The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) is excited to welcome you to sunny Central Florida to participate in the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting from June 8–12, 2019 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel & Marina.  The meeting will begin with a full day workshop titled “Advanced Flow Cytometry Applications and Data Analysis” on Saturday June 8. Sponsored by Beckman Coulter, this hands-on workshop will focus on various advanced areas in flow cytometry and fluidics for targeting and gene editing with specific biological applications. On Sunday, June 9, Dr. June Medford, Professor of Biology at Colorado State University, will be the Keynote Speaker for the Keynote Symposium titled “Synthetic Biology for Engineering Plant Genetic Circuits: from Predictable Electronic-like Functions to Innovative Desalination.” Four Plenary Sessions titled “Frontiers of In Vitro and Synthetic Biology” on Sunday, “Delivery of Genome Editing Reagents” on Monday, “Maximizing Gene Editing Target Specificity” on Tuesday, and “The Importance of the Microbiome for Animal and Plant Health” on Wednesday, will open each day of the Meeting combining SIVB members from both the In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences (IVACS) and the Plant Biotechnology Sections (PBS).  In addition to the plenary symposia, this year’s program will have an additional joint symposium titled “Biological Sensors: Organoids to Organisms for Answering Medicinal, Agricultural and Environmental Questions” on Sunday morning, June 9.

Five IVACS’s Section Symposia will cover recent advances related to “Stem Cell Differentiation in Human Models,” “3D Toxicology: Emerging Technologies Directed Towards the Prediction of Human Responses,” “Important Signaling Molecules in Establishing Cell Cultures,” “Cellular Agriculture and the Use of Cell Lines for Meat Production,” and “Cancer Biology: Use of 3-D Modeling.”

Twelve PBS Symposia will include a variety of topics including: “Engineering Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants,” “Micropropagation Best Practices,” “Metabolic Engineering for Value Added Plant Products and Biofuels,” “Genome Editing for Crop Improvement,” “Protoplast Technology for Genome Editing,” “Controlled Environments for Plant Tissue Culture,” “Biotechnology and Its Importance for the Citrus Industry,” “Recalcitrance in Micropropagation, Regeneration and Transformation,” “Regulation of Morphogenesis,” “In Vitro Ecophysiology,” “Cannabis Genomics and Biotechnology,” and “Genome Editing Technology Development: CAS9 and Beyond.”

To promote scientific discussion and collaboration among members and attendees, two panel discussions are scheduled. The first panel discussion is dedicated to “Micropropagation Best Practices” and the second one to “Future Directions in Development and Applications of Cell Lines.”  These open forum panels are intended to be question and answer sessions with experts in the field as well as a venue for problem solving, idea sharing and networking. An additional workshop titled “Data Analysis Techniques for Microbiome Research” presenting new tools for determining the ecological diversity and identity of a microbial communities will be held on Wednesday, June 12.

Several contributed papers and interactive poster presentations are scheduled throughout the meeting. As part of the ongoing effort of the society to actively train a new generation of graduate students and post-doctoral research associates to help meet academic and industry demands, the conference will host various activities including a workshop titled “Hands on RNA-seq Workshop Using the CyVerse Computational Infrastructure” on Sunday, June 9 , a “Student Networking Luncheon: Employer Engagement” on Monday, June 10, and a Non-competitive Student Oral Presentation session designated for those who are looking to gain experience in presenting scientific information, as well as developing effective scientific presentation skills. Post-doctoral and student oral competitions are scheduled to provide an exciting opportunity for more senior trainees to demonstrate effective speaking skills.

In total, this meeting proves to be engaging and informative for investigators as all phases of their professional career.

Submitted by

Pierluigi Barone, Ph.D.                                                       Mae Ciancio, Ph.D.
PBS Program Chair                                                             IVACS Program Chair
Corteva Agriscience™,                                                       Midwestern University
Agriculture Division of DowDupont™