ASiT Conference 2009


The Albert Hall | Nottingham | 27th - 29th March 2009

The ASiT Conference 2009 will be held at the Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham.

Exciting pre-conference courses, combined with an interactive and informative conference programme make this conference important for trainees to attend.


ASiT is pleased to announce that the 2009 Conference will be held on 27th, 28th & 29th March in Nottingham.  The two-day scientific portion of the meeting will follow the usual successful format of abstract presentations, clinical education sessions and political updates. Last year, well over 175 abstracts were selected for presentation, either in an oral or poster format and the conference offers an excellent opportunity to see your work in print.

This year’s programme will cover the current political concerns of MMC, post-CCT training, employment prospects, and the training fee, with speakers invited from all of the Surgical Royal Colleges, PMETB and the JCST. The political sessions allow a forum to not only feedback to those who are responsible for our training, but also directly ask the questions that are important to you. In addition to the political digest, we will be hearing from several leading Intensivists on cutting edge topics in critical care which will be invaluable to trainees at all stages.

As usual, there will be a significant scientific flavour to the meeting with plenty of opportunity to present your abstracts, which can be considered for one of the many prizes that have become regular features of the ASiT Conference and which will further any CV. This year will feature 5 separate prize sessions, with the SARS Academic and Research Surgery prize (basic science and clinical), the ASiT Medal (clinical), the SARS/ASiT short-paper session, ASiT Poster prize and ASiT Medical Student prize. The top abstracts submitted to these sessions will also be invited to present at the ASGBI 2009 Conference.

In addition to the main conference, we are pleased to be able to offer four pre-conference courses on Friday 27th March. There will be a repeat of last years successful Foundations Skills Course and Intermediate Laparoscopic Skills. This year will also see the first ASiT/SARS Research Workshop and the new ASiT Management and Leadership Skills Course.  All of these events are offered at highly subsidised prices and all are available only to ASiT members attending the main conference. Keep an eye on the conference website for further details and application forms in due course.

Finally, I would like to extend a personal invitation to all members attending the conference to also join us for the annual Gala Dinner.  Following feedback from previous years, we have taken the price of the dinner ticket out of the main conference fee (which has been reduced accordingly), however, with the excellent support of our sponsors, have been able to offer attendance at the evening for a nominal charge of £10 (although places will be limited this year due to venue capacity and hence early booking is essential!). 

With so many current pressures facing trainees, I hope that we can all take the opportunity to let down our hair a little, and look forward to seeing you all there.

Ben Cresswell
President, ASiT

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission opens: 20 October 2008
  • Conference registration opens: 1 December 2008
  • Abstract submission closing: 11 January 2009 midnight
  • Laparoscopic course application closing date: 25 January 2009
  • Abstract selection announcement: week beginning 26 January 2009
  • Conference registration early-bird closing: 22 February 2009
  • ASiT Conference: 27 - 29 March 2009