Dear SIVB members, colleagues, and students,

Every year, as the month of November ends and the month of December begins, I am amazed to notice that the holiday season is just around the corner! Every year, about this time, I try to pause, reflect and be grateful for the people around me – my family, research team, colleagues and friends – who continue to support me in doing what I love and loving what I do. Serving as the President of the SIVB since June this year, the circle of the people around me, whom I am thankful for and honored to work with, has significantly expanded. It includes the SIVB Board of Directors, Business Office, Committee chairs and members, as well as the broader SIVB family of members, post-docs and students.

Dr. Addy Alt-Holland

In the midst of our busy schedules, it is good to take a little time to appreciate what has been accomplished throughout the year, personally and professionally. We can all be proud of the diversity, breadth and depth of the research that the members of our Society do in the discipline of in vitro biology, and we need to hear from you! We invite you to share your knowledge and accomplishments with the SIVB and the scientific community at large, by submitting research manuscripts to the Society’s journals the In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Animal and the In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant. In addition to the traditional publication process, Springer also provides an alternative Open Access publishing option, which is available through Springer Open Choice. Information about these scientific journals and the submission process can be found under the Publication tab here. We also encourage our SIVB members and interested scientists to submit their stories, perspectives and news to our In Vitro Report. For additional information regarding submissions to In Vitro Report, contact Sylvia A. Mitchell or Michael J. Fay, Editors-in-Chief, or contact the SIVB office.

The SIVB wishes to share the passion of our members and scientific community for the exchange of in vitro biology knowledge and advancements in plant and animal biotechnology and genomics by using multiple social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. It is my pleasure to highlight our SIVB’s Social Engagement Ad Hoc Committee that consists of Chris Bagley, Anissa Belfetmi-Stone, Sarbesh Das Dangol, Muneeb Hassan Hashmi and Joyce Van Eck. These talented and committed SIVB members are coming from both the academia and industry sectors and are representing the SIVB’s Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Animal Cell Science sections. Here again, we need to hear from you! We want to acknowledge and celebrate the impact that SIVB members are making in their communities locally and globally. We invite you to share pictures, stories or videos that highlight the people, scientific work, events, excitement and inspiration that originate from our Society. To contribute to SIVB’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube social media platforms, please use the instructions for preparing and submitting content to SIVB’s Ad-Hoc Social Engagement Committee that can be found here.

The SIVB Board of Directors meeting was held on October 20-21, 2022, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main, the official hotel for the 2023 SIVB Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. We had the opportunity to tour this conference hotel, which is located right in the heart of downtown Norfolk and offers numerous opportunities for dining, sightseeing, and more! The Annual Meeting will be held from Saturday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The 2023 Program Committee, Chaired by Hong Luo and the Vice Chairs for Meeting Ken Kandaras (IVACS) and Annie Saltarikos (PBS), is preparing an exciting schedule of symposia, workshops, contributed papers, interactive posters and poster sessions that will highlight the most recent advances in the field. Together with the SIVB Management Office, the Local Organizing Committee, Chaired by Deepika Chauhan and Margaret Young, are working tirelessly to organize multiple socially and educationally engaging activities, including Wednesday scientific tours. Exciting scientific events, terrific networking, multiple students and post-doc opportunities, and numerous possibilities to share your research are waiting for you at the SIVB Annual Meeting. Please renew your SIVB membership, register to the meeting and submit your research abstract for our 2023 Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA! Continuous Program updates, more information, and important dates can be found here.

So, it’s time to reflect back on 2022 and prepare to welcome 2023.  On behalf of the SIVB’s Business Office, the Board of Directors, and myself, have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Addy Alt-Holland, PhD, MSc
SIVB President

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