CANCELLED - 9th Strategic Conference of Fish Investigators (SCZI)

National Taiwan University
February 4 - 8, 2020


January 30, 2020

We have been monitoring closely the outbreak of the coronavirus over this last week.  As you may know, today the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak to be a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern."  

The travel ban preventing Chinese researchers from traveling to Taiwan, together with major airlines cancelling flights to several cities in China that impacts many of our attendees flight plans, have resulted in quite a few cancellations. In addition, several other attendees have also cancelled in recent days, leaving us with a much reduced conference size and a significantly reduced roster of speakers. We are also concerned about a possible expansion of the outbreak that may result in travel restrictions to and from Taiwan, and may develop over the course of the conference.

For those reasons, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference. We appreciate the time and effort you have put in to be part of this conference. IZFS staff will be working to refund registration fees over the next couple of weeks.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


SCZI 2020 Meeting Organizers:
Bon-chu Chung
Jeff Lee
Didier Stainier

IZFS Executive Committee
Didier Stainier
Mary Mullins
Phil Ingham
Elizabeth Busch-Nentwich
Kate Lewis

January 29, 2020
We continue to monitor the coronavirus and updates we receive from government and health organizations. We will follow up with another update within the next 24 hours.

SCZI Meeting Organizers and the IZFS Executive Committee

January 27, 2020

We are monitoring closely the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, and how it may impact our upcoming meeting in Taiwan. At this point, we plan to go forward with the meeting, but we will notify you if anything changes. Emails will be sent from

Cultural Trip in Taipei Taiwan


All credit cards are being refunded for the trip.

The Taiwanese Society of Developmental Biology (TSDB) has arranged a Cultural Day Trip that is available to all 2020 SCZI participants and guests!

Fee per person:
Non-Taiwanese Residents: NT$900
Taiwanese Residents: NT$ 1,800
(Lunch, bus and guide included)

Tour Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
07:30 - 08:00  Depart International Howard Civil Hotel and stop by JustSleep Hotel
08:30 - 11:30  National Palace Museum (NPM)
12:00 - 13:30  Lunch at Silks Palace, Taiwanese food court in the NPM
14:00 - 17:00  DaDaoCheng  
17:30  Farewell
Detailed tour information is at

For those of you interested in joining the tour please register online at the following link:
One email address only for each registration
Registration Payment Deadline: 01/20/2020

Principal investigators are invited to attend the 9th Strategic Conference of Fish Investigators, hosted by the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). The conference will be held February 4-8 at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. The meeting attendance is limited to 200 in order to enable meaningful discussions.

This conference is geared towards zebrafish and medaka principal investigators while welcoming researchers working on other fish models including but not limited to sticklebacks, cavefish, goldfish, and killifish. Plenary sessions will highlight cutting-edge research and technological advances, and there will be numerous concurrent sessions and workshops.



Liberal Arts Teaching Hall/Liberal Education Classroom Building
No. 1號, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Thank you Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Local Organizers and Sponsors

National Taiwan University



Additional Sponsors






Andor is a global leader in the manufacture of scientific imaging cameras & microscopy systems, complemented by Imaris for 3/4D image stitching, visualization, and analysis. We provide workflow solutions capturing from the nm through to cm scale, including deep imaging, photostimulation & investigating dynamic events over long time scales.

Tools for High Content Zebrafish Screening.  The VAST BioImager platform automatically loads and rotationally orients 2-7 day-post-fertilization zebrafish larvae for organ-level imaging. Mounts on many upright microscopes for cellular-level fluorescence imaging. Union Biometrica COPAS FP™ and BioSorter® Large Particle Flow Cytometers automate the analysis and sorting of objects too big (10-1500μm) or too fragile for traditional cytometers.  Examples include zebrafish eggs & larvae as well as other small model organisms and large cells / cell clusters.

Aquaneering is an internationally recognized leader of aquatic housing for zebrafish, Xenopus frogs, and other aquatic species used in medical research, as well as the manufacturer of the largest zebrafish systems in the world.  Aquaneering offers unmatched knowledge of highly advanced filtration technologies pioneered within the aquaculture industry, notably our no-maintenance filters that assure undetectable levels of ammonia and nitrites.

