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|13th International Zebrafish Conference|
June 20-24, 2018
The meeting will include numerous opportunities for participants to present their research findings, with well over a hundred speakers selected from submitted abstracts, three separate poster sessions, and a large variety of different workshops organized and run by meeting participants. The conference will also include numerous organized and informal educational and networking opportunities for trainees and junior investigators, as well as established investigators. The meeting is being held in the newly renovated Wisconsin Union and includes a number of organized social events such as a a reception, a barbecue picnic, a lunchtime community meeting, and a final formal banquet immediately followed by an after-party with an award-winning live band and dancing.
The IZFC have been important “go to” meetings for the zebrafish community for more than two decades. Like previous IZFC conferences, the 2018 Madison meeting will include numerous opportunities for sharing results and technologies, forging collaborations, coordinating community resources, and fostering the exposure and success of junior investigators and trainees. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Registration Opens December 1, 2017
The registrant list will be posted closer to the meeting date.
A $100 handling fee will be charged for all meeting advance registration cancellations. Cancellation requests must be sent to email@example.com. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 1, 2018. Cancelling your meeting registration does not cancel your housing. Please contact the University or hotel directly to cancel your housing.
Confirmation/Letter of Invitation
You will receive confirmation of your registration upon completion and submission of registration.
Please let us know if you require a Letter of Invitation.
Certificate of Attendance
Certificates of Attendance will be available at the conference registration desk during the meeting upon request. Anyone needing a certificate after the meeting should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: TBD
The International Zebrafish Meeting will award financial aid to graduate students and postdocs who are presenting authors. Only individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting will be considered for these limited funds. Please make every effort to secure your own funding and leave the meeting funds to the needy. Presenting authors are given first priority when determining financial aid. Please describe your need in the online financial aid application. You are not guaranteed that you will receive the amount you ask for on the application. No more than three people from the same lab will be eligible for financial aid.
13th IZFC Preliminary Agenda
Download a PDF version of the Preliminary Agenda HERE
13th IZFC Keynote Speakers
Judith Kimble is Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Kimble is best known for her pioneering identification of a stem cell niche in the nematode C. elegans and subsequent analyses of genes, molecules, pathways and networks that regulate germline stem cells and sex determination. She began with HHMI in 1994 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995.
She has served the biomedical research community in numerous capacities, most recently as Chair of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science and a member of the NRC Next Generation Researchers Initiative committee.
Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since he founded deCODE genetics in August 1996. Dr. Stefánsson was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of deCODE genetics in December 1999. From 1993 until April 1997, Dr. Stefánsson was a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University. From 1983 to 1993, he held faculty positions in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stefánsson received his M.D. and Dr. Med. from the University of Iceland and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. He has published numerous articles on the genetics of common/complex diseases and has been among the leaders of the world in the discovery of variants in the sequence of the human genome that associate with the risk of common/complex traits.
Dr. Stefánsson was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential men of the year for 2007 and by Newsweek as one of the 10 most important biologists of the 21 century. He was the recipient of the Jakobus Award 2007, The World Glaucoma Association Award for present scientific impact 2007, The European Society of Human Genetics Award 2009 and The Andre Jahre Award 2009. In 2014 he received the Inge Grundke-Iqbal award, awarded by the American Alzheimer’s Association and in 2016 the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, awarded by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Abstract Submission Opens December 1, 2017
You are invited to submit abstracts for either poster or platform presentation when submissions open. Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material, and should only be submitted if at least one author plans to attend the meeting and present the work in either a poster or platform session. It is the custom to have only one platform presentation per lab, preferably from a graduate student or postdoc and not from the lab head.
Abstracts will appear online and in the program and abstracts volume exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions will be made by the IZFS staff. Abstracts should not exceed 2,500 characters, including the title, authors, affiliations and main body of the abstract. Please proof your text carefully before submitting.
Because platform presentation requests far exceed platform presentations slots, authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for a platform presentation.
A confirmation will appear directly online after a successful submission. Confirmation of abstract receipt will include an abstract control number, an author ID number for future reference and text of the abstract. If you do not receive a confirmation immediately after you submit, your abstract was not successfully submitted.
Rather than carrying your poster to the meeting, the following locations are available to print it and have it ready when you arrive in Madison:
College Library - 600 N. Park Street
Bob's Copy Shop - 616 University Avenue
Abstract Submission Instructions
Enter Presenting Author information.
Select a research area that best defines the session in which you would like to be included.
List of Research Area
Select Oral or Poster presentation.
Enter all author names and institutions. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the author names.
Incorrect format - JOHN SMITH
Correct format - John Smith
The program book will contain a Genetic Index of abstracts mentioning specific genes. Provide the current Zfin gene symbol (e.g. mitfa) of any gene(s) that you want to appear in this Genetic Index. A gene's current symbol can be found on ZFIN. Only provide details for zebrafish genes/gene products that are explicitly mentioned in your abstract title/text.
