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BARS Conference 2024

The 22nd Annual BARS Conference

26th - 27th September 2024

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool


BARS Council are pleased to announce that the BARS Conference 2024 will be held in the vibrant and colourful city of Liverpool, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, approx. 22 mins walk from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station and approx. 13 mins walks from Liverpool One Bus Station.  Access is also available via John Lennon Airport.   

The BARS 2024 Conference Agenda (First Draft) is by clicking here:

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 26 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 Programme Management and Administration Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 26 September. This will be delivered by NHS England and title TBC. This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details available soon.

Educational Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops, the popular 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 and OCT/wide-field imaging workshops. These are split so people can choose which workshop they would like to attend. You can of course book both types. Registration for these workshops is required for delegates attending the conference 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 £25 pp per workshop.  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: BARS works hard each year to try and negotiate good deals so that people can attend our conferences. The money charged each year goes towards maintaining the website along with providing teaching/educational material such as the BARS Administration Certificate. 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 2024 BARS Conference in Liverpool is now open! 

Booking is online via our dedicated TicketTaylor page. All major credit and debit cards are accepted, PayPal or request an invoice. Please use link below:


The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 St Nicholas Place, Liverpool, L3 1QW and BARS has reserved 65 rooms at a special discounted rate of £380 pp for the 24-hour single occupancy package and reserved 10 rooms at a special discounted rate of £660 pp for twin occupancy package. These prices include B&B, lunch, drinks reception, the evening gala dinner/entertainment and full DD refreshments.

For non-residents, day delegate rate for the Thursday is £100 pp includes lunch and full DD refreshments and for the Friday is £80 pp includes full DD refreshments. For non-residents who wish to stay for the drinks reception and evening gala dinner/entertainment, it is £55 pp. 

Bookings must be made by Friday 30 August 2024

PEASE NOTE: No Refunds can be issued once booked.

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


The 2024 BARS Poster Competition

Submissions are now open for the 2024 BARS Poster Competition. If you wish to submit a poster (A0 portrait) at the 2024 BARS Conference, please fill in the entry form in the 'Resources' section of the website by scrolling down the page, and return it via email or post. This year we are offering an Amazon Voucher for the best poster of £300 submitted plus a runner-up prize of £200 and a 3rd prize of £100. The closing date is July 31st.


The 2024 BARS/Mainline Instruments Photography Competition 

Entry is now open for the 2024 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Mainline Instruments Ltd.  Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Amazon voucher (£100) for each category up for grabs. The runners-up will receive an Amazon voucher (£50) for each category and all winners/runners-up will get a certificate. The competition follows the same format as last year. Entry is FREE and all images will be displayed digitally so no need for prints. Full details of the competition and entry form can be found in the 'Resources' section of the website by scrolling down the page. The closing date is September 1st.  

Below are the winners from each category from 2023.


Click on the image to open a larger version.

                       Photo by Bartholomew Entire                                                 Photo by Ayodeji Dada

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