Welcome to the new BoS website.
The biennal Biology of Spermatozoa (BoS) meetings are a chance to bring together biologists interested in different aspects of reproductive biology. In the past participants have included behavioural ecologists, reproductive physiologists, evolutionary biologists, theoreticians and those interested in IVF. The aim is to provide a forum in which researchers working in different areas of reproductive biology can exchange ideas. To this end meetings are limited to 50-60 individuals to maximize informality and the exchange of ideas.
The programme usually comprises a combination of a long (35 min) and several shorter (15 min) talks. The emphasis is on structured, informal discussion and those giving talks or posters are asked to present results or ideas from on-going research, rather than finished and polished pieces of work. Postgraduate students are especially welcome. The name ‘Biology of Spermatozoa’ was coined early on, and I realise it is no longer appropriate because much of what is discussed at the more recent meetings concerns ova and the interactions between ova and sperm, but for better or worse the name of the meeting has stuck.
The meetings have been organised by Tim Birkhead and Harry Moore (who is in the Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield) since 1992. In 2015 Tim and Harry handed over the reigns to a steering group of BoS regulars led in 2017 by Rhonda Snook.
Previous meetings were held in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.