A special interest group is a permanent assembly of members with a common background in a particular research area or a special interest in a sub-speciality of human reproduction. These groups are considered vital for maintaining the scientific standards of their specific discipline or research area by focusing on the development of guidelines and activities with respect to education, certification and accreditation. The members meet to discuss new developments in their area of interest and the ways to implement these developments in general praxis.
The aims and objectives are as follows:
Thus, the Special Interest Groups are created to serve as a platform for the members of ESHRE who are active in different sub-specialities in reproductive medicine.
Special Interest Groups are headed by a Committee composed of a Coordinator, a, two Deputies (one of whom will be the Coordinator-Elect), the Past Coordinator, a young member and where relevant a basic science officer whose main residence is in Europe. All the members of the Steering Committees, including the basic science officer should have their residence in Europe. If needed, one so called International advisor may be added to the Steering Committee after election . Both the basic science officer and the International Advisor are selected by the Steering Committee. Their position will last for two years and can be renewed for another two-year term. Neither the basic science officer nor the International Advisor can become a Special Interest Group Coordinator.
A young deputy is defined as someone younger than 35 with a proven interest in the Special Interest Group’s topic as indicated by a reference letter by his/her supervisor. His/her task is especially dedicated – in collaboration with the Steering Committee – to those activities that are typically directed to young people with the aim of attracting them to join the Special Interest Groups.
The appointment and the terms of office of the Special Interest Group Steering Committees are as follows:
After the election, the new Special Interest Group Steering Committee members will be officially ratified by the Executive Committee.
The Special Interest Group Steering Committee decides who is Coordinator-elect not later than one year before the Coordinator steps down. In the absence of candidates, the Executive Committee has the right to appoint the (a) new member(s) of the Special Interest Group Steering Committee.
SIG coordinators’ tasks are:
Above tasks can also be delegated within the SIG steering committee, and the SIG coordinator is strongly recommended to involve the members of the SIG Steering Committee in all the described activities upon his/her coordination.
Junior SIG coordinators’ tasks are:
Task of the Basic Science Officer:
Task of the International Advisor:
The organisation of the precongress courses should start at the latest 18 months before the date on which the courses will be held. The following time-lines have to be considered:
The Precongress Course Chairs should define whether the course is “basic” or “advanced”. The Precongress Course Chairs should develop a course lecture outline with times. The break session and lunch times are fixed and unchangeable, so Precongress Course Chairs will have to work around those time slots in generating the course lecture schedule.
While planning the programme, the following should also be considered:
It was also agreed that in the event that an invited speaker fails to show up for his/her lecture for no valid reason, a term of 4 year exclusion from Precongress courses and from Main Programme will be applied
Each faculty member must submit the course materials to the Course Chair for review and editing by a fixed deadline. The Course Chair is responsible for making certain that each syllabus contribution meets the requirements listed below:
To download the certificate of attendance, participants will be asked to complete an online evaluation form (an e-mail with instructions will be sent to participants the week after the course). During the course, the Course Chair should inform the audience about this procedure.
o the proposing Special Interest Group is not exceeding the number of allowed courses
o there is no overlapping with other activities dealing with a similar topic
o the proposed date is compatible with the Central Office availability
o similar courses that proved unsuccessful were not already held
o the number of speakers – especially from overseas - is appropriate
Campus course participants and members can have immediate access to the meeting materials, whereas non-members (who did not participate in the meeting) after 3 months. Non-members who wished to have earlier access will be offered to join ESHRE.
The general philosophy is that a certain limited amount of money might be available to sponsor educational activities that are not initiated from within ESHRE. The criteria according to which the Executive Committee will decide to sponsor/endorse or not and to what extent, are summarized below: