San Diego is known as the birthplace of California and offers everything you want in a city only minutes away with beaches to the West, desert and mountains to the East, and a relaxed urban city in front of you.  It is the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest in the USA, so there is plenty to explore. Enjoy hiking one day, relaxing at the beach the next day, and sightseeing downtown the day after. Catch the trolley for a ride to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo or Old Town San Diego. Wander down Embarcadero to eat at Seaport Village or board the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Day or night, there is always something to do in America’s Finest City!

San Diego has recently seen an emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center, and that’s what we are most excited about.  With over 400 biotech companies in the area, it is the 2nd largest biotech cluster in the nation, only behind Boston. Companies include Cibus, Illumia, Neurocrine, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, TimeLogic, EMD Millipore, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Sapphire Energy, and so much more. Educational opportunities are expansive with schools, such as The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), The Scripps Research Institute, Sandford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies offering programs in biotech.

Disabilities Act

The Society for In Vitro Biology will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the meeting. The Town and Country San Diego is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please indicate your special needs when making your reservations at the hotel.

Visas to attend the Congress

Begin the process as early as possible
The United States advises visa applicants apply at least three (3) to four (4) months before of their travel date. Be aware that additional reviews may be required and this could add an additional four (4) to six (6) weeks to your visa processing time.

Organize your Visa Application Materials in advance
Organize your passport; proof of payment of fees; all required applications; and any supporting documentation, including information on current employment, your reason for travel, and your financial status. For more detailed information on visa requirements, please visit the US Department of State’s visa site and the International Visitors Office of the National Academies which 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.

Submitting Your Application
Wait times to schedule appointments may be longer than in in prior years, so make your appointment as early as possible to visit your US Embassy or Consulate. Make sure to ask if there are any fees required with the application and application process. Most fees must be paid before you have your appointment. Information on visa wait times can be found on the US Department of State website.

Invitation letters
If you need a formal invitation letter for visa purposes, you may request an invitation by sending your name, address, and any other details you require in the correspondence to the SIVB Business Office (link to sivb@sivb.org). If you have been confirmed to make a presentation during the meeting, please include the name of your abstract and date of your presentation, if applicable.

As a reminder, attendees are required to make their own hotel reservations and register for the meeting.

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