Cancellation FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions related to the cancellation of the 2020 BCS Annual Conference

Cancellation FAQs

Why was the 2020 BCS Annual Conference cancelled?

BCS has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from Public Health England (PHE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as the UK Government in regards to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

It has now become apparent that there is no prospect of BCS being able to run the Annual Scientific Conference scheduled for the 1-3 June 2020. The BCS Board has with great reluctance decided to cancel this year’s event which due to its size and complexity, cannot realistically be postponed.

We will be working on how to provide online educational opportunities until normal arrangements can be resumed and will provide more detail on this as plans evolve.

You can read the full message from BCS President, Professor Simon Ray here.

BCS has launched a dedicated resource hub for clinicians to access the latest information and news on COVID-19.

Will the 2020 BCS Annual Conference be postponed or rescheduled?

No. Due to its size and complexity, the 2020 BCS Annual Conference cannot realistically be postponed. The BCS Annual Conference will return in 2021 on 7-9 June.

What about my abstract submission or submission for the Young Investigator or Michael Davies Early Career Awards?

We will continue with the marking of the abstracts submitted before the closing date and those which would have been presented at the conference will be published in Heart as usual.  The prizes for the best abstracts in each category will also be awarded as will both research prizes and the Mackenzie Medals. BCS will provide more information about how this process will work over the next few weeks but the intent is to present the awards at a meeting at Fitzroy Square once the pandemic situation allows.

Are all Affiliated Society meetings due to take place at the 2020 BCS Annual Conference cancelled?

Yes. Any meetings or events that were due to take place during the 2020 BCS Annual Conference at Manchester Central have also been cancelled. We recommend monitoring relevant Affiliate Society websites for any updates on rescheduled meetings.

Are all courses due to take place at the 2020 BCS Annual Conference cancelled?

Yes. Any courses that were due to take place during the 2020 BCS Annual Conference at Manchester Central have also been cancelled.

Will participant registration fees be refunded?

Registration for the 2020 BCS Annual Conference had not opened, therefore no refunds are due to be made.

Will faculty be reimbursed for any travel or accommodation booked in advance?

Faculty will have been contacted individually to confirm the process for reimbursement. However, if you have any questions please email conference@bcs.com

BCS has launched a dedicated resource hub for clinicians to access the latest information and news on COVID-19.