History of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
The idea to create the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was first conceived in Helsinki, where Professor R.G. Edwards, from Cambridge University, and Dr. Jean Cohen, from Paris, consulted their colleagues about the need to for a society that would stimulate the study and research in the field of reproductive medicine and science. Both the idea to establish such a society and the outcome of their meetings proved to be successful in many ways.
After several meetings it was decided that the Society should hold its first Annual Meeting in Bonn, 1985. On that occasion the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was officially founded as a result of a broad and lively discussion during the first Annual General Meeting where delegates from all over Europe participated in the debates. Since the early days, ESHRE gradually grew into the Society that we know today.
Mission and Vision
The main aim of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology is to promote interest in, and understanding of, reproductive biology and medicine. It does this through facilitating research and subsequent dissemination of research findings in human reproduction and embryology to the general public, scientists, clinicians and patient associations; it also works to inform politicians and policy makers throughout Europe.
On a more applied level, it aims to promote improvements in clinical practice through organizing teaching, training and continuing medical education activities, developing and maintaining data registries and implementing methods to improve safety and quality assurance in clinical and laboratory procedures.