Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT) is a sub-group representing the scientific membership of The Fertility Society of Australia. As such it is bound by the constitution of The Fertility Society of Australia. SIRT was founded in the early 1990’s to promote professional excellence amongst the scientists working in the field of assisted reproduction and fertility. SIRT now has in excess of 400 members in Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.
In addition to the objectives of The Fertility Society of Australia, SIRT’s role is to promote the education and training of scientists working in reproductive technologies and to promote high standards within the profession, in particular through the promotion of research and dissemination of scientific information within the membership. SIRT’s activities are developed and managed by the SIRT Committee under the structure of Four Pillars: Executive, Education, Representation and Information-Communication. SIRT’s activities are detailed under the Benefits of Membership page.
SIRT aims to increase the profile and professional status of scientists in reproductive technology, and to act as a resource for formulating a consensus on scientific issues and guidelines for best scientific practice for The Fertility Society of Australia and other professional bodies.
The SIRT logo was a project designed to develop a device to help distinguish SIRT as a group and was voted for by members.
The logo decided on was a stylised four cell embryo wrapped in spirals and imprinted with a triskele. Whilst the use of an embryo is obvious for a science sub-group of a reproduction society, the triskele is added to show the breadth of science represented in this sub-group. The triskele is a pre-Celtic symbol with many meanings. Two specific meanings stand out and these meanings are the reason why it is incorporated in the SIRT logo. The first is derived from the belief that each spiral represents the path of the sun during the transition from solstice to equinox.
The 3 spirals intertwined represent 3 transitions between solstice and equinox, or 9 months. Therefore it has been considered a symbol of fertility. The second is that each spiral represents the trinity of mother, father and child.
Both concepts for the symbol work well with SIRT as a whole. We are not just a society of embryologists, but scientists of varying background be that geneticists, andrologists, biochemists, physiologists, immunologists, looking at all aspects of the mother, father and embryo/child to help them from conception to birth and to create, disseminate and implement new scientific knowledge to help future generations.