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BARS Conference 2019

The 19th Annual BARS Conference

26th - 27th September 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2019 BARS Conference will be held in the vibrant city of Liverpool at the Crowne Plaza Hotel City Centre, approx 1.0 mile (20 min walk) from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station.  Access is also available via Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  Bus services available between the airport and Liverpool City Centre.  A special Saveaway day ticket available for use on any bus, rail or Cross-river ferry journeys.  Please click here for full details of getting to and from the airport.  Liverpool ONE Bus Station is approx. 0.6 mile (15 min walk) from the hotel.

The BARS 2019 Conference Programme is still in the process of being put together by the BARS Council.  Full details are available 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 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 26 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details available here:

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference and the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance at the BARS 2018 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference, kindly sponsored by Topcon UK Ltd and Haag-Streit UK Ltd..  These workshops will take place hourly from 10:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs on Thursday 26th September and will consist of the following:

1.  Slit Lamp – As with last  year this would be based on the practicalities of carrying out a fundus examination using a Volk lens.

2.  Wide Field Confocal Imaging –  As we know some surveillance clinics use the Optos or the Heidelberg (Spectralis) in their HES based Surveillance Clinics. This workshop would describe the benefits of a wider field of view and the advantages of confocal imaging in surveillance, particularly for R2 cases. This workshop will be undertaken using an Eidon confocal widefield fundus imaging device.

3.  OCT – Focussing on the use of OCT for the detection and management of macular oedema in (early) M1 cases.

Each consecutive workshop will last 20 minutes (5 minute talk 15 minutes hands-on) with 7 people in each workshop at a time. These would run from 10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00.  The cost for each workshop is £10.00  per head.  Please register for these workshops on the Ticket Page.


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.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs and is open to anyone whether attending the conference or not.  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 by clicking link below.  Details available soon.

CPD Points have been applied for with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Department.  These will be beneficial for any ophthalmologists attending.

Registration for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool 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:

Please click here to register for the conference

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, £75 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, 2 St Nicholas Place, Liverpool, L3 1QW and BARS has reserved 135 rooms at a special discounted rate of £200 for the 24-hour single occupancy package and £285 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 use either of the following methods.

1. Online directly via hotel website by clicking here:

2. By telephone: 0151 243 8083 and quote code BAA

Bookings must be made by Friday 30 August 2019

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


2019 BARS/Sense Medical Ltd Call for Papers, Posters & Case Studies

BARS Council are pleased to announce that submissions are now invited for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool, kindly sponsored by Sense Medical Limited.  Going forward from previous submissions, these have made very interesting talking points and allow information to be shared amongst the eye screening community.

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 download the application form from the BARS website and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2019.  The application form can be found in the Resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.

This year we are offering a Nikon Digital SLR Camera for the best poster presented at conference plus runner-up prizes of £100 and £50.  There will also be a prize of £100 on offer 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.

The 2019 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

Entry is now open for the 2019 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Topcon GB Ltd.  Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Apple Store Voucher (£375) for each category up for grabs!

Entry is FREE, open to BARS members only and you do NOT have to attend the conference.  Following on from feedback, there are changes to the rules. Full details of the competition can be found on the flyer in the Resources section of the website, along with the entry form by scrolling down the page.  The Resources section is available on any page.  Closing Date is 31st July.  All photographs will be shown in the conference brochure.

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