FAQs – Congress 2020

Why has the meeting been cancelled?

Given that this year’s Congress is scheduled to take place in early autumn we felt the best course of action would be to cancel the full meeting due to the impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the demands that will be placed on our members over the coming months.

The decision was made by our Executive Committee after considering the significant pressure the NHS is expected to be under during the next several months, and how we can best support our members during this time.  We realise this decision will be disappointing to many and we are looking at other options to deliver some content through alternative platforms.

Will the meeting be rescheduled?

Unfortunately, we are not planning to reschedule the 2020 meeting due to the current uncertainty over how long the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be the major focus for our members. Congress 2021 in Aberdeen will take place as scheduled.

Will there be virtual sessions?

We are currently looking at what educational and policy sessions we may be able to provide over alternative formats and will inform members as we know more.

What are the plans for abstracts that have already been submitted?

We would like to thank everyone who has submitted an abstract to-date and would like to apologise that we are unable to proceed with abstract selection this year.  Everyone who has submitted an abstract will be contacted directly with an update on the situation.

When will the AGM take place?

At this point we are currently planning for the AGM to take place at the ICC Birmingham as originally planned on either 17th or 18th September.  More information will be sent out to members as these plans are finalised.

Are you still planning to award medals and prizes?

We are still planning to award medals and prizes for 2020 and are currently exploring whether this could take place on either the 17th or 18th September on the same date as the AGM or whether these can be awarded remotely.  We will inform members once a decision has been taken.

What is happening with the Friday sessions and courses?

We are currently investigating whether it is still possible to run some of the sessions that are normally held on Fridays during Congress.  Once we have made a final decision we will update members accordingly.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions please email events@boa.ac.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.