The mission of The Southwest Embryology Summit is to provide low-cost educational opportunities for all embryologists, with a focus on those that may not usually be able to attend national meetings.
In order to achieve this goal SWES will organize, at a minimum, one educational conference a year. Any working embryologist or professional in an associated field may attend. These meetings will provide an interactive discussion of basic biology and applied clinical science related to the fields of IVF and andrology, but there should always be some discussions for novice embryologists/andrologists. These discussions shall encourage interaction of novice embryolgists/andrologists in a cooperative, non-judgmental environment.
In order to provide a learning environment, lectures shall occur so that interaction is encouraged between the participants and the speakers. This can best be done with small conferences (<100), in small rooms, in a class room environment. Speakers should be reminded constantly of the interactive and non-didactic nature of these discussions. In addition, these conferences shall be funded mainly through vendor fees and shall provide vendors an inexpensive forum for their products via vendor tables. Small vendors shall be given the opportunity to participate and pricing should be adjusted to encourage them to participate. Vendors shall also be given the opportunity to present discussions as long as they adhere to the goals of this organization and the discussions should steer away from being purely promotional. Vendor discussions should add something unique but informative.