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The 17th Annual BARS Conference

21st - 22nd September 2017

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Leeds

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2017 BARS Conference will be held in Leeds at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 7-8 minutes walk from Leeds Central Station and around a 15-20 minute drive from the M621.  Access is also available via Leeds Bradford International Airport.


Please note that the current programme is subject to change and a final version of the 2017 BARS Conference Programme will be published here in due course.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 21 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Chairman's welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs

BARS Council is pleased to announce that we will be holding a series of Slit Lamp Workshops on the morning of Thursday 21st September for those attending the 2017 BARS Conference who may not wish to attend the Programme Management Meeting. Haag-Streit have kindly agreed to provide three slit lamps for use in these workshops, and the sessions will be led by BARS President, Professor Tunde Peto, alongside other members of council who between them have a wealth of experience in the field of SLB examination. The workshops will be interactive and educational, providing an opportunity for some hands-on training.

We will be holding three sessions and entry is free, but places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. You may only register for one session and the workshops are restricted to those attending the 2017 BARS Conference. To book your place for the SLB Workshop, please click the conference link below.

The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10 am to 12 pm on Thursday 21 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  More details to follow.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Disco for entertainment thereafter.

Day two will commence at 09:00 hrs and Conference will end at 13:15 hrs.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs for conference attendees only.  This will last until 16:00 hours.  A fee of £15.00 will be charged for those attending this meeting (includes a working sandwich lunch). There are 60 places available.  Registration for this forum is required via the conference link below. More details to follow.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Dept/Professional Standards have awarded the meeting 7 CPD points - Category B. This will be beneficial for Medical staff attending.

Registration for this year's BARS Conference in Leeds is now open!

Booking is online via our dedicated Eventbrite page. All major credit and debit cards are accepted, or choose ‘Show other payment options' to pay by cheque or request an invoice.  Please use link below:


BARS Council have worked hard to keep the conference registration costs down this year, and are pleased to announce a price of just £100 for delegates staying in the hotel on the 24hr rate, and for non-residents, £60 for day delegate rate for the Thursday and £50 for day delegate rate for the Friday.  For those not on the 24hr rate who wish to attend the Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner. this is priced at £45.00.

Accommodation must be booked and paid for separately. The conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET and BARS has reserved 140 rooms at a special discounted rate of £168 for the 24-hour single occupancy package and £235 for twin occupancy. These prices include lunch and the evening gala dinner on the Thursday, plus breakfast on the Friday.

To book one of these discounted room packages, phone the Marriott Hotel City Centre on 0113 2366 366 Choosing Option 3 for bedroom reservations then option 1 for individual reservations and quote the code C8Y, or use the special web link below to book online:


Bookings must be made by Friday 31 August 2017

Registration Enquiries – Alison Simpson -

Tel 01382 632713 or Fax on 01382 632893

Invoice Requests to be made directly to Alison Simpson

BACS Payment Details available on request

Call for Papers, Posters & Case Studies

Submissions are now invited for the 2017 BARS Conference in Leeds. If you would like to present a paper (10-15 minute presentation), poster (A0 portrait) or case study (5-7 minute presentation) at our annual conference, please fill in the application form and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2017.

In addition to voucher prizes of £100, £50 and £25, we are offering a very special prize to the winner of this year's poster competition. The winning poster will be submitted to the 2018 EASDec Meeting ( and the abstract considered for publication in the European Journal of Ophthalmology. Members of BARS Council will assist the author(s) with this submission process, and will provide one free place at the 2018 EASDec Meeting in Belfast, including travel and accommodation. In order to be eligible for this prize, your poster should not be a single case study.

Those wishing to present a single case study are encouraged to do so by means of a 5-7 minute presentation which will form part of the main conference programme. These always prove very popular with the audience and are a great introduction for those who may be new to presenting at conference. We will be offering voucher prizes of £100, £50 and £25 for the best three case study presentations.

In addition, papers chosen for presentation at this year's conference will be considered for publication in the Diabetic Eye Journal.


(Please note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to edit application form. Alternatively, print off the form and send back via post or email)

The 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competiton

Entries are now open for the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition, which has been kindly sponsored by Health Information Systems (UK) Limited.  This year's competition has two categories: clinical and artistic - and the winner of each category will win a Samsung Galaxy 10.1" Tablet.  Entry is FREE and open to anyone attending this year's BARS Conference in Leeds on 21st and 22nd September 2017.  You can submit as many images as you like and all entries will be displayed at this year's conference.  The closing date for entries is 7th September 2017.  For FULL competition details, please click the link below to access the competition flyer.