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Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19

Progress Educational Trust
Conference to be held online
9 December 2020 9.15am-5.30pm (GMT)

Speakers at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19', taking place online on Wednesday 9 December 2020The 2020 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) is taking place from 9.15am-5.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The conference will explore what we know about, and how we might deal with, coronavirus/COVID-19 in relation to fertility and genomics.

Unlike previous PET conferences, this year's conference will be held entirely online, so that you can join us and the speakers remotely.

Conference registration is now open. See the agenda and timetable here, and register to attend here.

Note that there is an early-bird discount on the standard attendance fee, if you register before 31 October.

Additionally, the Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for 20 medical students to attend the conference free of charge. To apply for one of these places, email

Conference sessions include:

  1. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Fertility Sector

  2. Examining the Evidence: Can COVID-19 Affect Fertility? Can It Affect the Fetus?

  3. Correlation and Causation: What Can Genetics and Genomics Tell Us about COVID-19?

  4. Resuming Treatment: What Can European Countries Learn from One Another?

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, ESHRE, Wellcome, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Theramex, Vitrolife and the Institute of Medical Ethics.

If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf20

Further details of the conference can be found here.