Twilight seminar

Due to COVID-19, a date has not yet been set for this seminar in 2020. We will provide updates on this page in future. 

The Twilight seminar series is a flagship of the VARTA event calendar. The interactive seminar is an opportunity to hear from key researchers and reproductive specialists as they shine a spotlight on issues of current interest in the field of fertility and ART. It is also an opportunity to hear lived experiences from people directly affected by these issues.

Previous Twilight seminars covered:

Year Topic Speakers
2019 The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and end of donor anonymity Kate Bourne, Prof David Amor, Rose Overberg, Hayley Smith and Prof Daniel Roos.

Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Dr Joanna Scheib, Louise Johnson, Dr Deborah Dempsey, and a panel of donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors with experience of donor-linking

2016 Donor conception: from anonymity to openness

An insight into donor linking and the law in Victoria

Louise Johnson, Kate Bourne, Dr Fiona Kelly, panel of donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors many of whom have experienced donor-linking 

2015 Hype, hope or reality - can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

A/Prof. Megan Munsie, A/Prof John McBain, Dr Robin Hobbs, and Dr Deepak Adhikari

2013 “How are you going?” -  Experiences of donor conception Dr Vasanti Jadva, personal experiences of donor conceived adults (ChanteleRossLouiseRiley).

The known and the unknown: egg and sperm donors talking

Danielle Graber, Ben Sayer, panel of egg and sperm donors
2011 Eyes Wide Open: Cross-Border Reproductive Care Catherine Nave, Dr R.S. Sharma, Sandra Dill AM
2010 Surrogacy in Victoria – Issues to Consider Personal experiences of surrogacy, Rita Alessi, Mr Ben Sayer
2010 Q&A – ART in 2010 Michael Gorton AM, Louise Johnson, Erin Keleher and representatives from registered ART providers 



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