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About the Program

Top Reasons to
Attend the
2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting

  • Talk one-on-one with renowned scientists who have shaped the science you use today.
  • Attend keynote and plenary symposia, joint symposia and workshops where the latest research in Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences is presented.
  • Present your research during contributed paper and poster sessions.
  • Enjoy this unique opportunity to make new friends, create new connections and take home new knowledge to inspire your scientific pursuits!
  • Explore the Creative Capital of New England, Providence, Rhode Island!


Advanced Tissue Culture WorkshopThe 2013 Meeting will be held from Saturday, June 15 – Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Conference Center and The Omni Providence.  This is the first time SIVB has visited New England since 1973 and you won’t want to miss this opportunity! This international meeting’s program will focuses on issues pertinent to plant and animal research and will give participants a unique learning experience on cell culture and biotechnology. Join us and network with scientific colleagues, share your scientific and personal accomplishments and view the most exciting, cutting edge research in the broad arena of in vitro sciences and biotechnology.

If you have ever attended an SIVB Annual Meeting, you appreciate both the intimacy and high quality science that are the focus of these events. Sit and talk one-on-one with leading experts who have shaped the science you use today. Then attend scientific sessions where they will present their latest research in Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences during keynote and plenary symposia, symposia and workshops. You also have the opportunity to present your research during the contributed paper and poster sessions. This is a unique opportunity to make new friends, create new connections and take home new knowledge to inspire your scientific pursuits.


About the Location

Providence, the Creative Capital, combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city.  Only a 50-minute drive from Boston and three-hour drive from New York City, this thriving arts community includes vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene and so much more. Nearby Warwick offers bountiful shopping and 39 miles of coastline, while the scenic beauty and rich history of Rhode Island’s other regions are a quick drive away. Historic and hip, sophisticated and small-town, Providence packs the best of New England into one convenient and colorful package.  Higher learning is nearby with many colleges and universities in or near Providence, such as: Providence College, Brown University, Rhode Island College, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, and University of Rhode Island. The biotechnology community is also active with companies such as Purdue Pharma, Nerotech Pharmaceuticals, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Genzyme and MultiCell Technologies owning headquarters or major offices in or near Rhode Island.


Interactive Poster Sessions

A number of posters have been selected to participate in interactive poster sessions. Each session will have a moderator and it will begin with each poster presenter giving a short description of their poster. After the brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. We hope this continues to be a positive experience for presenters, poster viewers, and exhibitors alike.

Silent Abstracts

The Silent Abstract is a special abstract category for authors unable to attend the meeting. Abstracts submitted for the Silent Abstract category follow the same abstract format, abstract fee, and scientific review/acceptance by the program committee; and, if accepted, will be printed in the abstract book. (Note: Authors, who request a poster or oral presentation slot, but fail to attend the meeting or withdraw the abstract before May 1, 2012, may have their abstracts rejected in the future.)


Disabilities Act

The Society for In Vitro Biology will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the meeting. The Omni Providence is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please indicate your special needs when making your reservations at the Omni.



There will be exhibit booths and tabletop displays allowing registrants the opportunity to examine state-of-the-art products and services. Information can be obtained here or by contacting Meeting Secretariat, Marietta Wheaton Ellis at (919) 562-0600, fax (919) 562-0608, or email:



The pre-registration deadline has passed. You may register onsite at the Ballroom Foyer of the Rhode Island Convention Center at the meeting beginning at 7:00 am, Saturday morning, June 15, 2013. 

2013 Meeting Registration Rates
$ 360 
$ 530
Combination 2013 Membership/Reg.  
$ 520
NEW: Research Technician
$ 180
Post Doctoral Associate$ 100
$     0
SIVB Emeritus 
$   65

The registration desk opens at 7:00 am, Saturday morning, June 15, 2011 at the Ballroom Lobby in the Rhode Island Convention Center at One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903-1814.

Note: Refund requests must be made in writing. All refunds are subject to an administrative processing fee of $50.00. The amount refunded is determined by the date the request is received. A full refund will be granted if the request is received by March 31, 2013 one-half from April 1 to April 30, 2013; no refund after May 1, 2013.

NEW: Research Technician Registration Rate

You spoke and we listened! SIVB is now offering all research technicians a special rate of 50% off the regular registration to attend the meeting. To receive this rate, the research technicians will need to provide a letter from their supervisor confirming their status as a research technician in their lab. Letters can be sent to or faxed to (919) 562-0608.

