General Information

About the ProgramSkyline_Dawn

The 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting will be held from June 8 -12, 2019 in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. This international meeting program will focus on current trends and cutting edge topics in plant and animal biotechnology and genomic editing.  This intimate meeting provides participants with a unique opportunity for both education and networking.  Scientists, sponsors, and exhibitors interested in participating in the 2019 Meeting are asked to contact the 2019 Program Chair, Fredy Altpeter, or the specific Section Program Chairs: Mae Ciancio, Animal Sciences Program Chair, or Pierluigi Barone, Plant Program Chair.

About the Location

With its perfect mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, Cuban and Spanish culture-infused flavor, vibrant business districts and beautiful waterways, Tampa is a wonderful place to work, play and unwind. The hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf coast beats in Tampa Bay, the location of the 2019 Meeting. Discover blue skies and sunshine, a sparkling waterfront, world-class chefs, family fun, and a century of Cuban culture – all in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. Tampa opens a world of adventure! Whether you have a few hours or an entire day to explore, there are plenty of wild-to-mild Tampa attractions awaiting you. Explore Theme Parks like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay®, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. Plan on bringing the family to enjoy everything there is to offer!

Riverwalk_Canopy_BlueBut it’s not all fun and games! Tampa Bay is home to some major biotech organizations and universities.  Amgen and Glaxo SmithKline have offices in Tampa and BioFlorida, Inc. offers a central network for nearly 6,000 biotechnology organizations in the state. Florida is also well known for its academic biotechnology programs in institutions such as Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Seminole State College of Florida, Santa Fe College, and more. 


Interactive Poster Sessions

These presentations have become an integral part of the SIVB meetings. A select group of authors have been chosen to participate in these sessions which will begin with each presenter giving a short oral presentation 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 April 15, 2019, 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 Tampa Marriott Water Street is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please indicate your special needs when making your reservations at the hotel.



The SIVB will host a Science and Technology Exhibition for industry and academic institutions to showcase their technologies, programs and products at the 2019 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, genetic engineering, micropropagation, toxicology, cellular pathology, virology, tissue engineering and more. Information can be obtained here or by contacting Meeting Secretariat, Marietta Wheaton Saunders at (910) 755-5431, fax (910) 755-5432, or email.



tpamc-exterior-0053-ver-wideHotel accommodations for the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting have been ar­ranged at the Tampa Marriott Water Streetl & Marina which 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.

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 together. 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 closed; however, onsite registration will be available beginning at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 8, and throughout the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting at the SIVB Registration Desk located in the Grand Salons A-D Foyer of the Tampa Marriott Water Street. The onsite registration rates can be found on the Meeting Registration Page.

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 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting. Also, as an added bonus, all students who register and attend the 2019 Meeting will receive free membership to the Society in 2020!


Special Events

It’s a Whale of a Time: An Evening at the Florida Aquarium
Florida_Aquarium_SandTigerTuesday, June 11 – 5:45 pm – 9:00 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. Onsite registration will be available while supplies last.

Wednesday Afternoon Scientific Tour: Conservation and Transformation in the Sunshine State

Wednesday, June 12 – 1:00 pm – 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 Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Bok Tower Gardens is 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. Bok Tower Gardens is one of the 41 institutions that participate in the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), a national coalition dedicated to conserving and restoring the rare native plants of the United States of America. National Collection plants are housed in a network of participating institutions as living plants and stored seed. Approximately 64 of Florida’s rarest plant species are housed at Bok Tower Gardens. After stopping by the Visitor’s Center for a short video about the Gardens, 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 their Rare Plant Conservation Program 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 in Lake Alfred, Florida. 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. At the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, scientists and engineers have made several key scientific discoveries and technological advancements that have been pivotal to the industry’s development. Today, CREC employs 250 people and is the largest facility in the world devoted to a single commodity, citrus. Here 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.

Note: Portions of the Bok Towers Gardens Tour will involve walking on a non-even and/or sloped surfaces. After registering, please notify the Business Office at should you require special assistance managing that portion of the tour. The cost for this event is $35.00 and will include tours at both locations, bus transportation, and a boxed lunch.

Tour Schedule
1:00      Buses depart from the Tampa Marriott Water Street
2:15      Arrive at Bok Towers and tour the facilities including the Rare Plant Conservation Program
3:15      Depart Bok Towers and travel to CREC/UFL
3:45      Arrive at UFL and tour of Citrus Research and Education Center labs for Tissue Culture and Citrus Transformation
5:00      Depart for hotel
6:00      Arrive back at the Tampa Marriott Water Street

Registration to this event is full.


