Welcome to Glasgow

Our centenary meeting in Glasgow from 10th -12th’ June promises to be an event of a lifetime with a strong line up of speakers and faculty member covering the full spectrum of emergency and elective general surgical practice. It will include cutting edge research, discussions on legal and human factors, and a range of educational symposia on diverse topics. The conference will cover what you need to know about the generality of the surgery in your day-to-day life – things that are typically not covered in subspecialty association meetings.

Essentially, there will be something for everybody whatever your chosen subspecialty. There will be talks from national as well as international experts who would be difficult to find under one roof in any meeting in the world and if you are that way inclined, opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and friends from all over in the vibrant city of Glasgow.

We have:

  • Nikki Henderson, the youngest ever Round-the-World skipper to talk to us about leadership in the 2020s
  • an international line-up of speakers for our Robotics symposium, as well as experts in cancer surgery to talk about the future of gastrointestinal cancer.  
  • a joint Society of Academic and Research Surgeons/ASGBI symposium looking at the “best three papers” in robotics, collaborative research, and emergency general surgery.  
  • a very important “Training in the 2020s” symposium looking at the changes to training in the future as well as a look at how modern training now looks.

We are pleased to partner with GESTS to provide the latest up to date management of emergency surgery and trauma, particularly focusing on “Don’t make a bad situation worse” and the ever popular “tips, tricks and error traps”.

We have a forward-thinking NIHR innovation symposium looking at the latest breakthroughs in innovation and the next possible technologies to impact our practice.  

We are pleased to announce the first ever General Surgery CESR workshop in recognition of the importance of our SAS doctors who provide such a vital service in the NHS. This half-day workshop will cover all aspects of how to apply for a CESR and a future career.

As we enter a new decade, the sustainable unit of the future is looked at:

  • what makes staffing safe and sustainable?
  • mentoring and coaching
  • how to get a good work-life balance
  • how to build resilience.  

Professor Peter Brennan will talk about Human Factors and how we can break down barriers in theatre to make a more productive and safer environment for our patients. Finally, we have a hernia symposium on abdominal wall reconstruction and the dilemmas in the emergency setting, and we close the meeting with our “Bad Day On Call” symposium where interesting and challenging emergency cases are discussed.

For the trainees, they will have the fantastic opportunity to showcase their research and other academic work to the leaders of surgery in the country and get noticed. The meeting will offer them visibility very few platforms in the UK can compete with.  In addition to the usual Moynihan prize, researchers can also compete for a new RCSEd/ASGBI centenary medal that will be awarded to the best free oral presentation. All accepted abstracts will, as usual, be published in the British Journal of Surgery.

All in all, this is a conference you would not want to miss. The world of surgery is changing rapidly and so are the needs of the surgeons. As a champion of surgeons for last 100 years, ASGBI has a track record of representing your issues. We know that surgeons are increasingly concerned about work-life balance, gender imbalance, and unsustainable work patterns. We want to hear from you and present policymakers with viable solutions for the future. Get involved!


Headline Speakers


Professor Steve Moeng

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, South Africa

Nikki Henderson

Youngest ever skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Professor Tim Pawlik

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, USA


Professor Des Winter

St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin


Professor Ewen Harrison

University of Edinburgh


Professor Susan Moug

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley

Mr Euan Dickson

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Ms Stella Smith

Central Manchester University Hospitals

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Education Sessions



Key Dates

2nd September 2019 - Abstract Submission Open
1st October 2019 - Very Early Bird Registration Open (members only)
1st November 2019 - Early Bird Registration Open (all)
31st January 2020 - Abstract Submission Closes
6th March 2020 - Acceptance Notifications to authors
28th April 2020 - Early Bird Registration Closes (all)

Further Information

ASGBI Secretariat
Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7304 4776