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We invite you to join us 16th - 18th May 2018 and we look forward to welcoming you as the APA Annual Scientific Meeting returns to the “Pool of Life.”

“Welcome to the website for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Gordon Jackson Rees, Liverpool’s pioneer of paediatric anaesthesia, bon viveur, and a man whose career showed how excellence in everyday practice can have a worldwide impact. The Jackson Rees Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital is proud and honoured to mark this centenary by hosting the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. We have a programme which promises to be stimulating as well as entertaining, celebrating “Jack’s” achievements and furthering his legacy as we consider developments in practice and a sustainable future for our specialty. We are especially delighted that Professor Andrew Rees, Professorial Fellow in the Clinical Department of Pathology at the Medical University of Vienna, and son of Dr Gordon Jackson Rees, has agreed to deliver the Jackson Rees memorial lecture.

The elegant St George’s Hall, designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes and opened in 1854 is the venue for all three days of the ASM. A pre-conference half day meeting will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 May, featuring updates in fasting practices and the Critically ill Child presenting to the DGH. On Thursday and Friday, the Concert Room and the Crown Court will provide two unique and contrasting auditoria for parallel lecture streams, on a variety of diverse topics, while the Great Hall will accommodate the trade exhibition and refreshment breaks. There will be hands-on workshops on difficult airway management and ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia, as well as a satellite symposium focussing on pain.

Social events will be held within walking distance of the city centre hotels and St George’s Hall. The conference reception on Wednesday evening will be held at Bluecoat Arts Centre. This is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre, built in the early 18th century, and has UNESCO world heritage and Grade I listing status. On Thursday, Liverpool Town Hall will be the venue for the conference evening which will include an informal dinner and musical entertainment as well as a welcome opportunity to renew old acquaintances.

The city of Liverpool provides the backdrop for the APA Annual Conference, and its compact centre has an abundance of cultural attractions to entice lovers of history, art, music, dining or simply shopping. The friendly, vibrant nature of this historic city will be on full display as the final day of the meeting coincides with LightNight 2018. Last year’s LightNight showcased 140 arts, cultural and heritage events across 50 city centre venues. With the 2018 festival promising to be even bigger, the conference provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend break as well as attending to professional development.

Colin Dryden
Colin Dryden
Local Organising Committee Chair

Karen Bartholomew
Karen Bartholomew
Meetings Secretary

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