Do I have access to the ASCEND platform?

Access to the platform is dependent on the email address that you use to sign in. 

Typically, we rely on the email domain of your institutional email address to determine eligibility.

We endeavour to keep access free for scientists at academic and non-profit institutions. BenchSci offers subscription services for industry scientists. 

1. Industry Scientists

Visit our customers page to learn more about login options at your company. Some companies have enabled single sign-on (SSO), where you can log in using your company email address and employee login credentials when connected to the company network/VPN.

Single Sign-On (SSO)Email/Password
Use the dedicated SSO link for your company.
Not all companies may show up on this page, so if you are unclear if your company has access, please reach out to us!
Login Page:

If you're able to sign up with your company email address, then your organization already has access. To enquire about getting access for your company, fill out our contact form and a member of our team will be in touch promptly.

2. Academic and non-profit institutions

Typically, we rely on the domain of your institutional email address to determine eligibility for a free account. This is the email address provided by the university, research institution, or government agency that you are affiliated with. For example,,, or

We maintain a list of academic, nonprofit, and government institutions and valid email domains so that anyone with an email address from one of those domains can register for free. 

If we missed your institution, send us a note through our contact formchat message, or to let us know and we'll work on fixing the oversight.

I don't have an institutional email address

We understand that not all universities and institutions issue email addresses and you may only have an email address from GMail or another generic email provider. If this is the case, we can manually verify an account for you if you provide us with some extra information:

  1. Contact us using our contact formchat widget, or by emailing
  2. Share with us your full name and the name of the institution you are associated with
  3. Provide a link to one of the following:
         • LinkedIn™ profile link showing your current affiliation to an institution
         • ResearchGate profile link showing your current affiliation
         • A recent paper with your name on it, showing your current affiliation

Once your affiliation is verified, we will set up an account for you.

To sign up for an account, please visit our main login page

If you are having trouble signing up, please check out this article for troubleshooting steps.