The 2013 In Vitro Biology Meeting is just around the corner. SIVB is returning to the North East for the first time in 40 years and we are excited to share all the unique opportunities this region can provide. We have planned special events and sessions that take advantage of all this location has to offer. Learn more about possibilities that await you at this year’s annual meeting!

Advanced Tissue Culture Workshop: Saturday, June 15

SIVB’s mission includes fostering education on proper cell culturing techniques. To encourage this, we are holding an Advanced Tissue Culture Workshop on Best Practices in Plant and Animal Cell Culture. This is a one day special workshop that trains scientists and researchers in all stages of their career as to proper tissue culture techniques in either plant or animal research. This year’s workshop is the first held by SIVB since 2000 and the first of its kind that offers individualized animal- and plant-focused tracks to allow participants to choose the direction of their training. There is even the opportunity to receive for course credit. Separate registration is required. Learn more about the workshop.



Saturday Tour of MA Biomanufacturing Education Center, 1:00 – 5:30 pm (
Receive a tour of the hands-on pilot scale training facilities of this new venue in Worcester, MA, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). This tour was organized with the assistance of WPI Professor and SIVB Member, Pamela J. Weathers. Don’t miss the chance to visit the first Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center in the Northeast USA.

Tuesday Evening Clambake at Squantum Association, 5:45 – 9:00 pm
While at New England’s coastline, what could be better than an old fashioned clambake? Join us for this authentic experience with a cannon ceremony, self-guided tour of the grounds, and clambake. Special menu options will be available for vegetarians attending the event. If you are vegetarian or vegan, please inform our office upon purchasing your tickets.

Wednesday Tour of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Join your colleagues on a tour of these unique local facilities ( and 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. MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the country and 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. And don’t forget to attend the presentation by MBL staff member Susan Banks from the The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering during Monday’s “Plant and Animal Marine Biology Research” plenary session.

Student Opportunities

During the meeting, there will be a number symposia and workshops that will focus on student professional growth. We encourage all students to attend these sessions:

  • Student Networking Symposium: Strategies for Remaining Current in Your Field
  • Student Networking Luncheon; Non-Competitive Student Oral Presentations
  • Student and Post Doctoral Oral Presentation Competitions for both Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences
  • Student Non-Competitive Oral Presentation Session

About the Scientific Program

This year’s program covers a wide range of topics including special sessions focusing on the science and industry for which New England is known. We have Plenary Symposia that will focus on the history of biotechnology, plant and animal marine biotechnology and plants in service to medicine. Additionally, symposia and workshops organized by the Plant Biotechnology (PB) and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences (IVACS) sections will be representative of a wide variety of research interests in the in vitro biology and biotechnology fields. Researchers include presentations from speakers at Tufts University, University of Connecticut, Marine Biological Laboratory, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Rhode Island, Harvard Medical School and more. The meeting will host 22 sessions which will showcase research on numerous topics including, but not limited to:

  • advanced microscopy analysis of cells and tissues
  • advances in transformation technology
  • ethnomedicine and the biochemical aspects of plants in health and disease
  • gene discovery and functional genomics
  • genetic improvement of bioenergy crops
  • multidisciplinary approaches for answering biological questions
  • new strategies for specialty crops
  • optimizing plant micropropagation: the genotype effect
  • pathogen-host interactions and endocrine disruptors in human and fish
  • the human microbiome: what is known and what is next
  • three dimensional tissues as powerful tools for cancer research
  • transformation strategies and regulatory oversight

About Providence

Join us from June 15 – 19, in Providence Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Convention Center and stay at the Omni Providence, where conference hotel accommodations have been arranged for the attendees. Thank you for participating in the SIVB this year and in the past and we look forward to seeing you in Providence, RI!!

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.