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Programme Summary

The programme is now published with details of all keynotes, mini-symposia, oral presentations and poster presentations and workshops. While the format of the 3 day event is however in place, it may be subject to change we can offer you information on start and finish times on each day and the intended format.

Upon registration at the conference we can update you with any changes and answer all your questions.

Scientific Programme

The conference theme of "Eliminating Occupational Risk : Translating Research into Action" aims to focus on drawing together the latest work from our scientists around the world and synthesize the conclusions into a series of actions that we can seek to implement in our work.

Presenters Instructions

We received almost 480 abstracts and our Scientific Committee have now placed them into our conference programme. Presenters will have been notified of their place in the programme by mid July.

Instructions for Presentation and for Posters can be found here

Opening Reception

This will be held at the EICC on Monday 28th August and will commence at 6.30pm and will allow delegates to familiarise themselves with the venue location and enjoy complimentary canapes and drinks and the opportunity to meet and chat with colleagues.  The conference will be opened by welcome speeches from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Conference Chair and will include our first key note speaker.  The reception will follow at 7.45pm and will conclude at 9.00pm. It will be followed by the opportunity to watch the Festival Fireworks Display at 9.30pm which marks the end of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe events.

Gala Dinner

"A Night at the Museum"

Our gala dinner and conference "party" will be held in one of Edinburgh's most iconic venues, the National Museum of Scotland, which is in close proximity to the hotels and the conference venue. It takes place on Wednesday 30th August and promises to be a night of traditional Scottish hospitality, fun, music and dance. We hope you can join us by booking places at the event. As a delegate, EPICOH 2017 will subsidise your gala dinner booking, but you will need to register and confirm your attendance when registering as a delegate.

The event is now fully booked. 

Social Programme

We are pleased to offer delegates a range of optional events from Sunday 27th to Wednesday 30th August to help you enjoy your visit to Edinburgh and Scotland. This includes educational visits and social activities and networking opportunities. Of course, you are free to enjoy many of the other events that Edinburgh offers at this time and in particular the weekend before the conference from the world famous Military Tattoo and Fireworks to Festival events (street theatre and theatre productions) and general sightseeing and shopping.

Keynote speakers

We have 5 main plenary sessions over the 3 days and a planned series of 7 parallel sessions each of 6 presentations. We are pleased to have some of the foremost authorities on epidemiology committed to our Edinburgh event, bringing a truly international representation.


At EPICOH 2017 our 6 exhibitor opportunities are now fully booked.

Session Chairs

If you are chairing any part of the conference, please find general instructions for chairing the sessions


For the last seven years, Edinburgh has retained its position as the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings.