8-11 FEBRUARY 2021

Welcome to the BSG 2019 Blog

Our 2019 annual meeting will be held in Glasgow from 17th-20th June and we hope it will be as good as Liverpool 2018 – just a little bit better! Registration fees have been kept the same for the great majority of delegates for the second year in a row showing what good value the meeting is, something 85% of delegates agreed with last year.

The conference website ( with registration and on-line abstract submission is open. Our programme outline is available but full details of the conference programme will be available in February so you can begin to plan which sessions you want to go to. Our interactive App will launch in May next year.

Key deadline dates are:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 17th February
  • Early bird registration deadline: 18th March
  • Abstract notification: 26th April

The programme will have 55 basic science and clinical symposia including state-of-the-art lectures, free paper sessions and clinical updates. For the first time we are having a second plenary symposium to finish the conference on Thursday 2.00-3.30pm – this will include 3 prize winning abstract presentations and a talk from the CEO of Ipsos MORI, Ben Page (often seen on TV during elections!) about Public views of their health service.

We have liaised with others and there will be shared symposia eg BAPEN & the nutrition section, BSGAR & the Liver section and Cancer Research UK & the Pancreatic section. For the first time we will have two joint symposia with another national group, the IBD section having joint sessions with the French GETAID group, demonstrating the BSG’s internationalist perspective! Some sessions will be interactive and live Twitter feeds will be displayed on screens around the venue.

The Gastroenterology Masterclass on Monday 17th June will provide updates across a broad range of GI, Liver and Endoscopic topics. The Masterclass is followed by the trainee section’s symposium. The topic for the Thursday Scientific Translational Masterclass is “Bench to Bedside FMT” and this looks like being a running topic during the conference.

There are 13 abstract categories and each will award £250 for the best oral presentation. Moderated poster rounds will take place each day with a prize of £100 for the best poster in each category each day. We will continue with interactive electronic posters for the highest scoring abstracts.

The Endoscopy Village will be run again, organised by the Endoscopy section, with Bjorn Rembacken as lead. This is a dedicated learning area where delegates are able to practice their skills on models, try out new technologies and learn from experts with 1:1 teaching how to perfect their technique.

The social programme includes a welcome reception on Monday at 5.30pm. To improve all of our fitness levels the Trainee section with Matt Brookes are organising a 5km run on Tuesday evening after the conference and we are organising a ceilidh on Wednesday evening at the beautiful Kelvingrove museum in central Glasgow, this should be fantastic event with limited tickets, book early to avoid disappointment!

Nick Thompson
Sen Secretary, BSG