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!
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.
Safety Protocols for the 2022 Meeting
The 2022 In Vitro Biology Meeting is taking place in person in San Diego, California from June 4 – 7, 2022. Like the rest of the world, SIVB leadership continues to monitor the surge in COVID-19 cases and resulting public health concerns. California has strict public health guidelines in place for in-person events to protect its residents and visitors and the State continues to update its requirements as warranted by the current public health situation. SIVB will adhere to all local and national guidelines associated with in-person events and establish protocols to protect the safety of SIVB attendees, staffs, vendors, and partners. For example, in-person gatherings are continuing in California, but masks currently are required all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021, through February 15, 2022 [surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended].
As a result, to participate on-site in the meeting, all individuals must sign a waiver agreeing to the Terms and Conditions for attending which include that they and their guests will follow all precautions in place at the event and that they will not attend if they have tested positive for COVID‐19 in the 14 days before the meeting. In addition, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all attendees follow CDC Guidelines and be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the meeting. Additionally, all attendees of the 2022 In Vitro Biology Meeting will be required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, and will be encouraged to wear masks in outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. Furthermore, we will require all attendees to attest that prior to joining the event, they (along with any spouses and/or guests who plan on attending with them to the event) will have been fully vaccinated for COVID‐19 (at least two weeks since final COVID‐19 vaccine) or in the rare instance that they/their spouse/guest has not been vaccinated per the CDC Guidelines, they/their spouse/guest will be tested for COVID‐19 within 72 hours of arrival and receive a negative test result. This information will be updated with any new requirements to hold our event safely based on information received regarding San Diego, California, and national guidelines and restrictions.
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.
Information for International Travelers
USA Requirements for International Travelers
We are looking forward to welcoming you back in San Diego this June. Before you get on that plane, we wanted to make sure you had everything in order to travel to the United States. The US Government has issued new health requirements regarding international travelers including showing a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States by air. Please review these guidelines to make the appropriate arrangements before you begin your travels to the US for the 2022 In Vitro Biology Meeting.
Visas to attend the Meeting
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.
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. 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.