Clinical Academics in Training Conference

Our Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC) 2022 took place in Bristol on Thursday 19 May. This was a unique cross-specialty event designed to bring clinical academics together to present their work, network with one another and with senior researchers.

CATAC 2022 was the Academy's first large in-person event and was hosted at the Bristol Harbour Hotel. We also live-streamed a large portion of the event sessions, which you can watch back via the video below. CATAC 2022 was hosted by Professor Jane Norman FMedSci and Professor John Iredale FRSE FMedSci, and included post-doctoral and pre-doctoral oral competitions, poster competitions, and a wonderful keynote speech delivered by Professor Charlotte Summers, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine. The full agenda and abstract booklet from CATAC 2022 are available to download.

CATAC is the only UK-wide cross-speciality conference for all aspiring clinical academics 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.

CATAC willl next be held in 2023, more information will appear on this webpage nearer the time.

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If you were unable to attend CATAC either in-person or virtually, you can watch some of the event sessions on this video. This includes all plenary competition presentations and a wonderful keynote speech from Professor Charlotte Summers.



Registration to attend or compete at CATAC is currently closed. This page will be updated once we have more information regarding registration for CATAC 2023.

If you are attending an Academy event, please familiarise yourself with the Academy's safe space policy

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


COVID-19 measures in place at CATAC 2022:

This information was circulated to all CATAC 2022 attendees priort to the event. These protocols were in place not only to protect our attendees, but also with the forethought that many individuals in attendance were due to return to work the day after CATAC in hospitals across the UK.

  • 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.
  • 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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