talks & debates
talks & debates

A Fertile Education

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Are we being honest enough with the next generation about the reasons for the UK’s growing problems with infertility and childlessness?

It’s estimated that one in six UK couples struggle to conceive. With the government currently consulting on changes to the Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum and introducing compulsory Sex and Relationship education in schools, is it time to look at what young people are not being told about their fertility?

Jessica Hepburn, one of the UK’s leading voices on fertility, infertility and assisted conception, leads a panel in discussing some of these issues. She is the author of two books The Pursuit of Motherhood (2014) and 21 Miles: Swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood (May 2018). In 2016, following her 10 year tenure as Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith she founded Fertility Fest, the world's first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies.

Panelists include:
Professor Geeta Nargund – Award-winning Medical Director of CREATE Fertility
Joyce Harper – Professor of Human Genetics and Embryology at University College London
Camilla Whitehill – Award-winning writer for theatre and television, plus one of the artists participating in Fertility Fest 2018
Somalia Seaton, Actress – Writer and Director whose play Mama’s Little Angel explores the experience of a young woman who was diagnosed with infertility as a teenager

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


Included in Pass
£30, £55, £80