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Public health medicine conference 2020

Join us to explore 21st century public health and what it might mean for public health professionals.

Date: 26 February 2020

Location: London

Time: 9:30AM - 6:00PM

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The public health medicine conference 2020 is the BMA's policy forum for public health doctors. This year's theme is '21st century public health' and what it might mean for public health professionals.


The conference provides an opportunity for public health doctors from across the UK to meet and discuss key issues surrounding 21st century public health, particularly focusing on climate change and the growth of socio-economic inequality. You will hear from leaders of the public health community, have the opportunity to network and share experiences, as well as set the policy and negotiating priorities for the BMA public health medicine committee for the coming year. 

This year's conference will include:

  • a focus on the public health implications of climate change and of growing socio-economic inequality as two of the key issues for 21st century public health
  • Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on Climate Change and Public Health
  • opportunities to hear from the BMA on its public health work during the last year, including its representation of public health trainees and to hold it to account on that work
  • debate of motions sent in by you, giving you the chance to decide which issues are important and to influence the work of the BMA in the coming year
  • opportunities to raise and discuss general issues of importance with colleagues in public health and from other branches of medicine.

There will be a teach-in for new representatives at 9.30am with the conference commencing at 10am. Following the close of the conference at 4.40pm, there will be a drinks reception until 6pm, offering more informal networking opportunities.  

Sandy Macara Memorial Lecture

Please note that the Sandy Macara Memorial Lecture is scheduled to take place at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on the evening of Tuesday 28 January 2020. Find out more. 


Motions for debate

There will be an opportunity for all representatives to submit motions for debate that could shape the BMA’s agenda over the coming years. The deadline for submission of motions is midday on Monday 20 January 2020.

Topical motions on issues that arise after the deadline can be submitted up to midday on Monday 24 February 2020. The agenda committee would particularly welcome motions inspired by the theme of the conference. Motions should be submitted by email to [email protected].

Read more about writing a good motion, or for further information on how to draft and submit a motion, please email [email protected].


Attending the conference (BMA members)

Caring responsibilities

Please contact BMA conferences for more information about care facilities for children and dependent adults, which can be provided free of charge including in your own home by your usual care provider. Please send in the request as soon as possible and no later than midday on Friday 31 January 2020, as we cannot guarantee to provide this facility if notice is given after this date.

Travel costs

Reasonable standard class travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendees on production of receipts. You are asked to make every effort to book advance tickets and to make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.

Accommodation costs

The cost of overnight stays will normally only be met if it is necessary for the attendees to leave home before 6.30am. Nonetheless you must gain advance approval for a claim of accommodation costs. If you require the BMA to cover the cost of your overnight accommodation, or have any questions about it, you must email your request in advance to [email protected]Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £205 per night. Delegates will be expected to cover any difference themselves.

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Places at the conference are open on a first come first served basis until the relevant places are filled.

Attendance is free to BMA members and costs £40 for non-members and includes refreshments and a delegate pack.

Non-members are entitled to the BMA rate if they join the BMA when registering. For further information call BMA conferences on 020 7383 6137.  

If, for any reason after registering, you should find yourself no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be allocated to someone else.  


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Email: [email protected]

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