2009 In Vitro Biology Meeting Planning is Well Underway!

David D. Songstad, Program Chair

David D. Songstad, Program Chair

Planning for the 2009 SIVB meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, is well underway. The meeting will be at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston from June 6 to 10, 2009. Our free student registration campaign is also on-going this year and we expect a large number of students to register and participate in the meeting again at the 2009 annual meeting. We also will have a social event planned for the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston on Tuesday June 9th and are also organizing a tour of Arborgen, the biotechnology company located in Summerville, South Carolina, focused on forestry. Also, if you plan to arrive early to Charleston, the Spoleto Festival USA celebration will be occurring (May 22 to June 7) and more information about this is available at the following web link http://www.spoletousa.org/2008.php


Russ Miller, our 2009 Keynote Symposium speaker

Russ Miller, our 2009 Keynote Symposium speaker

I am pleased to announce that Russ Miller will be the keynote symposium speaker discussing the bioenergy center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the partnerships associated with this effort towards alternative energy. Mr. Miller has been with ORNL since 1991 and holds the position of Senior Commercialization Manager in ORNL’s Partnerships Directorate. In this capacity, he is responsible for the technology transfer, partnerships and commercialization activities of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, (www.bioenergycenter.org). He has served as an elected member of DOE’s Technology Partnerships Working Group executive committee, and is active in the Association of University Technology Managers as well as the Licensing Executives Society (LES) which recently awarded him the designation of Certified Licensing Professional.

The Animal and Plant Program Chairs (Dr. Cynthia Goodman and Dr. Freddy Altpeter) are assembling a very exciting agenda that includes the following Joint Plant and Animal and Plenary Symposia:

  • Joint Plant and Animal Symposium: Getting Scientists More Involved in Public Policy
  • Joint Plant and Animal Symposium on Cryopreservation
  • Joint Plant and Animal Symposium on Intelligent Media Design
  • Joint Plant and Animal Symposium on Evaluation of Health Enhancing Plant Products through Animal Assays
  • Plenary Symposium on Gene Targeting
  • Plenary Symposium on Integration of Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Plenary Symposium on National and International Regulatory Aspects of GEO
  • Plenary Symposium on Feedstock Genomics and Transgenics for Cellulosic Ethanol

In addition, a variety of Plant and Animal Symposia and Workshops are also scheduled which include:

  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Transgenic Approaches in Oil Modification
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Marine Invertebrate Cell Culture
  • Toxicology in the 21st Century
  • 3D Cell Culture
  • Animal Bioassay Protocols
  • Impact of Cell Contamination on Research
  • Cell Characterization, Contamination and Identification
  • Insect Pathogen Exploration and In Vitro Propagation
  • Tree Biotechnology
  • Plant In Vitro Culture Lab Exercises
  • Plant Transgene Expression Systems
  • Challenges to Large Scale Liquid Plant Micropropagation
  • Graphical Statistical Software and Animated Visualizations
  • Production of Value Added Products in Transgenic Plants
  • Risk Assessment and Transgene Containment in Transgenic Crops
  • Advances in Enhancing Transgene Expression Levels in Plants using Nuclear or Transplastomic Approaches
  • Highlights in Plant Biotechnology in the Southeast

Please make your reservations early for the 2009 annual SIVB meeting in Charleston. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the 2009 Program Chair, Dr. David Songstad, the Animal Program Chair, Dr. Cindy Goodman, or the Plant Program Chair, Dr. Freddy Altpeter.


David Songstad david.d.songstad@monsanto.com
Cindy Goodman goodmanc@missouri.edu
Freddy Altpeter Altpeter@ufl.edu