2023 SOCIETY FOR IN VITRO BIOLOGY MEETING WELCOMED ATTENDEES TO NORFOLK, VA
The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) was delighted to welcome attendees back again to an in-person meeting, enjoying face-to-face interactions with old and new friends, sharing updates, and developing new networks with colleagues in academia, industry, and government. The 2023 annual meeting attracted the highest attendance from the last seven years. The meeting was held on June 10 – 14, 2023, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, VA with multiple sessions covering diverse scientific topics that provided opportunities for attendees to learn advances with broad relevance across kingdoms of life. To accommodate attendees that could not meet in-person as well as provide additional opportunities for attending members to revisit sessions of interest, some of the presentations were recorded and provided on demand. A virtual poster gallery with pre-recorded audio description by authors and silent abstracts were also available. The organizers of the meeting worked tirelessly to create an interactive meeting for those in attendance in-person as well as virtual. Special thanks to all the sponsors, conveners, co-conveners, speakers, students, exhibitors, attendees, and organizers of the meeting for making it a truly memorable event.
The meeting began with three preconference workshops, “Grow with the Flow: Advanced Flow Cytometry and Applications”, “Principles and Best Practices for Plant Genome Engineering”, and “Design of Experiments” as well as a panel discussion, “PlantGENE”. Each day began with a plenary session, bringing experts in the field for both plant and animal sciences to share the knowledge and advances on various topics including “Diversity in Science”, “Michael E. Horn Emerging Technologies Symposium: Research to Market -In Vitro Biology Product Development”, “Microbiomes – Basics Science to Application” and “Frontiers in Spatial and Single Cell Genomics”. A joint symposium entitled “Biotechnology for Sustainability” was organized to showcase the power of both plant and animal in vitro technologies as the key to improving sustainability through biotechnology.
The In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Section of SIVB also offered many sessions covering exciting topics to reflect research advances and breakthroughs in “Organoid Modeling of Complex Systems”, “Chemoprevention”, “Fish Cell Culture”, “Application of Biotechnology in Invertebrate Cell Culture”, “Photo Biomodulation in Mammalian Applications”, and “Prediction Model development by Designing In Vitro Assays That Are Predictive of In Vivo Activity”. Interactive poster and oral presentations enhanced the breadth of research exchange.
- The Wilton R. Earle and The SIVB Travel Awards to Nicholas Jadaa – Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University.
- The John S. Song Award to Gaurav Gajurel – Arkansas State University.
- The Honor B. Fell and The SIVB Travel Awards to Shuaa Rizvi – College of Graduate Studies, Midwestern University.
- Cellular Toxicology Award to Natalie Aldor – Department of Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University
- The Hope E. Hopps and The SIVB Travel Awards to Mst. Sayadujjhara – Morgan State University.
- The Joseph F. Morgan and The SIVB Travel Awards to Ryan Goldbach – Faculty of Science, University of the Fraser Valley.
- The Philip R. White Award to Elise Tomaszewski – Plant Breeding and Genetics Graduate Program, Cornell University.
- The Gordon Sato and Wally McKeehan Award to Peter Alfano – College of Graduate Studies, Midwestern University and Dominique Daniels – Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Wilfrid Laurier University.
- The SIVB Travel Award to Megan Conking – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University; Xiatong Chen – Clemson University; and Zhaohui Chen – Clemson University.
During the Opening Ceremony, a video was played to pay special tribute to Marietta Wheaton Saunders, SIVB’s Managing Director, who had suddenly passed away recently to honor her great contribution to SIVB. her vision, her dedication, her tireless effort in supporting SIVB and her wonderful personality will always be remembered.
Hong Luo, 2023 Program Chair
Annie Saltarikos, 2023 PBS Program Chair
Kenneth Kandaras, 2023 IVACS Program Chair