OBIC 2020 – Postponed
Oxford Examination Schools.
Coronavirus (13 March 2020): Earlier today, a joint policy statement was issued by the Royal Surgical Colleges cancelling all non-essential travel for surgeons and trainees. This, together with institutional travel restrictions, clinical obligations and a significant number of cancellations means that the plan to hold OBIC on the 26 and 27 March is now untenable. We plan to postpone the meeting until later in the year, most likely 7th and 8th December 2020. Hartley Taylor, the conference organisers, will be contacting all delegates and speakers to inform them and to manage holding of bookings for December. Whilst we regret having to postpone the meeting, we are sure that delegates and speakers will appreciate the rationale behind this decision and the importance of the safety of our visitors, communities and the patients we serve.
The Oxford Bone Infection Conference aims to facilitate multidisciplinary team working in the management of complex bone and joint infection. International experts in microbiology and infectious diseases, orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery are invited each year to present their work. Delegates are invited from all these specialities plus from general practice, nurses and allied health care professionals. The programme provides an opportunity for debate, discussion and the exchange of ideas in the rapidly developing field of musculoskeletal infection. There are many opportunities for delegates to present their research and for discussion and social interaction between the disciplines. There will be oral and poster presentations with prizes for the best quality research.
The conference venue, Oxford University Examination Schools, was designed and built by Thomas Jackson between 1876 and 1881. The building stands on a part of the site of the Angel Inn, which is reputed to have been the first Inn in England. Each year thousands of undergraduates sit their exams in this historical Grade II listed building, which is commonly known as the “Schools”. They must wear traditional ‘sub-fusc’, black and white attire which is an Oxford tradition that is still rigidly enforced.
This year there will again be networking and social opportunities including a drinks reception and a conference dinner.
OBIC is organised by Matthew Scarborough, Bridget Atkins, Maria Dudareva, Martin McNally, Alex Ramsden, Jamie Ferguson and Lucinda Barrett from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Michelle Kümin from the University of Oxford.