The Local Organizing Committee of the 2020 World Congress on In Vitro Biology has made great efforts to arrange for some special events during the 2020 World Congress for the education and enjoyment of the attendees. Learn more about these opportunities and purchase your tickets now, before they run out.

Ships of the Seven Seas: Tuesday Evening at the Maritime Museum

Plans are underway for a special Tuesday night dinner from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm event at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Established in 1948, this museum enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the Star of India, an 1863 iron bark which is the oldest operational ship in the world. Hear tales of rum-running pirates, man the cannons in a naval battle royale, learn to navigate by the stars, and lots more. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the museum and historic ships ending with a special dinner on the Berkeley, an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. This National Historic Landmark contains a major maritime research library, workshop, model shop, museum store, and numerous dry storage and archive areas. This special evening is $95 and includes admission to the museum, historical ships, dinner on the Berkeley, a drink ticket, and cash bar. A limited number of discounted tickets will be made available to student registrants at the rate of $45.00 while supplies last.

A Cultured Wednesday Afternoon Tour: Plug Connection Lab

Join us on Wednesday afternoon, June 10, from 1:00 pm – 3:40 pm as we visit Plug Connection Lab a facility is at the forefront of plant breeding and introducing new genetics and plant varieties through their labs. This home of “Next Generation Plants” has produced tissue culture plants for 10 years and is owned by Altman Plants. Today, they are one of the largest plug, liner, and grafted transplant producers in the country with locations in Vista, CA and Bonsall, CA. They specialize in seed-grown annual and perennial plugs, organic vegetables and herbs, grafted vegetables, and Tissue Culture raised liners. This facility is divided into a large number of zones that allow them to provide the ideal environment for a range of crops from the cool requirements of Cyclamen to the warmer needs of Vinca. On this tour, guests will visit their new 10,000 square foot Plant Tissue Culture Production Facility where with a staff of 30 technicians they have a capacity to produce 6 million plants including 40 Aloes, over 50 ornamental Agaves, and extensive drought tolerant plant lines. Attendees will have a guided tour of the facility’s landscape to see adult specimens outside that were grown in their labs as well as don lab coats and disposable booties to step into the clean rooms for a tour of the facilities during this hour-long experience. Registration is limited and advance registration is required to participate. The cost for this tour is $35 and includes bus transportation to and from the lab, tour of the facilities, landscape tour, and boxed lunch.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

1:00 pm Guests leave hotel
1:45 pm Guests arrive at Plug Connection Lab and split up into
2 groups touring either the landscaping  or the facilities
2:15 pm Groups meet back up and switch
2:45 pm Groups meet back up and board bus
2:55 pm Guests depart from your facility to return to the hotel
3:40 pm Guests arrive back at hotel

The Stem Cell Revolution: Wednesday Tour of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Plans are underway for a special tour on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, home of the 2020 World Congress Keynote Speaker, Alysson Muotri. The mission of Sanford Consortium is to advance stem cell research through collaborative, multi-disciplinary interactions. This “collaboratory” enables scientists from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Scripps Research, and the University of California, San Diego to work side by side in a facility specifically designed to achieve breakthrough discoveries. Consistent with the objectives of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine researchers are applying the powers of stem cells to promote diagnoses, treatments, and cures for degenerative diseases and injuries. Advance registration is recommended as space for this event may be limited. The cost for this tour is $35 and includes bus transportation to and from the Consortium, tour of the facilities, and boxed lunch.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

1:00 pm Buses leave the Town and Country
1:30 pm Buses arrive at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative
Medicine and tours begin
4:00 pm Tour ends and guests board buses
4:30 pm  Buses arrive back at Town and Country

Wednesday Visit to the San Diego Natural History Museum

SIVB has arranged for a limited number of discounted tickets to visit the San Diego Natural History Museum on Wednesday, June 10 for a personal self-guided tour. Affectionately referred to as The Nat, this flagship institution in Balboa Park has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and a research collection of 9 million specimens. The organization welcomes nearly 400,000 people into the Museum each year, hosts environmental education programs in the community, and is engaged in scientific research throughout Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. Tickets are $16.95 ($3 off the door price) and include admission to the museum during regular museum hours from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Ticket availability is limited. Please note: Transportation is not included.  The museum is located approximately 5 miles from the conference hotel in Balboa Park and is reachable by rideshare or by using San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System starting at the Fashion Valley Transit Center. Plan your trip at

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