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apply for your visas to attend the world jamboree!

In previous iGEM Jamborees, there were several teams that were not able to attend due to visa problems. In order to avoid a similar problem this year, we are asking that all teams apply for visas by June 30 at the latest. If you plan to attend a Regional Jamboree and require a visa, apply as soon as possible! The wait time for visas is typically 3 months, but it can be longer. iGEM Headquarters does not have any authority over consulate offices or the visa application process. The only way to have the highest chance of successfully obtaining a visa is to apply early. If you do not yet know who will be attending the World Jamboree in November, err on the side of caution and have all members apply for a visa. Students should apply for B-1 visas, not B-2. This is a business visa, not a travel visa. Under a travel visa you are not allowed to present at a conference. For more information on the B-1 visa see the MIT's International Scholars Office '''[ visa page]'''. Important: Make sure that you are on your team's '''[ roster]'''. If you are not already on the roster you must join the team and have the primary contact approve your request to join. Alternatively you can ask the primary contact to provide you with the team membership joining code. For more instructions on how to join the team see the '''[[FAQs#Registration_FAQs | Registration FAQs]]'''. ===Invitation letter system=== You can get a customized invitation letter to use when applying for you visa by using the new invitation letter system. Instructions: # Log-in to # Click on My Account # At the bottom of your account page you will see a box for Visas - Invitation Letters # Click on edit and enter your information # '''Save your edits''' # Download your letter '''If you have any questions, please [[Contact | contact]] iGEM Headquarters.'''

partner offer: Autodesk

Autodesk logo

Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, has joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. Autodesk will provide iGEM teams with Autodesk Maya®, and virtually all other Autodesk software, to help animate and simulate in 3D their projects. To see more details on how to take advantage of the Autodesk offer, see the Autodesk sponsor page.

May 18, 2011

the spring 2011 dna distribution is shipping out!

2011 Distribution

The Spring 2011 DNA Distribution is shipping out to teams! All teams should receive their kits early next week. We've made a few changes this year, so when you receive your kits please take a look at our 2011 guide on the Help page.

    Important details:
  • The distribution is shipped as (4) 384-well plates of dried DNA.
  • Kits are shipped via FedEX for US teams and via DHL for non-US teams. Team primary contacts should receive tracking information through FedEx or DHL.
  • If you have not received your kit by Friday, May 20th, feel free to send us an email
May 14, 2011

iGEM job opportunity: video editor

iGEM logo on TV screen

Do you like making / editing / producing videos?

iGEM Headquarters is looking for an iGEMer to help produce some videos about iGEM including instructional videos, protocol videos, and fun videos about iGEM.

If you have experience in video production and want to work at iGEM HQ, see how to apply on the iGEM Jobs page.

May 4, 2011

iGEM spring workshop schedule

iGEM workshop audience

iGEM 2011 Teachers Workshop details have been finalized.

  • 27 May: Carmona, Spain

See more details on the Workshops page.

April 26, 2011

partner offer: OSLI

Pipetting bitumen

The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative would like to extend an invitation to all iGEM teams, particularly those interested in Energy & Environment, to take advantage of their iGEM 2011 partner offer.

Find out more details about this opportunity on the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative page.

Deadline: May 15, 2011.

April 20, 2011

synthetic biology conference: SB5.0

SB5.0 image

Want to get more involved in the world of synthetic biology?

The Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (SB5.0) will be held on June 15 – 17, 2011, Stanford University, organized by the BioBricks Foundation. Registration is open now and space is limited. The Registration deadline will be coming soon. To guarantee your spot, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Visit for more information on speakers, schedule and registration. Contact Thi Thach ( thi AT for additional information regarding SB5.0.

April 12, 2011