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SRI Networking event 14 May 2019, Downing College

SRI Event May

The SRI in Reproduction run a networking event on 14 May with around 40 researchers across the disciples gathering to take part in interdisciplinary discussions on reproduction.

The subjects covered were:

The obstetric dilemma – Dr Emma Pomeroy (Dept of Archeology)

Social History – Dr Yuliya Hileuych (Dept of History)

Reproductive rights – Jinal Dadiya (Dept of Law)

Paradigms of parent-child relationships – Dr Jens Scherpe (Dept of Law)

Women’s reproductive health and cardiovascular disease – Dr Clare Oliver Williams (Public Health)

Diet and effect – Dr Ann Prentice (MRC)

Ancient and future families
Dr Rebecca Flemming (Faculty of Classics) and Dr Susan Imrie (Centre for Family Research)

The 14 days limit for growing synthetic embryos                                     

Prof Sarah Franklin (Chair of Sociology) and Thorsten Boroviak (Dept. of Physiology-CTR)

Policy Making and CSaP’s links to the SRI in reproduction                   

Nicola Buckley, Associate Director at Centre for Science and Policy



The new SRI in Reproduction was officially launched on Friday 8 December 2018 in the Pitt Building. Around 100 academics from across all the disciplines gathered for a program of presentations and talks on the topic of reproduction.

SRI Inaugural Event collage

After a short introduction by Graham Burton (CTR), Karen Jent (Sociology) presented a series of short video interviews with academics from various fields discussing why reproduction is so important. This was followed by a series of flash talks by Uta Paszkowki (Plant Sciences- on the reproduction of fungi), Ashley Moffett (Pathology- on the importance of the placenta in reproduction), Simon Szreter (History- on fertility rate fluctuations in the UK), Lucy van de Wiel (Sociology- on reproduction as a business model with the rise of fertility companies).

After a short tea break the event continued with interdisciplinary talks on reproduction. The first one was on the government measures to introduce folic acid in flour. Erica Watson (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) explained to her colleague Salim Al-Gailani (History and Philosophy of Science) the benefit of such introduction referring to her own work on mice. Salim gave an overview of government policy on pregnancy routine care. The second talk was led by Gordon Smith (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) an academic and practicing obstetrician at the  Rosie Maternity Hospital and Alice Reid (Geography). They compared the reasons for stillbirth in the 40s and 50s (Alice's work) with the main current causes (Gordon's work). The third and final talk was by Leah Astbury (History and Philosophy of Science) and Robert Pralat (Sociology) and discussed the idea of kinship comparing the experience of the LBGT community today on matters of reproduction with that of 17th century English families. Their discussion highlighted the difference in levels of involvement of the wider family.

Nick Hopwood (History and Philosophy of Science) then discussed the opportunities that will be offered by the SRI including the allocation of small research grants to post-doctoral researchers.

The event concluded with the book launch of "Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day", a multidisciplinary volume edited by Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming and Lauren Kassell.

Book launch

CTR Director Graham Burton congratulated Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming and Lauren Kassell on the publication of this important volume that shows the richness of what can be achieved when all disciplines are brought together.