The 2008 World Congress is fast approaching. This year, the World Congress will be held in the “Old Pueblo,” Tucson, Arizona, from June 14 – 18 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. The Program Committee has assembled a superb scientific program with symposia topics ranging from Stem Cell Plasticity to Glyco-Engineering of Pharma Proteins from Plant Cells and Student Professional Development – CV/Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills. The World Congress offers a diverse program of interest to national and international scientists and students in all fields of In Vitro and cellular Biology. The sessions will feature presentations from speakers on the forefront of scientific discovery and technological advances.

The City of Tucson is the 32nd largest city in the United States. Surrounded by five mountain ranges; the Tucson, Santa Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita, and Tortolita, Tucson is bordered by Catalina State Park, Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park East and Saguaro National Park West, and the Tohono O’odham Nation, Tucson has a young and energetic vibe, fascinating architecture, new and old; and fantastic food. It features some exciting attractions, such as: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Old Tucson Studios.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal and 1,200 plant species. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. The Museum has gained a worldwide reputation in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting land, plants, and animals of the Sonoran Desert region. The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

Old Tucson Studios has been “Hollywood in the Desert” since 1939! From western movie heroes like John Wayne to current box-office stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, many of Hollywood’s legends have walked these rugged streets which make up the setting for hundreds of major motion pictures. You’re invited to retrace the bootsteps of your favorite stars and spend a day in the life of an 1880’s Western town. To complete your Western experience, take a trail ride along scenic desert mountain trails!

From daring cowboy gunfights and stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson offers an exciting taste of the old wild West. The experience is so authentic, you can taste it!

With so much to do, everyone will enjoy themselves in “The Old Pueblo!”

David Ellis
2008 World Congress Program Chair