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BARS Conference 2020

The 20th Annual BARS Conference

24th - 25th September 2020

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

Howay Man, BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2020 BARS Conference 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 2020 Conference Programme is still in the planning stages and will be available shortly.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 24 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 24 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details available shortly.

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 and OCT workshops, 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 13:15 hrs.

CPD Points will be awarded with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Department for full attendance.  These will be beneficial for any ophthalmologists attending. Details to follow.

Registration for the 2020 BARS Conference in Newcastle 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 £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 see below:

The hotel is experiencing issues with their online booking code for the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle. The hotel is looking in to this and apologise for the problems this is causing.  BARS have been informed that delegates in the interim can call or email the reservations team as below:

Tel: 0191 5623333 option 2 and use booking code C45

Email: and use booking code C45

Bookings must be made by Friday 28 August 2020

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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