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EVENTS

Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

Progress Educational Trust
Venue: Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
08 December 2017 9.30am-5pm

Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 The 2017 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) will explore the changing boundaries of reproductive medicine and research. Details of attendance fees and how to book can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the London Women's Clinic (bronze sponsors).

Professor Guido Pennings, Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent and speaker at 'Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and chair of 'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017The Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for eight medical students to attend the conference free of charge. Priority will be given to students based outside London. To apply for one of these places, email

Conference sessions include:

  1. The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?
  2. Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)
  3. The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws? Katherine Littler, Global Policy Lead at the Wellcome Trust and speaker at 'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 Professor Richard Anderson, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at 'The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?' - Session 1 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
  4. What Next for Genome Editing? Politics and the Public
  5. Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

The conference agenda follows. In the PET tradition, following introductory presentations the majority of each session's running time will be devoted to discussion with input from the audience.

If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #petconf17

If you have any queries, please email


MORNING

WELCOME ADDRESS

Sarah Norcross Sarah Norcross - Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) - will give the Welcome Address at PET's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)
Commissioning Editor of BioNews

Session 1:
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE AND LAW: WHAT IS A SPERM? WHAT IS AN EGG? WHAT IS AN EMBRYO?

Allan Pacey Professor Allan Pacey, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and speaker at 'The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?' - Session 1 at PET's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield, and Head of Andrology at Jessop Fertility
Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)

Richard Anderson Professor Richard Anderson, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at 'The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?' - Session 1 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Health
Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Clinic

Dr Sue Avery Dr Sue Avery, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and speaker at 'The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?' - Session 1 at PET's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Director of the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre
Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and the first clinical embryologist to serve as a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Chair:
Sarah Norcross

Session 2:
CREATING LIFE IN THE LAB: IN VITRO GAMETOGENESIS (IVG) AND SYNTHETIC HUMAN ENTITIES WITH EMBRYO-LIKE FEATURES (SHEEFs)

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute
Member of the National Academies' Committee on Human Gene Editing and of the Hinxton Group's Steering Committee

Professor Azim Surani Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge's Gurdon Institute
Discoverer of genomic imprinting

LUNCH
Lunch is available to all attendees, whether they have booked to attend the full conference, the morning half of the conference or the afternoon half of the conference.

AFTERNOON

Session 3:
THE WILD EAST AND THE WORRIED WEST: PIONEERS OR OUTLAWS?

Katherine Littler Katherine Littler, Global Policy Lead at the Wellcome Trust and speaker at 'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Global Policy Lead at the Wellcome Trust
Chair of the Data Sharing Working Group of the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness

Dr César Palacios-González Dr César Palacios-González, Research Associate at King's College London and speaker at 'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Research Associate at King's College London's Centre of Medical Law and Ethics
Member of the project Reproductive Donation: Donation and Transfer of Human Reproductive Materials

Chair: Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and chair of 'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Sally Cheshire
Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chair of Health Education North West

Session 4:
WHAT NEXT FOR GENOME EDITING? POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC

Dr Elizabeth Garner Dr Elizabeth Garner, Functional Genomics Scientist at Caribou Biosciences and speaker at 'What Next for Genome Editing? Politics and the Public' - Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Functional Genomics Scientist at Caribou Biosciences
Former researcher at Cancer Research UK and at the Rockefeller University

Dr Andy Greenfield Dr Andy Greenfield, Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell and speaker at 'What Next for Genome Editing? Politics and the Public' - Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at the Medical Research Council's MRC Harwell research centre
Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Session 5:
REVOLUTIONISING REPRODUCTION: SETTING A NEW MORAL COMPASS

Guido Pennings Professor Guido Pennings, Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent and speaker at 'Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Professor of Ethics and Bioethics at Ghent University, and Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent
Chair of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's Special Interest Group on Ethics and Law

Dr Anna Smajdor Dr Anna Smajdor, Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo and speaker at 'Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo
Tutor at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, and Member of the Umeå University project Close Personal Relationships, Children and the Family

Philippa Taylor Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship and speaker at 'Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship
Consultant on Family and Bioethics at Christian Action Research and Education

Chair: Fiona Fox, Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of 'Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass' - Session 5 at PET's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
Fiona Fox
Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)
Founder and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre

CLOSE

Silver sponsors
Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund
The Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, silver sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017

Bronze sponsors
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017
The London Women's Clinic, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017

Subsidy for attendance by medical students outside London
The Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for eight medical students to attend the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017

Other sponsors
If your organisation is interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Sarah Norcross at

BOOKING

Attendance fee: £130 (full-day attendance)
£75 (half-day attendance)

Concessions: Friends of PET £65 (full-day attendance)
£37 (half-day attendance)
(You or your organisation must be a registered Friend of PET for 12 months to qualify for this concession)
Students and unwaged £35 (full-day attendance)
£25 (half-day attendance)
(Those qualifying for this concession must bring evidence of student or unwaged status with them to the conference)

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(Please note that if you ask to be invoiced for your attendance fee using the early bird discount, then payment must be received by the cutoff date of 15 September 2017. If payment is not received by this date, then you will be invoiced for the remainder of the standard attendance fee.)
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