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Reproductive futures: Stem-cell-based embryo models

5:00pm-7:45pm on Sunday 17 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RP

In 2023, several stories about stem-cell-based embryo models hit the news, resulting in headlines such as: “Synthetic human embryo made without sperm or an egg”, “Most advanced synthetic human embryo models yet spark controversy”, “Advances in synthetic embryos leave legislators needing to catch up” and “‘Chilling’: Experts react to synthetic human embryos created in a lab”.

These cutting-edge models of early human development have wide-reaching potential in infertility treatment and in understanding developmental disorders, pregnancy complications and miscarriage. But as stem-cell-based embryo models become increasingly more sophisticated, they raise big questions: How do we define a human embryo, and what should be the limits of such research? How can we ensure that these decisions are made as fairly, and with as broad a base of public understanding and support, as possible?

From 5pm: Explore our exhibition and chat to researchers.
Come and see our exhibition about research into human embryos and embryo models, and meet some of the Cambridge researchers involved.

Starting at 6pm:
Join our panel of experts in law, sociology and science for a lively debate about these and other questions around the future of stem-cell-based embryo models.

Speakers include: Dr Peter Rugg-Gunn (Babraham Institute), Professor Sarah Franklin (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge) and Professor Kathy Liddell (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge).

We welcome you to stay on after the event to look round the exhibition and continue the discussions over drinks and nibbles.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

For further information please email

Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Talk, Exhibition
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 90
Theme: Discovery, Society, Health
Accessibility: Partial access - please contact us for details
Image copyright: A human gastruloid (stem cell-based embryo model). Image: Naomi Moris.

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