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How Much Change Do We Want? Updating Fertility, Embryo and Surrogacy Law

Progress Educational Trust

04 August 2023

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Wednesday, 06 December 2023, 9.00am - 5.30pm (GMT) 

Venue: International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN


Registration is now open for 'How Much Change Do We Want? Updating Fertility, Embryo and Surrogacy Law' – the 2023 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) – taking place in central London from 9am-5.30pm (followed by a drinks reception) on Wednesday 6 December.

Law reform is in the pipeline – in the UK and elsewhere – in relation to fertility treatment, embryo research, surrogacy, and related areas of science and medicine.

The conference will see leading practitioners, regulators, researchers, ethicists, lawyers and others explore prospects for reform, in light of the latest scientific, social and political developments.

Register now, by clicking/tapping on the 'Buy Tickets' button at the top of this webpage. Lunch, morning/afternoon refreshments and drinks reception are all included in the ticket price. There is an early bird discount if you register before 15 September.

This is an in person conference, and will not be livecast or recorded.

Conference sessions include:

  1. How Did We Get Here? The Story of the Statute
  2. Where Do We Go Next? The Case for Change
  3. Challenges and Changes: What's Happening Across Europe?
  4. Looking to the Law: In the Clinic, in the Lab, in the Court
  5. Adapting to Change: Is Agreement Possible?

For further information, please see the 'Agenda/Sessions' tab at the top of this webpage.

Confirmed conference speakers and chairs include:

  • Julia Chain (Chair of the HFEA)
  • Professor Susan Golombok (Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Peter Braude (Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College London)
  • Professor Kathy Niakan (Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Anja Pinborg (Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr Peter Rugg-Gunn (Scientific Lead at the Human Developmental Biology Initiative)
  • Professor Bobbie Farsides (Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
  • Ephia Yasmin (Secretary Elect of the British Fertility Society)
  • Professor Guido de Wert (Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Maastricht University)
  • Angela Pericleous-Smith (Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association)
  • Dr Rachel Gregoire (Deputy Chair of the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists)
  • Andrew Powell (Specialist Family Law Barrister at 4PB)
  • Dr Kirsten Tryde Macklon (Head of Fertility Preservation at Rigshospitalet)
  • Dr Sarah Chan (Associate Director of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society)
  • Dr John Appleby (Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Lancaster University)
  • Danielle Hamm (Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics)
  • Professor Joyce Harper (Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London)
  • Andrew Spearman (Head of the Family Team at Laytons)
  • Sarah Norcross (Director of PET)


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