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Welcome from the Past-President and Program Co-Chairs


Hello SSR Members!

Plan to attend the 54th SSR Annual Meeting at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel

St. Louis, Missouri, December 15-18th!


The theme of the meeting is, “Reproductive Biology: Solutions for Adult Disease”. This year’s meeting will be a hybrid meeting offering both live, virtual, and pre-recorded sessions.  We will have an outstanding series of Plenary and Keynote presentations by Drs. Kent Thornburg, Evelyn Telfer, Giuliano Testa, Nicolas Rivron, Robin Lovell-Badge, and Kathryn Clancy, including talks on the role of the placenta in offspring health and disease, modelling pre- and peri- implantation developmental events with blastoids, sex determination, in vitro folliculogenesis, and uterine transplantation. 


A collaboration between the Diversity Committee and the SSR 2020 Program Co-Chairs includes a Plenary presentation about the science of gender harassment from Dr. Kathryn Clancy which seeks to educate and inform the SSR membership on factors affecting scientific culture. A panel of scientists will also have lunch with trainees to continue the discussion on this topic.


The meeting begins on the 15th of December with a Keynote address and the Opening Reception. On the 16th-18th Concurrent Focus Sessions will follow morning poster sessions. Concurrent Focus Sessions will allow attendees to choose from a range of provocative topics. Each Focus Session will include 1-2 invited talks and 2-3 short talks selected from abstract submissions. In addition, flash talks will be highlighted in the Focus Sessions on the first full day of the meeting. Thus, this year’s meeting will provide even more opportunities for trainee and early-stage investigators to present their cutting-edge research. Working with recommendations from Society membership, the Program Committee has chosen focus session speakers from within and outside of SSR to present novel research on a wide range of topics in reproductive biology. We will continue to have our trainee workshops and competitions, and Exchange Lectures from top scientists from our sister societies: ASRM, CFAS, SRB, SRF, and SRI. 


As Program Co-Chairs, Rebecca Krisher and Jannette Dufour promise a diverse and exciting program for the 54th SSR Annual Meeting.  


We encourage you to join us and your colleagues to share exciting new data and network with colleagues and friends from over 30 countries.  See you in St. Louis!