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Ways of working: the archive of Professor Sir Robert Edwards (IVF pioneer)

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This afternoon symposium will focus on ways of working with the newly opened archive of Robert Edwards (IVF pioneer), and ways of working evidenced in the archive. The symposium will take the form of a series of conversations, a talk by one of Robert Edwards’ daughters and a book launch of ‘Let there be life: an intimate portrait of Robert Edwards and his IVF revolution’ by Roger Gosden.

There will also be a chance to see a related art exhibition by Gina Glover, Art in ART: Symbolic Reproduction, and a display of material from the archive.

Speakers include Dr Kamal Ahuja (Scientific and Managing Director, London Women’s Clinic), Dr Kay Elder (Senior Research Scientist, Bourn Hall Clinic), Madelin Evans (Archivist for the papers of Robert Edwards, Churchill Archives Centre), Professor Sarah Franklin (Chair and Head of the Department of Sociology, and 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 is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Programme:

1pm-1.30pm: Arrival

1.30pm-1.45pm: Welcome

1.45pm-2.00pm: Introduction and welcome from the Chair of the symposium, Dr Kamal Ahuja (London Women’s Clinic)

2.00pm-2.30pm: Professor Nick Hopwood (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) and Madelin Evans (Edwards Papers archivist, Churchill Archives Centre) in conversation about using the archive of Robert Edwards for research.

2.30pm-3pm: Professor Sarah Franklin (Reproductive Sociology Research Group, University of Cambridge) and Gina Glover (Artist, creator of ‘Art in ART: Symbolic Reproduction’ exhibition on display in the Jock Colville Hall, Churchill College) in conversation about working with images of reproduction in the Edwards archive.

3pm-3.30pm: Tea break in the bar at Churchill College (tea and coffee provided)

3.30pm-4pm: Dr Kay Elder (Senior Research Scientist, Bourn Hall Clinic) and Professor Staffan Müller-Wille (University Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) in conversation about using clinical research notebooks, and scientific notebooks and manuscripts, for historical research.

4pm-4.30pm: Professor Sir Richard Gardner (Emeritus Royal Society Research Professor in the University of Oxford) and Dr Roger Gosden (lately professor at Cornell University, now visiting scholar at William & Mary and official biographer of Robert Edwards) in conversation about Professor Sir Robert Edwards’ style of working in the laboratory.

4.30pm-4.45pm: Dr Jenny Joy (daughter of Robert Edwards, key in gathering together his archive) will talk about her experience of how her father worked.

4.45pm-5pm: Book launch of ‘Let there be life: an intimate portrait of Robert Edwards and his IVF revolution’ by Roger Gosden

5pm-5.30pm: An opportunity to ask questions of speakers, chaired by Dr Kamal Ahuja

5.30pm-6.30pm: Drinks reception in the Wolfson Foyer, Churchill College, with a chance to look at a display of facsimiles from the Edwards papers.

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