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New interdisciplinary network on fertility research to launch at the School of Mathematics

14 September 2023

Experts in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and all those interested in interdisciplinary fertility research are invited to attend a one-day event on IVF research at the Cardiff School of Mathematics.

Taking place on 29 September, from 10am to 5pm, this co-creation event launches the activities of the new GW4 network Fertility: In Vitro, in Silico, In Clinico (inFer) focusing on improving success rates of IVF, through interdisciplinary research and academia-clinic collaborations.

Cardiff University is leading this new GW4 network; the other partners are the University of Bristol, the University of Bath and the University of Exeter.

The event will bring together mathematical modellers, data analysis and AI researchers, experimentalists, clinicians, industrialists and policy makers.

Plenary speakers will include Giles Palmer (Senior Clinical Embryologist and Executive Director of the International IVF Initiative) and Professor Karl Swann (Chair of Reproductive Cell Biology at Cardiff University). There will also be talks from researchers and clinicians, interactive break-out sessions and informal networking.

The inFer network leads, Dr Katerina Kaouri (Reader) and Dr Thomas Woolley (Senior Lecturer) from the School of Mathematics at Cardiff will give an overview of the GW4 network and of their interdisciplinary IVF research.

Dr Kaouri said, “We are looking forward to welcoming researchers and clinicians to the launch event of this new GW4 network on fertility, one of the most pressing societal challenges world-wide. The participants will interact throughout the day and together we will identify key challenges which we will tackle in future network activities which include a Hackathon and a co-creation workshop.”

Dr Woolley said, “This event will be a great opportunity to introduce new network members from academia, clinics or industry to the GW4 network. We encourage IVF experts and other researchers, including early career researchers, interested in fertility to register and attend the event – it’s a great opportunity to work together on improving IVF treatment for the future.”

Register today for the event taking place at the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, Abacws, CF24 4AG.The registration deadline is 19 September 2023.

Funding for accommodation and travel is available (priority has to be given to GW4 participants  - from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities). If you have any questions please get in touch with Dr Katerina Kaouri on and Dr Thomas Woolley on

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