North America Teachers Workshop


We are planning three Teachers' Workshops in 2008, one in North America, one in Europe, and one in Asia

At least one instructor from your team is required to attend. Students are encouraged to attend if possible. The workshop will describe the philosophical foundations of the iGEM program, describe the requirements and expectations for participation in 2008, and introduce the resources available to the participating teams. The workshop also provides an opportunity to meet the iGEM organizers, tour the laboratory operations that support the competition, socialize with other iGEM team leaders, and gather information and materials for a successful year.


  • Date: May 3, 2008
  • Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street <see map below>
  • Room: 32-141 (ground floor, follow the signs)

There is no charge to attend.

Your Role in the Teachers Workshop

Each team will be given less than 5 minutes to speak about their team and their involvement in iGEM this year. We advise against presenting slides because of time - as we are getting larger we want to give everyone the opportunity to speak but appreciate that we aren't just inviting you to come listen to team backgrounds all day. Please think about and be prepared to speak informally about the following:

  • How did you hear about iGEM and why did you get involved?
  • What are your expectations and hopes for iGEM 2008?
  • What has happened at your school to get ready for iGEM 2008?
  • Please describe the team - the students, the instructors, and the facilities available.
  • How are you supporting your team?
  • What projects is your team considering so far? (optional)

Please do not plan to give a presentation of the team's project. That will happen at the Jamboree.

Please be sure that you have applied for your team by mid-day the Friday before the workshop so that we can be sure that your user and team accounts are active.


Final version of the agenda.

Saturday, May 3

Time Duration Session Speakers
8:30a 0:30 Registration & Coffee/Rolls
9:00a 0:30 Introduction to iGEM 2008 Randy Rettberg
9:30a 1:00 Synthetic Biology Based on Standard Parts Tom Knight
10:30a 0:30 Break
11:00a 0:30 Parameter Measurement Jason Kelly
11:30a 0:30 Parts, Plasmids, Assembly, Quality Control Meagan Lizarazo
Randy Rettberg
12:00p 1:30 Lunch combined with Team Introduction Activity
1:30p 1:00 iGEM in 2 Hours - Part 1 Meagan Lizarazo
2:30p 0:30 Break
3:00p 1:00 iGEM in 2 Hours - Part 2 Meagan Lizarazo
4:00p 0:30 iGEM 2008 Details and Software Tool Track Randy Rettberg
4:30p 0:30 Awards and Safety Drew Endy
5:00p 0:30 Discussion All
5:30p End of Session
5:30p 0:30 Tour of iGEM & Registry Headquarters (optional)

Travel Information

Directions to MIT from Logan Airport

By taxi - Taxi fare from the airport is about $20-$25. During non-rush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.

By subway - From any terminal at Logan airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway (inbound toward Alewife) and exit Kendall/MIT to go to the Stata Center. If heading to the Hotel at MIT, continue on one more station to Central. Under normal conditions the ride will take about one-half hour and the fare is $1.25. Click here for maps and information about the Boston subway system.

By car - Leaving the airport, follow the signs to the Sumner Tunnel. Enter the tunnel and stay in the right lane. At the end of the tunnel, continue to stay in the right lane, start down an incline and bear to the right immediately at the sign for Storrow Drive. Take Exit 26 for Cambridge/Somerville. Follow the signs for Back Bay/Cambridge (do not take the exit for Cambridge/Somerville). Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Storrow Drive Westbound. After you pass under the pedestrian walkbridges, change to the left lane and take the exit for 2A North. Turn right and cross the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). MIT's main entrance is 77 Massachusetts Avenue, and it will be on the right at the second set of traffic lights.


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You can find a complete list of accommodation locations at the Jamboree hotel page.