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Fertilization & Activation of Development (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Innovative Technologies and Groundbreaking Research in Fertilization Biology


July 15-16, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Maria Gracia Gervasi & Miranda L. Bernhardt

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 15, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Fertilization and Activation of Development offers a unique opportunity for junior researchers, such as graduate students, post-docs and early-career researchers, to share their original work through platform talks and poster presentations. This Gordon Research Seminar promotes valuable peer-to-peer interactions, and discussion of the latest advances in the field. It will also include a small number of scientific presentations from respected established investigators, who will also be available for scientific and mentoring discussions with participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both the GRS and its associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The GRS gives its attendees the opportunity to engage and make connections within a smaller group of scientists prior to attending the full GRC meeting.

The GRS will focus on the innovative technologies and cutting-edge research applied to the study of gamete maturation, fertilization and early development. Topics to be discussed include epigenetics, metabolism, and gamete interactions, and special attention will be devoted to application of newly developed technologies to gametogenesis and fertilization research and ethical issues surrounding assisted reproductive technologies.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 15, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Fertilization & Activation of Development" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by May 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Haifan Lin (Yale University Stem Cell Center, USA)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"The Dark Side of the Dish: Ethics and Safety Considerations for Assisted Reproduction"

  • Marisa Bartolomei (University of Pennsylvannia, USA)
  • Paolo Rinaudo (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
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