Daytime external view of the Royal Armouries with reflection in the canal.


Robots return to Leeds for the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons conference

Conference Leeds is celebrating a new conference win for the city, as the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting (ALSGBI) returns to Leeds for the first time in over ten years. The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Conference will take place at The Royal Armouries from the 13th to the 15th November 2019 and will bring together over 250 international delegates to promote teaching and training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as key-hole surgery.

This will be the conference’s second time in Leeds, with the event returning to the city for the first time since its last visit in 2006. Leeds was chosen to host the conference once again due to its superb location and excellent resources for those in the healthcare industry, as well as being the home to the President of ALSGBI, Simon Dexter, who works at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The annual conference will take the form of a training day at Ethicon on the 13th November. Surgeons from St James’s and Leeds General Infirmary will perform live surgery at The Royal Armouries on the 14th, followed by a state of the art industry exhibition where delegates will take part in a variety of lectures and teaching sessions on the 15th. As part of the conference, high profile delegates will cover topics such as affordability of advanced healthcare solutions and debates on new technology including Robotic and Technology Enhanced Surgery, which will provide a wider scope for discussion on the use of the technology for surgical purposes – a hot topic in the healthcare industry at the moment.

ConferenceLeeds, assisted in bringing the conference back to Leeds by providing an extensive list of potential venues who had the tech in place to be able to show live surgery taking place for a fantastic delegate experience, and showcased these to the organisers during a trip around the city. They also arranged the conference dinner and President’s drinks reception at Harvey Nichols which delegates will attend on the 14th.

Jenny Traglohan, Executive Director of ALSGBI commented: “We’re so excited to be bringing the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Conference back to Leeds. The city’s prominent healthcare sector made it easy to choose it as our final destination. The key element of the conference is to inspire those working within laparoscopy through extensive training sessions, most notably our live surgery which we’re sure will be a highlight of the conference. We can’t wait to welcome delegates from across the globe for the event, and are confident that the Armouries is the perfect venue in which to do this.”

Claire Heap, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented: “We’re so happy to be welcoming the Association for Laparoscopic Surgeons Conference back to the city for the second time! Leeds has a rapidly strengthening health sector, and being chosen to host this year’s conference is a huge boost for the city. We can’t wait to welcome the delegates and the conference to the city in November and to see the further developments being made within the field as a lasting legacy from the conference.”