It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London for our 2018 Winter Scientific Meeting.
We have an excellent programme for you, ranging widely across plastic surgery. It includes two important eponymous lectures, the McIndoe Lecture to be given by Dr Sarah Pape OBE on burns, an area of practice close to Sir Archibald, and the University of Newcastle John Potter lecture by Dr Mark Clemens, from Houston, Texas and an international expert on BIA-ALCL.
We have several other international speakers: Fiona Wood from Perth, Australia talking on burns, Ed Buchel from Winnipeg, Canada, speaking on microsurgery and giving the S&T Mercian lecture, and Keith Bryant telling us of his experiences as CEO of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
During the meeting there are topics for everyone: burns, microsurgery, limb trauma and reconstruction, medico-legal aspects, aesthetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, sarcoma and oncology, skin cancer, breast surgery (including an introduction to the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority), innovation and research.
On Thursday evening, instead of the usual Association dinner there will be a fundraising charity ball for BFIRST, the charity that does amazing work in the poorest countries in the world by training and supporting local surgeons to undertake reconstructive plastic surgery, and by offering surgical fellowships. The ball has a James Bond theme and will be at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden.
On Friday I am delighted that this year there is a long overdue session for plastic surgery nurses and allied healthcare professionals in the specialty, such key members of our teams. BAPRAS Council agreed that they should attend free of charge, and we welcome them. I hope that this will be the first of many such sessions.
London always has much to offer to visitors, and I hope very much that you will enjoy this meeting, not only the scientific parts, but also the networking and socialising.
President 2017 and 2018