I am looking forward to seeing all of you in June at the 2016 World Congress in San Diego. Our World Congress, which is held every four years, provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world. The World Congress is co-sponsored by the SIVB, The Japanese Tissue Culture Association (JTCA), and the Japanese Association for Animal Cell Technology (JAACT). The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, the venue for this meeting, provides easy access to the airport and San Diego activities. I encourage you to join us and take full advantage of the scientific program, opportunities for scientific and social interactions, meeting events, and overall ambiance of San Diego.
The current version of the preliminary program for the World Congress reflects a diversity of interests of our attendees throughout the world. This excellent program was coordinated by the international program committee: Harold Trick, Program Chair; Hong Luo, PBS Program Chair; Michael Dame, IVACS Program Chair; Vivian Dayeh, Education Chair; Matt Desrosiers, IVACS Student Co-Chair; and, Jordan Brungardt, PBS Student Co-Chair.
I encourage you to review the program and plan to attend the World Congress. This is also a good venue to bring your students, technicians, research associates, and postdoctoral fellows to provide them the opportunity to network with their scientific peers, and leading researchers from around the world. Building a strong scientific network can contribute immensely to the careers of our young scientists and provide the foundation required to effectively compete for research funding as well as academic, government, and industry positions. The potential benefits of our student programs are exceptional. Opportunities for constructive interactions with other students and scientists will be occurring daily during the world congress. Our students are highly regarded by our Society and are seen as our future leaders. We encourage full participation in all aspects of our society and provide opportunities for their professional development and advancement.
As we all know, scientific advancements are constantly evolving with novel applications and tools that expand the potential for understanding and improving the basic and applied sciences. Many of these new tools and applications are translated to the whole animal or plant to provide improvements that benefit human and/or animal health. Once their potentials have been demonstrated in vitro, these tools can be applied to improve crop yields and potential resistance to insects and disease as well as to the clinic to treat or prevent human disease. The SIVB is a responsive society that is structured to facilitate the incorporation of current science trends. Our scientific meeting programs have continued to reflect these trends and to provide our attendees with ideas to improve their research approaches. I am always amazed by the science presented at our meetings and in our journals. Our Society’s emphasis on quality science, education, and professional development helps to facilitate the evolution of scientific technologies that are needed for continued scientific advancement.
For information on attendance, registration, housing, and meeting activities, visit the World Congress Website. Scientists who wish to participate in this important meeting should contact Harold Trick, Program Chair, (HNT@KSU.EDU) or other members of the Program Committee for additional information. Information on exhibits and sponsorship can be obtained from Marietta Ellis, Congress Secretariat, SIVB at SIVB@SIVB.ORG.
I encourage each of you to join us at the World Congress and am sure you will find it to be very rewarding.
Eugene Elmore, Ph.D.
President, Society for In Vitro Biology