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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:

The BARS 2018 Conference Programme is available by clicking here or by scrolling down to the resources section. This programme is still only a draft version and details are subject to change.  Final version will follow soon.

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: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will holding 3 different Practical/Discussion Taster Workshops related to Surveillance, with each session covering the following three areas as follows:

  1. Slit Lamp - Based on the practicalities of carrying out a fundus examination using a Volk lens.
  2. Widefield Confocal Imaging - This workshop will describe the benefits of a wider field of view and the advantages of confocal imaging in surveillance, particularly for R2 cases using an Eidon confocal widefield fundus imaging device.
  3. OCT and OCT-A - Focussing on the use of OCT for the detection and management of macular oedema in (early) M1 cases and an introduction to OCTA as a potential tool to monitor non-perfusion in R2 cases.

These taster workshops will commence at 9.00am and finish at 12.00pm on Thursday 27 September, and are intended for people to have a go and learn how they are used in diabetic eye screening surveillance.  The workshop sessions will be 09:00 - 10:00, 10:00 - 11:00 and 11:00 - 12:00 allowing 20 mins for each of the 3 different modalities.  Places are limited to 18 people per hour split into 3 groups of 6, so early booking is advisable.  To book these workshops you must be registered to attend the BARS conference, so please visit the Eventbrite page available by clicking the conference registration link below. BARS would like to thank one of our corporate sponsors Haag-Streit UK for supplying the equipment for these workshops.

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

Call for Papers, Posters and Case Studies

Submissions are now invited for the 2018 BARS Conference in Bristol. 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 2018.

For anyone wishing to present a poster, it must be printed A0 (portrait) in size and the author(s) must be available to speak to the judges during the coffee break on the morning of Friday 28th.  Up for grabs are voucher prizes of £150, £100 and £50 for the best three posters.

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 a voucher prize of £100 for the best case study presentation.

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

To download an application form please scroll down the page to the resources section or click here:

The 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

Entry is now open for the 2018 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Topcon GB Ltd.  Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Apple iPad mini for each category.  Entry is FREE, open to anyone and you do not have to attend conference.  For full details please see the competition flyer in the resources section of the website by scrolling down the page. 


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