“Male (In)fertility – challenge the odds. Raising awareness of fertility issues and ensuring equitable access to fertility care across Europe for all”


3 November  |  13:00-15:00 CET


More than 25 million European citizens are affected by infertility today, with male factor infertility occurring in circa 40% of the cases. However, the topic of male infertility is a big taboo and men are often left outside the discussion about their own sexual and reproductive health. Furthermore, access to fertility screenings and treatment for men differs significantly across European countries.

During the European Fertility Week 2021, Fertility Europe aims to put the spotlight on the issue of male infertility taking initial steps to change the perception of male infertility issues in society to gradually reduce stigma and normalise the discussion around male infertility and sexual health in all European countries.


13:00 – 13:05OPENING

13:05 – 13:15

Moderator Tamsin Rose
Predrag Matic, MEP (Croatia, S&D)
Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Chair of Fertility Europe Executive Committee

OPENING PATIENT VIDEO Tom Webb – Director – “The easy bit” video

The pool

Christopher De Jong, Male Reproductive Health Initiative
Men’s responses to a global questionnaire
13:15 – 14:00PANEL DISCUSSION: Increasing awareness of male (in)fertility issues and addressing the gaps in fertility care and educational approaches

Benedikt Schwan, science journalist & author, wrote a book on infertility “Ohnekind”

Klaudija Kordic, Vice-Chair of Fertility Europe Executive Committee
The Silent Shame of Male Infertility 

Mariana Martins, Professor, University of Porto, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences: Is there a place for men in reproductive health and MAR treatments?

Discussion Q&A
14:00 – 14:05COFFEE BREAK
14:05 – 14:45PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring equitable access to fertility screenings and treatment across Europe for all

Francis Fitzgerald, MEP – video message

Bartosz Arłukowicz, MEP – video message

Deirdre Fehily, DG SANTE, Policy Officer – Substances of Human Origin Team
Revision of the EU legislation on blood, tissues and cells – the impact on medically assisted reproduction activities in the EU

Csilla Krausz – President of of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA):
Andrologist: the specialist of male health

Carlos Calhaz-Jorge, Chair of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)
The partner in the shadow – how can ESHRE help?

Neil Datta, Secretary, EPF European Parliamentary Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Discussion Q&A
14:45 – 15:00CLOSING REMARKS
Predrag Matić, MEP (Croatia, S&D)
Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Chair of Fertility Europe Executive Committee
Tamsin Rose, Moderator
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