Please consider submitting your work to this interdisciplinary conference on menstrual and reproductive health!

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Proposal Submission Details and General Guidelines 

Traversing the Ridge: Connecting Menstrual Research and Advocacy

23rd Biennial Conference of the  

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 

June 6 – 8, 2019

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 


“Many of the spectacular mountains in the beautiful Colorado Rockies range are linked by high traverses. These will provide the backdrop and inspiration for SMCR’s next conference, which will focus on enabling scholarly and advocacy-based menstrual health and justice work to mutually inform one another.”

–Tomi-Ann Roberts, SMCR President and 2019 Conference Chair

 With the theme of high traverses we embrace an interdisciplinary, feminist approach to research and advocacy as we bring together our efforts to improve menstrual and reproductive health and justice as they relate to overall well-being.

To highlight current research, advocacy, and to identify future work to be done, our 2019 conference welcomes participation from:

  • researchers 

  • scholars and academics  

  • health care professionals and clinicians  

  • public policy advocates 

  • NGOs and international agencies 

  • public health and school educators  

  • writers  

  • students

  • artists

  • advocates

  • activists

  • others interested in the menstrual cycle, reproductive and women’s health


    Breakout Sessions: Please consider submitting proposals for presentations that relate to one or more of these topics. However, if your work addresses another topic, don’t hesitate to submit a proposal to present that work. There are opportunities that will showcase the expansive nature of the SMCR scholarship, advocacy, and reach. 

    Below are some suggestions that you might consider as you frame your submission, but this is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • Evidence-based policy work

  • Menarcheal, menstrual, and menopausal activism and research on activism

  • Menarche-, menstruation-, and menopause-related health, illness, function, dysfunction, and well-being (such as ovulation, fertility, endometriosis, reproductive cancers, PCOS, perinatal period)

  • Menstrual and reproductive health across locations both global and local

  • Menstrual and reproductive health needs of underserved populations

  • Menstrual and reproductive health education

  • Menstruation and economics/capitalism

  • Menstrual resistance, art, and aesthetics

  • Critiquing, challenging misinformation on the menstrual cycle and reproductive wellness

  • Translation of research and advocacy or activism

  • Broadening of reproductive health and justice

  • Differing types of advocacy such as education, law, politics, writing, and public presence

    This year we aim to feature a variety of presentation formats for a conference that reflects the great diversity of menstrual cycle work in the research, teaching, advocacy, activism, and artistic arenas:

  1. Paper proposals: are for individual oral presentations for discussion that will be grouped thematically in sessions as space allows.

  2. Panel/symposium proposals: are theme-based oral sessions lasting approximately one hour and a half, consisting of three to four papers. We encourage submissions of organized panels complete with theme/topic, paper presenters, and order of the talks; please include a chair and optional discussant.

  3. Poster presentations: are formats that allow for extended discussion of the presentation with the author(s).

  4. Workshops: are intended as training and/or information sessions. Submissions should include the workshop title, the problem or expertise addressed, an outline of the proposed content, any specific “take-aways” participants should expect, and the time allotment desired.

  5. Roundtables: are discussions that focus on a specific topic or theme that could include, but are not limited to, debates on syllabi, jobs and the market, different types of advocacy, vulnerable populations, or issues of translation. This style works best for open discussion and should include audience participation, as well.

  6. Education Curricula/Activities: If you have implemented a successful menstrual education curriculum or activity, we hope you will share it with others. Please consider sending your curriculum/activity for posting on the SMCR website along with an informational cover sheet. 

    Abstracts should be submitted through Google forms at: by January 7th, 2019. Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1st, 2019. Personally identifying information will be removed from submission before review.   

Further information on the conference can be found on our website:

We have made affordability a priority and will be providing lower costs for registration and housing for those with limited means. We look forward to seeing you in June 2019!


Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
The College of New Jersey
Social Science Bldg, Room 107
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
Office Phone 609-771-2439

Pronouns: she / her / hers
Secretary, the Society for Menstrual Cycle ResearchBook/Media Review Editor, Women’s Reproductive HealthMembership Coordinator, Association for Women in Psychology

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