About Us

Who We Are

The Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) was founded in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies. Today, our members come from 50 countries around the world.


Advance the Science of Reproduction, Fertility, and Development for the Benefit of Humans and Animals


A Sustainable World Through the Science of Reproduction, Fertility, and Development

SSR Strategic Plan


The Society is an association of scientists and physicians interested in research in reproduction. Some members are engaged in basic or applied research, while others perform clinical practice. All are dedicated to advancing knowledge of reproductive processes in animals and in humans.

Members are affiliated with colleges and universities, medical and veterinary schools, medical centers, research institutes, government agencies, and industry in countries around the world.

SSR members have made key contributions to stem cell biology, transgenesis, treatment of infertility, contraception, livestock production, pregnancy health, treatment of reproductive system cancers, and identification of environmental contaminants.

Our members are internationally recognized. They include members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and recipients of the Lasker Award, the Wolf Prize, the Grand Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer, and the International Prize for Biology.


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Visit our history page for historical photos from the SSR archives.

Our History

SSR Annual Meeting

Attendees at the Opening Reception of the 2014 SSR Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Attendees at the Opening Reception of the 2014 SSR Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

SSR provides its members many such opportunities for networking with colleagues in an inviting environment.


"I have loved the openness and non-elitism of this society. I was its first female president in 1974, and I have been followed as president by many other women. Not surprisingly, the Society has also welcomed trainees, giving them travel awards and prizes for excellent papers and places on the governing board. The annual SSR meeting was always the favorite yearly science event for me and my trainees."

— Neena Schwartz, Ph.D.
SSR President, 1977–1978

"The Society nurtures and supports young scientists and research trainees by giving them unparalleled opportunities to present their work and interact with the best scientists in the world that focus on solving important problems in reproduction. The scientific research conducted by the members of SSR is outstanding and unequivocally necessary to improve reproductive health and welfare of animals and humans."

— Thomas E. Spencer, Ph.D.
SSR Member