Our 6th meeting was a great success with numerous active and fruitful discussions about male fertility research. It was held from 13th -15thof May 2013 in Barcelona (Spain) and was our largest meeting so far, with 67 participants from 15 countries.
The scientific program included three plenary lectures from well-known experts in different topics of our field. The first plenary lecture was about stem cells and was delivered by Dr. João Ramalho-Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal) who provided an overview of the role of mitochondria in stem cell pluripotency. The second plenary session focused on the biology of testis and sperm. In this session, Dr. Rafael Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain) summarized the current understanding of proteomics in andrology followed by Dr. Jörg Gromoll who gave insights into sperm DNA methylation analysis and its benefits for the clinic. Apart from these plenary lectures, our meeting included a young research award lecture by Dr. Karel De Gendt and two workshops given by Dr Michael Palladino (University of Monmouth, USA) and by Dr Àlex Argemí (University of Barcelona, Spain). In addition, our participants could present and discuss their own data in two selected oral communications sessions and a poster session.