Special Interest Group


Welcome to the section dedicated to the Special Interest Group (SIG) Embryology

The SIG Embryology is home to the central scientific concepts upon which ESHRE is founded. The broad scope of SIG Embryology encompasses basic scientific advances through to laboratory practices and policy influence. The areas of interest of SIG-E include oocyte growth and maturation, in vitro models of follicle culture, fertilization, embryo development, embryo metabolism, embryo culture, oocyte and embryo micromanipulation, embryo assessment, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation as well as quality control and optimization of methods in the embryology laboratory. These areas are the primary interest for many ESHRE members who are interested in the present and future developments of clinical embryology.

Aims of the SIG Embryology

  • To organize and promote educational activities, and disseminate the latest high quality research related to Clinical Embryology for Reproductive Scientists and
    Clinical Embryologists
  • To promote, support and develop the profession of Clinical Embryology
  • To contribute to the development of the ESHRE Certification for Embryologists
  • To develop and update sources of knowledge for embryologists an (e.g. the online Atlas of Embryology)
  • To remain an inclusive, open and supportive SIG for all members who have a primary interest in Clinical Embryology
  • To support young researchers, embryologists, practitioners and all those with an interest in Clinical Embryology in their development and career path

To date, the SIG has focussed on organising Precongress Courses and Workshops in embryology, developing an atlas of embryology, producing consensus guidelines for laboratories in clinical embryology and setting up a Certification for Embryologists. These have been valuable contributions to the community of clinical embryologists, but perhaps there are other topics that you feel would also be valuable. We would very much welcome your feedback on these ideas, and also suggestions for new ideas of future priorities for the SIG or our website (contact us).

Thus, we remain open to your questions, suggestions, and hope to better answer to your needs in the future activities of ESHRE.
The SIG embryology board  

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ESHRE Guidelines and recommendations

Good practice in IVF laboratories
ART Lab Performance Indicators
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