COMAR (conference of medical academic representatives) 2020

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COMAR is the BMA’s policy forum for medical academics, organised annually by the BMA’s medical academic staff committee (MASC) - this year the event will be held virtually.

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Free for members and non-members.

All doctors engaged in medical academic activities – research, education and training and innovation – who may be based in higher education institutions, in the NHS, in industry and beyond – are welcome, irrespective of the stage of career. 

Dental academics (at all stages of their career) are also welcome.

This meeting will be conducted virtually on Microsoft Teams.



The event will focus on academic themes resulting from the COVID crisis. This will allow for information, the exchange of views and for attendees to comment on and help determine the direction of MASC during this time. The programme will include:

  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard will give the keynote address entitled Academic leadership at the time of the coronavirus crisis. She will cover the subject as a clinician (GP), academic (teaching / research / training), past president of the RCGP and current president of the Academy of Medical Royal College
  • Dr Jane Greatorex, senior tutor at Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge will give a keynote address on the role of an academic virologist during a pandemic.
  • updates from MASC and the BMA on topics related to the theme
  • information on electing MASC and the officers for COMAR for the coming year.

Who can attend?

All places are now open for registration. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There is room for both trained and trainee representatives from all universities, and from all devolved nations in the UK and from all regions of England.

You should indicate your institution or workplace on the registration form. MASC would like all parts of the medical academic sector to be represented. You can find out more information about your eligibility from the MASC secretariat at [email protected].

You do not need to be a BMA member to take part, but non-members will first need to register with the BMA website.

Attendance is free.

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.



We do not expect that the format will allow us to debate motions.

However, once you have registered for COMAR you can submit a motion to the COMAR agenda committee for consideration for putting forward to the ARM. Please send them to [email protected] The deadline for motions is noon on Friday 10 July.

Read our advice on how to write a good motion (which should increase the chances of it being debated).


Caring responsibilities

Please contact Winifred Annan on [email protected] 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 in any event no later than Friday 10 July 2020 as we cannot guarantee to provide this facility if notice is given after this date.

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