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Past Events

The Reproduction Research Group hosts a variety of events, from workshops to seminars and conferences, offering a great opportunity to network.

Please see below for information on previous events. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the RRG website. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact rrg@dmu.ac.uk

 

Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference

On Friday 10th June 2016, Kylie Baldwin and Dr Cathy Herbrand of DMU’s Reproduction Research Group hosted the Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association’s Human Reproduction Study Group.

The plenary address was given by Bronwyn Parry, Professor at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at Kings College London. Delegates came from the UK but also overseas to present on topics ranging from international surrogacy, pregnancy, donor conception and free birthing.

For more information about the event please email kbaldwin@dmu.ac.uk or see the BSA website.

 

Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility? Biotechnologies and Transformations of Reproductive Life 

On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May, 2016, Dr Nicky Hudson, Professor Lorraine Culley, Dr Nolwenn Buhler, Kylie Baldwin, Dr Irenee Daly, Dr Cathy Herbrand and Caroline Law from De Montfort University, convened an international, multi – disciplinary symposium on postponing childbirth exploring age, time, gender, reproduction and technology. This event was funded via the Wellcome Trust and the School of Applied Social Science at De Montfort University.

The event brought together a number of stakeholders including academics, clinical practitioners, charity and advocacy group representatives, independent researchers and PHD students in order to discuss the current state of knowledge on biotechnologies and their effect on anticipating, screening, preserving, or extending fertility.

 

East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event

On Monday 4th April 2016, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with the East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Professor Mary Dixon Woods, Director of SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch), Leicester University on ‘Fugitive knowledge and its role in patient safety’ and two presenttaions from recent a PhD graduate Dr Jenelle Clarke, University of Nottingham ‘We are 24/7 Therapy': the importance of everyday social interactions in therapeutic communities’ and a PhD student Josephine Go Jefferies, University of Nottingham ‘Telehealth Ninjas: A study of the mastery of technologies for chronic disease care’.

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains an abstract as well as contact details of the presenter.

Over thirty people attended the event. Delegates were a mixture of students, university and NHS researchers and clinicians from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event

On Wednesday 16th December 2015, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with the East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Professor Simon Dyson, Director of the Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell, De Montfort Univeristy on "Talk to me. There's two of us": Fathers and sickle cell screening.  

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains an abstract as well as contact details of the presenter.

Twenty-five people attended the event. Delegates were a mixture of students, university and NHS researchers and clinicians from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event

On Monday 11th May 2015, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with the East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Professor Joanna Latimer, Cardiff University on ‘Repelling neoliberal world-making: ageing, dementia and iresponse-ability’ and two presentations from a recent PhD graduate Oliver Williams, University of Leicester ‘Health Inequalities, New Public Health and Area-Based Initiatives: Redressing Ecological Disparities or Placing Blame?’ and a PhD student Caroline Morris, University of Leicester ‘The Practice of Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Primary Care’.

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains abstracts as well as contact details of the presenters.

The event was well attended with 33 delegates from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

Researching Human Reproduction: Methodological and Ethical Aspects

On Friday 5th December 2014, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with the Human Reproduction Study Group and the East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Dr Petra Nordqvist, University of Manchester 'Researching family sensitivities: Donor conception, secrecy and family life' and two presentations from Dr Gareth Thomas, Cardiff University ''Everything's Data, Darling': An Ethnography of Screening for Down's Syndrome in UK Antenatal Care' and Dr Juliet Rayment, City University ' Emotional Labour: doing qualitative research in maternity care'.

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains abstracts as well as contact details of the presenters.

The event was well attended with 38 delegates from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact the Human Reproduction Study Group: Kylie Baldwin (or tel: 0116 257 7735) East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

Egg donation in Europe: evidence from research, policy and practice

On Monday 24th November, 2014, Dr Nicky Hudson, Professor Lorraine Culley, Dr Cathy Herbrand and Miss Jessica Davies from De Montfort University, along with Professor Guido Pennings and Dr Veerle Provoost from Ghent University in Belgium and Dr Vincenzo Pavone from CSIC in Spain, convened an international, multi – disciplinary workshop on egg donation. This event was funded via The Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Research Grant Development Award.

The event brought together established and existing researchers, early career researchers, and a number of stakeholders from policy, practice, regulatory and donor organisations in order to discuss the current state of knowledge of the provision of eggs in the European context. Presentations were delivered by a range of stakeholders including academics from three European countries, the UK, Belgium and Spain, practice, regulatory and donor organisations, clinicians and experts by experiences, generating dynamic and useful discussions around the social, ethical and practical issues arising from the provision of egg donation in the European context.

