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President’s Welcome

Nicola Fearnhead

On behalf of the Programme Committee for ACPGBI’s 2020 Annual Meeting, we look forward to welcoming you to the vibrant city of Edinburgh this summer for a conference packed with high quality scientific content, world class speakers and some novel twists.

This conference is inspired by TIME. We are planning a thoughtful, inspiring, motivational, exciting programme and will focus on key issues of our times – our time, your time, looking beyond our times….

Major ACPGBI initiatives, such as debate about mechanical and oral antibiotic bowel preparation, the IMPACT programme in advanced colorectal cancer and our plans for STRIVE quality improvement in IBD surgery, will be included.

The 2020 programme integrates sessions and lectures from The Dukes’ Club, The Pelvic Floor Society, the Association of Coloproctology Nurses and ACPGBI’s ever proactive Patient Liaison Group.

Join us at the EICC this July, enjoy Edinburgh’s fine cultural heritage and take the opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from across the global community. Look forward to seeing you there!

Nicola Fearnhead, President ACPGBI


Thoughtful, Inspiring, Motivational, Exciting

Colorectal Masterclass

Monday morning will open with ACPGBI’s new Colorectal FOCUS Masterclass, a rolling programme over three years of core update topics delivered by national and international leading experts.


As always, we shall bring you the latest breaking trials and shall also be showcasing the best of colorectal research in our RESEARCHFLIX.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote speakers will cover IBD surgery in the era of biologics, functional outcomes after rectal cancer surgery, the power of digital technology for surgical patients, and training colorectal surgeons.

Emergency Surgery

There will be a strong focus on emergency general surgery, as ACPGBI unveils its Guidelines in Emergency Colorectal Surgery.

Tripartite 2020 Vision

With an eye on the Tripartite meeting in Auckland in November 2020, we’ll bring you highlights from Tripartite 2020 Vision collaborations.


The best abstracts can be presented in six oral presentation sessions, including the BJS prize session, and at daily electronic poster rounds.


Our time, your time, looking beyond our times…

TIME Talks

Watch out for our specially commissioned series of charismatic TIME Talks for a completely different perspective on our day jobs.

Network launch

The Early Years Consultant Network will be launched to provide peer support and guidance for consultants at the start of their careers.

TIME Workshops

We shall address professional challenges encountered by our Members during their working lives with a series of themed TIME Workshops considering mentorship, returning to work after a career break, burnout, financial planning and voluntary work overseas.