General Information

About the Program

The 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting will be held from June 10 – 14, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Raleigh Conference Center and Marriott Raleigh City Center.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this exceptional scientific program which provides both core and state-of-the-art research on in vitro animal and plant cell culture and biotechnology. The current program can be found here and will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event.

About the Locationconvention-center1

We are pleased to be holding our Annual Meeting again at the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC). The Convention Center offers a high level of professionalism, patience and service all inside a world-class architectural wonder, surrounded by fantastic hotels, performance stages, and a vibrant, welcoming downtown. While Raleigh has been in the news recently for some legislature that has been of concern, the Raleigh Convention Center recently issued the following statement:

The Raleigh Convention Center will continue to support all customers and visitors with respect and care regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. This position is in alignment with our city’s policy of nondiscrimination. House Bill 2, recently passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, does not reflect the values of our facility. We are privileged to serve a diverse public who contribute immensely to the strength and vitality of our area. It is of the utmost importance that all attendees feel comfortable in our facility; and our staff will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure our guests feel welcome. Our mission is to provide an outstanding customer experience that assures that the needs of all customers are met.




Best known for its Southern Hospitality, world-class museums, capital area historic sites, and professional and amateur sporting events, Raleigh truly offers a variety of entertainment all in one park-like, scenic setting. Even the most seasoned shoppers will find an impressive array of well-known retail stores, boutiques and locally-owned shops in and around Raleigh. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s, Raleigh itself was founded in 1792 as North Carolina’s capital city. The city’s founding fathers called Raleigh the “City of Oaks” and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area’s wooded tracts and grassy parks. When you’re looking for the excitement and attractions of a great city combined with the affordability, approachability and appeal of a classic Southern town, look no further than Greater Raleigh. As one of the three “corners” of the Research Triangle, Raleigh’s academic research network includes North Carolina State University in Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina Central University in Durham. While not an all inclusive list, all of these North Carolina Universities are within a 30-minute commute of each other and are only 10–15 minutes from Research Triangle Park, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious planned research centers and home to several high-tech pharmaceutical companies such as: Agbiome, BASF, Bayer CropScience, BD Diagnostics, GE Healthcare Bio-sciences Corp, Monsanto, Syngenta and more.

charlotte pic1Don’t want to stay “cooped up” in the city? Then approximately a couple hours drive away, there is more excitement in cities such as Kannapolis and Charlotte. Play at Carowinds Amusement Park, visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway, or see the work at the Plant for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina State University.nto, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche and hundreds more with offices or headquarters in or near the city.



Abstract Submission

The Program Committee requests abstracts of your research for presentation at the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting. Abstracts can be accepted in both electronic and paper formats, though electronic abstract submission is the preferred submission method for the meeting. SIVB’s online electronic abstract system, which includes online payment capabilities, immediate submission and confirmations, will be available soon. The Final Abstract Submission Deadline has passed.

Interactive Poster SessionsIMG_3090

These presentations have become an integral part of the SIVB meetings. A select group of posters will be chosen to participate in these sessions which will begin with each presenter giving a short (5-minute maximum) description of their poster. Then, after the all the presentations, the floor will be open for discussion.


Silent Abstracts

The Silent Abstract is a special abstract category for authors unable to attend the meeting. Abstracts submitted for the Silent Abstract category follow the same abstract format, abstract fee, and scientific review/acceptance by the Program Committee; and, if accepted, will be printed in the abstract book. (Note: Please do not submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation if you are not attending the meeting. Authors, who request a poster or oral presentation slot, but fail to attend the meeting or withdraw their abstract before May 1, 2017, may have their abstracts rejected in the future.)


Disabilities Act

The Society for In Vitro Biology will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the meeting. The Raleigh Convention Center and Marriott Raleigh City Center are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please indicate your special needs when making your reservations at the Marriott.



