2017 Seminars

Our seminars and talks provide useful information from experts in their fields on a range of subjects.

*New for 2017 – pop up talks* (scroll down for more information)


Free ticket holders will be able to turn up and enter seminars, subject to availability on the day.

For guaranteed access we recommend you get the fast track or access all areas VIP tickets which gives you guaranteed priority access to our seminars. Our seminars are always highly popular and fill up.

Please note that we do not pre-book onto seminars. We instead allow VIP and fast track ticket holders to enter the seminar room first before general access. This prevents spaces being booked up by people who don’t turn up. We recommend you arrive at the seminar room 10-15 minutes before the seminar time.

Seminar 1: Surrogacy in the USA
Seminar 2: INSEMINAR
Seminar 3: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about adoption
Seminar 4: Shared-Motherhood
Seminar 5: Co-Parenting and Donors
Seminar 6: Your Family and the Essential Law
Seminar 7: LGBT Families in School

Full seminar descriptions are further down the page as well as biographies for all of our speakers.

Pop Up Talks

Throughout the day there will be short 10-15 minute talks on the open stage in the smaller room. These are designed as short introductions to different topics and ideal as a taster to see if something is of interest. All talks are provided by exhibitors so if you are interested in what they have to say you can then go and visit them on their stand.

Talks will be added as they are booked in and the schedule will be released the week before the show.

information videos
Introduction to the P3 Network (LGBT parents network)
information videos
Sarah Holland, Fertile Mindset explains how EFT can help with fertility
‘Am I eligible for NHS Treatment?’ from Complete Fertility Centre
information videos
’10 top legal tips for creating your family’ from Irwin Mitchell
information videos
’10 tips to a successful surrogacy journey’ from Oregon Reproductive
information videos

In between talks we will have a series of informative videos looping from our partners on subjects such as IVF, egg sharing, legal support, surrogacy and fertility over 40.

Interactive Lunch

Between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, join The P3 Network in the seminar room for an interactive discussion around what to expect on day one of being a parent. Hear first hand, share experiences and concerns. This is an open discussion around becoming a parent – whether that be through pregnancy, surrogacy, or adoption.

The cafe in the entrance is doing a special lunch offer on a meal deal including a sandwich, a drink and a snack. Grab your packed lunch and join the discussion.

Seminar Details

Surrogacy in the USA | 10:30am

  • Introduction: the parties involved and their responsibilities, timelines, checklist of what you need to know and decisions to make
  • Egg Donors and Surrogates: where you find them, screening, matching, anonymous vs. open donation
  • Medical: IVF basics, your role, fresh vs. frozen, single vs. twins, advanced in genomics, understanding success rates, what happens after a surrogate “graduates”
  • Budgeting: how to budget, insurance, tips for controlling costs
  • Your Family Story: tips for making this a family story you’ll want to share with your children

This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide organising a successful journey.

INSEMINAR | 11:15am

The London Women’s Clinic’s popular INSEMINAR information sessions are for women and couples who are interested in learning more about their fertility and fertility treatment options including donor sperm.

This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide through the fertility treatment process, explaining insemination, IVF and ICSI, and choosing a sperm donor.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about adoption | 1:30pm

First4Adoption is the national adoption information service for England. In today’s seminar, you will hear from First4Adoption Head Of Service, Gemma Gordon-Johnson and two adoptive parents.

This session will give you all the information you need if you’d like to know more about adoption and have your questions answered by the people who know best.

Shared-Motherhood | 2:15pm

Shared motherhood, or intrapartner egg donation, has increased in popularity over the last few years. This programme allows both lesbian partners the opportunity to share the experience with one partner donating eggs and the other carrying the pregnancy.

This session will provide you with information on understanding the egg-sharing process, choosing a sperm donor and your next steps towards treatment.

Co-Parenting | 3:00pm

General introduction to donor conception. Find out about using a donor to create your family, including the growing trend of co-parenting.

This session will provide you with information, hints and tips around finding a donor and deciding on the best make up for your future family.

Your Family and the Essential Law | 3:45pm

  • The legal minefield around surrogacy and co-parenting arrangements made easy.
  • All you need to know about understanding UK law for international and domestic surrogacy arrangements.
  • Case studies and potential pitfalls.
  • Panel of expert lawyers.

This session will provide you with useful information about UK and international surrogacy agreeements  including case studies.

LGBT Families in Schools | 4:30pm

Case law supports a parents right to be involved in shaping a school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Parents have a lot to consider in choosing the right educational environment for their kids.

This session will focus on some of the practical considerations to be had in thinking about nurseries and early year schools and how to navigate the myriad in information to ensure the inclusive message being taught at home is supported and nurtured in the classroom.

