Scientific Programme

The 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society for Haematology has a packed agenda across three main days. With speakers from all aspects of haematology, the event is guaranteed to cater for all specialisms and will be a highlight in the haematology calendar.

The overarching theme for this year’s event is “Better Science, Better Treatment”. Each day’s sessions will include content around the advancement of science.

The full programme will be released on 24th January 2018. Here are some of the highlights so far.

Monday 16 April

The combined British Society for Haematology and American Society of Haematology plenary session will launch the conference. Entitled, ‘The Appliance of Science’ this collaboration between our two societies is now in its third year and will include speakers from both sides of the Atlantic.

The MacFarlane Biggs Lecture will follow this, given by Professor Johannes Oldenburg, on ‘Current and Future Treatments in Haemophilia’.

Tuesday 17 April

Tuesday’s programme includes a wide range of topics across five parallel sessions. One of the key sessions on this day is the Presidential Symposium, and we are delighted to announce that Professor Willem H Ouwehand and Dr Louise Wood will be speaking.

This year the Dacie Wilkinson Bequest Lecture will be presented by Professor Bob Löwenberg who will be presenting a talk on “Improving Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia”.

The Crucible session is a new addition to the programme in which five doctors in training will be presenting on the theme ‘How do haematologists do most harm to patients’? Criteria for judging the candidates will be: the quality and originality of the content of their talk; presentation skills and responses to questions, before we announce the winner.

Wednesday 18 April

Always a highlight of the programme, the Lymphoma Debate will take place on the final day of the meeting This session will see two speakers debate the topic “CAR-T cell therapy will become the standard of care for relapsed high grade B cell lymphoma within 5 years” which is guaranteed to be a lively session.

The prestigious BSH Medal Lecture will be presented by Professor John Porter and will focus on ‘New developments in iron metabolism’.

The final day will conclude with the Take Home Messages session. This will be chance to hear an overview of the key sessions and learning points from the congress.

Other highlights

In addition to the main scientific programme we are delighted to offer again ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions. These will be a great opportunity to hear from key haematology professionals within small scale forums.

This year we have16 sponsored symposia taking place across the Monday and Tuesday. These provide a great chance to hear from the haematology industry on latest industry trends, updates and research.

Book your place

We look forward to welcoming you to what is sure to be an outstanding conference. Register your attendance before 31 January to enjoy discounted early bird rates. 


Initial outlines of the 2018 programme can be downloaded below:

Monday 16 April 2018

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Wednesday 18 April 2018


Monday 16 April 2018

07:45 – 08:45   Meet the Expert sessions

09:00 – 09:15   Welcome address

09:15 – 10:30   Plenary session

10:30 – 11:00   Refreshment break

11:00 – 12:30   Concurrent sessions

12:45 – 13:30   Plenary lecture

13:30 – 14:30   Lunch

14:30 –16:00   Concurrent sessions

16:00 – 16:30   Refreshment break

16:30 – 18:45   Sponsored Symposia and Meet the Expert sessions

19:00 - Late      Conference party

Tuesday 17 April 2018

08:00 – 09:30   Concurrent sessions

09:30 – 10:00   Refreshment break

10:00 – 11:30   Concurrent sessions

11:45 – 12:30   Plenary lecture

12:30 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 15:00   Concurrent sessions

15:00 – 15:30   Refreshment break

15:30 – 17:45   Sponsored Symposia and Meet the Expert sessions

18:00 – 20:00   Poster moderation and President’s Reception in the exhibition hall

20:00 - Late      Faculty dinner

Wednesday 18 April 2018

08:45 – 10:15   Concurrent sessions

10:15 – 10:45   Refreshment break

10:45 – 12:15   Concurrent sessions

12:30 – 13:15   Plenary lecture

13:15 – 14:15   Lunch

14:15 – 15:45   Concurrent sessions

15:45 – 16:15   Refreshments and close

Pitfalls meeting Sunday 15 April 2018 

The initial pitfalls meeting programme can be viewed here.