BAOMS postpones London-based 2020 ASM until June 2022
The outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic across the UK has meant that the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) has postponed the London 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) until June 2022.
BAOMS President Robert Bentley said: “After careful consideration we have had to postpone the BAOMS June 2020 conference, a decision that I believe to be the only option at a time when our members and their families are involved in a national collective effort supporting the NHS through its greatest challenge in its 72 year history. Unfortunately, we now can’t host the event until June 2022 because of commitments to the ICOMS (International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) 2021 conference in Glasgow.
“This is very disappointing news for us all. The BAOMS team has been working hard and the event plans were completed. However, this does mean we will be able to host a successful conference in London by translating the completed conference programme in its entirety to the June 2022 ASM at London’s Southbank Centre. We are waiting for firm dates from the venue for 2022, and I’ll announce them as soon as I can via our website.
“I very much hope you’ll be able to join us in June 2022 when I look forward to welcoming you to London’s Southbank Centre when we will be back even stronger.
“In the meantime, we are hoping to hold an online event during 2020 with key note presentations and free papers. If this is possible, we will publicise details in due course.
“I can also announce that BAOMS 2021 President Austen Smith is planning a two-day meeting from 15 to 16 April 2021 in Sheffield. This will support the ICOMS 2021 conference taking place in August 2021. There will be further information available later this year.
“From the reflections that I hear of our OMFS teams around the country our specialty is “doing its bit” from within OMFS units, and redeployed as part of the wider NHS health team – often working in difficult and unfamiliar surroundings.
“These are very demanding times, and we wish all of you, your families and departmental teams, the fortitude and strength to face the unprecedented challenges ahead and stay well!
“Keep safe and carry on”