Event Details
Date: 12 October 2020 - 19 October 2020

Location name: VIRTUAL





By Charlotte Skipper, Specialist Audiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals, UK.



The British Society of Audiology (BSA) was due host its annual face-to-face conference in June; however, COVID-19 forced all such face-to-face events to be cancelled. Instead the BSA held the event as an e-conference over the course of a week in October. This is the 4th e-conference the BSA has hosted and this year saw a significant revamp using a different host platform, which meant a more modern design and better ease of use. Like the face-to-face conference, the e-conference was free to BSA members and was attended by over 300 delegates from across the globe. BSA is famous around the world for its recommended procedures. With so many new documents being produced, and old documents being reviewed over the past year, the theme of the event was ‘Recommended procedures’.

There were 14 lectures from Special Interest Group Chairs, researchers and clinicians who helped develop or provided significant evidence towards the recommended procedures. There were two keynote talks from winners of the Thomas Littler Lectureship (Wendy McCracken) and the Thomas Simms Littler Prize (Prof Stuart Rosen). I found this talk particularly interesting; although as audiologists we discuss the difficulties of hearing speech in background noise everyday with patients, revisiting the science behind it enabled me to further my knowledge in this area. It was also great to hear about some of the tinnitus research currently taking place in Nottingham and considering how this may be applied clinically. 

Like a face-to-face conference, there was a range of exhibitors who provided information and videos about their services. Networking in an e-conference is not the same as a face-to-face event, but the BSA successfully provided a way to securely contact exhibitors, speakers and delegates – without being inundated with unwanted contact or marketing. The BSA plans for material to be available to BSA members in the new year. I would like to say a huge thank you to all those at the BSA who made the event possible and to all the speakers and exhibitors.