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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (26 October 2020)


Speakers at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19', taking place online on Wednesday 9 December 2020 The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Annual Conference, which is entitled 'Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19', and is taking place from 9.15am-5.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The conference will explore what we know about, and how we might deal with, coronavirus/COVID-19 in relation to fertility and genomics. Unlike previous PET conferences, this year's conference will be held entirely online, so that you can join us and the speakers remotely.

See the agenda and timetable here, and register to attend here. Note that there is an early-bird discount on the standard attendance fee, if you register before 31 October.

Additionally, the Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for 20 medical students to attend the conference free of charge. To apply for one of these places, email sstarr@progress.org.uk

Conference sessions include:

  1. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Fertility Sector

  2. Examining the Evidence: Can COVID-19 Affect Fertility? Can It Affect the Fetus?

  3. Correlation and Causation: What Can Genetics and Genomics Tell Us about COVID-19?

  4. Resuming Treatment: What Can European Countries Learn from One Another?

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, ESHRE, Wellcome, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Theramex, Vitrolife and the Institute of Medical Ethics.

If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf20


In the run-up to the 'Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19' conference on 9 December, PET is also running a number of free-to-attend online events, all of which will be chaired by Sarah Norcross. The first of these events will be 'Lessons from Lockdown: How to Improve Support for Fertility Patients', taking place from 5pm-6.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 5 November 2020.

This event will discuss how best to support patients, in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the related disruption of fertility treatment. Confirmed speakers include:

All are welcome. Find out more about the themes of the event here, and to attend/participate via the web, please register here now.

This event is being produced in partnership with University College London's EGA Institute for Women's Health, with sponsorship from CooperSurgical. If tweeting about it, please use the hashtag #IVFlockdown


After that, 'IVF Success: What Makes Scotland Special?' is taking place from 5.30pm-7pm (GMT) on Wednesday 18 November 2020.

This event will discuss what can be learned from the successes and experiences of Scottish fertility clinics. Confirmed speakers include:

All are welcome. To attend/participate via the web, please register here now.

This event is being produced in partnership with the Scottish Government. If tweeting about it, please use the hashtag #IVFScotland


Finally, 'Fertility Facts: What Do Young People Need to Know and When?' is taking place from 5.30pm-7pm (GMT) on Thursday 3 December 2020.

This event will discuss whether and how (in)fertility should be addressed in sex and relationships education. Confirmed speakers include:

All are welcome. To attend/participate via the web, please register here now.

This event is being produced in partnership with the Scottish Government. If tweeting about it, please use the hashtag #FertilityEducation