SSR 2016 Special Events and Optional Items

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of educational and social events will be available to Meeting participants.

Opening Reception

Saturday, 16 July, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Free for registrants, $25 for each guest; buses begin departing from the Sheraton at 5:30 p.m.).
San Diego Zoo.

Celebrate the kick-off of the SSR’s 49th Annual Meeting by attending the Opening Reception at the San Diego Zoo. The reception will take place in the “Zoofari Party/Discovery Picnic” areas of the zoo. Admission is included in the registration fee, which covers dinner, a complimentary drink ticket, a one-day pass for evening entry to the entire zoo (valid after 4:00 p.m.), and unlimited access to the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari aerial tram, and all regularly scheduled shows. Cash bars will be on on hand in the reception areas. Tickets for guests are $25.

Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Reproductive Research in the Era of Big Data

Sponsorship provided by Ferring Research Institute and CReATe Fertility Centre
Friday, 15 July, 1:00–7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 16 July, 8:00 a.m.–noon ($50 for Trainees, $100 for non-Trainees).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island, Ballrooms 1 & 2.

An informal educational workshop with the objective of showcasing novel technologies and products produced by Industry partners. This event will present an excellent opportunity to expand and enhance attendees’ knowledge of newly developed and tested techniques and the applications of these techniques in diverse fields.

SSR Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to register for the Technology Workshop on their registration form. The Technology Workshop is also open to those who will not be attending the meeting; a separate, Technology Workshop-only registration form, can be found here.

Trainee Forum—Communicating Science to Enhance Your Career

Saturday, 16 July, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Free, trainee registrants only; must select the Forum during pre-registration to receive refreshments.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

The Forum will comprise the following topics and speakers: 

  • Topic 1: Make Yourself Known Online (Dr. Hannah Brown, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)
  • Topic 2: Tailor Your Talk to the Right Audience (Dr. Barry Hinton, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)
  • Topic 3: Pitch Your Paper for the Best Possible Journal (Dr. Greg FitzHarris, Université​ de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
  • ​Topic 4: Get Involved in Scientific Outreach (Dr. Mary Zelinski, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon, USA)

An interactive discussion panel with all speakers will follow.

Marino De Leon, Ph.D. Diversity Symposium

Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Sunday, 17 July, noon–1:30 p.m. (Symposium: Free to registrants; Lunch: $20, purchased at pre-registration).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

Speaker: Marino De Leon, Ph.D. (Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, USA), will share his experience in developing and implementing research training programs that address the lack of diversity in the USA’s scientific workforce, with the goal of eliminating health disparities. The symposium is open to all registrants; however, lunch will be provided only for those who have purchased a lunch ticket during pre-registration (prior to the start of the meeting).

Trainee–Mentor Luncheon

Monday, 18 July, noon–1:30 p.m. ($25, trainee registrants only).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Bayview Tower.

The Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; participation is limited to 125 trainees. The luncheon provides trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch. Attendees will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred mentors at a later date. Attendees may submit their preferences for mentors to eat lunch with using the Mentor Choice form; a list of all mentors attending, along with short biographical sketches, is available here. Please see the Trainee Information page for a more detailed description. 

Fun-Run/Walk (proceeds benefit the LEMTTF)

Tuesday, 19 July, 6:00–8:00 a.m. (pre-registrants: $30 [includes T-shirt]; on-site registrants: $15 [no T-shirt]).
Harbor Island (beginning and ending at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina).

This 5K course begins and ends at the hotel. It will follow a scenic route along North San Diego Bay. From 6:00–6:15 a.m., runners and walkers will meet (and late-comers can register) at the starting line. At 6:30 a.m., participants will begin the 5-km circuit. Please see the Fun-Run flyer for complete event information.

Heritage Luncheon

Tuesday, 19 July, noon–1:30 p.m. ($35, registrants only).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Bayview Tower.

The SSR Heritage Committee is hosting a luncheon and Dr. Blanche Capel will present a talk honoring the late Dame Dr. Anne McLaren. Among her many great achievements, Dr. McLaren was the first woman to hold offices in the British Royal Society. In 1992, she became Principal Research Fellow at the Furdon Institute (Cambridge, UK), where she continued to run a laboratory investigating the events involved in sex determination and emergence of primordial germ cells. She was a pioneer in mammalian fertility, with emphasis on embryo transfer, formation of chimeras, and immunocontraception. In her own words, Dr. McLaren was interested in “everything involved in getting from one generation to the next.” SSR is fortunate that Dr. Capel, who knew Dr. McLaren well, has agreed to make this presentation.

Dinner & Dance Cruise

Tuesday, 19 July, 7:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. ($40 trainees, $80 non-trainees).
Aboard the Inspiration Hornblower yacht.

Join your colleagues for SSR’s 2016 traditional—but always new—Barbecue & Dance for a cruise on the Inspiration Hornblower, a 28,000-square-foot yacht with two interior decks, an open-air sky deck rising 30 feet off the water, and 360-degree views of the San Diego Bay and evening skyline. Attendees will receive two drink tickets for wine, beer, or soda; a cash bar will be available for additional/other drink purchases. A buffet dinner will be served, and the dance will begin at 9:00.

  • Boarding: 7:30–8:00 pm
  • Cruise Time: 8:00–11:00 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00–9:00 pm
  • Live Band & Dance: 9:00 pm–12:30 am
  • Return to Dock: 11:00 pm (dance will continue at the dock)

T-Shirt Sale

2016 Annual Meeting t-shirts will be available for $20 each in both female and unisex adult styles (small to XXL). Proceeds from sales of the shirts provides much-needed funding for the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF)

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