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To Our Community

We at iGEM Headquarters want to take a moment to remind everyone that we are truly an international and diverse community. We take our values seriously and believe the international aspect of iGEM is a large part of what makes iGEM a success. Like many of you, we have been paying close attention to recent events in the United States and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. We have begun and will continue to have discussions here at HQ with the focus on making sure all of our teams can participate openly in iGEM. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please send us a message at hq AT igem DOT org.


Register your team for
iGEM 2017!

We look forward to welcoming you to iGEM 2017! Registering is easy - just have your team PI create an user account, complete the team application and submit the team registration fee.

Are you a High School team or Community Lab team? Please see your additional team registration materials.

Avoid late fees and register your team before March 31, 2017


Check out the 2017 Competition Hub to learn about iGEM 2017! Here you'll find details about Team Requirements, Registration, Rules of Conduct, Required Deliverables, Track Selection, and Positive Contribution. All team members should read through everything on the Competition Hub before kicking off your iGEM project!

New in 2017: We have added more "Freezes" to the calendar! Visit the 2017 Calendar and mark down all of the important deadlines. These include the Title and Abstract Freeze, Track Selection Freeze, Team Roster Freeze, Judging Form Freeze, Wiki Freeze, and Registry Freeze. All Freezes are hard deadlines and no extensions will be granted, so make sure your team meets these deadlines!

Show your SUPPORT to Teams

Not a team member, no problem! Become a Partner and support teams and the iGEM Program. Have the next iGEM project be on your focus area with our Partner Innovation Proposals or have your product or service be integral to their work by offering Partner Special Offers.

Share your experience and Become a Mentor. Help current teams navigate through iGEM. Give advice and share your successes and lessons learned with teams new to iGEM.

Getting Started in iGEM 2017

Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Foundation Vice President

Useful Links to Get You Started

Look at the links below for more information about the topics Meagan mentioned!


February 9

Registration for iGEM 2017 is now open!

We look forward to welcoming you to iGEM 2017!

Be sure to read about the participation requirements on the Competition Hub before having your team PI register the team. He/she will need an user account in order to complete the team application. Be sure to also submit the team registration fee.

High school teams and community lab teams, please see your additional team registration materials.

February 2

iGEM PLOS Online Peer Review Jamboree

On the 28th of January, iGEM, PLOS and Breezio hosted the first online Peer-Review Jamboree for iGEM 2016 projects. Twenty-two teams submitted high quality manuscripts through the Breezio online platform to be considered for review in PLOS Collections. 73 users from 17 countries left almost four hundred comments for the authors of the articles.

Please see our PLOS iGEM Collaboration page for more information about the event, links to papers and instructions on next steps for authors.

January 26

Welcome to

iGEM is excited to announce the launch of the iGEM 2017 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 Major deadlines have been posted! See the competition calendar for details on when things are due by visiting: ​

January 26

iGEM speaks at United Nations Biodiversity Conference​

This past December Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, made a statement in support of synthetic biology at the United Nations BioDiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico. iGEM headquarter staff, along with 5 iGEM delegates, participated in the event, joining over 7,000 participants from 170 countries and over 400 organizations as they came together to address biodiversity on a global scale. For more on the conference and iGEM's participation visit us at:

January 26

Partner Offer: iGEMers receive 30% off SynBioBeta Event Registration

A special discount offer is available for the iGEM community. Both past and present iGEM participants can attend SynBioBeta London (April 4-6) and SynBioBeta San Francisco (October 3-5) at a discounted price. To learn more about SynBioBeta and receive your 30% discount code click here.

January 26

Partner Sponsor & Special Offers

We are proud to announce our Partner Sponsors & Special Offers for iGEM 2017. We welcoming back IDT's free custom DNA offer, Mathwork's free software kit (includes 12 products!) and Agilent's free SureVector kit. Visit the Partner's page to learn more and make sure to check back often for the latest updates.

January 26

New to iGEM? Not sure what to expect?

Experience iGEM by looking back at the completed season. Visit the official iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree photo library or watch the wrap up video of event highlights here.

iGEM 2017 Partner Sponsors


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