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BARS Conference 2022

The 20th Annual BARS Conference

22nd - 23rd September 2022

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne (Wey Aye Man!)


Howay Man, BARS Council are pleased to announce that the BARS Conference 2022 will be held in the vibrant and canny city of Newcastle upon Tyne (Geordieland), at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, approx 5-7 min walk from Newcastle Central Railway Station (Click here for map).  Access is also available via Newcastle International Airport.  The Tyne & Wear Metro service is available between the airport and Central Station.  Please click here for full details of the metro getting to and from the airport. 

The BARS 2022 Conference Programme is now available in the resources section below, subject to changes.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 22 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Co-chairs welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs

The Administration Management Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 22 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details are available here:

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops, the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance and the OCT workshops from previous years, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference.  This year BARS Council will be holding Slit Lamp, OCT and wide-field imaging workshops, kindly sponsored by Haag-Streit, Heidelberg, Zeiss and Mainline Instruments respectively, which will benefit screener/graders looking to expand their educational knowledge with hands-on sessions.  Registration for these workshops is required via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below.  There will be 2 sessions running from 10 am - 11 am and 11 am - 12 noon. The cost of these workshops are £15 pp.  There are 21 places available per session.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Entertainment to follow thereafter.

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

Important Information: As part of BARS commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we will NOT be providing any printed conference agenda/programme, worksheets or supplying lanyard badges. You must bring your work I.D. badges to wear throughout the conference. The agenda/programme will be available in PDF format from our website. The BARS Social Media Editor (Kamran Rajaby) will be taking photographs during the conference and may be used on our website or in our social media channels.

Registration for the 2022 BARS Conference in Newcastle is 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 £125 for delegates staying in the hotel on the 24hr rate, and for non-residents, £80 for day delegate rate for the Thursday and £60 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 £50.00.

Accommodation must be booked and paid for separately. The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3SA and BARS has reserved 140 rooms at a special discounted rate of £220 for the 24-hour single occupancy package and £310 for twin occupancy. These prices include lunch and the evening gala dinner on the Thursday, plus breakfast on the Friday.

To book the hotel please click the appropiate link below:

BARS Conference Single Occupancy Allocation

BARS Conference Double Occupancy Allocation

Tel: 0191 5623333 option 2 


Bookings must be made by Friday 26 August 2022

Registration Enquiries – Alison Simpson -

Tel 01382 632713 or Fax on 01382 632893

Invoice Requests to be made directly to Alison Simpson

2022 BARS Case Study/Bursary Offer

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the call for case studies is now open.  This year we have taken a different approach and following on from the success of previous conferences in offering 2 free bursary places, BARS Council are delighted to announce that we can offer 2 free places at this year's conference in Newcastle. 

This year we are offering:

Free registration for the conference

Overnight accommodation for the Thursday night + breakfast on the Friday morning

Ticket for the evening gala dinner + Entertainment

Standard travel expenses to and from the conference

In order to take advantage of a bursary place, you are required to produce a 4 minute video PowerPoint presentation case study which will be presented at the conference (The winners don't have to stand up and present their case study).  The case study can be on any subject as long as it is related to diabetic eye screening, for example; an audit or an interesting patient.

We have provided full details on how to make a video using PowerPoint and that is available in the Resources section of the website titled 'Video PowerPoint Instructions'.  The closing date for submissions is 10th June.  There is also a separate entry form for case studies available in the Resources section which must be enclosed with the video. Please send the PowerPoint video/entry form to: 

BARS Council will meet the following week to award the bursaries, and if successful you will be notified before the end of June. In order to take up the offer of a bursary, you will need to have your manager's permission to attend the two-day conference in September, and we will seek confirmation of this at the time.

In return, the awardees will be asked to write a few words for the BARS Chronicle Newsletter about their experience.

2022 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Call for Posters

Submissions are now invited for the 2022 BARS Conference. If you would like to present a poster (A0 portrait) at our conference (one member or author of the poster must be available during the conference), please fill in the application form from the Resources section of the website below and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2022.

This year we are offering Amazon Vouchers for the best poster of £250 submitted plus a runner-up prize of £150 and a 3rd prize of £100, courtesy of Topcon (GB) Medical Limited.  

All posters have to be submitted in PowerPoint and PDF format and emailed to: by September 1st.

The 2022 BARS/Mainline Instruments Photography Competition 

Entry is now open for the 2022 BARS Photography competition, kindly sponsored by Mainline Instruments.  This year there will be two categories, clinical and artistic. The winner of each category will receive a £350 Amazon voucher and the runner-up will receive a certificate. The competition is following the same format as previous years.  Entry is FREE, open to BARS members only and all images will be shown in the BARS conference.   Full details of the competition and the entry form can be found in the Resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.  The Resources section is available on any page.  The closing date for entries is September 1st.. 

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