For more than two decades, Viewpoint has been designing and providing state-of-the-art technology for automated animal behavior analysis. ZebraLab and ZebraBox, for Zebrafish behavior, provide precise and repeatable measurements as well as various stimulations in a controlled environment.



Founded in 1949, Tecniplast has multiple facilities based in Italy, including design and manufacturing of aquatics products, quality control and filtration assembling. In order to stay efficiently and professionally close to customers, Tecniplast works through a series of well-established regional partners, able to provide local sales and service support.

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Hotel Accommodations

Two hotel room blocks at two hotels have been reserved for conference attendees. All rooms are first-come, first served, and requests must be submitted to the hotel by Friday, December 20, 2019. The room rate is not guaranteed after Friday December 20, 2019.

Howard Civil Service International House

No.30, Sec. 3, Sinsheng S. Rd., Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
Travel information: Exit MRT Taipower Building Station Exit 2, take a left turn and then walk along Sinhai Road for about 10 - 15 minutes to reach the intersection of Sinhai Road and Sinsheng S. Road, take a left turn to arrive at Howard Civil Service International House.

  • Standard Single (one single bed): NT$ 1,950 per night
    Includes one breakfast and complimentary wireless broadband Internet access

To book under the IZFS room block at the Howard Civil Service International House, fill out the housing request form linked here and fax to +886-2-7712-2333 or email

Just Sleep @ National Taiwan University (NTU)

No.83, Sec,4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Travel Information: Exit MRT Gongguan Station Exit 2, walk to the left for approximately 2 minutes to reach the hotel.

  • King Bed: NT$ 2,900
    Includes one daily buffet breakfast complimentary wireless broadband Internet access
  • Twin Bed: NT$ 3,200
    Includes two daily buffet breakfast complimentary wireless broadband Internet access
  • King Bed:NT$ 3,200
    Includes two daily buffet breakfast and complimentary wireless broadband Internet access

To book under the IZFS room block at Just Sleep @ NTU, fill out the housing request form linked here and fax to the attention of Ms. Kate Ma at +886-2-7735-5000 or email to the attention of Ms. Kate Ma at

Traveling to Taiwan

The Tourism Bureau, Republic of China (Taiwan) is a helpful website that has information regarding traveling and visiting Taiwan. Visit them here.

Visit here for Useful Travel Tips for Taiwan.


For more information on transportation to the National Taiwan University visit

Airport transportation:
NTU Online Map:

The conference will take place at

National Taiwan University
Liberal Education Building
No. 1號, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Most international flights land at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The journey from Taoyuan International Airport to central Taipei is about 40 kilometers. Visit the Taiwan Taoyuan International (TPE) website to book transportation.




Time (estimate)

Fare (estimate)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)


Taxis operating by shifts are located at the west side of Terminal 1's and 2's Arrivals Lobby


TWD 1,300

  Bus → Taxi

Take bus (Kuo-kuang Line 1819 or CitiAir Bus 1961) directed to Taipei Main Station (臺北車站), and then take a taxi


TWD 350

  Bus  → MRT

Take bus (Kuo-kuang Line 1819 or CitiAir Bus 1961) directed to Taipei Main Station (臺北車站), and transfer to MRT Xindian Line (新店線), get off at Gongguan station (公館站)


TWD 220

Airport MRT → MRT

Take Taoyuan Airport MRT to Taipei Main station (臺北車站), and then take MRT Songshan-Xindian Line (松山新店線) to Gongguan Station (公館站) 


TWD 200


Taipei Songshan Airport to National Taiwan University

Some international flights will arrive at Taipei Songshan Airport. From the Taipei Shongshan Airport, take the MRT Green line for 11 stops, exit at Taipower Station for Howard Civil House or next stop at Gongguan station for JustSleep.


IZFS will share more program information once finalized. Please check back for updates. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 pm with a welcome reception, followed by a keynote address and plenary session.

