As President of the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB), I would like to personally invite you to participate in the many professional activities of our society including attending our annual meetings, presenting your research, publishing your work in our journals and, more importantly, becoming a leader in our discipline.
I first started attending SIVB meetings in the late 70’s where I made some of my first presentations to a scientific audience. I recall getting great feedback and encouragement, which was an important part of my professional development. During those years I remember the atmosphere as informal and a combination of scientific and personal discussions. The plant tissue culture presentations consisted of a single invited speaker session and contributed paper session while the remainder consisted of numerous presentations from the much larger number of animal cell biology attendees. Despite the initial modest size of plant programing, we felt welcome, enjoyed lively discussion and interactions, and, as is true today, interacted with scientists of different experience levels. Many very well-known cell biologists attended such as Thorpe, Gamborg, Murashige, Skoog, Cocking, Vasil, and Sato, to name a few. They became lifelong professional and personal friends. We discussed and debated current research during the day and late into the night, which at that time in plants consisted of anther culture, plant propagation, somatic embryogenesis and regeneration from long term tissue cultures of plants. Sound familiar? I recall those discussions to this day because the ideas and debates led to experiments, further interactions, scientific progress, publications and career advancement. Coincidentally, I was exposed and listened to research areas that were novel to me and exciting to consider for future research. I’m glad to report that these characteristics are still a part of the DNA of this organization!
Speaking of mentors, Gordon Sato encouraged my interest in the publications of SIVB by asking that I act as a reviewer for some of the plant papers that were submitted to the predecessor of our current journals. I was later very fortunate to become an Associate Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of In Vitro-Plant. I learned the importance of our journals to the health of our society and encourage you to submit your work to our excellent animal and plant journals.
The Society for In Vitro Biology offers scientists many benefits including opportunities:
- To develop leadership skills through active participation in society functions, committees, and annual meeting planning;
- To network with fellow scientists who share common interests;
- To build long-term professional and personal friendships with colleagues who share a long term interest in the in vitro sciences;
- To broaden your scientific horizons in a diverse in vitro biology society that includes all areas of plant and animal research;
- To advance scientific and professional development opportunities in state of the art science to support your research;
- To share your best and most exciting research advancements through posters, presentations, and publishing in our journals;
- To develop professionally by participating in Society activities;
- To help shape the future of this society, the original and a leading society for in vitro biology.
- To make use of the latest advances that span both animal and plant biology
Students and Young Scientists
The SIVB welcomes scientists at all stages of their careers. We are well known for encouraging our students, young scientists, and Post Docs to take an active role in our meetings and society activities. The student organized program includes scientific presentations of interest to all attendees and encourages peer focused skill development for presentations. The Society has encouraged our students and young scientists to participate in the scientific management of our Society through membership on committees, volunteering for special projects, and participation on the Board of Directors. The SIVB encourages students to attend our meetings, join the Society, and as a result of your active participation develop as future leaders of the Society. We believe a student’s professional development in our society will enhance their scientific career.
Our established scientists provide the Society with knowledge gained from extensive experience. They play an important role in mentoring our students and young scientists, sharing their scientific data and helping to promote the advancements that will shape the future of science. They serve as role models for our young scientists and provide insights into potential directions for their careers. Their interactions provide the encouragement that could make a real difference in a professional career.
Late Career or Retired Scientists
As scientists who have benefitted from membership in the Society, the wisdom that comes with a historical perspective and experience will be valuable in charting the Society’s future directions. We encourage you to join or renew your membership in the Society. We also encourage your active financial support and remembering to include the Society in your bequests.
I sincerely believe that by joining the society, participating in our annual meetings, and serving in various leadership positions both you and SIVB will benefit professionally and personally! Our Society needs you! To join the SIVB or obtain more information, visit the website and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact the SIVB Business Office at (910) 755-5431 or Email at SIVB@SIVB.ORG.
Dwight Tomes, Ph. D.
SIVB President 2016-2018