The SIVB will host a Science and Technology Exhibition for industry and academic institutions to showcase their technologies, programs and products at the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting. This is an opportunity for organizations to meet face-to-face with hundreds of researchers and professionals from around the world who are working in the fields of plant and animal biotechnology, cell and tissue culture, genetics, genomics transformation, micropropagation, toxicology, cellular pathology, virology, tissue engineering and more. Information can be obtained here or by contacting Meeting Secretariat, Marietta Wheaton Ellis at (910) 755-5431, fax (910) 755-5432, or email:



hotelinteriorHotel accommodations for the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting have been ar­ranged at the Marriott Raleigh City Center. The Marriott Raleigh City Center is located at 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 in the center of Raleigh’s revitalized downtown and adjacent to the city’s Convention Center where the scientific program for the 2017 meeting will be held so you have easy access between the event and the hotel. Other nearby attractions to this luxury hotel include the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, North Carolina State University and PNC Arena. The hotel features on-site amenities include free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and in rooms for attendees who book in our hotel block, a state-of-the-art fitness center (complimentary), and heated indoor pool. The new Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, inspired by quality ingredients from North Carolina and surrounding farmers, offers a refined take on traditional Southern cuisine. Guests who book their hotel as part of the 2017 Meeting room block will also receive complimentary in-room internet.

Share-a-Room Program

If you would like to share accommodations with another meeting attendee to diffuse costs, please contact the SIVB office with your name, contact information, and housing needs (including your gender and days you need to share). When we find an appropriate applicant, we will connect you. Once introduced, it is up to the two of you to make your own hotel reservations together, directly with the hotel. NOTE: You, the respondent, and not the SIVB, will assume all responsibility for any arrangements made afterwards. SIVB is not liable for any rooming costs incurred with shared rooms in this program.



Advanced registration has passed. On-site registration will begin on Saturday, June 10 in the Ballroom C Foyer of the Raleigh Convention Center. The Convention Center is located at 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Student Registration FREE

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) has always believed that the future of in vitro biology lies in today’s students and is committed to the future endeavors of science by encouraging the continued growth of upcoming researchers and scientists. To support the Society’s vision of encouraging education and informational exchange, we are offering all current students, who submit an abstract, are 18 or above and show institutional certification, free registration to the scientific sessions of the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting. Also, as an added bonus, all students who register and attend the 2017 Meeting will receive free membership to the Society in 2018!

 Special Events

It’s time to start making plans to join your colleagues not only for the meeting, but also for the special events happening before, during, and after. Below are a few of the possible social or scientific tours and events on which SIVB is working. Keep checking back for details as events are finalized and to purchase your tickets to participate before they run out!

Go with the Flow: Expand Your Applications in Biological Research with Flow Cytometry – Saturday, June 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Start Saturday morning of the meeting by jumping into some science! Plans are being made for an all day workshop to include both speaker presentations and a hands-on experience in the fields of Plant and Animal Flow Cytometry. The morning would include presentations on topics such as ploidy level, genome analysis, secondary metabolites expression enhancement, genome editing, microspore for acceleration of breeding cycle, and drugs screening. The afternoon would offer an introduction of the equipment then hands on opportunities for all registrants. To learn more about the session, check out the Saturday program.

Tuesday Night at the Museum – Tuesday, June 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Plans are underway for a special evening event at the North Carolina Museum of Science, North Carolina’s most visited museum with one of the State’s most iconic landmarks, the SECU Daily Planet theater. This Museum of Natural Sciences includes the rare Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur – aka “Terror of the South” – and the Nature Research Center, where visitors perform experiments and interact with scientists. With its mission to illuminate the interdependence of nature and humanity, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a high-performing nexus of research, collections, living collections, exhibitions and digital media, school and lifelong education, and community engagement. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum’s origins can be traced back to 1879 when the merger of the state’s agricultural and geological collections planted the seed for what would eventually blossom into the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. The cost for this special evening is $95 and will include bus transportation, dinner in the museum, and special tours with some of the scientists at the Museum’s Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab.


Wednesday Afternoon Scientific Tours – Wednesday, June 14
Before you fly home, take the opportunity to enjoy visiting some of the scientific offerings in Raleigh. SIVB is making plans for two tours on Wednesday afternoon that may be of interest to our members.

The Research Triangle Industry Tour: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us to visit some of the major biotechnology companies found in Research Triangle Park. First, we will visit Bayer’s Bee Care Center. The Bayer Bee Care Program was established to find solutions to bee health challenges and brings Bayer’s extensive bee health experience and knowledge under one coordinated platform. The North American Bee Center, located on the Research Triangle Park campus in North Carolina, to learn how Bayer brings together significant technological, scientific and academic resources to support product stewardship, sustainable agriculture, and comprehensive solutions for honey bee health. After your sweet visit to Bayer, we’ll buzz you over to visit some local biotech companies. At AgBiome, you will tour through microbiology, molecular biology, and plant transformation labs; then visit plant pathology, entomology, and fermentation labs. The tour will conclude with the touring of greenhouse facilities. At Syngenta you will get to visit their newly opened Seeds Research facility including the Product Safety and Advanced Crop Lab. This is a terrific opportunity to learn about how some of SIVB’s members are affecting change in science today! Advance registration is required to attend this tour and registration is limited. Participation in this tour is open to attendees who are not employed by competitors of Syngenta and AgBiome. Closed-toe shoes are required on this tour and all visitors who have a known allergy to honey bees should note this after registering. The cost of the tour is $35 and will include bus transportation, boxed lunch, and tours at all three facilities. This event is currently wait list only.

