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ACE Best Practice Meeting for all things Training – Thursday 19th May

ACE have arranged a best practice Meeting (BPM) at The Edge conference centre in Sheffield for all things related to training in the field. This will include an update on the Andrology Scientist Training Programme (STP).


For more information and details on how to register for attendance please see below:


As part of ACE’s ongoing commitment to provide up to date information and news to the Reproductive Science community, ACE would like to inform you that we have arranged a Best Practice Meeting (BPM) at The Edge conference centre in Sheffield for all things training. The last BPM for training was held in 2015 as schemes such as the STP programme were gaining momentum. Since then various training schemes for all levels of employee have matured and new ones are being implemented. We hope the BPM will provide a forum for you to find out more information about every level of training from HSST/RCPath to Apprenticeships. There will also be time set aside for open discussion to allow attendees to ask questions of speakers or discuss what has been said.


The day will be FREE to ACE members or £50 for any non-ACE member that wishes to attend. Places are limited therefore ACE will initially be restricting the event to one delegate per unit, we recommend attendance by a senior member of staff. However please do email in with a second delegates name as if places remain unused they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to attend please email with your full name, place of work as well as information about if you are an ACE member or not. ACE members need to detail their ACE membership number.


The deadline for informing ACE of your attendance at the event is Friday 30th March 2018.


Confirmed subjects and speakers for the day include but are not limited to the following:


Welcome/ACE Future Workforce – Jason Kasraie – Chair of ACE.


HSST/RCPath Updates:


  • NSHCS update on HSST training – Berne Ferry – Head of the National School of Healthcare Science.
  • HSST Equivalence – Beth Dodson – Development Co-Ordinator – The Academy of Healthcare Science.
  • What is the HSST like? – Speaker TBC, current HSST student.
  • RCPath Update – Dr Bryan Woodward

STP Update:


  • STP Application Process/Funding/In-Service vs National Trainees/Accreditation of units – Rachel Cutting – STP Working Group Lead.
  • Employer Funded STP Route – Jason Kasraie – Chair of ACE.
  • STP Review/Equivalence for STP – Rachel Cutting – STP Working Group Lead.
  • Role of an STP Training Officer – Nicky Monks – Chair of the Training Committee.
  • Andrology STP Programme – Dr Michael Carroll – Manchester Metropolitan University.

Practitioners, Assistants and Associate & Apprenticeship update:

  • Practitioner Training update – Talk to be confirmed – Nicky Monks – Chair of the Training Committee.
  • Apprenticeship Update – Mandy Scott – Training Manager, Learning and Development Department, Sheffield.
  • ACE Assistants and Associates Training Scheme – Talk/Speaker to be confirmed.

We hope that you are able to attend the event.


Hannah Kennedy (née Williams) – ACE Exec Training Liaison

February 22, 2018
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BAS 2018 – Call for Abstracts

The British Andrology Society is once again hosting an exciting meeting for PhD students and PostDocs. The one day event is running on 04th June 2018 at The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos St, Marylebone, London W1G 9EB and if you are presenting you will get free registration.


Please submit Abstracts to Lorraine Frew at by Friday 06th April 2018.



Please follow the steps below to successfully submit your abstract:



By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following:

  1. The abstract is scientifically sound and ethically approved.
  2. The abstract is not an advertisement, nor contains anything obscene, defamatory, libellous, unlawful or in any way actionable.
  3. The abstract will be included in the programme book, may be made available on the Society’s website and is eligible for publication in the Journal Human Fertility.
  4. All authors have seen and approved the abstract as submitted.

You are allowed a maximum number of 300 words in the abstract body. This does not include the title which can be up to 500 characters (including spaces and punctuation).

Please do not include author details in the body of the abstract or in the abstract title. You are asked to provide author details and affiliations separately.


We expect your abstract as a Microsoft Word Document or compatible file. Please use the symbol font for special characters. You can use the buttons to add formatting. All other text should be in Size 12, Calibri.

The ‘Full title’ should be presented sentence case (not in block capitals), i.e. only the first letter of the title or appropriate terms such as abbreviations or proper nouns should be upper case.


Please do not include tables, figures or references in the abstract as these will be removed before your abstract is published.


Each abstract is reviewed by 2 or more independent referees and acceptance is subject to formal approval.

Abstracts will only be published if they conform to the abstract guidelines and meet the required standards.




Young Scientist Lectures / Prize

Eligibility: All presenting authors must be enrolled for a Postgraduate degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD or within ten years of completion of such).

Judging: The judging will be based on the oral presentation provided by the selected candidates, not the submitted abstracts.


Poster Prizes

Eligibility: All posters will be automatically considered for a Poster Prize. The judging will be based on the posters not the submitted abstracts.




Please read the following guidelines thoroughly before preparing your abstract. The Committee will be flexible and understand abstracts from a wide interdisciplinary field may vary, but we reserve the right to not consider abstracts that have not been prepared in accordance with these instructions.

1) The abstract should be as informative as possible, and should be structured in three sections, as shown below.


Summarise the background and rationale for the study. End with a clear statement of the specific objective(s) of the study.


State the method(s) used and define the study design. If pertinent, state whether experiments were performed in vivo or in vitro, confirming that any studies requiring national or local ethical approval had been approved by the relevant Ethics Committee(s).


Results and Discussion:

1) Summarise results obtained and your interpretation of the findings. End with a clear statement of the conclusion(s) reached. (Where appropriate, a final statement should be inserted, in brackets, and separated from the last sentence by 3 spaces, acknowledging the funding bodies that supported the study). Vague statements such as ‘results will be discussed’, ‘data will be presented’ will not be accepted.

2) Abstracts will be reproduced as submitted. If accepted, your abstract will appear in the conference handbook, and on our website exactly as submitted. Any typing errors will be visible.

3) It is the responsibility of the person submitting the abstract to ensure that full details of all authors are entered legibly and correctly (including initials and affiliations). These sections will be published in the conference handbook as entered by you.

4) The BAS reserve the right to decide on the form of presentation (oral or poster) in the interests of the scientific programme.

5) Abstracts are accepted on the understanding that they will be presented at the meeting either as a poster or as an oral presentation.

January 26, 2018

I’m a scientist, Get me out of here – scientists needed!

Engage school students with science from your desk in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!


I’m a Scientist is an online STEM outreach competition that gets people working in science talking about their work with curious school students across the UK. Members of the British Andrology Society are invited to apply to take part in the next online event, running 5th–16th March for British Science Week.


Apply for I’m a Scientist at


Taking part is an exciting and accessible way to develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, all while showing students the wide variety of possible roles in science. Everything happens online so taking part is flexible and can be done from your desk or smartphone. There’s no need to prepare activities or take a day off work, just log in to answer online questions from students and engage directly with classes alongside fellow scientists in live text-based chats. Students then vote for their favourite STEM professional, who wins £500 to fund more science outreach activities.


Apply by Monday 29th January, and find out more, at

For more info, contact or call 01225 326 892

January 19, 2018


The 2018 Basic Semen Analysis Course with ESHRE will be held on 11 – 15th June 2018 in Birmingham. 


This course is run jointly with ESHRE as we have joint agreement on the standards and methods by which semen analysis should be performed.

If you want to be sure you are performing semen analysis to WHO 2010 standards then this is the course for you, teaching to the ESHRE recommended methods. An ESHRE certificate is awarded for passing and, a local certificate for participation.


Find out more information and book online at:

January 17, 2018