Annual FIR Symposium

From the FIR Directors: We regret to announce that FIR 2020 and the Annual Symposium have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We know that our many FIR participants around the world are as disappointed as we are by this situation. We send everyone wishes for good health and hopes to see you in 2121. Please visit our FIRbees FB group for virtual convening!

The FIR Symposium is an annual two-day program scheduled as the culminating event to our 6-week training course. The Symposium features lectures from eminent leaders in reproductive science together with presentations on current research topics from course students and from FIR alumni representing previous classes. Each Symposium creates a new mix of students, alumni, faculty and distinguished speakers, enabling world-class networking opportunities with luminaries in the field and among our trainees across class years. The symposium provides a rich atmosphere combining focused reports on scientific inquiry with camaraderie of the shared FIR experience. Numerous collaborations have emerged from these meetings. The Symposium has become known to FIRbees as “Everybody’s Favorite Meeting.”

This year we will be celebrating the Class of 2015’s 5th year reunion, the Class of 2010’s 10th year reunion, the Class of 2005’s 15th reunion and the Class of 2000’s 20th! We will also be welcoming the Class of 2020 to their very first FIR Symposium.

As always, FIRbees and FIR teaching assistants are invited to be considered as symposium presenters via abstract submission. Topics relevant to reproductive science, and reflecting current research are encouraged. Preference will be given to abstracts from the FIR classes of 2015, 2010, 2005, and 2000, although 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. Selection decisions are made based on a review of submitted abstracts.

Please submit a one-page Word document abstract including your name, FIR class year and your current institution. Abstracts should be uploaded to: The abstract submission deadline is March 20, 2020. You should plan for a concise 10-minute PowerPoint presentation. Those submitting abstracts will be notified about speaker selections shortly thereafter. Selected speakers will be provided contact information for our travel agent who assist in making pre-paid flight reservations for your trip. We will also send you registration and lodging registration details at that time.




2020 FIR Symposium Announcements

Luigi Mastroianni Memorial Lecturer:

Félix A. Rey, Ph.D.
Head of Structure
Professor of Virology
Institut Pasteur, Paris

Mike McClure Pioneer Award:

Jurrien Dean, M.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator, NIDDK,
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular & Developmental Biology
Section Chief, Mammalian Developmental Biology

Jerry Strauss Beacon Awards:

Fuller Bazer, Ph.D.
Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor & O. D.
Butler Chair, Physiology of Reproduction
Texas A&M University

Dorianne Chrysler Mebane, Ed.M.
Coordinator & Financial Manager
Frontiers in Reproduction, MBL