The aim of this project, financed by OTKA (National Social Scientific Research Fund), is to investigate issues that are relevant both on the academic and the policy level. The overall purpose is to conduct cutting edge research, the results of which are important for international audiences and can be published in leading international journals, whilst at the same time being of practical relevance. The pilot phase of research consisted of literature review and qualitative data analysis. In the first phase, which started with a little delay in the spring of 2014, 40 semi-structured interviews were made with various stakeholders: experts, law-makers, medical practitioners, women engaged in IVF treatment, etc. In the second phase 40 semi-structured interviews will involve men and women with infertility problems who have decided totake part in assisted reproductive technology treatments.
Participants in the research: Lilla Vicsek (the project coordinator focusing on social aspects), Judit Sándor (ethical and legal aspects), Gábor Király (theories of science and technology studies), Zoltán Navratyil (legal aspects), Zsófia Bauer (PhD student, social aspects of biotechnologies), and Veronika Paksi, (PhD student).
In May 2015 Judit Sándor, in collaboration with Lilla Vicsek, organized an event at CEU where Manuela Perrotta gave a public lecture on “Bio-Social Construction of the Human Body in Assisted Reproduction: Technology, Gender and Parenthood.”