Workshop "Approaching Research in the Field of Human Reproduction"

20. October 2021

Organizers: Dr. Daniel Drewniak & Anina Meier, M.A., URPP Human Reproduction Reloaded | HR2

This pre-fieldwork workshop aims to provide PhD students and postdocs of the research priority program “Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R” as well as other junior researchers working in the field of human reproduction at the University of Zurich an opportunity to present their research proposals to dedicated experts in the field of human reproduction. Participants will receive comments and practical advice from the experts and other peers before embarking on their own fieldwork.

Tentative program

The one-day workshop will be divided into two parts:

Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine

1) A first session during which invited experts present short communications on their research experience in the field of human reproduction. The aim of this session is to discuss methodological issues as well as various practical problems encountered and overcome during the research process. The participants will benefit from the experience of the experts (lessons learned from their own research). This first part will be rounded off with a general discussion in which all participants are invited to ask open questions.

2) During the second session, the participants will present and discuss their own project/dissertation proposals in small working groups. The experts and participants’ peers will provide feedback and advice on how to improve their research proposals.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Eben Kirksey, Prof. Dr. Sandra Bärnreuther, Dr. Petra Thorn (tbc)

Participants / free places: The workshop is open to all interested PhD students, postdocs and scientific staff of the URPP HR2 as well as other interested members of the UZH working on the topic of human reproduction. Free places will be provided on a first-come-first-served base.

Interested persons are asked to register by writing an email to Anina Meier at, until 10. October 2021. Please also attach your research proposal (approx. 2-5 pages), including background, research question(s), methods, and potential challenges you want to discuss. Your proposal will be distributed among all participants.

Preparations for participants: Participants prepare a short research proposal (see above). They are encouraged to highlight their actual open questions and challenges. They read the provided literature and the research proposals of their peers.

Literature: Three selected publications of the invited experts. Distributed by organizer after registration deadline 10.10.21.

Date and Place: 20. October 2021, 09:30 – 17:00, UZH main building, room KO2-G-275.