David Songstad, SIVB President

Here is wishing everyone in the SIVB a happy, rewarding and prosperous 2013! A new year always brings the feeling of Re-Birth, Re-Commitment and becoming Re-Energized in whatever we happen to be doing. This is also how we should think about the SIVB and what we can do together to further promote our society and our mission which is to “foster exchange of knowledge of in vitro biology of cells, tissues and organs from both plant and animals (including humans)”. So, in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, I would like to discuss the following:

Re-Birth: Let’s view and champion our society with the spirit of “Re-Birth”. Let’s not look at where we have come from but where we are going. Let’s embrace new ideas and new ways of conducting our society and annual meeting. Let’s listen to the student section for ideas and encourage them as they become more involved with the SIVB and continue down an in vitro science career path. In addition to students, when I think of Re-Birth, I can’t help but think of my SIVB friends who are retiring this year (you know who you are)…I want you to get a sense of “Re-Birth” regarding this society and realize that you are entering a new chapter in your life that still includes the SIVB.

Re-Commitment: Let’s make 2013 the year that as a society, we are Re-Committed to the SIVB, its mission and its impact throughout the globe. This Re-Commitment can be in many forms ranging from submitting at least one manuscript for publication in either In Vitro-Plant or In Vitro-Animal in support of our society’s journals to promoting the SIVB in the social media. Re-Commit by getting involved with planning of the future annual meetings and by volunteering to serve on one of thirteen committees in our society.

Re-Energize: With a new year comes enthusiasm which is nothing less than becoming Re Energized. Let’s demonstrate this “New Year ATP” by telling a friend or colleague who is not a SIVB member to join our society. Consider this: There are now over 1,000 members of the SIVB group at the Linked In professional social media site. This is an impressive milestone; however, most of these Linked In SIVB group members are not members of the SIVB. Let’s think of ways to encourage these “non-members” who are aware of our society to become members of the SIVB. One way to do this is by showing your excitement for this society—show them that you are “Re-Energized”! Re-Birth, Re-Commitment and Re-Energize–put this all together and what do you get? I see a society “Ready to Reach” for greatness and a society where “Revolution Research is Resolute”. If you have not already noticed, I like alliteration—Really!

Sincerely yours,
David Songstad, Ph.D.