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inFer GW4 network "Fertility: In Vitro, In Silico, In Clinico"

22nd February 2024, 10am-5pm

Engineers' House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB

We invite all IVF experts and other researchers interested in fertility research to register to our one-day event on IVF research. This is the 2nd meeting of the GW4 network Fertility: In Vitro, in Silico, In Clinico  (inFer) and will bring together:

  • Mathematical modellers, data analysis and AI researchers

  • Experimentalists

  • Clinicians

  • Industrialists

  • Policymakers


Our aim is to improve the success rates of IVF through interdisciplinary research and academia-clinic collaborations. At our successful launch event at Cardiff University in September, researchers from maths and other disciplines worked together with clinics to identify key IVF challenges. We also searched for people with the skills to tackle these challenges. Since then, we worked collaboratively with our Advisory Board, comprising leading experts in the IVF field, to refine these challenges and identify new ones. This second networking event will be even more interactive. It will include a “speed dating” session where everyone can meet other participants and share their expertise as well as a co-creation workshop to identify next steps and discuss research funding opportunities. This event is in-person due to its interactive nature, but arrangements can be made for those only able to join online - please contact us if you would like to join online.

The full programme is found below.

We have some funds for accommodation and travel. If you would like to be considered for reimbursement, please indicate this on the registration form. If the demand exceeds our funds, we will prioritise early-career researchers.

Also, do consider joining our online Hackathon (12-18 February), in which teams can compete on solving open IVF data challenges and win cash prizes!


9.30 am - 10.00 am

10.00 am - 10.15 am

10.15 am - 10.45 am

10.45 am - 11.00 am

11.15 am - 11.30 am

11.30 am - 12.30 pm

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

1.30 pm - 2.15 pm

2.15 pm - 2.45 pm

2.45 pm - 3.00 pm

3.00 pm - 3.15 pm

3.15 pm - 3.30 pm

3.30 pm - 4.45 pm

4.45 pm - 5.00 pm

Registration and refreshments

Welcome and introduction 

Dr. Ahmed Elhakeem (Bristol Medical School), Dr. Katerina Kaouri and Dr. Thomas Woolley (School of Mathematics, Cardiff University)

Keynote talk:

"Why we need observational studies in IVF: Part I"

Prof. Deborah Lawlor (University of Bristol)

"Why we need observational studies in IVF: Part II"

Dr. Ahmed Elhakeem (Bristol Medical School)

Break and refreshments

Get to know each other - Speed dating!

Lunch and poster exhibition

Keynote talk: "AI in IVF and other cutting-edge technologies transforming IVF treatment"

Dr. Alejandro Chávez-Badiola

(Founder and CPO, Conceivable Life Sciences)

Short talks from the inFer Hackathon winners and award presentation

"IVF: Where do we go from here?"

Giles Palmer

(Executive Director, International IVF Initiative & Chair, inFer network Advisory Board)

Break and refreshments

Progress and looking forward 

Dr. Katerina Kaouri and Dr. Thomas Woolley

Co-creation workshop:

Working together on next steps and funding opportunities

Closing remarks 

Dr. Katerina Kaouri and Dr. Thomas Woolley

11.00 am - 11.15 am

"Disruptive reproductive technologies on the horizon?"

Prof. Tony Perry (Department of Life Sciences, University of Bath)


Dr Ahmed Elhakeem (Local Event Organiser)

Dr Thomas Woolley (InFer Network Lead)

Dr Katerina Kaouri (InFer Network Lead)

Abhishek Chakraborty (InFer Research Officer)

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you at the event!

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