Dear Friends and Colleagues

I am delighted to announce that the next Alpha Conference will be held in the beautiful city of Seville, Spain, on April 23rd to 26th, 2020.

As always, we have worked hard to put together an innovative and interactive program, which covers many facets of human IVF. The program is designed to be engaging, and to promote interaction and much discussion around the hottest topics in our field.

We heave invited scientific leaders from around the world to bring together their collective expertise, and we also encourage you to submit your own work for presentation during the meeting at our evening poster event, where we can gather to discuss new innovations.

For those of you have experienced an Alpha Conference before, you know that you will have an exceptional few days with us, and will enjoy the collegiality associated with Alpha events. For those of you who have not attented one of our meetings before, please consider joining us is Spain for what promises to be a most enjoyable and highly educational experience!

On behalf of the Executive and Organising Committees, we look forward to meeting you in Seville next Aoril!


David Gardner
President of Alpha

Sharon Mortimer
Vice President of Alpha


John D Biggers, PhD, DSc Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School died peacefully on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at Brookhaven in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.

The Vienna Consensus Report

In association with ESHRE Special Interest Group Embryology, Alpha Scientists in Reproductive Medicine conducted an international workshop in Vienna in September 2016, designed to establish consensus on definitions and recommended values for ART Laboratory Performance Indicators. The report of this meeting is now published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online, presenting 19 Indicators, including 12 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), 5 Performance Indicators (PIs), and 2 Reference Indicators (RIs).

You can download the full publication by clicking the link below:

The Vienna consensus: report of an expert meeting on the development of ART laboratory performance indicators

Distinguished Researcher Award

The 2017 recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award is David K. Gardner, Ph.D., Professor, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Gardner’s accomplishments as a clinical scientist, leader, inventor, mentor, and citizen to the scientific community have been outstanding, leading to the development and clinical introduction of blastocyst culture that has transformed how the majority of human in vitro fertilization cases are performed. This transition has facilitated the move to single embryo transfer that has reduced the incidence of multiple gestations…

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