Student Registration FREE*

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) has always believed that the future of in vitro biology lies in today's students and is committed to the future endeavors of science by encouraging the continued growth of upcoming researchers and scientists. To support the Society's vision of encouraging education and informational exchange, we are offering all current students, who are 18 or above and show institutional certification, free registration to the scientific sessions of the 2013 Meeting. Also, as an added bonus, all students who register and attend the 2013 Meeting will receive free membership to the Society in 2014! *

*Limited space for student registration available. Pre-registration is required to assure free student registration. Submit your abstract early!

Special Tours and Events

Saturday Morning Advanced Tissue Culture Workshop - June 15, 8:00 am- 12:15 pm

SIVB will be holding an Advanced Tissue Culture Workshop on Saturday, June 15 from 8:00 am – 12:15 pm. The aim of this course, entitled “Best Practices in Plant and Animal Cell Cultures” is to acquaint participants with best practices in plant and animal cell culture techniques. The course is modular providing concurrent presentations for the plant and animals cell culture components. Speakers will cover the basics in cell culture of both plants and animals. To read more about the program, course fees and how to receive course credit, visit here.

Saturday Afternoon Tour of the MA Biomanufacturing Education Center - June 15, 1:00 - 5:30 pm

A tour of the new MA Biomanufacturing Education Center ( in Worcester, MA, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be held on Saturday, June 15. In partnership with state and industry leaders, WPI built the WPI Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC) - the first of its kind in the Northeast. The BETC is a 10,000 sq ft facility featuring large- and small-scale bioprocessing areas, support labs, and classrooms. It is located at WPI’s Gateway Park, which is a growing center of research, innovation and commerce. The park is anchored by WPI’s 125,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, which opened in 2007 and is fully occupied with graduate research laboratories, life science companies, state-of-the-art core facilities, and WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education division. Gateway's commitment to sound, research-based, market-driven economic development is helping Worcester and Massachusetts grow their economies and create jobs. This new pilot-scale biomanufacturing center builds on about a decade of the university operating a smaller facility and working with companies on workforce development programs. The new center will provide day and evening programs for workers transitioning into the biotech industry and incumbent workers who need training on particular processing operations or cross-training. Attendance is limited. This afternoon tour is $40 and will include round trip transportation to the event, description of the different available activities, tour of the hands-on pilot scale training facilities and lunch.
Tickets will be available for this event during the meeting at the SIVB Registration Desk while supplies last.

Tuesday Evening Clambake at Squantum Association - June 18, 5:45 - 9:00 pm

A fun and casual authentic evening clambake outside at Squantum Association ( will be held on Tuesday, June 18. Attendees will be bused to the coast where they will enjoy the opportunity to walk around the manicured gardens, stately waterfront trees, and waterfront dock of Squantum Association where they can enjoy some of the best views Rhode Island has to offer of their trademark sailboats. Guest will then participate in a ceremony including the firing of a historic cannon. Next, they will experience a traditional New England Clam Bake. Special menu options will be available for vegetarian participants attending the event and a local winery may be on hand to offer wine tastings. If you are vegan, please inform our office upon purchasing your tickets. In 1870, the owner of Huckleberry Island objected to use of his island for clambakes and a rocky promontory just north of the island was chosen by the Benefit Street Boys and the Rowseville Boys to hold future events. The land was purchased and the Squantum Club was created. To this day, they continue to hold traditional clambakes for members and guests. The price for this special evening event is $95 and includes round trip transportation, self-guided tour, cannon ceremony, and dinner.
Tickets will be available for this event during the meeting at the SIVB Registration Desk while supplies last.

Wednesday Afternoon Tour of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory - June 19, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

A scientific tour of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI – and Marine Biology Lab (MBL - in Woods Hole, MA will be held on Wednesday afternoon, June 19. The WHOI is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. Knowledgeable WHOI volunteers will guide you on a walking tour through the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities. The tour provides excellent background on the research conducted at WHOI and on the history of the Institution.

The MBL is an international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. The oldest private marine laboratory in the country, the MBL has a year-round staff of more than 270 scientists and support personnel working in such fields as cell, developmental, and regenerative biology, ecology, microbiology, genetics and metagenomics, neurobiology, sensory biology, and biodiversity informatics. Each summer, an additional 1,700 scientists and advanced students from around the world come to the MBL to study and conduct research. The MBL’s educational program, which offers seven major summer courses and approximately twenty special topics courses throughout the year, plays a significant role in training the world's biologists and environmental scientists. The price for this tour is $40 and will include round trip transportation, tours of both WHOI and MBL, and lunch.
Tickets will be available for this event during the meeting at the SIVB Registration Desk while supplies last.



In support of the SIVB’s Student Initiative, SIVB is pleased to announce a new Sponsor-A-Buddy program. For only $25, SIVB Members and attendees of the SIVB Annual Meeting can help support a student “buddy.” Contributions will be used to support student abstract submission fees for the meeting. Contributors to the Sponsor-a-Buddy-program will be acknowledged at the 2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting. Just check off that option on the registration form and start supporting our future scientists today.

