There are so many exciting events happening during this year’s meeting.  Check out what’s new:

Saturday Advanced Flow Cytometry Applications and Data Analysis

Saturday, June 8, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

In continuation of the success of Flow Cytometry workshop in the last two years, this year’s Grow with the Flow workshop will focus on various advanced areas in flow cytometry and fluidics for targeting and gene editing with specific biological applications. Experts will present and be available for discussions on these advance areas including characterization of nano conjugates using flow cytometry. In addition, presentations on technology updates and Flow Cytometry best practices will be discussed. During the workshop a panel would help with the tips on interpretation of results on flow data with the world expert who invented the high-speed flow cytometry. Following the workshop, experts will be available to answer questions on the capabilities of the technology and the equipment in addition to any other relevant information at the exhibition hall during the rest of the conference. Advance registration is required to participate in this workshop. Learn more about the presentations and register today!

It’s a Whale of a Time: An Evening at the Florida Aquarium

Tuesday, June 11, 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us Tuesday evening, June 11, for a special evening as we connect with the sea. The Florida Aquarium enables you to get up close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world. Learn Florida’s unique water story as it follows a drop of water on its wondrous journey from its underground source to the rolling waters of the open ocean in a series of remarkable living galleries. More than a must-see attraction, they are working to protect and restore our blue planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim our seas. Your evening at the aquarium will start with a 1-hour self-guided tour through the aquarium exhibitions, a sit down dinner in a private room for our group, and cash bar. The cost for this special event is $99 and includes bus transportation, entry to and exploration of the aquarium, and dinner. NEW:A limited number of discounted tickets will be made available to student registrants at the rate of $45. Registration is available now.

Afternoon Scientific Tour: Conservation and Transformation in the Sunshine State

Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, June 12 for a special tour to learn about some of Florida’s most interesting conservation and transformation programs. First stop is the Bok Towers Garden in Lake Wales, Florida, an historic landscape garden designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Singing Tower. There you will be escorted behind-the-scenes where they curate the National Collection of rare plants and other Rare Plant Conservation Program facilities. You will even get to see some of the species up close, discuss conservation issues, and talk about how Bok Towers works to conserve and study species, focusing on some of their current projects.

Next, you’ll travel to the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center. The past century has seen the citrus industry grow from the fresh fruit packing houses of early citrus pioneers to today’s billion-dollar industry for processed juice and fresh fruit. There you will tour Dr. Jude Grosser’s Tissue Culture lab where you will see the progress on the use of tissue culture techniques in Citrus breeding and Dr. Vladimir Orbovic’s Citrus Transformation lab where you will learn about different approaches to genetic modification of Citrus. Registration is limited, so make sure to reserve your space through  as soon as possible.


Afternoon Scientific Tour: Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Tour

Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 – 5:45 pm

Join us on Wednesday, June 12 for a special tour visiting the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center of the University of Florida. University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) mission is to develop and share new science-based information and technology that will help Florida’s agricultural industry compete in a global marketplace. It was established in 1925 as a research laboratory to determine the cause and develop control measures for a new complex of fungi that was causing extensive losses in tomato.  The diseases involved (nailhead spot, early blight, gray leaf spot and Fusarium wilt) were identified, chemical control measure established and resistant or tolerant varieties were developed.  UF/IFAS researchers and scientists work diligently to maintain and enhance the quality of Florida’s natural resources and agriculture. The researchers, which specialize in different disciplines, work on a variety of ever-changing projects—from breeding new disease-tolerant fruit and vegetable varieties to developing new treatments to control weeds. On this tour, you will visit labs working in Genetic transformation and gene editing in citrus; practical breeding in ornamentals, blackberries, etc.; Molecular breeding of and gene editing in strawberry; Tomato breeding, genetics, genetic mapping, and marker-assisted breeding; Practical genomic research, genomic selection, gene editing in tomato;  berry, vegetable, and other crops Plant Pathology. Registration is available, so purchase your tickets today.

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations!

The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina will be the official hotel of the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting and can be found in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida’s scenic waterfront! Experience their newly transformed guest rooms complete with contemporary features creating a relaxing atmosphere while overlooking stunning cityscape or waterfront views. Enjoy a swim in their rooftop pool or break a sweat in the fitness center. Visit their Waterside Grill for fresh seafood, Champions for classic sports bar cuisine or the Greatroom, which provides the perfect space for dining, connecting and collaborating. This downtown location places you near attractions like Tampa’s pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk which connects guests to downtown’s dynamic cultural venues, city parks and business community. Grab a cocktail and stroll down the vibrant waterfront path, stopping off at amazing museums and parks along the way. Feel free to rent an electric boat from the nearby docks and set out for an evening sail lit by the sparkling lights of the city.The special rate provided to SIVB is $172 plus tax per single/double occupancy. To reserve your rooms at the special SIVB rate, visit the Hotel Reservations Website or call the Marriott at (888) 789 – 3090 and ask for the “In Vitro Biology Meeting.”