Wednesday Afternoon Scientific Tour: Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
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’s (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.

Tour Schedule
1:00      Buses depart from the Tampa Marriott Water Street
1:45      Arrive at Gulf Coast Research and Education Center to visit assorted labs
5:00      Depart to return to the Meeting hotel
5:45      Arrive back at the Tampa Marriott Water Street

The cost for this event is $35.00 and will include the tour, bus transportation, and a boxed lunch. Registration is limited. Onsite registration will be available while supplies last.


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 InitiativeAll current students who submit an abstract and can show institutional certification will receive free registration to the scientific sessions of the 2019 Meeting. Students who register and attend the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting will receive free membership to the Society in 2020!

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 Student Award Deadline 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.  More details will be posted as they become available.


Things to do in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of e thrilling coasters and extraordinary rides for the whole family, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.


Craft Breweries

CoppertailBrewingTampa Bay is Florida’s hub for craft brewing and tops the country’s list of best craft beer communities year after year. From Florida’s first commercial brewery to nationally recognized and award-winning craft beer, it’s no secret that great beer lives here such as Coppertail Brewing Co, pictured here, an independently owned production brewery and tasting room in the Ybor neighborhood of Tampa, FL. 



Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)'s Imax exterior. Inside the dome shaped screen is providing 10,500 square feet of visual imagery. Tampa Bay, Florida on Fowler Avenue.

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry, MOSI for short, is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities! See the stars in The Saunders Planetarium, explore another world in our NASA-funded Mission: Moonbase lunar colony and touch the future in Connectus. MOSI’s innovative exhibits urge you to ask questions and expand your mind. They show you how cool curiosity can be and spark conversations about the world and the future among kids and their grandparents, between spouses, and with strangers. There’s no other place like it in Tampa Bay!


Museum of Photographic Art

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is dedicated to exhibiting photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. MOPA’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage through the presentation and preservation of photography, film and video. MOPA is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated solely to lens-based medium. Located in historic Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, they offer an annual calendar of relevant, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions, film festivals and lifespan-learning opportunities. They also preserve and exhibit historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographers and enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.

Riverwalk Dine and Tour
The evening tour discovers downtown Tampa and the Riverfront via a 3-hour walking food & wine tour. You will visit 4 to 5 amazing restaurants who showcase their finest tastings and three feature a wine pairing. Tampa’s Downtown and Riverwalk is alive with energy, art and history. The Riverwalk “to go cup” is your ticket to sipping and strolling as we Eat. Drink. Local.

Seal in the Sun Charters 

Join Capt. Rob Seal and experience the truly natural side of Florida.  Seal in the Sun Charters is a pleasure charter that can take you island hopping, sightseeing, snorkeling, tubing, shelling, and more. They cater to families, party seekers, those looking for a good time, and everything in between.

Tampa_RiverwalkTampa Riverwalk

Not too long ago there wasn’t much to do along the waterfront in downtown Tampa. But now there is something for just about everyone no matter the time of day, manner of taste, level of energy or size of your wallet. The 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk is a walkable, bikable, Segway-able path connecting culture and entertainment. The South Plaza marks the beginning of the mile marker system and is home to the Riverwalk, a collage of more than 550 photographs by artist Bruce Marsh. Stop to admire the many images of the waterfront on display before trekking the real thing. Then continue stopping at museums, the Florida Aquarium, Tampa History Museum, shops, restaurants and more! However you travel it or whenever you arrive, fun awaits.



The Marriott Tampa Water Street is approximately 9 miles from the Tampa International Airport (TPA).  SIVB has made arrangements with two shuttle service companies for your convenience.

Blue 1 Transportation: Special shuttle rates for our group are $13 per person one way/$26 round trip.  To make a reservation, please visit their website or email them directly with questions at Blue One offers an on demand service when you arrive at the airport. Just call (813) 282-7351 upon arrival and they will direct you where to meet their shuttle within 15 minutes.

SuperShuttle: Special shuttle rates for our group are $13 per person one way/$24.50 round trip. To make a reservation in advance, please visit their website. Our group code is B9JEF.


For Information about volunteer opportunities at the 2019 Meeting, please click here.


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 2019 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.

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 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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