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The 18th Annual BARS Conference

27th - 28th September 2018

Marriott Hotel City Centre,  Bristol


BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2018 BARS Conference will be held in Bristol at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 0.6 miles from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.  Access is also available via Bristol Airport.  Bus Service – Bristol Airport Flyer: Transport between the airport and Bristol City Centre.  Bus stops at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station.  £11.00 return – tickets available online or from kiosk outside airport.  To book please click here:

Bars Council are still in the process of drafting the Conference Programme.  Details will follow shortly.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 27 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

The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 27 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  More details to follow.

Workshops: Due to the success following the Slit Lamp Workshops, BARS intend to continue with something similar and will announce details in due course.

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 hrs.  A fee of £15 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 any Ophthalmologists attending.

Registration for the 2018 BARS Conference in Bristol is now open!

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


BARS Council have worked hard to keep the conference registration costs down this year, and are pleased to announce a price of just £110 for delegates staying in the hotel on the 24hr rate, and for non-residents, £70 for day delegate rate for the Thursday and £60 for day delegate rate for the Friday.  For those not on the 24hr rate/Partners etc who wish to attend the Gala Dinner Drinks Reception/Disco £50.

Accommodation must be booked and paid for separately. The conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle St, Bristol BS1 3AD and BARS has reserved 135 rooms at a special discounted rate of £173 for the 24-hour single occupancy package and £248 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, please use the link below:


Alternatively, you can phone the hotel direct using the details below:

Central Reservations Contact Number: 0800 221 222

Booking Code: B71

Bookings must be made by Friday 31 August 2018

Registration Enquiries – Alison Simpson -

Tel 01382 632713 or Fax on 01382 632893

Invoice Requests to be made directly to Alison Simpson

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