Clinical Academics in Training Conference

Our Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC) is taking place in Bristol on Thursday 19 May. This unique cross-specialty event is designed to bring clinical academics together to present their work, network with one another and with senior researchers.

CATAC 2022 will be an in-person event in Bristol, with live-streamed talks. It will be hosted by Professor Jane Norman FMedSci and Professor John Iredale FRSE FMedSci. As in past years, the conference will include post-doctoral and pre-doctoral oral competitions, as well as poster competitions. This year our keynote talk will be delivered by Professor Charlotte Summers, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine. The full agenda and abstract booklet are now available to download.

CATAC is the only UK-wide cross-speciality conference for all aspiring clinical academics (within medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences) currently working in the UK. Although our competitions are for early career clinical academics, anyone is welcome to attend CATAC, whether you are a medical student, a mid-career or senior researchers, or someone who works in the health or life sciences sectors.   



IMPORTANT: Due to unforseen circumstances we have had to change the venue for CATAC 2022. The conference will now be held at Bristol Harbour Hotel, 55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT.

CATAC 2022 will have the following competitions:

  • Post-Doctoral Plenary Competition – 10-minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience, scored by a panel of judges.
  • Pre-Doctoral Plenary Competition – 5-minute oral presentation, followed by 2 minutes of questions from the audience, scored by a panel of judges.
  • Poster Competitions – 2-minute presentation of poster, followed by 1 minute of questions, scored by a small number of judges. Posters will be grouped according to the following four categories:
    • Applied health services research; Epidemiology; Population health services
    • Cellular and molecular biology; Genetics
    • Inflammation; Infection; Immunity
    • Neurology; Neuroscience; Imaging; Technology


Registration for CATAC 2022 is now closed. This page will be updated with the livestreaming link to watch on the day. If you are attending the event please familiarise yourself with the Academy's safe space policy

If you have any queries regarding the CATAC 2022 event, please email us at:


COVID-19 measures

We are aware that for many of you this will be one of the first large in-person events you have attended since the COVID-19 pandemic started. With this in mind, please be aware of the following with regard to COVID-19:

  • If you or anyone you live with tests positive for COVID-19, or presents with symptoms of COVID-19, prior the event, please do not attend.
  • If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, please only attend if you can confirm you are no longer testing positive.
  • These protocols are in place not only to protect the other attendees, but also with the forethought that many individuals in attendance will return to work the day after CATAC in hospitals across the UK.
  • We encourage you to wear a mask where possible during the course of the event, and particularly when social distancing is not possible.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be positioned throughout the venue.
  • In line with government guidance and with the suspension of free lateral flow tests, we no longer require attendees to test prior to attending our events. If you are able to take a lateral flow test before the event, we would encourage you to do so, but this is not a requirement. 


This event is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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