14:00-16.00   SRF Early career researchers symposium

14:00-16.30   Tea/coffee and refreshments

16.30-17.45    SRF – Post doctoral prize session and SRF/SRB – Exchange Lecture

17.45-18.45    SRF – New Investigator Award Lectures
SRF – New Investigator Lecture – Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research, Fellow and University Lecturer in Physiology,University of Cambridge, UK
SSR – New Investigator Lecture
Christopher Geyer, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, USA (INVITED)

19:00-23:00   ACE social: Pub quiz and Curry – EastZEast Restaurant

19:00-23:00   BFS social – EastZEast Restaurant

19:00-23.00   SRF social – Revolucion de Cuba

Male Fertility

09:30-09.40   Chair’s welcome: Valentine Akande, Programme Chair, BFS, UK

09:40-10.10    How to make environment safe to protect male reproductive health  Jorma Toppari, Professor and Chairman or Physiology, University of Turku, Finland 

10:10-10.40    Impact of environment and lifestyle on fertility of the present and future generations  Richard Sharpe, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK 

10:40-11.10    Environmental influences on male infertility  Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology, The University of Sheffield, UK

11:50 – 12:40   Bob Edwards Memorial Lecture: IVF 40 years on, Happy Birthday Louise Brown Stephen Hillier, Honorary Professorial Fellow, Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh, UK

12:40 – 12:50   Update on Fertility Network UK  Susan Seenan, Chief Executive, Fertility Network UK

14:00 – 15:30  Parallel Session A  4 sessions of short papers

16:15 – 17:45  Update session 1

Reproductive Science Update ACE BAS ABA: Lifestyle impacts 

  • Temporal, regional and environmental influences on sperm quality Rebecca Sumner, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Alcohol and smoking on sperm function Tina Kold Jensen, Professor, Syddansk Universitet, Denmark 
  • You are your biochemistry: Metabolism as key player in human fertility João Ramalho-Santos, Associate Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal   

BFS Update: Challenges in fertility practice

  • Challenges in fertility practice Managing patients with recurrent implantation failure Nick Macklon, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology within Medicine, The University of Southampton, UK
  • Understanding the role of NK cells in reproduction and infertility Ashley Moffett, Professor of Reproductive Immunology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • HFEA update Sally Cheshire, Chair of Health Education North West (HENW), Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, USA

SRF Update: Stem cells

  •  Insights into cell fate decisions from conserved model systems Ramiro Albeiro, Associate Professor Epigenetics, University of Nottingham
  • Role of endometrial stem cells in recurrent miscarriage Jan Brosens, Professor of  Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Warwick, UK
  • Single cell epigenomics in stem cells and embryos – Wolf Reik Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK (INVITED)

Nursing Update: Developments in fertility practice

  • Pushing the boundaries in older women and poor responders undergoing IV Harish Bhandari, Consultant Gynaecologist & Sub-specialist Reproductive Medicine and Surgery – ‎Leeds Fertility, UK
  • Transfolk – what fertility services might usefully know  – James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, UK
  • Use of adjuvants in fertility practice Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, UK

17.45-18.45    Welcome reception and attended poster session with an introduction to Fertility Fest

18.30-19.15    Ferring symposium

20.00-00.00   Social: Comedy Club NightThe Blundell Street Supper Club

Female Fertility

08.00-09.00    Registration, refreshments, exhibition and poster presentations

08.10-08.55     Merck symposium

08.20-08.50    SRF – Reproduction Journal prize session

09.00-09.05   Chairs welcome: Karen Schnauffer, Programme Chair, ACE, UK

09.05-09.35    Impact of stress on fertility outcomes Kavita Vedhara, Professor of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK

09.35-10.05    Impact of microbiomes on female infertility Daniel DiGiulio, Clinical Instructor, Medicine – Infectious Diseases, Stanford University, School of Medicine, USA

10.05-11.05   Obesity, oocyte quality and inheritance of mtDNA Rebecca Robker, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia

11.15-11.55   BFS Patrick Steptoe: Preconception Interventions for women with PCOS Richard Legro, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Public Health Sciences, Penn State University College of Medicine, USA

12.05-13.15  Society AGMs

14.15  Parallel sessions B – 5 sessions with short oral presentations

16.30-18.00   Update session

ACE Update: How to identify the best sperm

  • Hyaluronic acid binding sperm selection for ICSI (HABSelect): Study outcomes and conclusions David Miller, Reader in Molecular Andrology and HABSelect Chief Investigator, University of Leeds, UK  
  • SPERM: Spectroscopic Probes of Energy Regulation and Metabolism Steven Reynolds, Research Fellow,Magnetic Resonance Expert, The University of Sheffield, UK (INVITED)
  • Mathematics of how sperm swim Hermes Gadêlha, Lecturer, University of York, UK (INVITED)

BFS Update: Surgical aspects of reproductive medicine

  • Surgical aspects of Reproductive Medicine Endometriosis and infertility Ying Cheong, Professor of Reproductive Medicine within Medicine, University of Southampton, UK
  • Managing uterine problems in fertility – Fibroids, polyps, anomalies Yacoub Khalaf, Director of the Assisted Conception Unit and HFEA Person Responsible, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Private Healthcare, UK
  • Surgical sperm recovery: Indications and options Kevin McEleny, Consultant Urologist/Andrologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

SRF Update: Microbiomes

  • Endometrial microbiome and transcriptomics guiding personalise embryo transfer Carlos Simón, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Impact of caesarean section on the gut microbiome and health status of the developing infant – John Cryan, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Cork, Ireland
  • Presentation to be confirmed Speaker TBC

Ultrasound Update: ISUOG ultrasound session

  • 3D/4D ultrasound Nick Raine-Fenning, Clinical Director, Nuture Fertility, UK
  • HyCosy v HSG Thierry Van den Bosch, University Hospitals KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Early pregnancy problems Tom Bourne, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery & Cancer within the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK

18.10-18.50  Sponsor’s symposium

19.40  Social: Conference Dinner – ACC Hall 


08.55-09.00   Chairs welcome: Franchesca Houghton, Programme Chair, SRF and Associate Professor in Stem Cells & Developmental Biology, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies, University of Southampton, UK

09.00-09.50   Anne McLaren Distinguished Scientist Lecture – One orchestra, three conductors: How to fine tune early follicle development Kate Hardy, Professor of Reproductive Biology, Imperial College, London, UK

09.50-10.20    Fertility in male ICSI children Willem Verpoest, Belgium

11.20-12.35     Parallel sessions C  – 5 parallel sessions with short oral presentations x 5

13.50     Update session 3

Clinical Update

  • Emerging technologies update Timelapse Amy Barrie, Senior Clinical Embryologist, IVI Cheshire, Chester, UK
  • Re-evaluating PGS: Current thoughts and controversies Sesh Kamal Sunkara, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, King’s College London, UK
  • Mitochondrial donation in practice Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Head of Department, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

Scientific Update

  • Effect of prenatal exposures to environmental toxins on female reproduction Paul Fowler, Chair in Translational Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Dads, diet and disease: the paternal programming of offspring health Adam Watkins, Research Fellow, Aston University, UK
  • Developmental and transmittable origins of obesity-associated health disorders – Kelle Moley Washington University School of Medicine

15.05-15.35    Ethical dilemma of designer babies Speaker TBC

15.35-15.55    Prize Giving

16.00-16.05   Closing remarks Jason Kasraie, Chair, ACE, UK

Close of conference