Course description

Course type


Course description

In this Campus course we aim to provide balanced discussion and information about genetic inheritance in ART, especially within the context of gamete donation. Key concepts of the meeting will include how individuals and couples may balance the limited chance of having their own genetic child against the greater chance of having a healthy baby using donor gametes. Specifically, the course will cover i) how current technology has abolished the concept of donor anonymity; ii) counselling and information provision on the role of genetics in bringing up a child; iii) the transition of couples to the use of donor gametes and the role of the healthcare provider in decision-making; iv) the importance of providing clear information about success rates in all scenarios and its relevance to patients; v) current and future implications for interaction between donor-conceived children and donors. Key roles for the care team will be examined alongside discussion of how information presentation may affect decision-making processes.

Course objectives

  • Provoke thought and debate on the best options for patients in gamete donation
  • Discuss the effect of own-genetics and donor genetic risks on child health
  • Explore different meanings and concepts of parenthood
  • Examine what genetic inheritance means in the genomic age
  • Provide an update and overview on current best practice

Target audience

All clinicians, counsellors, scientists, IVF laboratory technicians and paramedicals interested in infertility treatment  

Educational needs and expected outcomes

This course should provide participants with a) an understanding of the need to approach the importance of genetics in gamete donation; b) an updated understanding of the meaning and relevance of genetic inheritance ; c) current information on success rates; d) practical tools and techniques to communicate with patients about the transition to third-party reproduction and/or other options; e) familiarity with good practice in this area

Innovative aspects

This Campus will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the importance of genetics for patients, donors, and offspring. It will also provide a unique training opportunity for helping patients with their decision making. Participants interested in presenting are invited to submit an abstract

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Case presentations
  • Case discussions


The official language of the course is English. 

Certificate of attendance

Participants can obtain a certificate of attendance after completing the workshop evaluation on the App. After the course, ESHRE will send an e-mail with the link and more information.