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Winter Scientific Meeting 2021

Key Details

Recordings from the lectures will be available for all those that booked for WSM 2021 from Saturday 16 January 2021 on the WSM 2021 platform

Winter Scientific Meeting 2021 – an update

At the time of writing, we know that the latest pandemic surge has had a very significant impact on many of our members in different locations and teams around the UK and Ireland. It is an extremely challenging time for the speciality, and for our national health services, and the Association remains committed to supporting its members.

As you may be aware, we are due to hold our major national conference, WSM 2021, in just under a week’s time; we had already planned this as a virtual meeting instead of the usual face-to-face conference in London. The Board have considered this event carefully, given the current circumstances, and whether it is still viable. We have decided that we should continue with the virtual conference, and in this way we hope to support members by providing high-quality CPD and learning resources.

We do, understand, however, that some delegates may find it hard to attend parts or perhaps any of the live event over the two days. We will, therefore, extend access to the virtual platform from the planned 3 months to 6 months after the event; all the lectures are being recorded allowing you to catch up in your own time, as and when you are ready.

To support members, and to offer full flexibility, we will - of course – allow cancellations and issue full refunds for the meeting to delegates who find themselves unable to view the live event and do not wish access to the recordings of the sessions thereafter. Please email:

We will keep the situation under regular review and will re-evaluate our plans later this week. The success of any meeting, whether virtual or face-to-face, depends on the support of both delegates and speakers. We are acutely aware of the pressures being faced by colleagues, and we wish to balance the need for CPD and the exigencies of the current emergency. We hope that providing a resource that can be accessed either at the time, or later, will suit delegates while not impacting on their work or their rest time.

Mike Nathanson


Winter Scientific Meeting 2021

13 - 14 January 2021


In January 2021 our Winter Scientific Meeting (WSM) will take place in a new online format. As the UK's largest annual anaesthetic and peri-operative medicine conference it attracts over 1,100 attendees each year. This new virtual conference will allow you to learn and network online with colleagues and friends.

  • Access WSM's first-class scientific programme, covering clinical and non clinical subjects
  • Catch up on the latest developments in anaesthesia, while getting valuable CPD
  • Listen to the latest research findings at the Anaesthesia journal session
  • View the record number of e-posters submitted for WSM 2021
  • Meet with industry representatives at the Industry Forum

Special early booking rates for Association members and Common Issue Group association members

By booking for WSM 2021, you will also have priority access to all the conference content from
Saturday 16 January 2021 for 6 months.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
  • Dr Ed Mariano, Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Prof Carol Peden, Professor of Anesthesiology, Chair ASA Perioperative Brain Health Initiative 
  • Featherstone oration from Prof Rachel Collis, Obstetric Anaesthetist Consultant, University Hospital of Wales

Some short videos about what to look forward to at WSM 2021: