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Modern Families

A Ground-Breaking Fertility Arts Education Project

Modern Families Workshop

Friday 10th May, 2pm - 5pm, Barbican, London

Fertility Fest Directors Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier invite you to attend a collaborative workshop to discuss the future of fertility education in schools.

With presentations from Dr Carole Gilling-Smith (Medical Director of the Agora Fertility Centre) and Deputy Chairs of the Fertility Education Initiative Professor Joyce Harper (UCL) and Professor Jacky Boivin (Cardiff University), as well as young people (aged 15 to 24) who are among the first to benefit from the experience of learning more than the mechanics of reproduction and how ‘not’ to get pregnant.

Following the Government’s announcement that a new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum will be made mandatory in schools from 2020, a unique cross sector collaboration is emerging between Fertility Fest and some of the UK’s leading reproductive academics and clinicians. Come and hear about the educational tools that are currently being piloted with young people and help us develop resources to ensure that the next generation nationwide have the best chance of creating the families they want in the future, with or without children, with or without reproductive science.

When? Friday 10th May, 2pm – 5pm

Where? Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Which space? The Life Rewired Hub

RSVP: tracey@fertilityfest.com (open to all)

Modern Families is a collaboration between Fertility Fest, University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health and Cardiff University’s School of Psychology. It is a central part of the UK’s Fertility Education Initiative, chaired by Professor Adam Balen and supported by the British Fertility SocietyArts Council England, the Barbican, Bush and National Theatre

The aim of the project is to use the power of the arts to increase fertility awareness amongst young people. It will help them develop understanding of their own fertility, modern family-making and reproductive science in order to improve their life choices.

We are keen for teachers and schools nationwide to get involved in the project. Please contact us at hello@fertilityfest.com to register your interest.


We've already had an amazing amount of public interest and support for the project - read the latest news on our press page.  

A video overview of the Modern Families project
Young people's reactions to the Modern Families project