The Progress Educational Trust (PET) regularly organises public events on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. Past PET events are listed in reverse chronological order below. Details of forthcoming PET events are also available on this website.

If you have any queries relating to PET events, please contact Communications Officer Sandy Starr at


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Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction
8th December 2017 9.30am-5pm Venue: Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
The 2017 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust is taking place THIS COMING FRIDAY, with speakers including Professor Azim Surani, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Sally Cheshire, Professor Guido Pennings, Katherine Littler, Professor Allan Pacey, Dr Sue Avery, Professor Richard Anderson, Dr Elizabeth Garner, Dr Andy Greenfield, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr Henry Malter, Vivienne Parry, Dr Helen O'Neill, Dr César Palacios-González and Philippa Taylor... [Read More]
Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children
24th October 2017 6pm (drinks reception), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion) Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, 12 Bolsover Street, Sheffield S3 7NA
A Progress Educational Trust event about the 20th anniversary of the Diane Blood case... [Read More]
What Does Consent Mean for Generation Genome?
11th September 2017 6.30pm-8.30pm (registration opens at 6pm) Meeting Room 2, Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9WU
A Progress Educational Trust debate about the future of genomic medicine and consent... [Read More]
What Next for Genomics? Providing Answers, Changing Lives, Transforming the NHS
4th July 2017  Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
A Progress Educational Trust debate about the future of genomic medicine and the NHS... [Read More]
Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?
29th March 2017 6pm (wine reception), 6.30pm-8.30pm (panel discussion) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG
A Progress Educational Trust debate about the role of 'add-ons' in fertility treatment... [Read More]
Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond
7th December 2016  Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A Progress Educational Trust conference about genome editing and the 14-day limit on human embryo research... [Read More]
Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos
25th October 2016 5.45pm (refreshments), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion) Great Hall, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
A FREE-to-attend Progress Educational Trust event about preserving fertility when there is a medical need, with speakers including Professor Richard Anderson and Professor Allan Pacey... [Read More]
Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?
17th October 2016 6pm (registration), 6.30pm-8.30pm (discussion) Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A FREE-to-attend Progress Educational Trust event about the purpose and content of birth certificates in light of developments in science, medicine, law and society, with speakers including Professor Peter Braude, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Natalie Gamble, Kate Litwinczuk, Dr Julie McCandless, Craig Reisser and Steven Snyder... [Read More]
Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD
13th September 2016 6pm (registration), 6.30pm-8.30pm (discussion) Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A FREE-to-attend Progress Educational Trust event about testing and screening human embryos, chaired by Dr Sue Avery, with speakers Dr Tony Gordon, James Lawford Davies, Professor Michael Parker and Dr Christine Patch... [Read More]
Can Women Put Motherhood on Ice?
15th June 2016 5.45pm (refreshments), 6.30pm-8.30pm (discussion) Great Hall, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
A FREE-to-attend Progress Educational Trust event - supported by the Scottish Government - about egg freezing, vitrification and delaying motherhood... [Read More]
The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment: A Sting in the Tale?
13th April 2016 6pm (wine reception), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG
A FREE-to-attend Progress Educational Trust event about sex education, schools and (in)fertility... [Read More]
CRISPR/Cas9: Should We Be Using It to Experiment on Human Embryos?
20th January 2016  ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
An event about genome editing held at the Festival of Genomics... [Read More]
From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Embryo
9th December 2015 9.30am-5pm Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A Progress Educational Trust conference about making enduring changes to the human embryo... [Read More]
10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity: Have We Got It Right?
3rd November 2015 Wine reception at 6pm, discussion 6.30pm-8.30pm Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A Progress Educational Trust debate about donor conception, with speakers including Juliet Tizzard, Jo Rose, Professor Eric Blyth, Jo Adams and Professor Susan Golombok... [Read More]
Beating the Biological Clock: Should You Freeze Your Eggs?
21st October 2015 6.30pm-8.30pm JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Anatomy Building, Bloomsbury Campus, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A Progress Educational Trust debate about egg freezing and egg vitrification, with speakers including Professor Barry Fuller, Dr Françoise Shenfield, Dr Imogen Goold and Professor Maureen McNeil... [Read More]
A TripAdvisor for Fertility Clinics - Would You Recommend It?
29th April 2015 6.30pm-8pm Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG
A Progress Educational Trust event about plans for the HFEA to publish patient feedback on fertility clinics... [Read More]
Mitochondrial Donation: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical?
2nd February 2015  Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
An evening debate at the Houses of Parliament about mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
The Commercialisation of Life
2nd December 2014 9.30am-5pm Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
A Progress Educational Trust conference about the role of commerce in genetics and fertility treatment... [Read More]
Genetic Conditions: How Should Your DNA Be Used in the 100,000 Genomes Project?
6th November 2014 6.30pm-8.30pm Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
A Progress Educational Trust event about the 100,000 Genomes Project and commercial aspects of its mission and partnerships... [Read More]
Genomic Medicine Needs You - Do You Need Genomic Medicine?
16th October 2014 6.30pm-8pm East School, Examination Schools, University of Oxford, 75-81 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG
A Progress Educational Trust event about the 100,000 Genomes Project and what it can offer patients... [Read More]

PET's ultimate ambition, time and resources allowing, is to include in this section of the PET website extensive details of every event organised by the charity since it was founded, as well as events organised by the charity's precursor organisation the Progress Campaign for Research into Human Reproduction.

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