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2020 IME Conference

02/07/2020 – 03/07/2020
Austin Court, Birmingham

Maintaining trust in medicine in a "post truth" world - 2020 IME Conference

2nd - 3rd July 2020
Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP

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Dear Colleagues,

With the number of detected Covid-19 cases continuing to grow and uncertainty around when current restrictions are likely to be lifted, the IME Trustees have been monitoring the outbreak and government guidance towards minimising the virus spread and its impact.

Your health is the highest priority for us followed by our desire to host a quality event. In the current circumstances, I regret very much to inform you that, as a precautionary measure, the 2020 IME Conference ‘Maintaining trust in medicine in a "post truth" world’ scheduled for 2nd and 3rd July 2020 in Birmingham, England, is cancelled.

I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation will cause and look forward to seeing you at a future IME event.

The IME 2021 conference will take place at Austin Court, Birmingham on 1st and 2nd July.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org

Very best wishes,

Phil

Phil Greenwood
Chief Executive
Institute of Medical Ethics

 

 

 

Auston Court Exterior

 

 

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now CLOSED.

The outcome of the abstracts will be confirmed at the end of February/start of March. We have recently seen some notifications go into spam folders (particularly for Hotmail/Outlook/Gmail addresses), please add philg@instituteofmedicalethics.org to your safe senders list.

Draft Programme

Thursday 2 July

0930

Registration and Coffee

1000 - 1015

Conference welcome and Introduction

 

1015 - 1130

Plenary 1 Post-truth historical roots and clinical relevance

A.C. Grayling (Philosopher and author)
Joe Brierley (Consultant in Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH))

1130 - 1245

Parallel Session 1

 

1245 - 1345

Lunch

 

1345 - 1445

Debate Briefing & debate prep

 

1445 - 1545

Debate

 

1545 – 1700

Parallel Session 2
Tea and coffee available in the parallel rooms

tbc

1700 - 1800

Plenary 2

Darren Thwaites (Editor-in-chief, Manchester Evening News)

 

 

Friday 3 July

0830

Registration and Coffee

0900 - 1000

Plenary 3 Routes from clinics to research in medical ethics in the UK

tbc

1000 - 1030

Coffee break

 

1030 - 1145

Parallel Session 3

 

1145 - 1300

Plenary 3 Limits of discourse

Silje-Håvard Bolstad (Assistant professor, specialist in clinical psychology, sexological counsellor, University of Agder)

 

Heidi Larson

1300 - 1400

Lunch

 

1400 - 1520

Parallel Session 4

 

1520 – 1630

Plenary 4 and close

tbc

Delegate Fees
Students - £20 for one day/£30 for 2 days

IME members - £40 for one day/£70 for 2 days (In order to get this price please ensure you log in at the top right of the booking page)

Non-members - £70 for one day/£125 for 2 days (IME Membership is only £80 for full membership (£70 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit - sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)

Venue

Austin Court is a unique conference venue which is a stunning listed building in the heart of Birmingham city-centre. Its beautiful blend of modern design, period features and inspiring waterside location makes it an ideal venue. Undergoing a refurbishment in Summer 2019 means that you will be treated to an location with state of the art audio visual equipment.

 

Located slightly along the canal from the Gas Street basin the immediate area boasts many restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.  A map of Birmingham can be downloaded here and whilst Austin Court is not specifically shown it is located in square B4 between the ICC and the Barclaycard Arena. Whilst not open at the time of writing, there will be a tram in place before the conference that will enable delegates to travel from across the city (including New Street Railway Station) to within a 3 minute walk (0.2 mile) of Austin Court.

 

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the conference venue.  The network is unsecured and no password is required.

 

Accessibility

Austin Court is fully accessible with a level ground floor, lift to the first floor and access to the staged area.  Accessibility toilets are located on both the ground and first floors.

 

Catering

All catering (food and drinks) is complimentary during both days of the conference (lunch and break times). Additionally food and a welcome drink are provided during the social event on the Thursday evening.  In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, all catering will be vegetarian.

 

Social

The social aspect of IME events is often commented on in terms of how positive the atmosphere is, and how many delegates get together outside of the formal conference proceedings.  There is an organised social event taking place on 2nd July (free of charge to delegate attendees) and there will be delegates that meet up for a drink and a chat on the evenings of both the 1st July and the 2nd July.  Should you want to meet up with other delegates feel free to contact the IME office near the time of the conference to find out about these informal plans.

 

Austin Court Canal view


Directions

Find a walking route map here

 

By bus
Leave the bus in the City Centre. Ask for directions to the "Town Hall". A signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.

Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your left. Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, also passing the new Birmingham Library, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach Austin Court on your left. Allow 15-20 minutes to walk this route.

(If your bus enters the City via Broad St, get off at "Symphony Hall", then walk past the front entrance (leaving the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on your right), to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left.

 

By train
To New St Station

Leave the platform at the North (Wolverhampton or Bristol) end and take the stairs to the "Way out to Victoria Square". When outside, cross the road (Navigation St) and continue directly ahead up Pinfold Street. At the top of the hill the Council House with its clock tower ("Big Brum") can be seen.

