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4th BEAT-PCD Conference and 5th PCD Training School

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The meeting will be held in Poznan: 26 – 29 March 2019.
Venue: Mercure Poznan Centrum hotel

There is a lot of detail, so please read to the end, and take action.

The combined format of Conference and Training School has proved universally popular over the last two years. We therefore plan a similar format with some workshops and talks shared whilst others will be aimed primarily at either Early Career or Senior Researchers / Clinicians. In addition to plenary talks, a substantial amount of time has been reserved for oral presentations by young and senior members of BEAT-PCD; these talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts (research data, BEAT-PCD project updates and proposals, STSMs).  An outline of the programme is attached to help you plan your travels; more detailed preliminary programmes will be circulated in the near future. The Conference programme will be finalised upon the selection of the oral presentations. You are therefore invited to submit your abstract, register for the meeting and book your hotel room ASAP!

Registration and Abstract submission deadline:  15 January 2019

Please note we had to close registration early last year due to over-subscription, so please book early!

Presentations from project groups: if you have a BEAT-PCD project which has started or is in the planning stages, we would love you to give a short presentation. Please send a brief outline and nominate a presenter to Bruna Rubbo (

Research Abstracts:

Send your abstract submissions directly to Bruna Rubbo ( Myrona Goutaki  (myrofora.goutaki@ispm.unibe.chby 15 January. The Conference and Training School committee will then select submissions for oral presentations sessions and poster discussion.

BEAT-PCD abstract template

Do not forget to register for the Conference before submitting an abstract. Based on previous Conferences, all relevant abstracts have been accepted and therefore there is a good chance you will have the opportunity to present your work. In previous years we have had to close registration early due to over-subscription and we will not be able to accommodate those who have their abstracts accepted but have not registered for the Conference. So please do register (free) and if for any reason, at a later date, you are no longer able to attend, contact Lynn Reeves ( as soon as possible to cancel your registration and open up a spot for someone on the waiting list.

This year, for abstracts selected as posters, authors will have the opportunity to present them briefly (strict 2 minute presentation followed by 3 minutes of discussions) in the main conference hall. Please note that we will be following the 2018 ERS ‘Poster Discussion’ format and presenters must adhere to their allocated time.

Please remember to tick the correct option (Yes/No) on the abstract template to indicate whether you give permission for your abstract to be published in the Open Access report of the Conference/ Training School Proceedings.

We strongly encourage you all, especially early career researchers (ECRs) of the BEAT-PCD network, to submit your work and take advantage of the opportunity to give an oral presentation to an audience interested in your field, as this is relatively rare for trainees at other conferences. We recommend that ECRs submit their abstracts early and indicate on registration if they will be requesting reimbursement.  At all past Conferences we have been able to provide reimbursement to all trainees that submitted an abstract. Best presentations and posters will be awarded prizes at the meeting.


Registration: Please register using the following link:

Booking of hotel rooms and travel: Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and arranging transport. We recommend that delegates stay at the conference hotel (Mercure Poznan Centrum) and a limited number of reduced price rooms have been reserved as follows:
o             100 single rooms with breakfast (330 PLN/night, approx 76 EUR)
o             20 double rooms with breakfast (390 PLN/night, approx 82 EUR).
Participants can book the rooms on their own with the hotel, sending an email to the following address: OR use code name "BEAT-PCD Conference".
Poznan-Ławica International Airport is located only 7 kilometres from the city centre. It provides multiple continental connections with major airline hubs (Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Copenhagen, London or Warsaw). The airport is also situated right near the motorway to Berlin and Warsaw.
Further travel related information is available at the following site:

Conference Dinner: Will be on Wednesday 27 March. Most likely venue is Concordia restaurant, (, which is just over the street from the conference venue. Please book a ticket for the dinner when you register on Eventbrite (there is a separate tab) and indicate any dietary requirements. 

Welcome Reception: Additionally on this occasion there will be a Welcome Reception on Tuesday 26 March at the Conference venue. There will be drinks and “nibbles”! - for catering purposes, again, please book a ticket on Eventbrite (separate tab) and indicate dietary requirements.

Reimbursement: According to COST rules reimbursement applies to Management Committee members, and invited speakers (Key note lectures and Workshop Facilitators). We can also contribute to travel and accommodation of approximately 50 young members. There will possibly be sufficient funding for a few additional senior clinicians and researchers. Please register early if you require reimbursement.

For questions about the programme or reimbursements please contact:  Lynn Reeves (

The 5th BEAT-PCD Conference and 4th PCD Training School has received the support of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS,, which is a national research institution serving development, promotion, integration and dissemination of science. Moreover, the MedTube platform (, the largest medical multimedia platform for professionals, sharing +20,000 videos, courses, images and documents, has agreed to become the media patron of this BEAT-PCD event..

We look forward to seeing you in Poznan!

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