Symposium & Conference updates

Hi folks,

I'm excited to say that interest for our symposium and conference for Oct 2021 is gaining in numbers. Our dates were originally chosen to coincide with the 2020 now 2021 BDDG (British  Doctors & Dentist (recovery) Group convention and I'm pleased to say we have interest from a few of the attendees that would like to follow this event with a visit to the beautiful Isle of Wight and a stay at Somerton Lodge. Somerton Lodge (pictured below) is our alcohol free hotel situated on the Isle of Wight just off the south coast of England.


Other avenues of interest are emerging and it will be exciting to announce when confirmed (we may need a bigger boat).


With persons attending from four or five countries we plan to have an interesting week. Based at Somerton Lodge people will have time to explore the Isle of Wight and take in all its history and beauty.


Times will be set for informal meetings with volunteers leading on their particular specialist subject. A relaxed atmosphere to network, exchange ideas and plan collaborations is proposed. Spend time with like minded people drinking tea (very British) or coffee (very American). We may even lay on home made scones with jam and whipped cream, a particular English speciality.


With so many people from differing parts of the world I couldn't resist the opportunity to put on a small conference as a treat for our Isle of Wight professionals giving them chance to meet and hear from our international and home grown experts. Please let me know if you would like to be part of the presentation team (although time will be limited).The conference will be held in Northwood House. Iconic Northwood House is set in beautiful Northwood Park in the heart of Cowes. The Estate has a rich history of hosting events and celebrations of all kinds.

Purchased in 1793 by George Ward, a successful London merchant,the House was rebuilt and extensively decorated by his son,George Henry Ward. Many lavish parties were thrown by the Wards throughout the Victorian era when the Island was a popular destination for the Royal family. Queen Victoria’s own children often came over from Osborne House along with the rich and famous from all over Great Britain, to enjoy the high society soirées hosted at the House. We will be hiring the room below but set in theatre style.

Some dates and costs

  • 4 - 11 October. Symposium working sessions, visit Isle of Wight. 

  • 7 October. Conference Day, Newport, Isle of Wight.

  • 10 October. Fellowship, respite and English Sunday lunch. 

  • 11 Oct Depart

A standard room for the week (B&B) will cost £535.50 with the restaurant open in the evenings for those wishing to dine in*.


(We have several bookings so far).

*Costs apply