Sex in Three Cities

Our Sex in Three Cities Public Lecture Series takes place each year in London, Edinburgh and Nottingham.


The SRF is delighted to confirm that Professor Richard Sharpe (MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh) will present ‘ Programmed for Sex’ in London, Edinburgh and Nottingham in February 2017.

LONDON: Camden Campus, Royal Veterinary College, London: 9 February, 17.00 hrs
EDINBURGH: The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh: 22 February, 16.00 hrs
NOTTINGHAMSchool of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham: 23 February, 18.30 hrs

Please click on the relevant venue for directions and travel information.

How do I book my place?

Lectures are free to attend and open to all but due to their popularity pre-booking is recommended.


You will receive an email confirmation of your booking and a couple of weeks prior to the lectures will receive full final details including maps and directions.

About our Speaker

Richard Sharpe is based in the MRC/University Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh where he has led a research programme on developmental disorders of (mainly male) reproductive health for many years; he is currently in the throes of retiring from this role. He is an Honorary Professor in Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Read more……

A Synopsis – Programmed for Sex

‘The reason that each of us exists is to reproduce. Our bodies are simply vehicles via which our germ cell DNA can be passed on to the next generation and thus remain ‘immortal’. As a consequence, every aspect of our body (its physiology and even its shape), mind and behaviour are fashioned for this one purpose. This ‘programming for sex’ is amongst the earliest events to occur in fetal life, and gives rise to the greatest pleasures and distresses of our adult lives and dictates our behaviour, especially in males. Faults in this programming appear to underlie the commonest human male reproductive disorders. Most animals are seasonal reproducers, and use environmental cues (eg daylength) to optimally time reproduction – this alters appetite and metabolism as well as sexual behaviour. More recently, evidence has emerged to suggest that environmental cues (mainly dietary) may be used to (epigenetically) adapt the next 1 or 2 generations to their perceived environment (?via germ cells) – nature’s fetal programming. If this thinking is correct and applies to humans, it could be that the unprecedented ‘over-nutritional’ changes to our modern diet/lifestyle are distorting Nature’s plan so as to result (inadvertently) in inhibitory changes to reproduction in the present and next generation’. Read synopsis in full…..

What did people think of the 2016 Sex in Three Cities Lecture Series?

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the evening – Graeme Martin delivered an interesting presentation; it was engaging, concise, direct and humorous’

‘A brilliant speaker who was engaging and pitched the presentation correctly’

‘It was outstanding. The presentation was really interesting and beautifully presented……there was a real vibrancy in the question and answer session after the lecture – always a good sign that the audience have been engaged with the presentation’

Click here to view details of past SRF Sex in Three Cities Lectures including a video of the 2016 lecture given by Professor Graeme Martin.