21st Annual FIR Symposium

June 7-9, 2018

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All FIRbees and FIR teaching assistants are invited to rediscover Woods Hole this June for our annual reunion symposium weekend. 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 FIRbee alumni spanning 20 years

To be considered as a symposium speaker, please submit a one-page word document abstract including your name, FIR class year and your current institution. Send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to FIR Symposium Coordinator, Dori Mebane ( The abstract submission deadline is April 6, 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 1998, 2003, 2008 or 2013 (20, 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. We provide lodging and meals in Woods Hole, and typically reimburse full travel expenses for those selected to give presentations. These decisions are made based on a review of submitted abstracts.

Those submitting abstracts will be notified about speaker selections by May 5. We will put the selected speakers in contact with our travel agent who will work with you to make pre-paid reservations for your trip. We will also send you housing registration details at that time.

The 21st Symposium will open with the Luigi Mastroianni Memorial Lecture at 6 PM on June 7 presented by Dr. Sara Lewis, Tufts University. Dr Lewis’ lab studies sexual selection in evolutionary ecology and mechanisms of sperm precedence; she has a lot to share about fireflies in particular (see her TED2014 talk here). The symposium will continue on June 8 and 9 with presentations by members of the class of 2018 and returning FIRbees; 10 minutes will be devoted to each presentation with 5 minutes for questions. The Symposium will also feature the Mike McClure Pioneer Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr. Linda Giudice, Distinguished Professor, Chair Emerita, and the Robert B. Jaffe MD Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The Strauss Beacon Award Lectures—newly designated to honor FIR founder Dr. Jerome Strauss, III—will be presented by Drs. Mary Ann Handel of the Jackson Laboratory, and Mitch Eddy, NIEHS, both of whom are previous recipients of Distinguished Service awards in the reproductive sciences.

Other activities include the opening reception and dinner on June 7, the annual sunset cruise on June 8 and the closing and the FIR Awards Banquet on the evening of June 9.