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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 308 leading young researchers and practitioners from around the globe. Our symposium provides world-class networking opportunities with former classmates, FIR faculty members, distinguished guest investigators, and with FIRbees from fifteen other classes.

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 Symposium Coordinator, Dori Mebane.  The abstract submission deadline is April 15, 2015.  Plan for a 10 min presentation.


Topics relevant to reproductive science, and reflecting current research are relevant and encouraged.  Preference will be given to abstracts from those who attended FIR in 2000, 2005 or 2010 (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 7.


We provide lodging and meals in Woods Hole, and typically reimburse full travel expenses for those accepted as presenters.  Funding priority will be given to FIRbees from 2000, 2005 and 2010 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 11.  This lecture will be given by Liza Mundy of the New America Foundation. The symposium presentations, 10 min each for the class of 2015 and returning FIRbees, will be on June 12 and 13.  The symposium will also feature the Mike McClure Lecture to be given by Dr. Marco Conti, our Pioneer Awardee; a lecture given by Dr. Charles Lockwood our Beacon Awardee; and a lecture given by Dr. Joao Ramalho-Santos (FIR’98) the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.  Other social activities include the boat ride on the evening of June 12 and the closing and awards banquet on the evening of June 13.

18th Annual FIR symposium
June 11-13, 2015