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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!
Registration Opens January 1, 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes March 5, 2018.
Registration Closes on May 1, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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
Proposals are being solicited for workshops at the meeting. Workshops are scheduled for the afternoons of June 21 and 22, and the morning of June 23, and will be open to all meeting attendees. In the past, successful workshops have focused on a variety of topics, and can be based on a specific scientific area or on a technical approach applicable to various problems. We particularly encourage proposals for workshops on educational issues. Participants will not be required to submit general meeting abstracts for their workshop presentations.
There is no set format for the workshops. They are viewed as an opportunity to be creative and discuss the topics you find important, in a way you believe will be productive. However, based on past experiences there seem to be some formats that work better than others. In particular, the organizers do not want the workshops to duplicate the oral sessions, so you should not plan your workshop as a series of talks without adequate time for discussion. At the other end of the spectrum, totally free-form discussions do not work well, and having a planned set of questions or topics to guide the discussion is a good idea.
If interested in organizing a workshop, please click here to complete the online proposal form by November 15.
The conference organizers will let applicants know whether their proposals have been approved no later than December 15, 2017.
11th Zebrafish Disease Models Conference (ZDM11)
The 11th Zebrafish Disease Models Conference (ZDM11) will be held in Leiden, Netherlands from July 10th – July 13th 2018.
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.
Chi-Bin Chien Award
The Chi-Bin Chien Award was established by the zebrafish research community and the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) in memory of Dr. Chi-Bin Chien (1965–2011). Chi-Bin was Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah and served the international zebrafish community in numerous ways, including his service as Director of the Zebrafish Neural Development and Genetics Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and as an organizer of the International Conference on Zebrafish Genetics and Development.
The Award celebrates Chi-Bin’s enthusiasm and love for the discussion of scientific ideas and the good things that grow out of interactions and open discourse among scientists, his efforts to mentor and support the development of young scientists, and the collaborative and generous spirit with which he contributed to advance research with the zebrafish. The award will be given to an outstanding graduate student, postdoctoral trainee, or recently appointed faculty member from any country who has made significant contributions to the field of zebrafish research and has exhibited the generosity and openness that characterized and motivated Chi-Bin.
IZFS 2017 Chi-Bin Chien Award Committee
Cecilia Moens, Chair
This award is funded by donations from members of the scientific community who wish to contribute in Chi-Bin's memory. Please make your contribution here. We thank you in advance for your support.
George Streisinger Award
The International Zebrafish Society has established the George Streisinger Award for a senior investigator who has made outstanding and continued contributions to the advancement of the zebrafish field. George Streisinger (1927-1984) was the founding father of zebrafish research. Working at the University of Oregon in the 1970s and early 1980s, George Streisinger established a zebrafish research colony and developed the first methods for mutagenesis and mutant screening with the goal of studying the development of the nervous system through genetic analysis. George Streisinger’s enthusiasm for the zebrafish and its potential for understanding vertebrate development was infectious. After his untimely death in 1984, his work on this still-nascent model organism was continued and taken in new directions by colleagues at the University of Oregon and around the world. The George Streisinger Award recognizes a senior investigator who, like George himself, has done sustained and foundational work that has opened new possibilities within the zebrafish field that benefit all of our research today.
Contributions may be in the form of conceptual advances that have opened important new research directions and/or the development of tools or resources that have been transformative in enabling new research possibilities.
IZFS 2017 George Streisinger Award Committee
Cecilia Moens, Chair
Abstract Submission Opens January 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.
Exhibits and Sponsors
The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) represents zebrafish scientific research worldwide, and facilitates the exchange of information and resources within the zebrafish community. Serving a growing population of members with direct access to thousands more in the field, IZFS is committed to promoting educational initiatives and advancing all aspects of zebrafish research through its meetings around the globe.
Why become a Sponsor or exhibitor at the
2018 International Zebrafish Conference?
The International Zebrafish Conference (recently renamed from the “International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics” to reflect the broadening scope of zebrafish research) has for several decades now been THE premier go-to meeting for the worldwide zebrafish research community. Historically held only every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of zebrafish researchers anywhere, with over 800 participants from every career level, including most of the top leaders of the zebrafish community. The International Zebrafish Conference is THE place zebrafish researchers go, not only to hear about the latest scientific findings but to learn about the latest methods, technologies, and products to facilitate their research work. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this vibrant and exciting conference! The IZFS is pleased to offer valuable sponsorship, exhibit, and advertising opportunities designed to maximize your exposure in the zebrafish research community and provide you with a strong return on your investment.
Venue and Exhibitor Experience
In 2018 we return to our long-time home at the University of Wisconsin. The newly and beautifully remodeled Memorial Union offers prime exhibitor locations in the very center of conference activity.
Sponsor and Exhibitor Access
IZFS sponsor and exhibitor packages enable you to connect with the largest and most influential group of zebrafish researchers – the current and future leaders of the zebrafish research community! You will have direct access to the purchasing decision-makers and clients most important to your company, and meet others who can benefit from the services and products your company provides.
As a conference sponsor or exhibitor, you can count on receiving in-depth knowledge on progress, and new trends and directions in the zebrafish research field.
Visibility and Public Recognition
The IZFS Officers and Board, key society members, and many more high-profile conference attendees will be on hand to make introductions and ensure that your company representatives can make the most of their time spent at the conference. You will have high visibility and public recognition for your contributions.
Do you supply services or equipment for zebrafish research?
Reach your target market, expand your professional network, and connect with clients and colleagues.
*Electrical service is provided at no additional charge. Extension cords or hard-wired internet connections can be provided at an additional cost.
Consider enhancing your exhibit with a sponsorship or program booklet advertisement. Bundled pricing available!
Exhibit Dates and Hours
Location: Memorial Union
Date Hours Event
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Set-up
8:45 PM – 10:00 PM Receptions in Exhibit Hall and Dining Area
Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM Exhibits Areas Open
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM Poster Session and Reception
Friday, June 22, 2018 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM Exhibits Areas Open
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM Poster Session and Reception
Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Exhibits Areas Open
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM Poster Session and Reception
Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Exhibits Areas Open
2:00 PM – 6:30 PM Tear Down
Show your support for the International Zebrafish Society by sponsoring a portion of the conference.
Conference T-shirt Sponsor: $200
Conference t-shirts will be available for purchase online during registration as well as on-site at the conference. Your logo sponsorship on the t-shirt offer visibility that lasts well beyond the conference.
Conference Bag Sponsor: $1500
See your company highlighted on our conference tote bags, given to all attendees at registration.
App Sponsor: $2000
Welcome Reception Sponsor: $1500
Picnic Sponsor: $1500
Banquet Sponsor: $1500
*Receive 10% off of Sponsor Rates when you bundle two sponsorships or an exhibit with a sponsorship! (T-shirt sponsorship excluded)
Increase your visibility with an ad in the printed program book or on the conference mobile APP.
Exhibit Space License Agreement
Subject to acceptance by the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS), Exhibitor, as named on the front of this Agreement, hereby contracts for a license to use exhibit table space at the 2018 International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC) located in Madison, Wisconsin, June 20-24, 2018 solely for the purpose of exhibiting a display having educational or practical application in the field of genetics and/or biological research which emphasizes instruments, publications, supplies, products or services for use in teaching or research. Sales, order-taking and entering into contracts of sale on the exhibit floor or other related meeting areas during the meeting are discouraged. License will not be granted for exhibits that principally express a point of view.
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 is available to facilitate finding a roommate. Click here to access the bulletin board. 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.
Parking is available for those staying in University of Wisconsin’s Housing. Parking permits can be purchased from UW Transportation Services.