In 2016, ETR and our partners launched an invited summit – known as the Kirby Summit – to foster collective dialogue on research, programs, and policies to promote the sexual and reproductive health of young people.
The Kirby Summit is named after Dr. Doug Kirby, a senior research scientist at ETR, whose untimely death in 2012 created a noticeable tear in the fabric of the sex education field.
The Kirby Summit honors Dr. Kirby's insatiable curiosity and love of civil debate. Each convening focuses on how a particular area of emerging or ongoing research can be applied to programs, research and policies that promote the sexual health of young people.
ETR launched the inaugural Kirby Summit in February 2016 in Menlo Park, California, supported by grants and resources from the Packard, Grove and Hewlett Foundations.
We convened 29 experts from the fields of sexual and reproductive health, adolescent development, and developmental neuroscience to explore the application of adolescent brain development and neuroscience research for adolescent sexual health programs.The Summit participants included researchers, program developers, professional development professionals and funders.