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The iGEM 2008 Jamboree will take place on November 8-9, 2008 at MIT's Stata Center in Cambridge, MA.

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Jamboree registration

Registration for the iGEM 2008 Jamboree is due on September 17. After that, the fees increase $50. Everyone attending the Jamboree must register. Head to the registration page find out more details about how to register.


In order to group similar projects together so that they may be judged fairly, the judging committee has come up with the area tracks. You can see a list of the tracks on the Judging Criteria page. Email your top 3 track selections to judging AT igem DOT org by Wednesday, October 8.

Team Roster

In order to get a final list of team members, each team must finalize their team roster by Wednesday, October 15. For your roster to be finalized, each team member must have a user account and be listed on the Team Information page. Note that all members must be confirmed and NOT listed as "pending" (i.e. they should be in the Team Roster section of the Team Information page. See this example.)

For more information on how to add members/edit your Team Information page see the iGEM team Registration Handbook.


Project: According to the iGEM requirements, each iGEM team's project should be documented on the iGEM 2008 wiki site with detail enough to replicate it independently. Additional presentational information about the team - their story, the rationale for the project, failures, successes, future work, etc. - is highly encouraged. Remember that these wiki pages will be the main source of inspiration for future teams, and having good documentation on them and in the part description in the registry increases the likelihood of more teams building on your project and your parts. What is considered proper documentation is decided by the judging committee and you can find details about proper documentation at the Judging page.

Parts: iGEM requirements also state that all teams must properly document their parts on the Registry. The judging committee also decides what is considered proper part documentation. See the Judging page for details. Remember, the success of not just iGEM, but all of synthetic biology, depends on the development of well-characterized, reliable, standardized biological parts that have been designed to be simple to use and understand.

DNA submissions

iGEM teams are expected to submit their parts to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. In addition to submitting your parts, you must also declare which of you parts are you "favorites." Judges may only be looking at favorite parts (final decision yet to be made) so make sure to promote them before the October 29 deadline.

See the DNA submission requirements for more information about the DNA submission process and about how to promote your parts to Favorites.

Poster requirements

Each registered iGEM team is allowed to bring one poster to the Jamboree. The poster must be no larger than 48 inches by 48 inches (1.22m x 1.22m).

The judging committee will specify details on how the posters will be judged on Judging page. Keep in mind that the poster must be able to convey your team's project fully. It should be able to be judged without any external information or input from team members.

iGEM HQ will be asking for a copy of your poster in pdf format for our files. You will be required to provide the pdf version of your poster on Saturday, the day of Jamboree presentations. Please check back for more details on how to submit your poster.

Presentation requirements

Each registered iGEM team is to make a 20-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions/answer session. A laptop will NOT be provided to your team -- please make sure you bring your own laptop from which to display your presentation as well as any necessary accessories to connect the laptop to a projector cable.

iGEM HQ will also be asking for a copy of your presentation in pdf format for our files. You will be required to provide the pdf version of your presentation on Saturday, the day of Jamboree presentations. Please check back for more details on how to submit your presentation.

Requests for variance

If your team is using a format other than the BioBrick standard, you must request a variance before you can submit your work to iGEM HQ, the Registry, and the judging committee. All requests must be submitted before October 8. Parts in standards that are not approved by the judging committee will be judged as if no parts were submitted. See the Judging page for more details and examples.

Project abstract

In order to provide others with a short snapshot of what your project is about, we will be asking each iGEM team to submit an abstract of 100-150 words. Your abstract will be used in the Jamboree program that will provide a guide to the different topics that iGEM teams will be presenting. Please see the project abstract page for more details.

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iGEM 2008 Results

iGEM 2008 results will be announced at the Jamboree awards ceremony on Sunday November 9. Please check back for results then.

iGEM 2008 press & pictures

If you have any online articles about your team or iGEM that you would like to share, please post them on the Publicity page.

If you have pictures that you would like to share with us, post a link to them on the Media page.

iGEM 2008: press kit

For the iGEM boilerplate, high-resolution logos, and more material for the press, please see the press kit page.

iGEM 2009

We will be posting information about iGEM 2009 soon after the Jamboree so make sure you check back if you are interested in participating!