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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (23 January 2020)


Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of PET's FREE-to-attend public event 'Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation', taking place at Amnesty International in London on the evening of Wednesday 18 March 2020The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that its next two free-to-attend public events, both of which will be in London, will be:


Natalie Gamble, Solicitor at NGA Law and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation', taking place at Amnesty International in London on the evening of Wednesday 18 March 2020 Nina Barnsley, Director of the Donor Conception Network and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation', taking place at Amnesty International in London on the evening of Wednesday 18 March 2020 PET is producing the 'Known Unknowns' event on 18 March in partnership with the University of Manchester.

The event will be chaired by PET Director Sarah Norcross and will explore the rapid growth of 'known donor' arrangements for donor conception, which offer an alternative route to being or finding a donor, and which are often facilitated online.

Speakers include:

Find out more here, and register for your free place(s) here.


PET is producing the 'Freezing Eggs' event on 29 April in partnership with the British Fertility Society.

Find out more here, and register for your free place(s) here.


Christopher Barratt, speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's recent Annual Conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', is quoted in the Daily Telegraph Dr Melanie Davies, speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', is quoted in the Daily Mail Meanwhile, PET's most recent public events have been the subject of media coverage.

Elsewhere, PET has published a series of articles - in its flagship publication BioNews, to which you can subscribe for free here - summarising what was discussed at all five sessions of the 'Reality Check conference.

  1. Read about Sally Cheshire's presentation at the concluding session of the Progress Educational Trust's recent Annual Conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction' Read about Professor Søren Ziebe's opening Keynote Address at the Progress Educational Trust's recent Annual Conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction' What Is a Fertility Doctor's Duty?

  2. Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?

  3. Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment

  4. What's the Truth about...

  5. Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?

These articles report on all of the conference presentations, including the opening Keynote Address by Professor Søren Ziebe and a presentation by Sally Cheshire, Chair of the UK's fertility regulator the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.


Finally, PET has started to make available a series of films of its recent event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?'.

The first of these films features a presentation by Dr Catriona McMillan, and can be watched below.