The 2016 Joint Symposium of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) and the International Feline Retrovirus Research Symposium (IFRRS) will be held in Bristol in the United Kingdom. The Symposium will open at 5 pm on Sunday October 16th and close at 1 pm on Wednesday October 19th, and will be held at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel in the heart of Bristol on the harbourside, promising an exciting mixture of abstracts and keynote speaker presentations.
The event will begin with a Sunday evening keynote speaker session at 6 pm followed by drinks and a light buffet, with an introduction to the poster session. On Monday October 17, two concurrent sessions will run (ISCAID and IFRRS). On Tuesday October 18, there will be a combined ISCAID/IFRRS session together with a clinician day with seminars on important and relevant clinical infectious disease topics for general veterinary practitioners. A symposium dinner will also be held on the historic SS Great Britain ship on Tuesday, which is optional for attendees. On Wednesday October 19, there will be a half-day session on hot topics in companion animal infectious diseases, followed by a provision of a packed lunch and departures at 12:30 pm. The entire program can be found on the ISCAID website (www.iscaid.org/meeting.info) including the newly updated abstract program.
We want to thank our Platinum Sponsors for the event, Bayer Animal Health, IDEXX Laboratories, Merial, Merck Animal Health / MSD Animal Health and Zoetis, who make this Symposium possible. Veterinary Sciences and Langford Veterinary Services are also thanked as Bronze Sponsors.
Bristol is less than a 2 hour drive from Heathrow airport in London and Bristol airport can be reached by many international flights via Amsterdam, Brussels or Dublin. Bristol is also less than 20 minutes away from the beautiful City of Bath.
How do I become an ISCAID member?
You can become an ISCAID member by signing up on our website http://www.iscaid.org/membership-signup.
Where should I stay for the symposium?
The ISCAID symposium is being held at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA for which special room rates (including breakfast) have been negotiated both for the nights of the symposium and for additional nights immediately before or after the symposium, should delegates wish to extend their stay. The hotel is in the centre of Bristol close to the harbourside, and is well placed for visiting the city and nearby Bath. It also has excellent facilities including a pool and gym (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/brsry-bristol-marriott-royal-hotel/). The negotiated rates comprise £120 for single occupancy in a room and £130 for dual occupancy in a room, including breakfast. These rates are available until 23rd September 2016 and are available on a first come, first serve basis only, so please book early.
How do I book my room?
You can do this by phone or online.
By phone: from the UK please dial 0800 221 222, if you are outside of the UK please click on the link below to find the individual country telephone numbers that you need to phone to book rooms
and quote E5I (Echo Five India) when booking to get the above negotiated rates
Online: please use the following link
Book your group rate for ISCAID
and reserve your room for the dates you require. Do not use other reservation pages, as this link is made especially for ISCAID and includes the negotiated rate.
Please email email@example.com who is in charge of our symposium at the Marriott hotel and should be able to help.
NB. All invited ISCAID speakers should contact Lisa directly to book their hotels as outlined in their speaker contract.
Will refunds for registration be permitted?
Due to charges implemented by Paypal for refunds and our need to submit payments for the symposium in advance, there will be no refunds for registration after August 1.
What are my transport options getting to the event?
How do I travel to Bristol? Easily! Bristol is accessible by air, train and road.
Eleven scheduled airlines serve 107 direct destinations to Bristol International Airport (http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/), and multiple daily flights to Bristol from the major hubs of Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Brussels & Dublin, making inward connections easy from many parts of the world. The city of Bristol is easily reached from Bristol Airport by the Airport Flyer Express (http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/bristol-airport-flyer-express £11 return, £7 single), which takes you to Bristol Coach Station, ~10 minute walk from the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. Taxis are also available from Bristol Airport to take you direct to the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel (http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/taxis ~£28 each way),
Alternatively delegates can fly to Heathrow Airport (http://www.heathrow.com/) and use the National Express coach service to Bristol Coach Station (http://www.nationalexpress.com/airports.aspx ~£45 return) – these coaches serve all of the Heathrow terminals regularly and take around 2 hours 20 minutes to get to Bristol. Getting to Bristol from Heathrow is more complicated as this may involve going to London Paddington train station by the Heathrow Express and then getting a train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads train station (see below).
Bristol is ideally located for road access from London, Birmingham and the rest of the UK, with the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways located just to the north of Bristol and the M32 providing direct access to the centre. From the M4, exit at junction 19 (signpost to Bristol) and follow the M32 into the city centre. From the M5, exit at junction 18 and follow the A4 Portway (signpost to Bristol Airport). The north of the city is best accessed from junction 17 of the M5.
Trains run every 30 minutes from London, Cardiff and Birmingham to Bristol. Bristol has two mainline train stations; Bristol Temple Meads (city-centre) is the one that is closest to the conference venue (Bristol Parkway is in north Bristol – quite a distance from Bristol city centre). From Bristol Temple Meads there are bus services that take you into the city directly or taxis are available to the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.
Further information is available at http://www.iscaid.org/meeting-info
We look forward to welcoming you in Bristol!
Séverine Tasker, Linda Wooldridge, Louise Longstaff, Emily Barker
University of Bristol