The 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology Meeting is just around the corner. On June 3 – 7, we will be convening at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside in Bellevue, Washington State. Our World Congresses are held once every four years and provide us with an exceptional way to connect with nationally- and internationally-recognized scientists from in vitro research fields including those involved in agriculture, biomedicine, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The global attendance includes speakers and attendees from academia, industry, and government. This unusual mix of participants provides SIVB with the opportunity to offer scientific sessions in which novel ideas, recent innovations, and state-of-the art technologies can be discussed to expand our knowledge toward the advancement of a variety of research, teaching, and regulatory programs.
We are pleased to be welcoming our Japanese sister societies, the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JSAAE) and The Japanese Tissue Culture Association (JTCA), as co-sponsors for the Congress. Both of these 2 societies are presenting sessions on Wednesday, June 6 on “Regulatory Acceptance of Alternative Carcinogenicity Tests” and “New Therapeutic Approaches to Cancer from In Vitro Studies” and we are looking forward to their participation in all of the Congress activities.
About the Scientific Program
This year’s program covers a wide range of topics and will have something for everyone in our society as well as any non-member attendees. We have Plenary Sessions that will focus on nanobiology, nutraceuticals, omics technology, and commercialization of GMO’s. The topics introduced during these plenary sessions will be further fleshed out during the remainder of the meeting either in symposia or workshops devoted to them or in individual talks in which studies using these approaches or techniques are described. Additionally, symposia and workshops organized by the Plant Biotechnology (PB) and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences (IVACS) sections will be representative of a wide cross-section of our membership. These will include 19 sessions being organized by our sections will showcase research from a variety of areas in addition to the ones previously mentioned:
- Non-human viruses in biomedical research
- in vitro manipulation of high value fruit crops
- obesity and metabolic diseases
- agricultural biotechnology
- environmental endocrine disruptors
- next-gen transformation technologies
- DNA recombination
- plant conservation
- research integrity
- gene knockdown and knockout
- crop improvement
- transgenic crops
- RNAi and microRNA in agriculture
- Gene Expression systems
- abiotic and biotic stress resistance, and
- sustainability in agriculture.
The 13th International Conference on Invertebrate and Fish Cell Culture
The 13th International Conference on Invertebrate and Fish Cell Culture will also be held during the World Congress. This event honors pioneers in the field of invertebrate and fish cell culture who have contributed outstanding achievements and significantly contributed toward invertebrate and fish research. The conference, held every 4 years, will include joint symposia and workshops throughout the World Congress.
For students and post-docs, the Student Committee has organized sessions on writing and submitting grant proposals and a networking luncheon. More information on these activities can be obtained from contacting members of the “SIVB Student Section” on Facebook. Or viewing the online program. Additionally, the SIVB will be offering both In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences and Plant Biotechnology student and post-doc presentation competitions.
Bellevue, the site of the 2012 World Congress, is the Gateway to the entire Puget Sound and only 9 miles east of Seattle and 17 miles from Sea/Tac International Airport. Nestled between two mountain ranges on the shores of glittering Lake Washington, this walkable city offers some of the best of the Pacific Northwest! Shop at locally founded retail legends like Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer at The Bellevue Collection. Visit romantic bistros and one-of-a-kind finds. Hike along miles of nature trails, public parks or swim at beaches all within walking distance from downtown. Explore museums, art galleries and gardens or take a short trip to out of town to see Wine Country or sight-see in Seattle. All this and more will be available at your fingertips!
But don’t think that this is just a quiet sleepy town. Bellevue is a bustling corporate city which hosts the headquarters for Expedia, Coinstar and T-Mobile as well as being home to a large Microsoft Corporate Office and University. And speaking of universities, there is no shortage higher learning centers near Bellevue, either. The following colleges and universities are all within the Bellevue area: University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Bellevue College, Seattle Central Community College, North Seattle Community College, South Seattle Community College, Washington State University – West, Shoreline Community College, Northwest University, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Pierce College, Pacific Lutheran University and Evergreen State College. Whatever it is you want to do, you will find it in Bellevue!
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Remember, if you forgot to register in advance, you can register on site at the Evergreen Foyer beginning at 7:00 am on Sunday, June 3. Thank you for participating in the SIVB this year and in the past and we look forward to seeing you in Bellevue WA!!