The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association is excited to open registration for the BOTA Educational Congress 2017: Celebrating 30 years. This year’s Congress will take place in the wonderful city of Manchester at the exclusive Lowry Hotel.

The Congress will run from the 15th November 2017 – 17th November 2017 and promises a packed schedule and renowned speakers with something for everyone from medical students to pre-CCT trainees!

For more information please click the tabs above and we look forward to welcoming you in Manchester in November!

Best wishes, The BOTA Committee #bota2017

Conference Highlights

Welcome to Manchester

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

We are excited to host our Educational Congress and 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Manchester’s first five star hotel, where luxury meets style

Where things happen for the modern luxury generation. Stay at The Lowry Hotel and you’re putting yourself at the centre of the action — a five-star contemporary hotel where Salford meets Manchester on the banks of the River Irwell. Here the dynamic spirit of England’s north is reflected in our dynamic bar and restaurant, while you can count on our warm convivial service the moment you arrive. The result? A unique experience delivering luxury, vibrancy and a seductive measure of Northern fun.

Congress Registration is now closed


Who can attend?

The conference is open to all grades from medical students to pre-CCT specialty trainees with specific sessions open to various different grades. Training programme directors and Consultants are also welcome to attend.


How much does it cost?

The cost of registration for all delegates is £50.00 which is fully refundable on attendance to the Congress. Delegates can cancel their registration and a refund will be issued until the 3rd October 2017. Refunds will not be issued if cancellations are made after that time or if the delegate doesn’t attend congress. Please note that Eventbrite add on a £3.69 administrative fee which is non-refundable.


What sessions can I attend?

There are multiple streams running on most days catering for different sessions. There are several sessions that are only open to specific trainee grades and have a maximum number of delegates. Allocation to these sessions will be on a first-come first-serve basis. For sessions that are over subscribed, a waiting list will be kept and delegates will be informed closer to the time if they are able to attend a specific session.

Please note, if you apply for a session that is not applicable to your trainee grade e.g. ST4 applying for the Consultant workshop and that session is over subscribed, a trainee of suitable grade will be given preference.

BOTA reserve the right to move delegates to different sessions at any point during the Congress


I want to cancel my registration, who can I contact about a refund?

Please contact [email protected] as soon as possible by the 3rd October 2017.


I’ve submitted an abstract, when will I hear that it’s been accepted?

You will be emailed separately between August and September 2017


Is the gala dinner and pub quiz refunded?

No, delegates will have to pay for these social events separately including any additional guests. If you have signed up to Congress but not the social events on Eventbrite, please visit the Socials tab at the top of the page to book your place at these events.


I’m a medical student, can I attend?

We welcome medical students to participate in Congress with specific sessions such as the Orthopaedics for Juniors organised for you.  Medical student volunteers are sought to help organise, direct and welcome delegates and faculty on all three days of congress. If you would like to be considered for these important roles there is an option to let BOTA know on registering with a certificate of participation guaranteed for all who help out. This option will be indicated when you complete your booking form. You are also welcome to attend the Congress pub quiz and dinner.


BOTA Educational Congress has sold out?! Can I still attend?

Due to the immense popularity of the BOTA Congress this year we have had to unfortunately limit the maximum numbers of people attending as set by the venue. We would encourage any medical student or trainee to join the waiting list as it is possible that trainees who have already signed up may not be able to attend.


I’ve been waitlisted, can I still attend Congress?

Once on the wait list, tickets will be released on a first come first serve basis so BOTA encourages any medical student or trainee to sign up to the wait list as soon as possible.


Can I be informed of my position on the waiting list?

No, BOTA will inform delegates on the wait list once tickets are released and they will have 5 days to sign up otherwise it goes to another person lower down the list.


I need to book study leave and I’m on the waiting list, when will I know if I am able to attend Congress?

BOTA will inform delegates if they are successful at getting a ticket at the very latest 6 weeks before the congress start on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 


I’ve been told I’m presenting but I’m on the waiting list, can I still attend Congress?

Exception to the first-come first-serve rule applies to those delegates who are successful in having a poster or podium presentation and will be informed on how to purchase tickets nearer the time.


I’ve signed up and can’t make Congress, can I cancel?

Please email [email protected] as soon as possible so that a refund can be issued and we can release a ticket to someone on the wait list.


I can’t sign up to the waitlist – why?

Due to the immense popularity of Congress we have had to limit wait list tickets to 75 delegates. If Eventbrite has no option for you to sign up it means the wait list is full. Wait list places may become available if those higher up the list don’t claim their tickets within the time period.


I got released a ticket for Congress but I’ve missed the deadline to sign up. What can I do?

Delegates have 5 days to sign up to congress once their ticket has been released. If you do not claim in this time, your position is lost and you will need to sign up again.


How can I claim my refund?

The refund is dependent on delegates attending all three days of Congress. Delegates attending for fewer than the 3 days will not have their conference registration fee refunded.

The deadline for submitting for abstracts is now closed and presenters notified. Many thanks to all those who submitted.


Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau is the official accommodation booking provider for The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association Conference 2017.

They are delighted to offer specially negotiated accommodation rates for delegates and visitors for a number of different hotels.This accommodation website will be open until 17th October; however early booking is recommended to ensure you are able to book your preferred hotel.

You can book, modify or cancel your accommodation reservation at on their website by clicking here

Social Activities

BOTA is excited to announce that the pub quiz will make it’s return this year on the evening of the first night!  For the bargain price of £10 you get food, and an evening of exciting (and competitive) pub quiz action. Get those teams ready!!

An evening of fine dining and merriment to celebrate 30 years of BOTA. Delegates and their partners are invited to this black tie event at The Lowry Hotel. Welcome sparkling wine, 3-course gourmet meal, wine (half bottle), coffee, petit fours, entertainment and dancing. Secure your place for GBP 55 per person. We are excited to welcome past presidents as well as announce the Trainer of the Year and the Training Programme Director of the Year. 


Bookings for the BOTA dinner are now closed.

Contact Information

If you have any specific queries regarding any aspect of the Congress please email the relevant person below and your email will be replied to as soon as possible.

Congress Programme: [email protected]

Abstract and presentations: [email protected]

Sponsorship: [email protected]

Congress booking: [email protected]



If you are interested in sponsoring the Congress please click the following link: Congress Sponsorship Information 2017


Conference Address

The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH


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