Opening Gates: Conception Foundations and Exploring Contraceptive Innovations

Hands-on Workshop on Female Contraception

Registration period May 1 – July 1, 2024.

Thanks to funding by the Gates Foundation, the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) and Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) are excited to offer an opportunity for 12 early career researchers and physician-scientists in Southeast Asia. Participants will attend a week-long training event in Mumbai, India featuring hands-on laboratories and cutting-edge lectures led by distinguished experts, providing invaluable insights into the latest advancements in the field of Female Contraception.

The course will be held at the prestigious International Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health (NIRRCH), in Mumbai from December 2-6, 2024.

We’re removing barriers to participation by offering selected applicants a fully-funded package, covering all expenses related to travel, accommodation, and program participation. Seize this opportunity to expand your knowledge, hone your skills, and connect with peers and mentors in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Don’t miss out on this chance to learn and connect with your fellow scientists.

Apply today or share this flyer with someone you think would benefit from this special opportunity.

What will the course cover?

The course will combine lectures and hands-on work involving the participation of investigators, fellows and invited speakers. It will have a duration of one week with lectures every morning and the hands-on training in the afternoon corresponding to the topics presented in the morning session.

The scheme and program is described below:

Day 1:  Oocyte biology 

Day 2:  Sperm biology  

Day 3:  Fertilization 

Day 4:  Contraception Approaches

Day 5:  Technologies to enhance the discovery of new contraception targets

Course Schedule: 

Click here to view the detailed schedule.


Registration period is May 1- July 1, 2024 and is open to all early career researchers and physician-scientists in Southeast Asia interested in advancing their knowledge on female contraception.

Questions? Please reach out to

Mumbai Team

Geetanjali Sachdeva, PhD, Director of the National Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health (NIRRCH)-Mumbai                
Deepak Modi, Ph.D.– Lecture Coordinator- NIRRCH-Mumbai

Srabani Mukherjee, Ph.D.–Laboratory Coordinator- NIRRCH-Mumbai
Antara Banerjee, Ph.D.– Lead Course Coordinator- NIRRCH-Mumbai

Advisory Team

Mariano Buffone, Ph.D., Instituto de Biologia y Medicina Experimental, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rafael Fissore, Ph.D. UMass Amherst.
T. Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine. SSR scientific representative and liaison with Mumbai team.
Celia Santi, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
Paula Stein, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS.

Opening Gates: Conception Foundations and Exploring Contraceptive Innovations

December 2, 2024 — December 6, 2024

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