Statement on BSLM2020 virtual conference
New conference dates: September 3-5

Rob Lawson Posted by Rob Lawson on 28 Apr 2020 / Comments


Due to the developing situation with COVID-19 and the impact on our healthcare teams we have decided this week to delay our virtual annual conference until this September.

The pandemic is causing unprecedented disruption across the globe—and it appears it will be some time before ‘business as usual’ returns for any of us.

Yet while the world focuses on its most serious communicable disease crisis in decades, the suffering caused by non-communicable disease continues.

So a lifestyle medicine conference remains critical, if we are to collectively explore new ways to reframe and energise our healthcare systems to support patients with these conditions.

How we treat, manage and reverse chronic disease remains a vital question of our age—pandemic or no pandemic.

None of us can know how the next few months will unfold, and we can never be 100 per cent sure of the optimum time to host our conference. By making content available for a period of time after the event we hope this will allow flexibility for our delegates who can dip in and out as time allows.

BSLM2020—virtual conference

We now plan to host the online conference from September 3–5 this year.

If you’ve already booked for the conference we had planned to hold in June—your ticket will of course remain valid for the new dates.

Moving the date back a few months will allow us to put in place the best possible virtual conference we can—with a platform which brings all the benefits of a ‘real world’ conference.

As well as hearing from leading experts in their fields, the conference will be an opportunity for the lifestyle medicine community from around the world to come together—to learn, to debate and to share our knowledge and experience.

Speakers will pre-record their presentations but will be available on the day to hear your feedback and answer your questions. You can read more about the conference including a full list of speakers here.

We’re also planning an exciting list of interlude sessions between speakers which will keep you entertained and connected in between speakers.

As before, if you cannot make the new dates in September, all content will still be made available online to view at a time which suits you.

Ticket costs for the virtual conference remain as follows:

£150 BSLM members £225 non-members £30 medical students

To purchase your ticket please head to Eventdex.

We are also exploring the option of running a one day free webinar event in June which will involve some of the speakers appearing at BSLM2020. Watch this space—we will keep you posted!

IBLM certification exam

At this stage, our plans for this year’s IBLM lifestyle medicine certification exams remain unchanged. The room is still booked for the exam at Twickenham Stadium in London for a 1pm start on June 26. Assuming restrictions are lifted and travel is possible at this time we will still be hosting the exam, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

We will be keeping this under review as the situation with COVID-19 develops and we hope that by the end of May there will be clarity.

A second exam is also to be held at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh on October 24. We will continue to review COVID-19 restrictions to see whether a second exam is needed on the 25th. Next year’s exam is likely to be in September at the time of our Edinburgh BSLM2021 conference.

Call for abstracts

We have decided to extend the deadline for our call for abstracts to June 26.

Poster presentations will be hosted virtually during and after the conference.

For details on how to submit a poster presentation click here.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding. This has been another decision which has been forced on us by events and it’s one we have thought long and hard about before making.

We look forward to seeing as many as possible of you, virtually of course, in September.

Rob Lawson BSLM chairman