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Sex in Three Cities 2020 – Let’s talk about sperm: Sperm you can bank on

Sperm are remarkable cells that have the role of delivering the male DNA to the egg during sexual reproduction. Since their first discovery nearly 350 years ago, scientists are still trying to figure out how they work and why, in some cases, their dysfunction can lead to infertility. In recent years, concern has been raised about how aspects of modern lifestyle may affect the quality and quantity of sperm and whether this will be a threat to our human existence. Yet, sperm are rarely talked about in popular culture or in newspaper and magazine articles and male infertility remains somewhat of a taboo subject. Therefore, this lecture will give an overview of what we know about sperm, how they work, and why it’s important to talk about them.

2020 lectures will be delivered by Professor Allan Pacey, University of Sheffield Medical School, Sheffield, UK.

Lectures are free to attend and open to all and will be held on the following dates and locations:

Nottingham – 27 February 2020 at 18.00

Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham

Edinburgh – 4 March 2020 at 17.30

Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI), University of Edinburgh

London – 11 March 2020 at 17.00

Royal Veterinary College, Camden Campus

The London leg of Sex in Three Cities 2020 will be paired with the Royal Veterinary College’s ‘Night at the Vet College’.
Tickets are limited for the lecture theatre and this evening is not to be missed! Register your free space now to secure your place.

Directions: London Venue


The Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
United Kingdom

By train

From Kings Cross/ St Pancras Station

Kings Cross / St Pancras is 10 minutes from The Royal Veterinary College.

  • Route from St Pancras here 
  • You can also get the number 46 or 216 two stops from Stop T.

From Paddington station

Take the Circle or Hammersmith & City line east to Kings Cross St Pancras

See above.

From Euston station

  • Bus 253 two stops from STOP A.


By car

We would strongly advise against driving to the Camden Campus. Although we are located outside the Congestion Charge zone, it is very easy to take a wrong turn into when driving to the College. In addition to this we are unfortunately unable to provide any car parking facilities.

There are limited car parking spaces located in front of the College – there is a charge of 20p for every five minutes, with a maximum stay of four hours. The closest multi-storey car park is the St. Pancras Station Car Park (Pancras Road, London, NW1 2TB) which is run by NCP. To see NCP’s parking charges please visit

Directions: Nottingham Venue


School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

From Campus to Campus

The University provides a free Hopper Bus service which runs from University Park Campus to Jubilee Campus, Sutton Bonington Campus and King’s Meadow Campus.

Cycling to Sutton Bonington


Visit the cycling facilities page for interactive maps for each of our campuses.

Find out more about cycling facilities available across the University on our Sustainability pages.

Cycle route maps

Find the best cycle route to Sutton Bonington with our route maps:

Other route maps.

From Nottingham, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport

Bus services run from Nottingham, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport to Sutton Bonington.  See bus services  for further information.

From M1 Motorway

The M1 motorway has an access point (Junction 24) at Kegworth, 2 miles from the Campus. Persons travelling by road from the North West and South otherwise than by the motorway are advised to make for the A6, turning off at either Kegworth or Hathern for Sutton Bonington.

From the South

Go to Leicester via the A6 to Loughborough (12 miles) the from Loughborough via the A6 to Hathern (3 miles). Leaving Hathern via the A6 turn right along the A6006. Pass through Zouch and take the first turning on the left for Sutton Bonington. Pass through Sutton Bonington, follow the main road up the hill and bear left at top – Sutton Bonington Campus is on the right hand side.

From the North

Nottingham – cross Clifton Bridge along the Ring Road and get into the correct lane for Birmingham and M1 marked by overhead signs. Follow the A453 via Clifton. Take first exit to roundabout continue along B679 turning right in Gotham for Kingston-on-Soar (marked “Kingston”). Straight over the mini-roundabout. In Kingston-on-Soar fork left for Sutton Bonington and follow the road to the crossroads. Straight across. The Sutton Bonington campus is on the left hand side.

From the North-West

From Derby, follow the A6 to the A50. Take the A50 to the roundabout at Junction 24 of the M1. Take the 3rd exit to Kegworth. On the outskirts of Kegworth take the first turning on the left (signposted to Sutton Bonington). Follow this road through Kegworth and turn right immediately after the Anchor Inn (sign-posted for the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus). Then turn right at the next cross-roads. Sutton Bonington Campus is on the left.

Those travelling by road from the north-west and south by other routes should follow the sign-posted routes from the A6 at Kegworth or Hathern to Sutton Bonington Campus.

Download Sutton Bonnington campus map.

Directions: Edinburgh Venue

By Bus

From Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station EH1 1BB

Walk 0.2 miles from Edinburgh Waverley to North Bridge (Bus Stop NC)

Take the 49 Bus (towards Rosewell) 19 stops to Little France Crescent (Bus Stop IL)

Walk 260ft to the Queen’s Medical Research Institute


Walk 0.2 miles from Edinburgh Waverley to North Bridge (Bus Stop ND)

Take the 8 Bus (towards Royal Infirmary) 20 stops to Little France Crescent (Bus Stop IL)

Walk 260 ft to the Queen’s Medical Research Institute

From the University of Edinburgh, King’s Buildings Campus

Walk 300ft to Rankin Drive

Take the 24 Bus (towards Royal Infirmary) 10 tops to Little France Crescent (Bus Stop IL)

Walk 260 ft to the Queen’s Medical Research Institute

From the University of Edinburgh, Old College EH8 9YL

Walk 0.1 miles to St Patrick Square

Take the 8 Bus (towards Royal Infirmary) 17 stops to Little France Crescent (Stop IL)

Walk 260 ft to the Queen’s Medical Research Institute

By Foot / Cycle

The cycle / bus lane from Cameron Toll to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh via Old Dalkeith Road, as well as improvements to the cycle and foot paths on Craigmillar Castle Road, may make this an option for some. There is currently provision to park both bicycles and motorbikes on site, free of charge. Motorcycle parking is within marked spaces outwith the car parks at various points around the perimeter of the building. Cycle parking is available close to all the entrances to the building. CCTV cameras monitor these areas at all times.

By Car

Edinburgh Little France is located on Old Dalkeith Road (A7) on the south side of Edinburgh. The postcode to enter in to a satellite navigation system is EH16 4TJ.

Parking spaces in and around the hospital site are limited, especially during hospital visiting hours. Wherever possible, please use public transport or the park and ride facility at Sheriffhall.

Directions from City Centre – Leave the city centre via North Bridge at the East end of Princes Street. Follow this road for approx. 2.5 miles until you reach the Liberton Road / Lady Road junction. Turn left on to Lady Road. Go straight over the Lady Road Roundabout to the Cameron Toll Roundabout. Take the 3rd exit signposted to Dalkeith and the New Royal Infirmary (A7). Continue on this road for around ¾ mile. The Queen’s Medical Research Instituteis on the left hand side.

Directions from Bypass – Leave the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) at the Sheriffhall Roundabout onto Old Dalkeith Road (A7) toward Edinburgh City Centre. Continue on this road for just over 2 miles. The Queen’s Medical Research Institutehospital is located on the right.

Come along to the RVC’s Night at the Vet College, all about reproduction and fertility!

There will be interactive science stands looking at everything from conservation breeding to oviducts, genetics to ethics! Check out our fantastic simulators and hear from experts in their field.

Hear from expert lectures, including a talk from Professor Alan Pacey as part of the Sex in 3 Cities tour, as well as animal art from artist Tim Pond, and see an exiting demonstration from our Head of Anatomy. You will have the chance to talk to the staff and students of the RVC to learn more about the university, and the cutting edge of reproduction research.

This event is intended for people ages 16+ due to the nature and level of the science being discussed. Please be aware that we have several specimens on display throughout the university which are used for teaching.

There is an onsite cafe for light refreshments, and a licensed bar on Campus

Sex in Three Cities 2019

Speaker Sarah Robertson lecture, Partner compatibility: the immune system and reproductive success.

Professor Sarah Robertson presented at the Sex in Three Cities Lecture Series at in London, Nottingham and Edinburgh in March 2019.

To learn more about Sarah please click here.

If you missed the lectures, please find below our recorded version.

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