An Afternoon in the Trees:
A North Carolina State University Tour – 1:00 pm5:30 pm
Join us as we introduce you to some of the highlights of North Carolina State University (NCSU). Your first stop will be a visit and tour at the Phytotron Facility and Plant Transformation Lab at the Horticulture Department of NCSU. The NCSU Phytotron, formerly known as the Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratory (SEPEL), first opened in May 1968. It was the second facility in the United States and one of the largest in the world. After more than 40 years of heavy use, the NCSU Phytotron went through major renovations and now houses 60 growth chambers, four greenhouses, Biosafety Level 3 Lab with a greenhouse, and other miscellaneous chambers. The Plant Transformation Lab (PTL) was established in 2006 within the College of Agriculture and Life Science at NCSU. PTL provides service to and collaborates with researchers who seek to use plant tissue culture and transformation technologies in their research programs. PTL helps them to develop and implement strategies that allow production of transgenic plants with new desired traits. As part of PTL’s research mission, they develop new and optimize existing plant regeneration and transformation protocols for various species. Next, you will step out into nature at the JC Raulston Arboretum, a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes. Spend time walking amongst the tranquil gardens…and don’t forget your camera! This venue offers a variety of stunning visual opportunities. The cost of the tour is $35 and will include bus transportation, boxed lunch, tours of the Phytotron and Plant Transformation Lab and your visit to the Arboretum.


Student and Post Doctoral Opportunities

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) is committed to the future endeavors of science and encourages the continued growth of scientists and their students. To support the Society’s vision to encourage education and scientific informational exchange, SIVB offers a number of special opportunities to assist students and their ability to grow through their scientific community, including: Free Student Registration and Membership Initiatives, the Student Awards Program, and the Post Doc and Student Oral and Poster Competitions.

STUDENTS: FREE Student Registration and Membership Initiative All current students who submit an abstract and can show institutional certification will receive free registration to the scientific sessions of the 2017 Meeting. Students who register and attend the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting will receive free membership to the Society in 2018! 

STUDENTS: The Student Award Program This program provides recognition and financial support for students who have contributed and made outstanding achievements in the field of in vitro biology. Available awards and application criteria can be found here. The deadline for new submissions has passed.

STUDENTS AND POST DOCS: Post Doctoral and Graduate Student Oral Presentation and Poster Competitions: SIVB is pleased to announce that Post Doctoral and Graduate Student Oral and Poster competitions will be held during this year’s meeting. SIVB believes that fostering the growth and professional development of its members, including graduate students and post docs, is essential to the continuing success of any organization. These competitions are held during the meeting to encourage the development of those members just establishing their careers. When you submit your abstract, you will be able to inform us if you want to compete in these events.  The deadline for new submissions has passed.


Things to do in Raleigh

Raleigh is a smart, modern-meets-historic destination and there is plenty to do and see just outside your hotel room. No matter what path you choose on your visit, we know you’ll enjoy the fired-up cultural heartbeat fostered by passionate minds of Raleigh.



Fayetteville Street 
Just down the block from the Marriott Raleigh City Center is Fayetteville Street. Known for its world-class theater venues and outdoor amphitheater, Fayetteville Street bustles with business and commerce during the day and pulses with youthful energy at night. At the heart of Fayetteville Street, City Plaza is downtown’s premier location for outdoor events and festivals throughout the year. With a growing array of distinctive restaurants, bars, and boutiques, this cosmopolitan district has been named “Great Main Street” of downtown.



City Market 

Take a short walk a few blocks farther and you will be at City Market, which is filled with unique shops and tantalizing restaurants. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, City Market is downtown Raleigh’s most charming dining and shopping destination. It is common to see couples walking hand in hand as they stroll along cobblestone streets lit by old-fashioned lanterns and illuminated trees. The selection of stores is diverse: visitors can stop in to see art at Artspace or stop for a bite at one of the wide variety of bars and restaurants which include Big Ed’s, Vic’s Italian Cafe & Pizzeria, Woody’s, & Rum Runners.



