The main aim of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology is to promote interest in, and understanding of, reproductive biology and medicine. It does this through facilitating research and subsequent dissemination of research findings in human reproduction and embryology to the general public, scientists, clinicians and patient associations; it also works to collaborate with politicians and policy makers throughout Europe.
It promotes improvements in clinical practice through organizing teaching and training activities, developing and maintaining data registries and providing guidance to improve safety and quality assurance in clinical and laboratory procedures.
The idea to create the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was first conceived in Helsinki, where Professor R.G. Edwards, from Cambridge University, and Dr. Jean Cohen, from Paris, consulted their colleagues about the need to for a society that would stimulate the study and research in the field of reproductive medicine and science. Both the idea to establish such a society and the outcome of their meetings proved to be successful in many ways.