It is a great pleasure for me to Chair the Organising Committee of the 101st Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists, which will be delivered virtually.
The BAD Officers have not taken this decision lightly and we of course all want to meet again in person at our Annual Meeting as soon as possible. Whilst we are hopeful for the vaccines, there are no guarantees that we will be back to ‘normal’ by July 2021. As such it is difficult to plan for the meeting with uncertainty over capacity limits for the number of delegates and the amount of exhibition space that can be sold. The costs associated at present with the July venue contract are such that the BAD Officers felt the financial risk was too much for the Association.
The 2020 meeting was delivered virtually and received good feedback. We very much hope that you will all find the 2021 Annual Meeting beneficial and that we can all meet in person at the 2022 BAD Annual Meeting.
We are working hard on the scientific programme and further details will be announced on this website in due course.
We had a record 1775 attend the 2020 centenary meeting and hope to build on that experience in 2021. We aim to increase the number of live sessions on offer and have these focussed around the traditional Tuesday – Thursday format, so be sure to join us on 6th – 8th July 2021. In addition all sessions and the Special Interest Groups sessions will be available for 28 days after the launch date.
This year we are delighted to welcome the British Society for Genetic Medicine as our 2021 guest society; in a joint session we will explore a range of Genetic dermatological diseases and treatments. This will be followed by a Plenary Session of Keynote speakers, details will be added to this website.
We continue with the popular Medical Dermatology session, followed by submitted papers session and an afternoon plenary of invited speakers and two further keynotes.
Day 3 sees the Professors and Registrars session and another plenary of invited speakers. This session is concluded with our Rook Orator for 2021. The final part of the meeting features three concurrent sessions. Be sure to download the meeting App prior to attend the Annual Meeting.
As always there are plenty of other sessions and talks of interest taking place in the Special Interest Group session, Hot Topics, Sponsored Symposia and the pre-conference sessions. Be sure to read through the announcements for the details and pre-register to avoid delays upon arrival.
Our pre-conference sessions will be available from Monday 5th July, including the Trainee session, DermSchool, Specialty & Associate Specialist doctors session, the BSD Self-Assessment session and a new Established Consultants Survival Course.
Unfortunately we will be unable to replicate the social programme but will be holding a virtual AGM, details to follow.
Along with the whole BAD team, I look forward to offering a warm virtual welcome to all UK and International delegates.
I hope you enjoy the meeting!
Dr George Millington
Academic Vice President (2019-2021)