Enter abstract title. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the entire title.
Incorrect format- INCORRECT ABSTRACT TITLE FORMAT FOR THE ZEBRAFISH MEETING
Correct format - Correct Abstract Title Format for the International Zebrafish Meeting
Enter body of abstract. The title, authors or affiliations should not be included in the main body of the abstract. Abstracts for platform presentation will be reviewed and some will be selected by the program committee for a talk. The abstracts submitted for platform presentation that are not scheduled by the program committee for a talk will be automatically assigned to the poster sessions.
Submit abstract. Once the abstract is accepted, presenting authors commit themselves to attend the conference. Regular registration is obligatory and binding and implies payment of regular registration fee.
Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be assigned to the session topic indicated on the submission. Posters will be grouped alphabetically by the presenting author’s last name (family name) in the research areas.
Submission Rules & Guidelines
All authors will be asked to approve the following statement when submitting an abstract: "I have read, understand and agree to the submission rules and guidelines." Your abstract will not be programmed if this box has not been checked.
All revisions must be completed before midnight, March 5, 2018, U.S. East Coast time. Revisions will not be accepted after this date.
The presenting author can withdraw their abstract on the abstract revision website. Withdrawal requests (from the presenting author only) should be made by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time on or before March 5, 2018. The author will need their last name, abstract control number and personal id number to enter the revision program. All abstracts will be published and cannot be removed from publication after March 5, 2018. Abstracts not withdrawn by March 5 will be reviewed and if selected for presentation will be published online. This information can be accessed by the public and may be referenced by the International Zebrafish Society staff and others.
In an effort toward conservation and due to the increased use of smart phones and tablets, we will be utilizing a mobile APP for the meeting and provide a Program Book. More details on the mobile APP to come!
The Program Book will include the Schedule of Events, Plenary, Concurrent and Poster Session listings, Exhibit Information, Maps of the area, and Company sponsored ads. Abstract details will not be included.
The majority of the submitted abstracts will be scheduled as posters. There will be 3 poster sessions. The posterboards are 4' high x 6 ' wide. The poster display space will be 3''8" (1.1 meters) high x 5'7" (1.7 meters) wide.To alleviate crowding in the rooms, alternate presentation times will be given for posters each evening.
Equipment for Oral Presentations
The following equipment will be provided in all plenary sessions: a laptop computer with a full install of Microsoft Office, an LCD projector, laser pointer and lavaliere microphone. Please have your presentation stored on a USB drive. Presenters should plan to be in the designated session space 60 minutes prior to the start of their session to load the presentation on the conference computers.
Cameras, Cell Phones and Video Recording Devices
By attending a IZFS conference, you grant IZFS with the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in IZFS educational, news, or promotional materials. IZFS will take steps to avoid sharing the content of presentations and posters in order to protect unpublished data. Please note that the use of cameras and other recording devices in plenary, concurrent, workshop, and poster sessions is prohibited without expressed permission from an authorized IZFS representative.
Travel and Accommodations
More Housing Information and Reservation Links Coming Soon!
Housing and Travel
Attendees must make housing reservations directly with the University or hotel of their choice. Descriptions of all of the properties are below. The meeting organizers will not be processing housing for the 2018 meeting. Cancelling your meeting registration does NOT cancel your housing.
Bulletin Board for Room Sharing
An electronic bulletin board will be available to facilitate finding a roommate. Registrants can post messages regarding what type of roommate they are looking for i.e male or female, smoker or non-smoker and the participants will respond directly to the registrant.
Note that reservations will be accepted only when accompanied by a credit card guarantee or a deposit of the first night’s room and tax.
Please refer to each property’s website to determine their cancellation policy. If attendees need to cancel their housing they must do so directly with the property. Cancelling your meeting registration does NOT cancel your housing.
For information on what to do while you’re in Madison, WI please visit the Visitors Bureau.
601 North Whitney Way & 5003 University Avenue Madison, WI 53705
Reservation Line: 608-233-7373
With a reservation, Chicken Soup is available to watch your child(ren) while you attend the conference. There is a one time $25 registration fee. Please contact Little Chicks directly to make reservations.
$13/hour for ages 6 weeks - 1.5 years
$12/hour for ages 1.5 - 3 years
$11/hour for ages 3 and over
Minimum charge of 2 hours.
The average daily temperature in June is 78. Attendees should also plan on rain and/or cooler weather in the evening.
The Dane County Regional Airport serves Madison, WI. Registrants can also fly into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport or Chicago’s O’Hare or Midway Airports and then take a bus to Madison.
Attendees arriving or departing other then the posted shuttle times must coordinate their own transportation.
Ground transportation options for the various airports are listed below for those arriving or departing.
A typical daily schedule of Van Galder Bus departures from O'Hare International Airport to Madison, WI is below.
t Indicates next day.
Parking is available for those staying in University of Wisconsin’s Housing. Parking permits can be purchased from UW Transportation Services.