BCS Annual Conference 2020 is cancelled
A message from the President
It has rapidly become apparent in the last week that there is no prospect of us being able to run the BCS Annual Scientific Conference scheduled for the 1-3 June. 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 recognise that many of you have put a considerable amount of effort into submitting abstracts and we also had a large number of excellent submissions for the Young Investigator and Michael Davies Early Career Awards. We will therefore continue with the marking of the abstracts and those which would have been presented 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. We 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.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to those of you who had agreed to speak or chair and in particular to John Greenwood and his colleagues on the Programme Committee and the BCS staff who have worked so hard over the last 8 months on the planning of the conference.
We will be working on how to provide on line educational opportunities until normal arrangements can be resumed and will provide more detail on this as plans evolve.
Professor Simon Ray
President British Cardiovascular Society