Royal College of Anaesthetists postpones Anaesthesia 2020 conference

Published: 11/03/2020

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has taken the decision to postpone its flagship conference Anaesthesia 2020, which was due to take place on between 18 to 20 May 2020 at Old Trafford, Manchester. We have taken this decision due to the on-going global COVID-19 situation and our wish to reduce the risk to our members and the public.

We have been closely monitoring Government guidelines and the situation across the UK, after consideration with our College Council we will be postponing the event until 18, 19 and 20 May 2021. We apologise to all our delegates and partners for any inconvenience caused.

As a medical royal college we have a responsibility to play our part in containing the spread of the virus whilst ensuring the safety of our delegates. Anaesthetists and intensive care practitioners are being called upon to care for patients with COVID-19 and therefore it is in the best interest of the NHS, our members and the wider public to postpone Anaesthesia 2020.

Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “As this is a fast-evolving situation and our members are front-and-centre of the NHS’s work to treat patients infected with COVID-19, we knew it was a critically important decision to make but one which provides clarity to delegates, speakers and partners regarding this year’s event.

“Protecting the health of our members so they can continue their critically important work, but also of our staff, external partners and the public is paramount. With our conference attracting a global audience, we are taking a responsible approach to protecting the health of vast numbers of clinicians from all over the world when they are needed by their patients.”

All delegates, speakers and partners have been informed of the decision and have been transferred to the event in 2021. If delegates are unable to attend the re-scheduled event then full refunds will be available by contacting

Our Annual Dinner, due to have taken place on Monday 18 May 2020 in conjunction with Anaesthesia 2020, has also been cancelled.

All College events and courses making up our education programme in March, April and May have been cancelled. We will continue to contact delegates directly.

We thank our fellows, members, speakers and exhibitors for their understanding and cooperation in this matter.

The College looks forward to welcoming delegates in May 2021 at Old Trafford, Manchester.  Please refer to the below FAQs for more information, or contact

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