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Welcome to Belfast

I am honoured and delighted to invite you to attend the BSPED 2021 Meeting in Belfast. Belfast is a vibrant city with rich historical and cultural heritage as well as world’s top tourist attractions. This is the first time the BSPED Annual Meeting is being held in Northern Ireland so I would like to invite you to experience all that the Green Isle has to offer.

The Meeting is being held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), a purpose-built building with modern facilities. The ICC is located beside River Lagan overlooking picturesque views of the river. The conference dinner will take place on Thursday evening in an iconic building, the City Hall; a historic masterpiece with Renaissance stone exterior coated with elaborate designs, and an interior staircase adorned with exotic Italian marble, giving it a palace-like grandeur. We are organising a fantastic entertainment programme for those attending the dinner with traditional Irish music and dance to unwind, relax and socialise.

Belfast is well connected by frequent flights to all major cities in the UK and Europe via Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. Both these airports have frequent shuttles to the city centre. You may wish to travel via ferry and bring your own car, which will allow you to explore more of Belfast and its beautiful surroundings. There is plenty of accommodation options available to suit everyone’s needs, the majority of which are located within the city centre and are easily walkable to venue.

Our theme for this year is Bridging Experience, Learning From Analysis, Succeeding Together. Please come and join us in Belfast for an exciting scientific programme, to share the experience and learn together with local researchers, experts and clinicians from Ireland and the UK covering a wide range of topics. A lot of hard work and effort has been put in by Programme Organising Committee (POC) to make it a memorable event. Together we have created a diverse programme providing valuable content to paediatric trainees, new consultants, general paediatricians and other related health professionals.

We look forward to meeting you in Belfast in what promises to be an excellent Meeting.

Noina Abid
BSPED 2021 Covenor