North Carolina Museum of Art
The North Carolina Museum of Art serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a premier destination for compelling encounters with art. The Museum’s history began in 1924, when the North Carolina State Art Society was formed. The museum continued to grow and in April 1956 the Museum opened in the renovated State Highway Division Building on Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh. Local media dubbed it “the Miracle on Morgan Street.” Since the initial acquisition of 139 works of European and American art, the collection has grown to include major holdings in European painting from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Italian Renaissance and baroque art, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, American art of the 18th through 20th centuries, and international contemporary art. Other collections include African, ancient American, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art, and Jewish ceremonial objects. The NCMA houses one of only two permanent displays of Jewish art in an American art museum. The museum also holds 30 works by Auguste Rodin, making the NCMA the leading repository of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States, and the 164-acre Museum Park which is home to more than a dozen monumental works of art, with artists actively involved in the restoration of the Park’s landscape and the integration of art into its natural systems.



North Carolina Museum of History
Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history from the state’s earliest inhabitants, through the founding of the US and the first gold rush, to the 21th century. The Old North State has a history filled with heroes, visionaries, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and everyday people. Even legendary figures, such as the notorious pirate Blackbeard, First Lady Dolley Madison, adventurer Daniel Boone, Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald, Lumbee folk hero Henry Berry Lowry, educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown, evangelist Billy Graham, and basketball great Michael Jordan, have called North Carolina home over the years. At the North Carolina Museum of History, you will find a place where you can explore, learn, and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions that celebrate North Carolina’s past, present, and future.



Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Want to exercise that creative energy? Stop by any one of the six venues at this state of the art performing arts center just down the block from your hotel. Visit the Memorial Auditorium, Fletcher Opera Company, Meymandi Concert Hall, Kennedy Theater, Lichtin Plaza and Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery.



Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is approximately 14 miles from the Marriott Raleigh City Center. There is shuttle service available through Sky Shuttle ( While the regular cost for round trip per person is $52.00, we have made arrangements for discounted rate of $24 one way – $46 round trip per person. Should two people be traveling together and wish to make a reservation for the same pick up and drop off times, the cost would be reduced to: $28 one way – $54 round trip combined for both people. All reservation sales are final and you cannot add names to existing reservations after they are completed. Please enter “sivb17” in the comment section when making your reservation. They will send confirmation email with a link to pay for your reservation.

International Travel and Visas

Travel to the United States

Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport that is valid six months longer than the intended visit. Please visit the International Visitors Office to determine if you require a travel visa to attend the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting. If you require a visa, please recognize that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as four months, with processing taking an additional month or more. The wait time for visa applications is available on the State Department’s website. As soon as you have decided to attend the meeting, you should begin the process of applying for a visa.

In 2004, the United States instituted the US-VISIT program, requiring most foreign visitors to have their two index fingers scanned and a digital photograph taken to verify their identity at utilized at numerous airports. This program applies to all visitors, including those from visa waiver countries.

As of October 26, 2005, all countries must issue passports with digital photos or the required chip (e-passport) containing biometric information about the individual. However, anyone issued a machine-readable passport prior to October 26, 2005, will be “grandfathered in” and allowed to visit the United States until the passport expires.

Visa Waiver Program/ESTA

As of January 12, 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. You will not be able to board the plane without this ESTA approval in hand. The Department of Homeland Security, Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP.  It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travelers fill out en route to the United States.  ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel.  An ESTA authorization generally will be valid for up to two years. Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the United States.  DHS recommends that travelers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin making travel plans. ESTA applications may be completed FREE online at the official DHS website, which is: Learn more at ESTA.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: Specific passport requirements apply to all Visa Waiver Program travelers. See What do I need to know about VWP MRP and e-Passport requirements? (

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government implemented the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.  See for more information.


SIVB recommends that international participants view the following websites for important timelines, current requirements, and information concerning visa applications for entry into the U.S.:

Experiencing a Delay in Travel Visa Processing?

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has developed a page on its web site to collect detailed information about international scientists experiencing significant visa delays. This could prove useful to scientists still trying to cope with the many changes in protocol brought on by the SEVIS student-tracking system and the enhanced security of the US VISIT program. Visa applications that are delayed by more than 20 days will be reported to the State Department. Please visit the NAS web site at



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