Meeting Venue & Hotel

The Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) will be the site of the 2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting. RICC is located in the heart of downtown Providence and is a multi-purpose facility. For those who want to experience all of downtown Providence, the Convention Center is attached, via a sky-bridge, to the Omni Providence, the Providence Place Mall, and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hotel accommodations for the 2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting have been ar¬ranged at The Omni Providence, which was named “Best of the East” by readers of Meeting East Magazine. It boasts an excellent location within walking distance of many gourmet restaurants and historic attractions where guests can experience all that the city has to offer. With a indoor pool, fully equipped Capital Club fitness center and the delicious Centro Restaurant, the Omni has everything you need to relax and renew. Slip into a cozy terry cloth robe and luxuriate in your spacious guest room with beautiful city views and oversized bathrooms.

For more information on The Omni Providence, please visit the Meeting Hotel page.

Share-a-Room Program

If you would like to share accommodations with another meeting attendee to diffuse costs, please contact the SIVB office with your name, contact information, and housing needs (including your gender and days you need to share). When we find an appropriate applicant, we will connect you. Once introduced, it is up to the two of you to make your own hotel reservations together, directly with the hotel. NOTE: You, the respondent, and not the SIVB, will assume all responsibility for any arrangements made afterwards. SIVB is not liable for any rooming costs incurred with shared rooms in this program.


The Omni Providence is .5 miles from the Providence train station and less than 10 miles from T. F. Green Providence Airport. There is shuttle service available from the airport every hour on the hour between 5am and 8pm. Shuttle service departs the airport baggage claim; arriving at The Omni Providence in approximately 17 minutes. For reservations, please contact Airport Taxi ( directly at 401-737-2868. The cost for the shuttle is $11 per person each way. The cost for a taxi ranges around approximately $28-30 each way.

Things to do in Providence

Providence is a compact, thriving American capital city. Take New England’s history and blend it with a vibrant dining palate and an edgy arts, music and cultural scene. There is plenty to do and see just outside your hotel. 

Battleship Cove
At Battleship Cove, the past is at your fingertips. You'll thrill to the state-of-the-art special effects in the new Pearl Harbor Experience. The kids will love scampering around the world's largest collection of US naval ships and imagining dangerous missions aboard the mighty USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. or their PT Boats from the South Pacific. Whether you're a casual visitor, tourist, history buff, student, or teacher, this world-class maritime heritage museum has something for everyone. And don't leave without riding a painted pony on the historic Fall River Carousel!

Green Animals Topiary Garden
One of the oldest topiary gardens in North America, this Victorian country estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island includes more than 80 sculptured trees and shrubs in animal and geometric forms, floral gardens, a rose arbor and fruit trees. The estate house (1870) includes a display of vintage toys. Fun for kids and adults; great views from hillside location.

Ladd Observatory
Brown University's historic Ladd Observatory was constructed in 1890-91 and opened in October 1891 under the direction of Prof. Winslow Upton. A regular program of transit observations and timekeeping was started in 1893. Prof. Charles Smiley, famous for his observations of solar eclipses, became director of Ladd Observatory in 1938. Associate Dean of the College David Targan is the current director. The Observatory is open to the public for telescope viewing on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting.

Lippitt House Museum
Built in 1965 at 199 Hope Street in Providence for textile merchant Henry Lippitt, his wife, and their six children, the house was occupied by several generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years. Over the years the family made only a few changes respecting the historic integrity of their ancestor's legacy. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is an exceptional testament to local craftsman of the time. In 1865 the Lippitt's new home, a three story, twenty room Renaissance Revival with Italian Palazzo elements positioned the family to a new social standing in 19th century Providence. Embellished with elaborate faux finishes from the walls to the ceilings, marble statues, colorful stained glass windows, ornately carved woodwork details and monogrammed dining service the family was ready to entertain in high style. Visitors included the founding families of Providence and the renowned Professor Alexander Graham Bell and later generations entertained Cole Porter and Jack Lemmon. In the early 80's the house was given to Preserve Rhode Island and after almost 10 years of restoration the house was opened as a museum bursting with the elaborate detail of high style Victorian decoration and a family collection that brings to life 19th century Providence.

