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NEW: Abstract submission is now available!
The Program Committee requests abstracts of your research for presentation at the 2018 In Vitro Biology Meeting. The Early Bird Abstract Submission deadline is January 16, 2018, so register now and submit your abstract early.

NEW Keynote Speaker Announced: Dr. Rachel Haurwitz has been announced as the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Haurwitz is the President and CEO of Caribou Biosciences and will be speaking on genome editing. She has a research background in CRISPR-Cas biology, and is also a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics. Read her bio (link to and plan to join us for her presentation on June 3.


NEW Student Abstract Verification Requirement: This year, all abstracts submitted by students will be required to have their supervisor review and approve the submitted abstract in our online abstract submission system. Students will need to include the name and email address of their professor/supervisor when submitting their work. To complete their submission, their supervisor will need to log into the system through a direct link and approve the content and co-authors of the abstract before it can be finalized for submission. Directions for this process will be provided upon log in to the abstract submission website.

NEW Student Award Announced: SIVB is pleased to announce the availability of a new student award to be offered at the 2018, 2019 and 2020 SIVB Meetings. The Exceptional Plant Research Award provides travel funds for up to two students to attend the Annual Meeting of the SIVB in the amount of $500 each, to present their in vitro research benefitting the long-term conservation of one or more non-agricultural, endangered exceptional species.  Exceptional species are defined as species that cannot be conserved long-term using traditional seed banking (dry storage at -20oC).  Work on in vitro or cryopreservation protocols may be done on a common, non-commercial exceptional species that is congeneric with an endangered species.  Applicants must justify the choice of species and benefit to conservation in their 4-page (maximum) letter. This award will be funded for the SIVB meetings of 2018, 2019, and 2020 by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information on how to submit a student award application, please visit
NEW Scientific Program Is Available Online: The 2018 Program Committee has been working hard preparing this year’s scientific program to provide sessions that are both relevant and informative. This year’s meeting will have a genome editing theme that begins with the keynote presentation.  Daily plenary sessions on commercial applications of genome editing, technology development that’s “Cas9 and Beyond”, genome editing for Cassava improvement, and ethics and societal implications of genome editing further emphasize our focus this year.  In addition, the In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences section is organizing a variety of sessions that will cover in vitro toxicology, development of organoid cultures, advanced imaging systems, detection and analysis in the “omics” age, and establishing species specific cell lines. The Plant Biotechnology section is organizing sessions including plant hormone and signal transduction, cell wall manipulations, secondary metabolism/metabolite engineering, in vitro crop model systems, advances in micropropagation, consumer biotechnology, plant development genes and Cannabis transformation and genomics. See what sessions are being offered and keep checking back for updates as they become available.
Hotel Reservations Are Available: The Hyatt Regency at St. Louis at The Arch is looking forward to hosting our event. They have announced the completion of their new guestrooms and lobby in conjunction with the renovation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch grounds. Their re-imagined look offers the newest accommodations available paired with monumental hospitality and service. Make sure to take advantage of the SIVB’s discounted rate to stay at right at the heart of this year’s meeting. Make your reservations today.