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Programme Summary

Details of the programme plenaries and parallel sessions will follow the review of Abstracts in April 2017.  The format of the 3 day event is however in place and while it may be subject to change we can offer you information on start and finish times on each day and the intended format. In the meantime, we await your valuable abstract submissions!.


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.


We will be inviting poster contributions via our site link from January 2017 and they will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. We expect delegates will have access to over 300 posters during the conference, which will also be published on our website.  

Keynote speakers

We have 7 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 already committing to our Edinburgh event bringing a truly international representation. Once the full 3 day programme emerges after the review of the Abstracts completes in May 2017, we will also confirm our final and full list of keynote speakers.


At EPICOH 2017 we are hoping to have the support of some of the foremost institutes and research organisations at the conference. Opportunities to exhibit or sponsor are now being considered.

If you would like to discuss having an exhibition booth in the main coffee and dining area during the event or would like to discuss other sponsorship opportunities then please contact us for more information.  or simply download the information sheet.

Opening Reception

This will be held at the EICC on Monday 28th August and ill 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 Conference Chair as well as invited dignatories and will include our first key note speaker.  The reception will follow at 7.30pm and will conclude at 8.30pm. It will be followed by the opportunity to watch the Festival Fireworks Display at 9pm which marks the end of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe events.

Gala Dinner

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. Registration will open in September 2016. 


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