Keynote Speakers

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Jie Qiao, MD, PhD
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
Director of Peking University Third Hospital

Shigeru Kuratani, PhD
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Tuesday, February 4



Welcome Reception


Keynote Address:  Shigeru Kuratani, RIKEN Brain Science Institute


20:30 – 21:30


Plenary Session 1 (4 talks)


Wednesday, February 5


8:30 – 9:30

Plenary Session 2 (4 talks)

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 - 10:45

Break and Visit Exhibits

Plenary Session 2 Continued (3 talks)


Genomics and Genome EditingWorkshop




13:40 - 14:40

Community Session 1 (Regional) (Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific)


Break and Visit Exhibits


Concurrent Sessions 1 (8x3 talks)
Break (16:18 - 16:45)





Poster Session 1 and Visit Exhibits


Thursday, February 6


8:30 – 9:20

Keynote Address: Jie Qiao, tentative title: Molecular Network of Human Germ Cells and its Ptential in Improving ART Outcome and Blocking Genetic Diseases

9:20 - 10:00

Break and Visit Exhibits

10:00 - 10:45

Plenary Session 3 (3 talks)


10:45 - 11:15

Break and Visit Exhibits

11:15 - 12:15


Workshops (Concurrent)

  • Imaging and Technology
  • Medaka

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch and Education Workshop

13:45 - 14:45

14:45 - 15:30

Community Session 2

Break and Visit Exhibits


15:30 - 17:00


18:00 - 19:00

Nobel Lecture
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Dinner (Not provided)


Poster Session 2 and Visit Exhibits


Friday, February 7


8:30 – 9:30

Plenary Session 4 (4 talks)

9:30 - 10:00

Break and Visit Exhibits

10:00 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:15

Plenary Session 4 Continued (3 Talks)

Break and Visit Exhibits


11:15 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:30

Workshops (concurrent)

  • Physiology and Disease Models
  • Anatomical Resources



Concurrent Sessions 2
Break (14:06 - 14:30)
Break (16:06 - 16:30)


Dinner & Closing Reception, Taida Table, Xiaoluming Building in the Central Conference Center


Saturday, February 8



Optional tour to the vicinity of Taipei,


Register by November 15, 2019 to receive the early-bird rate. IZFS members also receive a discounted rate.

Rates  By November 15  November 16 and after
Nonmember $875 $1155
Member  $695  $975

Registration includes lunch on February 5, 6, and 7 and dinner on February 4, 5, and 7. Coffee will also be provided during coffee breaks and light snacks during poster sessions.

In September 2019, the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) moved to a new database platform. This will require all meeting registrants to create a new account. If you haven’t already created a new account, please select “I do not have an account on the IZFS website” and enter the email address you previously had on file, during abstract submission or registration.  If your email address has changed, please contact IZFS at or +1 (414) 918-9835 to change your email address on file.

To register by paper, please download PDF registration form here and email to or fax to +1 414 276 3349.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations of meeting registrations are subject to a $100 cancellation and processing fee. All cancellations and refund requests must be in writing and sent to by January 6, 2020. Cancellations after January 6, 2020 and no shows will not be refunded. If you have any questions, please contact the IZFS Office at (414) 918-9835 or

Travel Grants

To further assist our research community, IZFS will award additional travel grants. If you would like to apply for a general travel grant, please fill out the travel grant form linked here and send to Anna Douangphachanh, IZFS Meetings, Membership and Administrative Manager, at by Thursday, October 31, 2019.

General Travel Grant Deadline and TimelineApplication
Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Applicants notified: January 2020
Please note that abstracts are accepted until October, 31, 2019 and IZFS will begin accepting abstract submissions in late August/early September. Award grantees are given their grant after the February 4-8, 2020 meeting

Sponsor or Exhibit


If you are interested or know an organization interested in being a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please download our sponsor and exhibit information here.

Opportunities include conference bag sponsorship , poster reception sponsorship and more!

We would love to hear from you. Please contact Nichole Nikolic, IZFS Executive Director, at if you have any questions or would like to become a sponsor.


Reserve a display table in the exhibit hall for $3,000. To reserve a display table, please contact Anna Douangphachanh, IZFS Meetings, Membership and Administrative Manager at


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Meeting Organizers


Bon-chu Chung, Academia Sinica
Jeff Lee, National Taiwan University
Didier Stainier, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research 

Planning Commitee

Jeroen Bakkers
Shawn Burgess
Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich
Filippo Del Bene
Suresh Jesuthasan
Feng Liu
Florence Marlow
Ichiro Masai
Anming Meng
Stefan Schulte-Merker
Elke Ober
Victoria Prince
Kirsten Sadler
Thomas Schilling
Joseph Yost