The proposed format for the meeting is non-traditional, and designed to maximize the exchange of ideas and unpublished data. It is in part based on a “flipped classroom” model where we will ask attendees to name the big questions we currently face in kisspeptin biology, and then invite people to share their ideas (either with their own data or provocative thinking).
Each morning will begin with poster presentations of current research grouped according to topics to be discussed at lunch and in the afternoon sessions.
The poster sessions will be followed by working lunches that will feature “Discussion Tables”, each with its own Discussion Leader and Scribe. While most attendees will select a table based on preference, we will assign at least one senior investigator and several trainees to each table in order to ensure a mix of backgrounds and career stages, and use it as an additional opportunity for informal networking for our trainees.
Lunch will be followed by an afternoon of facilitated discussions (45 mins each) to foster vibrant exchange and debate. The discussions will air important controversies, identify new frontiers, and foster interdisciplinary collaborations leading to innovative basic and clinical research with a broad impact on human health and disease. The facilitator will provide a general background/setting and identify major issues (3 slides) and 2-3 others will be invited to speak and/or contribute data (2 min each); other attendees will be invited to present 1 slide. In selecting the discussion topics, the Program Committee was asked to consider the following three questions:
• What are the most important contemporary questions in the realm of kisspeptin biology?
• What are the biggest impediments (technical or otherwise) to answering these questions?
• What are the biggest controversies/debates/disagreements related to kisspeptin biology?
Each day will end with a general session. The first day will feature debates on two topics determined to be of particular interest to kisspeptin researchers and will comprise of 2-4 debaters (5 min each)/topic. The session on the second day will summarize the information presented over the two days, with hopes of the meeting participants identifying major controversies, challenges, and knowledge gaps.