IVF 2.0: a metamorphosis powered by AI

Precongress Course 2

SIG Embryology SIG Ethics and Law    Special Interest Groups Embryology and Ethics and Law

Course coordinators

Gemma Arroyo (Spain) Theofano Bounartzi (Greece) Ioannis Sfontouris (Greece) Heidi Mertes (Belgium) Amy Barrie (UK) Monica Marques (Portugal) Elpida Fragouli (UK) Sofia Makieva (Switzerland) Nicola Williams (UK) Isabel Margarida Silvestre (Portugal) Seppe Segers (The Netherlands)


Course type


Course description

This course addresses the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in assisted reproductive techniques and the IVF laboratory. We will approach the real and current use of AI in the IVF laboratory, its advantages and disadvantages, as well as the ethical limits that arise in its use in each of the fields in which this technology advances.


Target audience

Clinical Embryologists, laboratory practitioners, clinicians, nurses/midwives


Educational needs and expected outcomes

Participants attending this event are expected to learn about AI implementation in terms of efficiency and practical and ethical coherence. They will also be able to know about its beginning, evolution and future applications.

By the end of the course, participants will have the latest knowledge on:

  • Understand the evidence base to support IA
  • Assessment of the application of AI for optimal sperm selection
  • Understanding the application of AI in the IVF lab in: Oocyte evaluation and automatic insemination (ICSIA), embryo selection and cryopreservation
  • Understanding the role of IA for scientific and clinical communication
  • Understanding the role of IA in the selection of genetically compatible gametes
  • Evaluate the accountability and responsibility of AI algorithms
  • Assessment of the ethical concerns related to AI in healthcare



Sunday 07 July 2024

Heidi Mertes, Belgium
Mónica Marques, Portugal
09:00 - 09:30
Is AI an add on?
Ioannis Sfontouris, Greece
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Sperm selection with AI
Jackson Kirkman-Brown, United Kingdom
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Gemma Arroyo Cardona, Spain
Amy Barrie, United Kingdom
11:00 - 11:30
AI for oocyte evaluation and its usefulness for automated ICSI
Nuno Costa-Borges, Spain
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
AI in routine IVF practice: cryopreservation and embryo selection
Mónica Marques, Portugal
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
Sofia Makieva, Switzerland
13:30 - 14:00
Is there a role for AI in scientific and clinical communication?
Amy Barrie, United Kingdom
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
Could AI aid in the selection of genetically compatible gametes?
Antonio Capalbo, Italy
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Nicola Williams, United Kingdom
Seppe Segers, Belgium
15:30 - 16:00
Whose fault is it? Accountability and responsibility of AI algorithms
Theofano Bounartzi, Greece
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
Ethical concerns related to AI in healthcare
Heidi Mertes, Belgium
16:45 - 17:00
Discussion and closing