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Ways of working: The archive of Professor Sir Robert Edwards (IVF pioneer) at Churchill Archives Centre

2:00pm-5:00pm on Monday 29 March

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This online afternoon symposium will focus on ways of working with the newly opened archive of Bob Edwards (IVF pioneer), and ways of working evidenced in the archive. The symposium will take the form of a series of conversations and presentations, and a talk by one of Bob Edwards’ daughters.

Speakers include Dr Kay Elder (Senior Research Scientist, Bourn Hall Clinic), Madelin Evans (Archivist for the papers of Robert Edwards, Churchill Archives Centre), Professor Sarah Franklin (Sociology Professor and Research Director of Reproductive Sociology Research Group, University of Cambridge), Professor Sir Richard Gardner (Emeritus Royal Society Research Professor in the University of Oxford), Gina Glover (Artist), Dr Roger Gosden (lately professor at Cornell University, now visiting scholar at William & Mary and official biographer of Robert Edwards), Professor Nick Hopwood (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge), Dr Jenny Joy (daughter of Robert Edwards, and key in gathering together his archive), and Professor Staffan Müller-Wille (University Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge).

The symposium has been generously sponsored by Dr Piraye Yurttas Beim; the University of Cambridge Reproduction Strategic Research Initiative; the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) at the University of Cambridge; the Edwards-Steptoe Research Trust; London Women’s Clinic; Theramex; and Progress Educational Trust. The event has been organised in collaboration with ReproSoc and was originally planned for the Cambridge Science Festival in 2020.

Find out more, including a full programme, on our website ( and by following @ChuArchives on Twitter and Instagram.

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Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

The symposium will be hosted via a Zoom webinar, please register on Eventbrite and a link will be sent to you prior to the event.

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Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Explore, Health
Accessibility: Closed Captions

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