As you enter Victoria Square, on your left is the Town Hall (modelled on a Grecian Temple). Follow the signposts for Paradise Forum, Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena. Continue straight on and the Town Hall is ahead on the opposite side of Chamberlain Square and the Council House.

Follow the ramp around the edge of the arena and just to the right hand side of the Town Hall, a signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.

Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your left and the Birmingham Library on your right.

Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left. Allow 15 - 20 minutes to walk this route.

To Snow Hill Station

(Chiltern Railways, some Centro services from Hereford, and Metro service from Wolverhampton).  Ascend into Colmore Row and turn right. At the end of Colmore Row, across Victoria Square, is the Town Hall (modelled on a Grecian Temple).

Turn right at the Council House; follow the ramp around the edge of the arena, a signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.

Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your leftand the Birmingham Library on your right.

Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left.

 

By taxi
If you wish to take a taxi, Leave the platform near the centre, ascend to the bridge and the main concourse. Leave the concourse by the doors to the left of the escalators.

There is a Taxi Rank just outside. Ask for " IET Birmingham: Austin Court, Cambridge St (next to the Malthouse Pub)".

 

By air
Birmingham International Airport is served by national and international flights. You can either take a taxi directly to IET Birmingham: Austin Court - ask for "Cambridge St (next to the Malthouse Pub) in the City Centre" - or use the shuttle link to Birmingham International railway station.

From there a frequent service operates to New Street station.

 

By canal
IET Birmingham: Austin Court is adjacent to Tindal Bridge, at the top of Farmers Bridge Locks where the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal joins the Wolverhampton Main Line.

By road

  • From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre
  • From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38(M) towards the city centre
  • From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7, then the A34 towards Birmingham city centre or to Junction 6, then the A38(M) towards the city centre

By far the easiest, although not the most direct route, is to follow one of the main radial routes towards the city centre.

On reaching the Middle Ring Road (A4540), follow this to the junction with the A457 Dudley Road. Spring Hill Library, a Victorian Gothic Terracotta building, is on one corner. Turn towards the City Centre, also signed Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena.

Take the first available right (at traffic lights) into Summer Hill St, at the next roundabout carry straight on up the hill (King Edward's Road).


The National Indoor Arena and its car parks are on your right. At the top of the hill, the rear wall of IET Birmingham: Austin Court should be visible on the right across the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

 

Parking
There is very limited parking at IET Birmingham: Austin Court. There is an EV charging point which can charge two electric cars.

If the car park is full, the nearest parking is at the National Indoor Arena. It is Pay-and-Display.

There is limited street parking (meters) in side streets opposite the NIA, also on the south side of Broad St (A456).

Other car parks are just past the Birmingham Rep between Cambridge St and Broad Street, and at the end of Cambridge St at the junction of Summer Row (A457), the entrance is in Brindley Drive.

As well as being further away, these are generally more expensive than the NIA car park.

Accommodation
Accommodation is not included in the price of the delegate fee and we do not have any formal links with any specific hotels however we do recommend that you source accommodation in the Brindley Place/Broad Street/Centenary Square area of the city in order to be close to both the venue and the social locations.

 

Financial support for carers

The IME recognises that for those of you with caring responsibilities, attending events such as the IME Conference is an important part of developing and maintaining your career.  The IME also understands that attending such events can cause an additional financial burden if you need to make alternative care arrangements.

 

To help alleviate some of this burden, we are introducing a scheme which may entitle you to a small grant of up to £250 (maximum fund of £2,000) if you have caring responsibilities.  In order to qualify for the grant you must have an abstract accepted for the conference. *Abstract Submissions are now closed*

 

The grant can be used to fund additional/alternative care arrangements for your dependent* to either stay at home while you travel, or to fund travel and associated care costs allowing the dependant to travel with you.

 

Note:
A dependant is a partner, child or parent, or someone who lives with you as part of your family. This could be, for example, an elderly aunt or grandparent. It does not include tenants or boarders who may be living in your family home.

 You may make an application for this grant if the following conditions apply:

·         You have caring responsibilities and nobody else at your home can provide the care.

·         No alternative source of funding is available, e.g. from the conference/training etc. organiser or by other means, such as from research grant funding.  Where relevant it is your responsibility to provide evidence that no alternative source of funding is available.

·         The grant is to cover costs outside of the routine everyday care costs you normally incur.

The funds will be paid on receipt of an invoice/receipt detailing the costs incurred. Please note that any impact on benefits or HMRC impacts are the responsibility of the applicant.

 

Application form and guidelines (scroll to end)

 

Austin Court Conference Room

Speaker Information

Plenary speakers will speak for 45 minutes each followed by questions.

Please ensure that your presentation is handed to the IME using the method communicated either in advance of the conference taking place or an hour and a half before your session is due to start.

 

Parallel speakers will speak for 20 minutes. Once all speakers have finished there will then be 10 minutes of questions.

Please ensure that your presentation is handed to the IME using the method communicated either in advance of the conference taking place or an hour and a half before your session is due to start.

 

Within each session there will be a timekeeper who will indicate when you have 5, 3 and 1 minute remanining as well as indicating that it is time to end.  Please take note of where this person is located prior to beginning your presentation.

 

Poster Presenter Information

Posters must be presented in a maximum of A1 size and in a Portrait orientation.  Posters not meeting these requirements may not be able to be displayed.

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