Special events

The Local Organizing Committee of the 2024 World Congress on In Vitro Biology has made special efforts to arrange for some very exciting events during the 2024 World Congress on In Vitro Biology for the education and enjoyment of the attendees.  Learn about these special events below and purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Don’t wait though. Space is limited and you don’t want to miss out on these special experiences.

Making Music at the National Blues Museum

Join us on Tuesday evening, June 11, from 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm as we make it sing at the National Blues Museum, the only museum in the nation where you can dive into the Blues, the foundation of all modern American music. Get your groove on at this private dinner event and learn with a beat, mixing fun with interactive features and exhibits full of unforgettable artifacts. The National Blues Museum preserves the legacy and honors the history of the music that gave voice to generations. Travel back to the early days of the blues, where it all began, and see how this beautiful music has touched and influenced every corner of the U.S. and beyond. What’s more, you’ll have a chance to get down and get your hands dirty by making your own blues tune.  The cost of this private experience is only $105.00 and includes round-trip transportation, admission to the museum for the duration of our event, access to the gift shop, music, and dinner. A limited number of discounted tickets will be made available to student registrants at the rate of $55.00. Space is limited, so make sure to purchase your ticket to this special event as soon as you check in at the registration desk at the Hyatt!

Wednesday Scientific Tour: Human Genomes, Development and Therapeutics

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024 from 12:45 – 5:30 pm, SIVB will offer a unique opportunity to explore two facilities internationally known for their expertise in research involving human health, drug, and therapeutics development in St. Louis. The first stop will be MilliporeSigma’s extensive Laclede R&D facility which opened in 2001 and houses about 100 research scientists and staff. MilliporeSigma, a part of Merck KGaA, is a leading supplier to the research community, offering a wide range of biotechnology capabilities in exciting and cutting-edge areas such as genomics, gene editing, gene therapy, proteomics, and cell sciences research. This part of the tour will focus on the later stages of the development and manufacturing of therapeutics, including the performance of applied research/pilot studies. Some of the specific areas we will explore include cell line establishment to support the manufacturing of recombinant therapeutic proteins, the production of viral vectors for use in gene therapy, cell culture media development for standard and specialized applications, and the development of products to support gene engineering.

Next, the tour will visit the McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) on Washington University’s campus. MGI focuses on drug discovery and early phase drug development. The Institute’s state-of-the-art ‘omics technologies include NGS & 3rd gen sequencing, proteomics, and spatial omics platforms. MGI also possesses deep expertise in functional genomics, leveraging stem cell and genome editing technologies, and high content imaging for deep cellular phenotyping and screening. Since its inception in 1993, the MGI has played a vital role in the field of genome sequencing, receiving over $1.3 billion in research funding. The institute began as a key player in the Human Genome Project – an international effort to decode all 3 billion letters of our genetic blueprint – ultimately contributing 25 percent of the finished sequence. In 2008, this institute became the first to sequence the complete genome of a cancer patient and to trace her disease to its genetic roots. The cost for this tour is $50.00 and will include visits to both facilities, boxed lunch, and bus transportation. There are only a few spots left, so make sure to purchase your ticket to this special tour as soon as you check in at the registration desk at the Hyatt!

 

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Wednesday Afternoon Scientific Tour: A firsthand look at the past, present, and future of agriculture

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is currently full and is no longer accepting registrations. We are offering a waitlist. Those on the waitlist may be able to attend the tour if additional space becomes available due to cancellation of existing registrants before May 15, 2024. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact the SIVB Business Office at [email protected]. Waitlist requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability.

We also highly encourage participants to consider registering for the Wednesday Human Genomes, Development and Therapeutics tour, listed above this event.

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED: Please review all tour requirements below to ensure you are able and willing to follow them. If you determine that you no longer are able or interested in participating in this tour, please contact the SIVB Business Office at [email protected] as soon as possible to cancel your registration before the cutoff date of May 15, 2024.  

Join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm for a one-of-a-kind tour during which we will visit both the Bayer Innovation Experience and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The first stop on the tour will be a visit to Bayer Innovation Experience. Housed in their North American Crop Science Research and Development Headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri, the Bayer Innovation Experience offers an immersive and engaging look into the research and breakthroughs that are shaping the future of agriculture. This experience provides a comprehensive look into how innovations in agriculture benefit humanity and the planet as a whole, combining the many historic and ongoing developments that nourish our growing world. Next, guests will travel to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. You won’t want to miss this exclusive tour of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, where groundbreaking research comes to life! The Danforth Center has a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Their scientists seek to feed the world while sustaining the planet. Explore their cutting-edge core facilities, greenhouses and growth chambers, the Bellwether Foundation Phenotyping Facility, the Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory, Plant Transformation, Data Science, and more. Gain valuable insights into genomics, imaging, phenotyping, and bioinformatics driving the forefront of innovation in plant science. This tour will include bus transportation, boxed lunch, and tours of both venues.  Please review all tour requirements before registering for this event.

Tour requirements:

  1. Advanced registration is required for this event. No substitutions or name changes will be allowed.
  2. Attendees must be at least 12 years old (or attending 6th grade).
  3. Attendees over 18 will be required to provide their entire full legal first and last name, middle initial, country of citizenship, affiliation, home country residential address (commercial address is not accepted), contact phone number, and e-mail address.​ Attendees under 18 ​(middle and high school students and minors age 12 – 18): Will need to provide ONLY full legal first and last name and country of citizenship.
  4. All attendees must bring a government-issued ID with them such as a driver’s license, non-driver’s license, or passport.
  5. Flat and closed-toe shoes are required. In addition, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks are required only for entry into the growth chamber. Those opting to not wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks will be allowed to take the tour and view the growth chamber from the outside, but will be asked not to enter.
  6. Please keep in mind that tours are walking intensive (stairs, ramps, walkways):  casual, light weight clothing is recommended. Please make sure you are adequately hydrated prior to arrival.

Through Bayer Crop Science’s generous sponsorship of this experience, SIVB is pleased to be able to offer registration for this tour at no cost to attendees. This tour is currently full and is no longer accepting additional registrationsWe are offering a waitlist. Those on the waitlist may be able to attend the tour if additional space becomes available due to cancellation of existing registrants. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact the Business Office at [email protected]. Waitlist requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability. The final list of event registrants will be confirmed by May 16, 2024. No additions or adjustments will be made after this time.

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED: Please review all tour requirements above to ensure you are able and willing to follow them. If you determine that you no longer are able or interested in participating in this tour, please contact the SIVB Business Office at [email protected] as soon as possible to cancel your registration before the cutoff date of May 15, 2024.  

We also highly encourage participants to consider registering for the Wednesday Human Genomes, Development and Therapeutics tour, listed above this event.

 

This event is sponsored by