Congress information

The BSHM Congress is held on alternate years at venues throughout the UK. In 2017 the Congress will be held at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh and will run from Wednesday 13th September  to Saturday 16th September 2017.

Anyone is welcome to attend but only registered delegates may present a paper or poster. BSHM members and members of BSHM affiliated societies enjoy discounted delegate rates.

The conference has 4 themes: –
Women in Medicine
Scotland’s contribution and influence
Apothecaries and their successors
Art and photography in Medicine

Papers and posters on any history of medicine subject are also welcome for the general sessions.

Keynote speakers include Philippa Langley MBE, Professor Malcolm Nicolson and Professor David Watters OBE

SSHM Bursaries  The Congress is being organised in conjunction with the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM). Postgraduate students, and early career postdoctoral researchers, who are members of the SSHM and who do not have  access to institutional funds, may apply for conference bursaries from the SSHM.   Details about applications can be found here – https://sshm.org/bursaries/

Undergraduate students enjoy reduced delegate rates of £25 for the 3 days or £10 per day. Undergraduate students of medicine and allied sciences who are registered as conference delegates may apply to the John Blair Trust for bursaries towards conference fees and travel. Click here for an application form

In addition there is a prize of £150 for the best undergraduate student paper and £150 for the best undergraduate student poster.

CPD accreditation has been approved for up to 20 hours of CPD.

Key dates

1st Jan 2017                 Call for abstracts

15th Jan 2017              Early bird registration opens

1st Feb 2017                Abstract submission opens

31st May 2017             Abstract submission closes

7th July  2017               Authors notified about paper acceptance

14th July 2017              Early bird registration closes

15th July 2017              Standard registration opens


For registration and/or abstract submission click here

For  travel and accommodation click here

For provisional programme click here.

For conference keynote lectures and optional events click here