BSI Congress for all

Ensuring that the BSI Congress is accessible to all is extremely important to us. This year for our Congress in Liverpool, on 2–5 December, we are rolling out new initiatives to help those with carer needs to attend. Our aim is to make this event accessible to as wide an audience as possible.    

Venue accessibility

Information on venue accessibility and onsite facilities provided by the ACC Liverpool can be found on the venue page.

Carers' fund

Ensuring that the BSI Congress is inclusive is extremely important to us. This year, we have launched a new grant scheme for those who have caring responsibilities at home, whether this is looking after children or older members of the family, or those that need carers themselves. This grant is intended to go towards the cost of the attendee’s care arrangements during the time they are attending BSI Congress. The grants will be worth up to £300 each and you will need to be a BSI member to apply.

Full information about this scheme and an application form is available on the main BSI website at

The deadline for applications to this grant scheme is Friday 11 October 2019. Any applications received after this time cannot be accepted.

Children and babies at Congress sessions

Babies under the age of 1 are welcome within the congress and poster sessions. As well, nursing mothers are welcome to bring their child into congress and poster sessions. All other children are not permitted into the sessions. When attending sessions, we kindly ask that parents be mindful of other delegates and take any babies out of the room if they are making a lot of noise. Children must not be left unattended at any time.

Please note that the deadline for registering for the creche was Friday 15 November and bookings for this service have now CLOSED.

Children and babies at social events

The congress social events are not designed with children and babies in mind, however babies under 1yr may attend with a parent if alternative childcare cannot be arranged. Children aged 1-11yrs are not permitted to attend due to the nature of the events. Children 12yrs and over may attend the poster sessions. Children of any age are not permitted to attend the Congress party due to the nature of the event.

Please note alcohol will be served at all social events.


BSI Congress 2019 is pleased to announce the details of our crèche facilities for delegates wishing to bring their children to Congress.

These facilities will be significantly subsidised by the BSI throughout the Congress programme including over the period of the poster sessions.

Our chosen provider is Bluey and Baloo. Fully accredited and committed to providing the highest levels of childcare, Bluey and Baloo will ensure that your child is cared for and entertained throughout their stay. Children of all ages will be catered for. More details can be found on their website.

If you would like to make use of this service please use this link.

This initiative is in addition to other provisions already in place, such as breastfeeding facilities.


You are welcome to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby anywhere at Congress. In addition, there will be a dedicated room for breastfeeding for those who request it.

Access for non-registered parents and carers

You may bring a friend or family member with you to help care for your child whilst you are attending sessions. They will be free to access all public areas but will not be able to access any of the sessions or the exhibition hall.

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Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
9 September 2019

Bursary Application Deadline
11 October 2019

Early Registration Deadline

25 October 2019

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