Speaker Biographies

Venessa Smith | London Women’s Clinic

Venessa Smith studied at Kings College (BSC Human Biology) and Imperial College London (MSC Human Reproductive Biology) and then  gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Embryology from the Institute of Biology and Association of Clinical Embryologists.  She started training in the fertility sector in 1997 as a clinical embryologist in the NHS under the supervision of Robert Winston at Hammersmith Hospital.  She joined the London Women’s Clinic  in 2002 and has had a variety of roles including Embryology Laboratory Manager, Sperm Bank Manager and Quality Assurance Manager. She is a regular speaker for the Donor Conception Network Planning for Parenthood Workshops and has contributed to two books and a number of journal papers in collaboration with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge on long term outcomes for children conceived from donor sperm.

Venessa is speaking at 11:15am and 2:15pm in the seminar room

Sarah Holland | Fertile Mindset

Fertile Mindset offers support using the powerful technique EFT. Sarah Holland has 17 years of experience helping negotiate the emotional rollercoaster of fertility issues. She believes it is possible for anyone to transform their fertility journey into a more positive experience. Sarah’s support is available via Skype and phone consultations and within online support groups. After her own fertility challenges Sarah is now a mum to two boys.

Sarah is speaking at 11:45am on the pop up talks stage

Colin Rogerson | Dawson Cornwell

Colin Rogerson is highly regarded for his expertise in the law relating to surrogacy, assisted reproduction and family formation. He regularly advises clients who are undertaking surrogacy arrangements both internationally and within the UK. He is frequently appointed to represent children born through a surrogacy arrangement. Colin also advises in disputes involving donor conception, LGBT parenting and co-parenting cases.

Colin is speaking at 3:45pm in the seminar room

Anne-Marie Hutchinson | Dawson Cornwell

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is an expert in the legal issues arising from surrogacy, international surrogacy and co-parenting arrangements. She advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements under The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Anne-Marie is speaking at 3:45pm in the seminar room

Brandon J. Bankowski, MD, MPH | Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Bankowski is one of the most-respected and experienced physicians helping intended parents build their families through surrogacy, egg donation and IVF in the USA.  He is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and Managing Partner at ORM,where he has practiced since 2005. He and his partners at ORM have helped intended parents from some 40 countries across the world build their families. Dr. Bankowski is passionate about providing ORM’s patients the very best care and the highest chance for success on their first attempt, while looking after the genetic health of their family. He is committed to helping intended parents using surrogacy, egg donation and IVF to benefit from the latest advances in genetic screening to help them have the best chance of a healthy baby on their first attempt.

Dr Bankowski is speaking at 10:30am in the seminar room and at 2:45pm on the pop up talks stage

Craig Reisser | Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Craig Reisser is a parent through egg donor surrogacy in the USA. He and his partner have two boys (3 ½ years and 2 years old). In his two journeys he has personally experienced many of the options that intended parents are faced with deciding between. Craig has helped many intended parents understand how to get started with their surrogacy journeys, build their budgets and understand the role of insurance. Craig is an active contributor to Fertility Road Magazine having written many articles on surrogacy and egg donation. He was a patient at ORM and now leads ORM’s global patient programs.  He helps intended parents understand their various options when it comes to surrogacy and egg donation so that they can make informed decisions that are right for them.

Craig is speaking at 10:30am in the seminar room and at 2:45pm on the pop up talks stage

Professor Ying Cheong | Complete Fertility Centre

Professor Ying Cheong, Co-founder and Medical Director of Complete Fertility Centre, and Consultant Gynaecologist. Ying has worked in many of the UK’s leading IVF clinics and is an expert in fertility surgery and miscarriage. She leads ground breaking fertility research projects to increase the understanding of the beginnings of pregnancy and infertility.

Professor Ying Cheong is speaking at 12:00pm on the pop up talks stage

Erika Tranfield | Pride Angel

Co-Founder of Pride Angel, the leading parenting connection website for single, gay and infertile couples wishing to become parents.  As a scientist with a personal experience of raising her daughter, who was conceived using a known donor within a same-sex family, Erika is passionate about providing people with unbiased advice about their fertility options. Whether it be finding or becoming a known sperm or egg donor, she believes openness within donor conceived families benefits all involved and ultimately the future children.

Erika is speaking at 3:00pm in the seminar room

Maz Ogden | Conscious Co-parenting and single parenting

Maz is the founder of conscious co-parenting and Sapphic Vine LGBT events. She has over 15 years experience running events within the LGBT community, particularly within gay parenting.

She currently runs events for people interested in finding out more about co-parenting and to help others find that co-parent or meet other single parents. She can share her own personal parenting journey and experiences of meeting others right back to her early interest during her psychology degree. She is happy to assist with any questions you may have: what is co-parenting, the practicalities of finding a co-parent, shared experiences of what can go right and wrong, where to get help and the legalities surrounding co-parenting.

Maz is speaking at 3:00pm in the seminar room and will be hosting the co-parenting networking at 3:45pm

Hannah Saxe, Associate Lawyer | Irwin Mitchell

Hannah Saxe is an Associate solicitor based in Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office. She specialises in complex child law cases, which includes providing advice about the law surrounding creating families. Hannah has particular experience of advising members of the LGBT community.

Hannah is speaking at 2:00pm on the pop up talks stage