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Annual Congress Postponed until 2021

Dear Colleagues

I hope you are all well and everyone is finding that the new “normal” is working out for them during the current situation. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the BTS I would also like to thank all of you wholeheartedly for your continued support of the Society.

As you are aware the BTS Annual Congress was to be held at Voco® St David’s, Cardiff on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September 2020, with the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) taking place on the afternoon of  Monday 21st September 2020. However due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the Executive Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Annual Congress and reschedule to April 2021.

We are therefore pleased to inform you that Voco® St David’s, Cardiff have agreed to host the Congress, with no additional costs to the Society, on the 12th to 14th April 2021. The Executive Committee can confirm that there will be no additional cost to the registration fee for next year’s Congress. We hope that many of you who registered for this year’s Annual Congress will transfer your registration and attend the 2021 Congress.

I understand, and appreciate, that the timings and/or content of the 2021 Annual Congress may not be suitable for some of you who have already registered and paid to attend this year’s Congress and if this does apply then a refund will be arranged. More details on refunds to follow.

For those who have submitted abstracts for this year’s Congress we would like to thank you for your contribution. However given that the 2021 Congress will have new symposia we will not be taking any abstracts forward but will reopen the call for abstracts later this year. I am sorry that this will be disappointing for a number of you.

In the meantime we are looking at providing some of the content from this year’s Congress virtually. More details to follow.

We are also hoping to be able to provide some facilities via a web platform to provide the Subspecialty groups and the Ambassadors to network. More details to follow.

As you know we had planned to host next year’s meeting at the University of Durham and we are in discussions with them to consider rescheduling and hosting the 2022 Annual Congress there.

I do hope as many of you as possible will be able to support the Congress in 2021 and attend the meeting. On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding regarding the effect that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the scheduling of the BTS Annual Congress this year and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Shirley Price
President of the BTS
[email protected]