RCPCH Conference and exhibition - general information

Now you've booked, here's what you need to know - from getting there to booking accommodation, from opening times to refreshments,

Conference opening times

Sunday 12 May

  • Beat the queues - early bird registration open 14:30 - 17:30

Monday 13 May

  • Registration and information desks open 07:30 - 19:00
  • Exhibition hall open 09:00 - 19:00

Tuesday 14 May

  • Registration and information desks open 07:30 - 17:30
  • Exhibition hall open 08:30 - 17:30

Wednesday 15 May

  • Registration and information desks open 07:30 - 16:30
  • Exhibition hall open 08:30 - 15:00 (The hall will start to close down from 14:15, and access will not be permitted to any unauthorised personnel after 15:00 for health and safety purposes.)

Food and drink

As part of your Conference ticket, you'll get a buffet lunch and refreshments at breaks. Make sure you wear your badge at all times so catering staff can identify you. Outside of scheduled breaks you can buy refreshments and other amenities in the onsite ICC Mall.

Our Welcome Drinks reception is on Monday is 17:45 - 19:00 in Hall 3. Included with your Conference ticket, this is an excellent opportunity to meet exhibitors and supporters of Conference, as well as network with senior College officers and fellow colleagues. 

Our Conference dinner will be on Tuesday evening at the Park Regis Hotel. You can find out more and purchase tickets to the dinner.


Birmingham has a wide range of hotel rooms near the Conference venue. We have secured exclusive rates for a variety of budgets - take a look and book your hotel.


We are pleased to offer 20% off on Virgin Trains advance fares - find and book your train.


A creche service is available to delegates at no additional cost, and is for children of all ages. You can book this when you register for Conference. Or, contact us at conference@rcpch.ac.uk. All creche reservations must be made by 11 April.

Poster presentations

If you're presenting a poster, you will have been sent details. You must put up your poster on your allocated day in the gallery of Hall 3 at 09:00. Poster boards will be laid out in numerical order (by poster number) within specialty groups. Your board will have a header panel with your poster title and number, and a small amount of Velcro. If you need help or more Velcro, find us at the College stand or registration desk.

You don't need to stand with your poster all day. But, we recommend you are with it in the refreshment breaks when you can meet with other delegates.

You will need to remove your poster by the following times:

  • Monday - by 19.00
  • Tuesday - by 17.45
  • Wednesday - by 14.15

For full details, you can download the poster presentation guidelines below

Instructions for speakers

If you're presenting an oral abstract or or delivering a presentation as part of a workshop, you don't need to send your presentation in advance.

When you arrive, you should take the digital copy of your presentation to the Media Suite, which is open each day of Conference from 07:30. One of the helpful technicians will check your slides and then send to the room where you will be presenting.

For full details, you can download presentation guidelines below.


If you are being awarded a prize, or if you would like to ensure that you see a specific prize presentation, see the below schedule. All prizes will be awarded by the RCPCH President and Vice President for Education and Professional Development.

Monday 13 May, 10:05-10:20, Hall 1

  • Michael Blacow Memorial Prize
  • PAFTAs (For best Junior Trainee, Senior Trainee and Educational Supervisor)
  • Jisma Joseph award
  • Lal Bagh award
  • Paul Polani award
  • SPARKS award
  • Donald Paterson award

Tuesday 14 May, 10:05-10:20, Hall 1

  • James Spence Medallist
  • Honorary Fellows
  • Visiting Fellows

Tuesday 14 May, 11:35-13:00, Executive Room 2

  • Tony Jackson - in UK Aspiring Paediatricians session

Conference app

You will be able to download our free Conference app by early May, and it will be available to Apple and Android users. The features include:

  • Build your own agenda
  • Network with other delegates
  • Access full programme, including specialty group symposia
  • Read speaker biographies
  • Book an appointment with an exhibitor
  • Search and read abstracts
  • Provide feedback
  • Get your CPD certificate

Car parking

The closest spaces to the ICC are at the Arena Birmingham on King Edward’s Road, B1 2AA). You can make mobile payments online, quoting location code 5020.

If you are an exhibitor, there is a limited amount of onsite parking - for information, please contact us on conference@rcpch.ac.uk.


The cloakroom is free of charge and open from 08:00 each day of Conference. It is by the front entrance (Centenary Square).

Multi faith prayer room

This is open from 0800-18:00 each day Conference. It is located on Level 3 of the Mall past Starbucks, and can be opened by using the intercom button to security.

Further enquiries

Contact a member of the Conference team at conference@rcpch.ac.uk.