The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Reproduction will be held at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, from August 9-14, 2020. This conference will feature the most recent scientific advances from across the spectrum of reproductive biology, to include gametogenesis, endocrine function, ovarian and testis biology, uterine function, placentation, developmental biology of the male and female reproductive tracts, and parturition. The science will highlight basic, translational, and clinical research that brings attention to the reproductive, life-long, and transgenerational health of humans and animals, including agriculturally important species. Work will feature use of in vitro, in vivo, and in silico research models. Scientific sessions will include multidisciplinary talks that center around a common theme, and whose chair will serve as a discussion leader that will promote interactive dialogue from the audience, with special consideration for supporting and encouraging trainee participation. Short talks selected from submitted abstracts will be presented, with an emphasis on junior investigators and trainees. All attendees are encouraged to participate in the "Power Hour", an informal, discussion-based gathering that addresses the challenges faced by women and all scientists at various stages of their careers. By incorporating group meals, unscheduled afternoons, and a fun social program, the GRC on Mammalian Reproduction offers unique opportunities for networking and scientific interactions among researchers of diverse and multi-disciplinary backgrounds who are at all stages of their careers.
Immediately preceding the GRC will be the Gordon Research Seminar, a unique forum organized by and designed for graduate students, postdocs, and other early stage scientists. The 2020 GRS on Mammalian Reproduction will offers a unique opportunity for future leaders of the field to plan, run, and present within a forum focused on their work. Trainees are encouraged to attend both the GRC and GRS.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Applied Reproduction
- Molecular and Genetic Control of Reproduction
- Developmental Biology and Sex Determination
- Internal and External Influences on Reproductive Outcomes
- Bioengineering for Improving Reproductive Outcomes
- Immune Function in Reproductive Biology
- Reproduction in the Age of Omics
- Stem Cells in Reproductive Processes
- Keynote Session: Milestones in Reproductive Biology