Newport Mansions
The 11 historic properties and landscapes - seven of which are National Historic Landmarks - trace America's architectural and social development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age. Entrance fee.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
One of our nation’s oldest zoos (opened in 1872), Roger Williams Park Zoo is an integral part of southern New England’s history and heritage, bringing excitement and discovery of the natural world to generations of visitors. Today the Zoo is one of Rhode Island’s top tourist attractions, welcoming over half a million people annually from all over New England and beyond. Their award-winning conservation programs have won national acclaim, earning praise from The New York Times as “one of the best zoos in the country for its conservation efforts” among zoos of similar size. Roger Williams Park Zoo is also a valuable center for science and environmental education; the Zoo is home to well over 100 species of rare and fascinating animals from all over the world. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoo is also home to many endangered species and participates in cooperative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure their future survival.

Performing Arts
The performing arts are also a big part of Providence culture, led by Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company. Music lovers will enjoy the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Opera Providence. Theatergoers can enjoy performances from companies such as the Perishable Theater. For dance enthusiasts, there is the Festival Ballet Providence.  One local artist, Barnaby Evans, has created WaterFire Providence a multi-sensory experience that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. This series of bonfires installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence entices with aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music. The event occurs several times a month on Saturday evenings from May to October and has become a "must see" for visitors to the city.

Other Museums
Providence is home to many museums including the John Brown House Museum, an American National Historic Landmark, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Culinary Arts Museum. Just for the kids, we have the Providence Children's Museum Rhode Island's only hands-on museum for children. The Providence Athenaeum is a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center located off of the historic Benefit Street. The Athenaeum is free to visit. Visit their website for hours and more information.


Student and Post Doctoral Opportunities

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) is committed to the future endeavors of science and encourages the continued growth of scientists and their students. To support the Society’s vision to encourage education and scientific informational exchange, SIVB offers a number of special opportunities to assist students and their ability to grow through their scientific community, including: Free Student Registration* and Membership Initiatives, the Student Awards Program, and the Post Doc and Student Oral and Poster Competitions.


FREE Student Registration and Membership Initiative* Go

All current students who can show institutional certification will receive free registration to the scientific sessions of the 2013 Meeting. Students who register and attend the 2013 Meeting on In Vitro Biology will receive free membership* to the Society in 2014!

The SIVB Student Award Program Go

This program provides recognition and financial support for students who have contributed and made outstanding achievements in the field of in vitro biology. Available awards and application criteria can be found here. The deadline for applications has passed.   


Post Doctoral and Graduate Student Oral Presentation and Poster Competitions Go

SIVB is pleased to announce that Post Doctoral and Graduate Student Oral and Poster competitions will be held during this year’s meeting. SIVB believes that fostering the growth and professional development of its members, including graduate students and post docs, is essential to the continuing success of any organization. These competitions are held during the meeting to encourage the development of those members just establishing their careers. When you submit your abstract, you will be able to inform us if you want to compete in these events.  More details will be posted as they become available.

The deadline to submit your abstract to the competitions has passed.

International Travel and Visas

Travel to the United States

International Travel & VisasMost travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport that is valid six months longer than the intended visit. Please visit the International Visitors Office to determine if you require a travel visa to attend the 2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting. If you require a visa, please recognize that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as four months, with processing taking an additional month or more. The wait time for visa applications is available on the State Department’s website. As soon as you have decided to attend the meeting, you should begin the process of applying for a visa.

In 2004, the United States instituted the US-VISIT program, requiring most foreign visitors to have their two index fingers scanned and a digital photograph taken to verify their identity at the port of entry. A departure confirmation program, as part of US-VISIT, is currently being tested. This program applies to all visitors, including those from visa waiver countries.

As of October 26, 2005, all countries must issue passports with digital photos or the required chip (e-passport) containing biometric information about the individual. However, anyone issued a machine-readable passport prior to October 26, 2005, will be “grandfathered in” and allowed to visit the United States until the passport expires.

Visa Waiver Program/ESTA

As of January 12, 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. You will not be able to board the plane without this ESTA approval in hand. The Department of Homeland Security, Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP.  It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travelers fill out en route to the United States.  ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel.  An ESTA authorization generally will be valid for up to two years. Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the United States.  DHS recommends that travelers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin making travel plans. ESTA applications may be completed FREE online at the official DHS website, which is: Learn more at ESTA

Review the current visa waiver program quick reference handout.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: Specific passport requirements apply to all VWP travelers. See What do I need to know about VWP MRP and e-Passport requirements? Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government implemented the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI.The rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.  

See for more information.


The IWA recommends that international participants view the following websites for important timelines, current requirements, and information concerning visa applications for entry into the U.S.:

Experiencing a Delay in Travel Visa Processing?

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has developed a page on its web site to collect detailed information about international scientists experiencing significant visa delays. This could prove useful to scientists still trying to cope with the many changes in protocol brought on by the SEVIS student-tracking system and the enhanced security of the US VISIT program. Visa applications that are delayed by more than 20 days will be reported to the State Department. Please visit the NAS web site at