UK events

Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s upcoming events

 

 

 Manchester on 5 September, Edinburgh on 27 September and 10 October, and in London on 5 December - about genomics, surrogacy, and the law governing fertility treatment and embryo research.

 

 

• 'HOW DO WE MAKE GENOMICS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS?' - see https://www.progress.org.uk/genomicseverybodysbusiness- is a FREE-to-attend event produced in partnership with Genomics England, taking place in Manchester on the evening of Wednesday 5 September 2018 (6.30pm-8.30pm). To book places, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The event will be chaired by PROFESSOR JOHN MATTICK (Chief Executive of Genomics England), with speakers including PROFESSOR DAME SUE HILL (Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England), PROFESSOR NALIN THAKKAR (Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics at the University of Manchester), PAUL MATTHEWS (Head of Strategic Partnerships at Global Gene Corp) and VIVIENNE PARRY (Head of Engagement at Genomics England).

 

 

• 'MODERN SURROGACY NEEDS A MODERN LAW: HOW SHOULD WE REGULATE SURROGACY IN THE 21st CENTURY?' - see https://www.progress.org.uk/modernsurrogacy - is a FREE-to-attend event supported by the Scottish Government, taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 27 September 2018 (6.30pm-8.30pm). To book places, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The event will be chaired by SARAH NORCROSS (Director of PET), with speakers including PROFESSOR NICK HOPKINS (Law Commissioner responsible for Surrogacy at the Law Commission), DR KIRSTY HORSEY (Chief Examiner and Reader in Law at the University of Kent), ROBERT GILMOUR (Co-Director of SKO Family Law Specialists), DR AGOMONI GANGULI MITRA (Co-Director of the Mason Institute) and CLAIRE KELLY (a surrogate who has helped two couples have families).

 

 

• 'WHOSE GENOME IS IT ANYWAY? BIG DATA AND YOUR DNA' - see https://www.progress.org.uk/whosegenome - is a FREE-to-attend event produced in partnership with Genomics England, taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 10 October 2018 (6.30pm-8.30pm). To book places, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Speakers will include DR SARAH CHAN (Principal Investigator at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society).

 

 

• 'MAKE DO OR AMEND: SHOULD WE UPDATE UK FERTILITY AND EMBRYO LAW?' see https://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 - is a one-day conference taking place in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 (9.30am-5.30pm). There is an EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT on attendance if places are booked before 14 September.

 

The conference 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).

 

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include DR ROY FARQUHARSON (Chair of ESHRE), DR KATHY NIAKAN (Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to edit the genomes of human embryos), BARONESS RUTH DEECH (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords), DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader at MRC Harwell), EMILY JACKSON (Professor of Law at the LSE), BARBARA CONNOLLY QC (Barrister), PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN DE GEYTER (Chair of ESHRE's European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee), PROFESSOR ELLIE LEE (Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies), NATALIE GAMBLE (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and Brilliant Beginnings), JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons), SATU RAUTAKALLIO-HOKKANEN (Chair of Fertility Europe), ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director of Pride Angel), DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group), DR KYLIE BALDWIN (Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University), PROFESSOR ROBERT SPACZYNSKI (Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians), FIONA FOX (Chair of Trustees at PET and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre), and SARAH NORCROSS (Director of PET).

 

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

 

Further details of the conference, including the agenda and how to book your place, can be found at http://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 - if you have any queries, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it