Plenary programme

We want our delegates to hear the views, thoughts and opinions of the best in their field; we want our delegates to leave Congress with a clearer understanding of what is happening in pathology in order to help better manage their services and their careers.

Our Plenary programme will introduce the milestone achievement of access to HSST for biomedical scientists; a reflection on the challenges of managing the response to the UK COVID-19 pandemic; an overview of how molecular diagnostics is being integrated into our laboratory services, and a future for biomedical scientists that now includes the permission to supply and administer medicines.

The programme will also include a presentation from our new Chief Executive David Wells and his vision for our profession and our Institute. The intensive afternoon programme will conclude with a fascinating talk from Martin Maley on “How much does your blood group control your life?”

This is a programme you cannot afford to miss.

Opening Plenary - Tuesday 15 March 
Time    Talk Speaker
Albert Norman Address

Professor Allan Wilson,
IBMS President
Turning a vision into reality

David Wells,
IBMS Chief Executive
Equality of recognition: Access to HSST for biomedical scientists
Dr Lisa Ayers

Managing the UK response to the COVID-19 pandemic -
Lessons learned
Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam


The UK response to the Covid-19 pandemic from a pathology perspective 

Professor Jo Martin

The creation and launch of a Pathology Network 
Joanna Andrew
Integrating molecular diagnostics across hospital pathology
Bruno Ping
How much does your blood group control your life?
Martin Maley
Closing Plenary - Thursday 17 March
Time Talk Speaker
The hidden dangers in the Victorian home
Dr Suzy Lishman CBE
The hidden dangers in the Victorian home

Dr Suzy Lishman CBE, Consultant Histopathologist and Lead Medical Examiner, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

It is a well-known fact that despite our safety-conscious high-tech lives, most accidents still happen in the home. However, take a moment to think back to our Victorian forefathers and the average home became a horror story of hazards and dangers. From the toxic chemicals used in cleaning and even in home remedies to the contents of paint to the flammability of construction materials and furnishings; there is no doubt the Victorian home was an absolute death trap.

Dr Suzy Lishman CBE is our guest speaker for the Closing Plenary and will be delivering a presentation on ‘The hidden dangers in the Victorian home’, which was also the subject of a TV documentary. This is an absolutely fascinating talk that will make sharp knives and boiling chip pans look like child’s play in comparison with what our forebears faced once behind their front doors