21st Annual FIR symposium

June 7-9, 2018

All FIRbees and FIR teaching assistants are invited to rediscover Woods Hole this June for our annual reunion symposium weekend at the MBL. We are proud to claim among our ranks 368 successful FIRbees from around the globe. Our symposium provides world-class networking opportunities with the 2018 FIRbees, former classmates, FIR faculty members, distinguished guest investigators, and with FIRbees from twenty previous years.

To be considered as a symposium speaker, please submit a one-page abstract (download template here) along with the estimated amount of your travel expenses. Send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to FIR Symposium Coordinator, Dori Mebane. The abstract submission deadline is April 1, 2018. You should plan for a 10 min presentation.

Topics relevant to reproductive science, and reflecting current research are encouraged. Preference will be given to abstracts from those who attended FIR in 2003, 2008 or 2013 (15, 10 and 5 years ago) but all FIRbees doing outstanding science; presenting new research topics; first-time presenters; and/or those who have not presented at a recent symposium will be considered. Travel funding priority goes to those making presentations, but please know that everyone is welcome to attend the symposium even if we are unable to include your talk on the program. Those submitting abstracts will be notified about speaker selections by May 1.

We provide lodging and meals in Woods Hole, and typically reimburse full travel expenses for those selected to give presentations. Funding priority will be given to FIRbees from 2003, 2008 and 2013 as wells as those presenting outstanding science, those presenting new topics, to first time presenters, and those who have not attended recent symposia. These decisions are made based on a review of submitted abstracts.

The symposium will open with the Luigi Mastroianni Memorial Lecture at 6 PM on June 7. Dr. Jerome Strauss III was the 2017 awardee. The symposium will continue on June 8 ad 9 with presentations by members of the class of 2018 and returning FIRbees; 10 min will be devoted to each presentation with 5 min for questions. The symposium will also feature the Mike McClure Pioneer Lecture, which in 2017 was delivered by Dr. Laurinda Jaffe, and the Beacon Award Lecture, which was presented by Dr. Sally Camper. Other activities include the boat ride on the evening of June 8 and the closing and awards banquet on the evening of June 9.