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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: a multidisciplinary workshop

Workshop   20.01.2011






Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, University of Bristol. Abortion and the HFE Act 2008: The substantive representation of women. Download SChilds presentation (PDF 347kB)

Dr Andy Williams, RCUK Research Fellow in Risk, Health and Science Communication, Cardiff University. Selling science: Source struggles, public relations, and the newspaper coverage of hybrid embryos. Download AWilliams presentation (PDF 2.2MB)

Dr Julie McCandless, Lecturer in Medical and Family Law, London School of Economics. Cinderella and her ugly sister: Parenthood and welfare in the HFE Act 2008. No slides. See links to related articles in Feminist Legal Studies (8.3, 2010) and Modern Law Review (73.2, 2010). Full text requires subscription.

Dr Malcolm Smith, Bright Ideas Programme Visiting Research Fellow, ESRC Genomics Forum. Restrictions to IVF and pre-implantation tissue-typing for the creation of saviour siblings. Download MSmith presentation (PDF 875kB)

Programme: HFE Act workshop programme (PDF 85kB)

Speaker biographies: HFE Act workshop speaker details (PDF 80kB)

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Organised by

Dr Christine Knight, Policy Research Fellow, and Dr Malcolm Smith, Visiting Research Fellow, ESRC Genomics Forum


ESRC Genomics Forum, University of Edinburgh, St John's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Event details

Description: This workshop was designed to bring together scholars across a range of disciplines researching the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. The event covered both the legislative and policymaking process, and the subsequent impact of the Act. Participants came from a range of disciplines including politics, media studies, law, bioethics and sociology.

The event formed part of a workstream on the regulation of assisted reproduction and embryo research, which previously included a major Retrospective on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (London, March 2009), and a smaller workshop at the Genomics Network Conference (Cardiff, October 2009).

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