It is a great pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the 2020 Planning Committee, to join us at the Annual Meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology taking place in Liverpool 15th – 18th June 2020.
Last year’s conference programme was evaluated as good or excellent by 99% of delegates and 89% thought the conference was value for money; we aim to build on the successes of Glasgow 2019 and previous years. The meeting will begin on Monday 15th June with the Gastroenterology Masterclass, with expert speakers focusing on “Practical Management of Common GI and Liver Conditions”. Alongside the main Masterclass, for the first time, there will be a Primary Care Masterclass with talks on managing important GI/Liver conditions in primary care.
The main programme will then run from 16th – 18th June and will include over 50 symposia covering basic and clinical science, state-of-the-art lectures from international and UK speakers, clinical updates and a translational science masterclass. There will be moderated poster rounds each day with prizes for the best poster in each category each day. There will also be prizes for the best oral presentation for every section. We will have joint symposia with International societies including EASL, UEGW and the Dutch IBD Society. On the Wednesday, live endoscopy sessions will be transmitted from Leeds covering many aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. We will finish on Thursday afternoon with a second plenary symposium featuring the top abstracts being presented and a “state of the art talk” on Artificial Intelligence – make sure you stay until the end!
Now in it’s fourth year, the hands-on Endoscopy Village will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will feature more than 10 stations allowing personal one to one training in different endoscopic techniques. The meeting will be complemented by an integrated industry-sponsored programme and the Exhibition area where you can learn more about the latest innovations in endoscopy and GI therapeutics and diagnostics.
This year will feature some new sessions including “Meet the experts breakfast sessions” on the Wednesday and Thursday mornings, where delegates can discuss complex cases with experts. In addition, there will be a Career Survival Session on Sunday 14th June, prior to the main conference, with talks focussing on topics such as job planning, pensions and managing complaints.
The meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to catch up with colleagues and make new friendships across the GI community of physicians, surgeons, pathologists, scientists, nurses, dieticians and others working in the field. We expect over 2,000 gastrointestinal healthcare professionals to join us in the vibrant city of Liverpool, which is always a popular venue for the BSG.
On Monday late afternoon there will be a welcome reception in the Exhibition area and on Wednesday evening, following the success of the ceilidh in Glasgow, we will host another in a venue close by – make sure you book a ticket.
We very much look forward to seeing you in Liverpool in June 2020!
Dr Stuart McPherson,
BSG Senior Secretary and Chair of the Programme Committee