Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?

Progress Educational Trust
Venue: Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
5 December 2018 9.30am-5.30pm

Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 The 2018 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) will explore law and regulation governing fertility treatment and embryo research.

There will be Keynote Addresses by Sir James Munby (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and Sally Cheshire (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

Details of the conference agenda and timetable, and of attendance fees and how to book, can be found further down this webpage.

Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute's Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory and speaker at 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 John Harris, Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester and speaker at 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the European Sperm Bank, JMW Solicitors, the London Women's Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).

Dr Andy Greenfield, Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell and speaker at 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018Baroness Ruth Deech, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and chair of 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 The conference is also accredited by the Association of Clinical Embryologists. Members of that organisation may claim 1 CPD point per hour of the conference attended (excluding breaks for refreshments and lunch).


This conference will mark the fact that it has been 10 years since the last major overhaul of UK fertility and embryo law. Speakers will consider situations where researchers, clinicians and patients find themselves pushing at the boundaries of what is permitted or what is clearly defined. Speakers will also consider the significance of wider social changes, in the UK and elsewhere, over the past decade.

Conference sessions will explore scientific, medical and social developments that were not predicted at the time the current legislation was drafted, as well as developments that were underway but have not progressed as anticipated. The conference will ask whether legislation has stood the test of time, and whether there is now a case for updating it.

Emily Jackson, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and speaker at 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 Professor Christian de Geyter, Chair of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee and speaker at 'A Patchwork of Policies: Assisted Conception and Embryo Research in Europe' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018Conference sessions include:

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

If tweeting about this conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf18

If you have any queries about this conference, please email sstarr@progress.org.uk

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.


MORNING

9.30am Registration

10am WELCOME ADDRESS

Sarah Norcross Sarah Norcross - Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) - will give the Welcome Address at PET's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Director of PET
Commissioning Editor of BioNews

10.05am Session 1:
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Sally Cheshire Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chair of Health Education North West

Chair:
Sarah Norcross

10.30am Session 2:
SOCIETY MARCHES ON: KEY SOCIAL CHANGES

Natalie Gamble Natalie Gamble, Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and speaker at 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Solicitor, and Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and Brilliant Beginnings
Has acted in groundbreaking cases, and helped change the law, in relation to assisted conception

Erika Tranfield Erika Tranfield, Director and Cofounder of Pride Angel and speaker at 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Director and Cofounder of Pride Angel
Author of research into the experience of women who seek sperm donors online

Dr Kylie Baldwin Dr Kylie Baldwin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health at De Montfort University and speaker at 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health at De Montfort University
Researcher at the Centre for Reproduction Research and at the Health Policy Research Unit

Emily Jackson Emily Jackson, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and speaker at 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Former Judicial Appointments Commissioner, and former Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Chair: Baroness Ruth Deech, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and chair of 'Society Marches On: Key Social Changes' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Baroness Ruth Deech
Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, where she initiated a recent debate on fertility treatment and embryo research to mark 40 years of IVF
Former Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and of the Bar Standards Board

11.30am Refreshments

11.50am Session 3:
SCIENCE MARCHES ON: KEY SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS
Session sponsor: Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund

Dr Evan Harris Dr Evan Harris, former MP who scrutinised the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and speaker at 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Former Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon
Member of the Public Bill Committee that scrutinised the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 before it became law

Dr Kathy Niakan Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute's Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory and speaker at 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute's Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory
First researcher licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to edit the genomes of human embryos

Dr Andy Greenfield Dr Andy Greenfield, Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell and speaker at 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Principal Investigator and Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at the Medical Research Council's MRC Harwell research centre
Contributor to the project Basic Understanding of Genome Editing, and promoter of public engagement around genome editing

Chair: Dr Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group and chair of 'Science Marches On: Key Scientific Developments' - Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Dr Roger Highfield
Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group
Contributor to activities and discussion accompanying the Science Museum's exhibition IVF: Six Million Babies Later

1pm 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

1.45pm Session 4:
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Sir James Munby Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Former President of the Family Division at the High Court of England and Wales
Former Lord Justice of Appeal

Chair: Barbara Connolly QC, Barrister at 7 Bedford Row and chair of Sir James Munby's Keynote Address at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Barbara Connolly QC
Barrister at 7 Bedford Row
Vice Chair of the International Bar Association's Family Law Committee

2.30pm Session 5:
A PATCHWORK OF POLICIES: ASSISTED CONCEPTION AND EMBRYO RESEARCH IN EUROPE
Session sponsor: ESHRE

Professor Robert Spaczyński Professor Robert Spaczyński, Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians and speaker at 'A Patchwork of Policies: Assisted Conception and Embryo Research in Europe' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians
Clinician and researcher at the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinical Hospital of the Poznań University of Medical Sciences

Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Chair of Fertility Europe and speaker at 'A Patchwork of Policies: Assisted Conception and Embryo Research in Europe' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Chair of Fertility Europe
Secretary of Infertility Association Simpukka

Professor Christian de Geyter Professor Christian de Geyter, Chair of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee and speaker at 'A Patchwork of Policies: Assisted Conception and Embryo Research in Europe' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Chair of ESHRE's European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee
Leader of the University of Basel's Gynaecological Endocrinology Group, and Stem Cell Researcher at the Basel Stem Cell Network

Chair: Tim Child, Medical Director of Oxford Fertility and chair of 'A Patchwork of Policies: Assisted Conception and Embryo Research in Europe' - Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Tim Child
Medical Director of Oxford Fertility, Founding Director of the Fertility Partnership and Consultant Gynaecologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital's Women's Centre
Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health

3.40pm Refreshments

4pm Session 6:
THE FUTURE OF FERTILITY LAW: WHAT MUST CHANGE AND WHEN?
Session sponsor: Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund

Ellie Lee Professor Ellie Lee, Director of the University of Kent's Centre for Parenting Culture Studies and speaker at 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Professor of Family and Parenting Research, and Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, at the University of Kent
Author of research into the way law and parenthood are understood in fertility clinics

Natalie Smith Natalie Smith, Chair of Surrogacy UK's Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform and speaker at 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Chair of Surrogacy UK's Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform
Parent through surrogacy

James Lawford Davies James Lawford Davies, Partner at Hempsons and speaker at 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Solicitor, Partner at Hempsons, and Honorary Lecturer at University College London's Department of Biochemical Engineering
Has acted in groundbreaking cases in relation to assisted conception

John Harris John Harris, Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester and speaker at 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester
Author of books including Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People and How to Be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement

Chair: Fiona Fox, Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of 'The Future of Fertility Law: What Must Change and When?' - Session 6 at PET's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Fiona Fox
Chair of Trustees at PET
Founder and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre

5.30pm CLOSING REMARKS

Sarah Norcross

Silver sponsors
The Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, silver sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
The Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, silver sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, silver sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018

Bronze sponsors
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
The European Sperm Bank, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
JMW Solicitors, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
The London Women's Clinic, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018
Vitrolife, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018

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 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018

Other sponsors
If your organisation is interested in sponsoring this conference, please email Sarah Norcross at snorcross@progress.org.uk

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