News Archive

News Archive

Here you will find the archived news items from the iGEM 2021 Main page.

Featured news

Twist Bioscience is offering teams FREE DNA!
June 30

We're thrilled to welcome back Twist Bioscience as a Platinum Partner of the iGEM 2021 Competition! They're offering complementary synthesis of up to 10kb in Twist Gene Fragments to teams. To find out how to claim your DNA, visit their Partner Page.

Welcoming back GenScript as a Partner Plus Sponsor for iGEM 2021!
June 28

GenScript has been a sponsor of iGEM teams since 2009, providing team grants and critical logistical support through the years. This year, they have a giveaway of $2000 for up to 6 iGEM teams, and 20% off DNA synthesis for all teams. This year, GenScript is also providing critical support to teams in China by shipping the iGEM 2021 Distribution Kits. Learn more on their Partner Page.

iGEM teams can unlock Benchling premium features for FREE!
June 8

We're excited to share our 3rd year of partnership with Benchling. They help iGEM teams collaborate more effectively, with tools to design DNA, record results, and even export notebook entries for the iGEM Wiki - all free for iGEM 2021 Competition teams! Get started:

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Coffee with Ambassadors - June Meetups
June 22

This weekend, on June 26th, the iGEM Ambassadors are organizing the second session of Coffee with Ambassadors. Join them for a game of "Never Have I Ever"!Coffee with Ambassadors is series of fun, interactive meetups every month for iGEMers to socialize, play games, and receive guidance. Everyone is welcome to join!

The next meetup is on Saturday, June 26.
Asia | 4:30 pm IST | 11:00 AM UTC
Europe/Africa | 4:30 pm CET | 2:30 PM UTC
Americas | 4:30 pm CT | 9:30 PM UTC.

Learn more and register.

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2021 iGEM Impact Grant! Apply by June 30
June 7
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Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2021 iGEM Impact Grant: a first-of-its-kind initiative providing $2,500 to 90 iGEM teams to help them take their projects further! We want to know why your project is important to your community (and the world!), and how this funding will help you reach your goals. Apply by June 30!

New Ambassador Event: Work in Progress - Starting June 13
June 9

Join your Ambassadors for this new event Starting June 13: "Work In Progress" - a peer support group network for #iGEM2021 teams. The network will be a safe space where anyone can turn to, when they are feeling stressed, demotivated or just want to vent. Register here

New Workshop: Safety & Security Values and Risks Workshops, Starting June 9
June 7

Join the iGEM Ambassadors for interactive small-group sessions exploring issues of safety, security and responsibility. The workshops will help you confidently identify and manage risks in your project and will help you prepare for the Preliminary Safety Form Deadline on June 25. Now offered in many languages, including español, français, 中文, and more - beginning Wednesday June 9! Sign up for a session.

New this year: Jamboree Parties
June 4

Our 43 iGEM Ambassadors all around the world will help to host regional satellite events of the Jamboree: Jamboree Parties! Meet other teams, have poster sessions, showcase your projects, and celebrate the award ceremony together. Interested in attending or hosting? Let us know through the form on

Got a synbio question? Need an expert answer? Just Ask!
June 3

This year the iGEM Engineering Committee is encouraging the use of Stack Exchange to better answer questions, facilitate more collaboration between teams and engage the wider SynBio community.

If you have questions about designing genetic constructs, building your strains, interpreting your data, or anything else related to the biological side of your project, you can ask them there. Or, if you want to share your expertise, you can help others out by answering their questions. Learn more

New Event: Coffee with Ambassadors - Monthly Meetups
May 26

We are excited to introduce our new event, Coffee with Ambassadors! We will be holding these meetups approximately once a month to answer any of your iGEM-related questions and play games with you all. We have ambassadors around the world, so we will be holding multiple events across time zones. Everyone is welcome to join!

The first meetup is on Saturday, May 29.
Asia | 4:30 pm IST | 11:00 AM UTC
Europe/Africa | 4:30 pm CEST | 2:30 PM UTC
Americas | 4:30 pm CT | 9:30 PM UTC.

Learn more and register.

New iGEM Challenge by Beckman Coulter!
May 25
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$2500 product vouchers for up to 6 iGEM teams and SO MUCH MORE!!

We are thrilled to welcome Beckman Coulter as a new Partner Sponsor of the iGEM Competition in 2021! This year, they will be supporting iGEM teams through their iGEM Challenge. Apply by June 12 for a chance to receive one of their sponsorships.

Thank you for joining Opening Weekend Festival!
May 16

We hope that you enjoyed the event! Missed something? Catch up on sessions you missed.

The Phoenix Project: Beta - A new tool for browsing previous iGEM Projects!
May 16

Build off a previous iGEM project or find what iGEM teams have done in past years. You can already see a beta-version of our search tool at Take some time to explore and learn from the teams that came before you. Even if you have already selected a project for this year, try to find teams that had similar goals and pick up from where they left off. ⇗

Show off your iGEM Spirit!
May 15

Show off your iGEM Spirit with official iGEM Merch! We're testing an online Merch store with the help of Printful to make some classic iGEM designs available around the world. To celebrate the launch, please enjoy 20% off store-wide for Opening Weekend! ⇗

New Webinar Series: Engineering Committee Webinar Series starting May 24
May 14

The iGEM Engineering Committee will ​host a series of daily webinars to help iGEM teams with your projects, from May 24 - June 10, 2021. Learn more about this webinar series.

New Workshop Series: Academic Publishing Workshops starting May 22
May 10

Planning to publish your work or want to learn about academic publishing? The After iGEM Academia & Research Steering Group is hosting a series of 4 weekly Academic Publishing Workshops starting from May 22, 2021. Register for this workshop.

Help build a brand new synbio Stack Exchange
May 4

The iGEM Engineering Committee is building a Synthetic Biology StackExchange site to provide a Q&A site for the SynBio community: where anyone, from newcomers to experts, can ask or answer questions about synthetic biology. We're only 45% through the commitment phase, and still need 55 more committers to earn 200+ rep on any other Stack Exchange site: Join now at

IDT is offering FREE gene fragments to all iGEM 2021 teams!
April 27

Our 8-year partnership with IDT has transformed the way iGEMers around the world approach synthetic biology. We are incredibly thankful for IDT's continued support of iGEM in 2021!

Registered iGEM 2021 Competition teams can get up to 20kb free custom DNA from IDT. Register with IDT by October 1:

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Apply now to be an iGEM Judge!
April 19

Applications to be a judge for the 2021 iGEM Competition are now open! Through the judging process, our judges will evaluate, celebrate, and help guide the next generation of synthetic biologists. Learn more

Apply for Mentorship
April 6

Apply for mentorship for your team, or apply to be a team mentor, through the official After iGEM Mentorship Program: Learn more

Get Connected: Join Slack!
March 24

Join the Global iGEM Slack Workspace to connect with other teams! Chat, discover other projects, create collaborations, and help each other out with your scientific (and non scientific) dilemmas. It is also a place where you can reach out to your regional ambassadors. Join Slack

2021 Ambassador Team Calls: March 17-23
March 12

Meet your local Ambassadors!

Our team of 37 Ambassadors and 6 Ambassador Program Coordinators, passionate iGEM Alumni located all over the world, will be frequently organizing video calls with prospective 2021 iGEM Teams via Zoom. These calls with Ambassadors are a place to catch up, share plans, discuss questions and voice your suggestions! The first round of calls will begin next week. Click here to find a time!