes everyone is facing around the world, we are looking for information from our community to help guide some decisions for this year. No one knows your situation better than you. Whether you are a PI, advisor, instructor, student leader, or student member, if you are thinking of participating in the iGEM 2020 Competition, we want to hear from you.

Starting Wednesday, March 25 (tomorrow!) until Tuesday, March 31, our Ambassadors and iGEM Headquarters will be hosting video calls to hear from you and the other teams in your area. Please join any of the calls happening in your region to meet with the rest of the iGEM Community, and tell us about your situation.

See the full announcement here

Application call for iGEM Video & Remote Technology Committee
March 20

Remote and video participation is becoming a large part of everyone's daily lives. It feels natural to start bringing plans, originally intended for 2021, to reality even sooner. We are working hard on offering a possibility for full remote iGEM participation everywhere - at the Jamboree and during the year, as well as including project videos in the competition.

New member of iGEM HQ, Nemanja, will be launching a Video & Remote Technology committee to work on this. Are you interested in helping bring this new reality to the iGEM Competition? We are looking for members with passion, skills, or experience in: Remote & virtual technology, Video filming & editing, Science Communication, Art & Science. Apply by April 3rd at https://bit.ly/iGEMVideo

Read the full announcement from Nemanja here

Unlock your free Benchling account
March 19

We are excited to welcome Benchling as an iGEM Partner for the second year in a row! Benchling is a cloud-based software platform that helps scientists around the world record scientific data, design sequences, and collaborate more efficiently.

As part of our partnership, iGEM 2020 teams can unlock Notebook, Molecular Biology, extra space, and an enterprise feature — all at no cost to iGEM teams. Visit Benchling's Partner Page to unlock this iGEM offer, and join the community of iGEMers already using Benchling:

Regular Registration Extended to April 30th
March 17

Due to the continued impact of the novel coronavirus upon our community worldwide, we have decided to extend the deadline for our regular registration rate of $5,500 USD to April 30, 2020, for all of our iGEM teams this year. We hope this will make signing up for the competition easier for everyone. Please read the full message here.

To stay up-to-date, please makes sure that you are subscribed to iGEM Newsletters, or check the 2020 Competition Website for updates.

Stay up-to-date
March 12

If your university or school is closed due to COVID-19, we will extend our Regular Registration period for your team so your team will not have to pay the late fee. Please read the full message from the Director of the Competition here.

To stay up-to-date, please makes sure that you are subscribed to iGEM Newsletters, or check the 2020 Competition Website for updates

iGEM HQ working remotely
March 12

Please note that iGEM Headquarters will begin working remotely due to COVID-19, and will not be able to receive phone calls. Please direct questions to the appropriate email:

  • general inquiries: hq AT igem DOT org
  • registration inquiries: registration AT igem DOT org
  • consent form inquiries: documents AT igem DOT org
  • sponsorship inquiries: sponsor AT igem DOT org

Registration is OPEN!
March 2

Registration for iGEM 2020 is now open! Visit the Registration page to learn about the registration process, complete the team application (PIs only), and submit your team fee. Register by March 31 to take advance of the Regular Registration rate of $5,500 USD. Late Registration begins on April 1, with a Late Registration rate of $6,000 USD.

Please visit the Competition/New page for an important message regarding COVID-19 from the Director of the Competition.

We are working on getting team registration up and running! In the meantime, check out these pages.
February 27

Anybody planning to join the competition in 2020 should take some time to read through the 2020 Competition Hub. On this hub, you will find detailed information about the requirements for this year's competition. Some examples include:

  • Team Requirements - detailed information on who should be on the team, how many instructors are required, and how to qualify your team for the competition
  • Rules of Conduct - expectations for teams during the competition
  • Competition Deliverables - teams must deliver certain items by predetermined dates to participate in the competition
Apply today for $5500 grants from Revive & Restore
February 18

Revive & Restore is the leading conservation organization promoting the incorporation of genetic tools into standard conservation practice.

For the 2020 Competition, Revive & Restore will award up to 12 grants of $5500 each to iGEM teams whose projects are focused on solving a problem in conservation. Applications are due on Monday, May 4. Learn more about this fantastic opportunity for iGEM 2020 teams:

#MakeYourMark with IDT
February 4

IDT has helped iGEMers make their mark on the synthetic biology industry for the last 6 years. By giving free custom DNA to ALL iGEM teams, we've been taking steps together towards an imagined future: synthetic biology without DNA manipulation.

Thanks IDT for your continued support for iGEM 2020!

Know any great measurement tools for synbio?
We're looking for YOUR suggestions!
January 27

Past iGEM teams have built, coded and produced great resources for the community, and this year the Measurement Committee is setting out to make these available to everybody! They want to hear from iGEMers past and present what you’d like the committee to integrate.

Thinking about starting an iGEM team in 2020?
January 15

Who can be on the team? How many supervisors do we need? Where do I start?? It can all seem daunting at first. Here are some guidelines to help you get started.

Welcome to iGEM 2020!
January 9

2020.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 2020.igem.org/Competition.

Registration Coming Soon...
January 9

We will be opening team registration soon! Regular registration for 2020 teams will be $5500 USD. We will send out the announcement through our Newsletter, so please sign up for the Newsletter to get the latest updates about iGEM 2020! You can see previous Newsletters and sign-up to receive them here: https://igem.org/Newsletters.