 

East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event 

On Wednesday 5th November, 2014, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with The East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Honorary Professor Nick J Fox, University of Sheffield, on ‘Personal medical devices, micro-politics and materialism’. 

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains an abstract as well as contact details of the presenter.

Twenty-six people attended the event. Delegates were a mixture of students, university and NHS researchers and clinicians from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

East Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event

On Monday 11th June 2014, the Reproduction Research Group in collaboration with the East Midlands Medical Sociology Group hosted a conference funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Professor Anne Kerr, University of Leeds on ‘Emotional work in Biomedical Innovation' and two presentations from Kylie Baldwin, De Montfort University 'Social egg freezing: Women's experience of a new form of "fertility preservation" and Robyn Lotto, University of Leicester 'Decision-making following suspicion or diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly - The clinicians perspective'.

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains abstracts as well as contact details of the presenters.

The event was well attended with 35 delegates from across the Midlands.

The meetings are open to both BSA and non BSA members. Details of our forthcoming meetings and booking instructions will be available via the BSA and RRG websites. A small charge may be levied for attendance at meetings. However, BSA members and students will be charged a discounted fee. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact Jessica Turner (or tel: 0116 207 8306).

 

Postgraduate Conference: The Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction

On Thursday 29th May 2014 postgraduate students from the Reproduction Research Group hosted a postgraduate conference on ‘The Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction’ funded by the British Sociological Association.

This conference included a keynote lecture from Professor Sarah Franklin, Cambridge University, a writing workshop providing advice on publishing in the field, as well as presentations from ten postgraduate and early career researchers on their current research. The event attracted delegates and speakers from six European countries.

Further information about this conference can be found by accessing the event programme which contains the conference abstracts as well as the contact details of the presenters.

More photos from this event can be found here.

Following the conference, a new postgraduate and early career researcher network has been established titled, ‘Postgraduate Social Scientists in Assisted Reproduction’ (PG-SSiAR|). This network aims to be multidisciplinary and is open to all postgraduate as well as early career researchers working in the area of assisted reproduction. The aim of this network is to bring together like minded researchers working in this specific area for collaboration, networking and the exchange of ideas as well as to provide opportunities for mutual development and support through the running of events and the sharing of information and resources. To join this network, please click here or search for ‘PG-SSiAR’ at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/ or for more information about the network please contact Kylie Baldwin.


Men, In/fertilities and Reproductive Technologies

From 24-25 April 2012, Prof Lorraine Culley, Dr Nicky Hudson and Ms Wendy Norton from De Montfort University, along with Dr Maria Lohan and Prof Sheena Lewis from Queen’s University Belfast, convened an international, multi-disciplinary symposium on Men, In/fertilities and Reproductive Technologies, at De Montfort University. This event was funded via De Montfort University’s Revolving Investment Fund.

The event brought together established and existing researchers and early career researchers to address the significant absence of a consideration of men and masculinities in research on in/fertilities and reproductive technologies. Researchers in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, ethics, counselling, andrology and nursing were invited to attend and present at the symposium.

 

Men and Reproduction

In August 2012, Prof Lorraine Culley from De Montfort University, along with Dr Maria Lohan, Queen’s University, Belfast and Dr William Marsiglio, University of Florida, USA, convened a conference symposium at the International Sociological Association Forum, Buenos Aires.

Following the symposium, the August 2013 special issue of the Journal of Family Issues explores men’s roles in matters related to family planning, conception, abortion, adoption and preparing for childbirth. The guest editors of the collection include Prof Lorraine Culley.

 

Ethnicity and Reproductive Technologies

In September 2006, Prof Lorraine Culley and Dr Nicky Hudson from De Montfort University, and Dr Floor van Rooij from University of Amsterdam, convened a multi-disciplinary symposium to explore infertility and the use of new reproductive technologies in the context of multi-ethnic societies. The event was held in Nottingham, UK, and was funded by the ESRC Science in Society Programme and the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology. The symposium was developed from the ESRC-funded 'GAMDON' study (RES-160-25-0044).

The event was designed to bring together leading researchers and young researchers in the field of new reproductive technologies and minority ethnic and migrant communities in the UK and European countries to present current research and debate methodological, ethical and political questions around NRTs and cultural diversity.

Following the symposium, a JISCMail network for those interested in ethnicity, culture and religion and reproduction and infertility, hosted and facilitated by members of the Reproduction Research Group, was set up in order to generate discussion and collaboration in the field. Those interested in joining this network should visit the JISCMail website or email Dr Nicky Hudson.

It also resulted in the publication of an edited collection, entitled Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies (Earthscan, 2009). Prof Culley, Dr Nicky Hudson and Dr Floor van Rooij edited the collection, and several of the symposium participants contributed chapters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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