Dear Colleagues,

Applications are invited for the British Society for Haematology Plenary Speaker Programme 2020. We aim to form international partnerships between the BSH and haematology societies in low and middle-income countries, to share knowledge and expertise. 

The BSH has funds available to pay for two BSH members (post-trainee) to present at the following meetings: 

  • The 38th World Congress of the International Society of Hematology, hosted by the Thai Society of Hematology, 13-16th September 2020 in Bangkok. A speaker to talk on genomic approaches to haematological disease has been requested.
  • The Conference of The South African Society of Hematology, 27-29th of August 2020 in Johannesburg. A speaker with subspecialisation in haemostasis is sought.

For the meeting in Bangkok, the speaker will have an exciting opportunity to be part of the ISH 38th World Congress. Additional sessions will include the BSH-ISH Symposium. Workshops and meet the expert sessions will provide further opportunities for engagement. 

The South African Society of Hematology wishes to address relative neglect of bleeding and thrombotic disorder education in their haematology and medical curricula. They would like a speaker with subspecialisation in haemostasis, who is familiar with newer treatments and with laboratory testing. They will arrange further workshops based on the experience of the speaker. These may include sessions with trainees, meetings exploring opportunities for research, or local guideline development.

We hope that the plenary speaker programme will encourage an ongoing exchange of expertise, and we therefore encourage applicants to use this opportunity to collaborate on, for example, co-authored evidence-based guidelines adapted for haematology and transfusion in low and middle-income settings. 

The BSH will cover economy return international flights, accommodation, required visas and subsistence for the speaker. BSH is not able to cover the costs of vaccinations and advises that the volunteer seeks professional advice about required vaccinations.

The closing date for applications is Monday 13th April 2020.

You must be a current BSH member to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel and applicants will be notified of the outcome within 3 weeks of the closing date. This project is evolving and we hope to work closely with our international partner societies and the BSH Plenary Speakers during both planning and evaluation stages. To assess the success of this initiative we will also request written feedback from you after the event. Details of this will be sent nearer the time.

Application Forms:

 We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any queries please contact