Pharmacology 2024

The British Pharmacological Society's annual Pharmacology meeting will be held in the charming spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Known for its elegant architecture, beautiful gardens, and historical significance Harrogate offers great dining, cultural and nature experiences. The annual meeting will offer a chance to meet friends, network and hear all the latest developments and research in pharmacology from industry experts and emerging investigators.

Proposal submissions for Symposia, Debates and Workshops are now open, the deadline for proposals is Tuesday 6 February 2024 3pm GMT.

See how to submit your proposal below. 

BPS Annual Meeting - Call for Symposia and Workshop proposals 

                                         Submit a session proposal

The British Pharmacological Society is seeking symposium, workshop and debate proposals for its flagship conference, Pharmacology 2024, which will be held from 10-12 December 2024 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.  

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 6 February 2024, 3pm GMT.
Although all proposals will be given full consideration this year, we would particularly welcome proposals in the following areas,: 
  • Artificial Intelligence in:
    • Drug Discovery
    • Clinical Pharmacology
    • Drug re-purposing
    • Drug interactions
  • New drug modalities e.g.:
    • Gene Therapy
    • RNA
    • Antibody
    • PROTACs
  • New Approaches to Mental Health Disorders
  • Sustainable Medicines and Climate Emergency

WDM Paton Memorial Lecture
The WDM Paton Memorial Lecture will also be delivered at Pharmacology 2024 and members are invited to submit their lecture proposals, which should be on a subject relating to the history of pharmacology. Lecture synopses should be sent to by Tuesday 6 February 2024.
All proposals will be considered by the BPS Meetings Committee, who will pay particular attention to the following: 
  • Content that would have broad appeal across the BPS membership, attract non-members to attend, and encourage exhibitors to the conference. 
  • Inclusion of talks that present a broad overview across the drug discovery pathway (i.e. pre-clinical, clinical and industrial perspectives) 
  • Inclusion of both high-profile prominent speakers and outstanding early career researchers 
  • Submission of sponsors who have agreed to support speaker costs. 
Please read through the following guidelines before beginning the submission process.  If you have any queries, contact
Format for symposia  
Each symposium session is 105 minutes in total, with up to 4 speakers. An example of how you may wish to structure your session is below, however, you may allocate more time to a specific speaker and less to others, if this fits better with your session.
Chair(s) Introduction 2 - 3 minutes
Speaker one presentation and Q&A 25 minutes
Speaker two presentation and Q&A 25 minutes
Speaker three presentation and Q&A 25 minutes
Speaker four presentation and Q&A 25 minutes
Chair(s) closing remarks 25 minutes
Format for Workshops/ Debates  
Workshops may be less structured than symposia, should be no more than 105 minutes in duration and should have no more than five contributors, to include Instructors, Leaders and/or Facilitators. All contributors are expected to fully participate in the workshop/ debate.   
Selecting speakers/ Participants  
While we seek to secure high profile speakers within each symposium, the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) is mindful of its responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity and asks submitters to adopt a broad understanding of diversity, examples of which may include demographic differences, and professional background.  As part of the application process, we will ask you to outline how you have considered Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in creating your proposal.  
The Society aspires to achieve a 60:40 gender balance in symposia and workshop submissions (no more than 60% of either gender) which we ask applicants to consider in preparing their programme.  We also ask that you include at least one early career researcher (ECR) in your session.  If you are unable to select an ECR, please highlight this in your submission and the Society’s meetings committee can try to source a speaker for you if your session is selected.  
While it is not recommended that you formally invite speakers for your session until after it has been selected, we do recommend that you informally check their availability.  If you are uncertain, you can suggest a speaker and also a back-up in the form.  
As a charity, the Society has expense policies in place for participants in our events.  Speakers and chairs for accepted sessions will be given registration for the day of your session. Session organisers will be expected to seek sponsorship for the symposium, if accepted. Where efforts have been made to secure sponsorship but have been unsuccessful, speakers may apply to a limited British Pharmacological speaker bursary fund.  
Any exceptions to the above should be discussed in advance of submitting your proposal by contacting
Sponsorship of sessions 
The amount to which the Society can financially support a symposium or workshop is limited, and therefore the Society strongly encourages applicants to pro-actively seek sponsorship to offset the costs of hosting the annual meeting.  The Meetings Team have a sponsorship package available to sponsors of symposia/workshops and can discuss with you if you are intending on approaching potential sponsors. The team may also be able to assist you in identifying potential sponsors that you could approach.  Please contact, for additional information. 
Where an applicant has secured sponsorship or additional support, this may be used to cover the travel and accommodation expenses for speakers or chairs.
Submission process 
To submit a session, you will need to complete an online form.  Please see the form requirements below before you begin your submission.
We are not able to accept submissions as word documents or via e-mail.  
When you click the link below, you will be asked for the following:  
  • Your details as the submitter 
  • Session details including title and a short description for marketing the session 
  • Key words relating to the session and if your session relates to any of the Society’s affinity groups 
    • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Pharmacology  
    • Drug Discovery, Development & Evaluation  
    • Education and Skills  
    • Integrated Systems Pharmacology  
    • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology  
    • Neuropharmacology  
    • Toxicology  
  • The full name, email, organisation and talk title for each speaker/ participant  
  • Details of why this session is important, any identified sponsors and publication opportunities  
  • Statement of how you have considered Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in your application and met the Society’s aim of creating a diverse faculty / a request for assistance in this  

 All of the above are required to complete the form. Therefore, please ensure you are familiar with all of the details before beginning the process. 
What happens after you submit? 
After submission, your application will be assessed by a panel of reviewers, who will review all of the submissions taking into account the key criteria set out above.  Following the review process, the Meetings Committee will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations for the meeting programme with the aim of covering all essential areas of pharmacology and showcasing high-profile, ground-breaking work. 
Symposia/ workshop organisers will be informed in March if their session has been successful and on what day it has been allocated a slot.  If successful, you will be given a week to accept the slot that has been allocated to you.  Please note that as the programme is organised by themes or with specific audiences in mind each day, swaps are not possible. We recommend asking your speakers to keep all three days pencilled in their diaries if possible.   
Following acceptance of the time allocated to you, the meetings team will be in touch to help you further in making any edits to your session, to help formally invite your speakers/ contributors and to work closely with you in the months leading up to the conference.  It is expected that symposium organisers will take a pro-active approach in raising awareness of the symposium, and the conference as a whole, across their individual networks (particularly non-BPS members) to encourage attendance. 
Finally, thank you in advance for submitting your work to the event.  It is through the submissions of members and affiliates of the Society that we are able to make the annual conference a success.  If you need any support in your submission, please contact

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We are excited to open our proposal for Partnerships. Download our guide - Pharmacology 2024 packages.pdf

Pharmacology 2024 promises to be a gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts, providing a unique platform to showcase your brand to a diverse and engaged audience.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should join us in Harrogate next December: 

  1. Targeted Audience: Pharmacology 2024 attracts professionals and decision-makers from pharmacology, offering you the chance to connect with potential clients, partners and collaborators. 

  1. Networking Opportunities: The event is designed to foster meaningful connections. By participating as a partner, you’ll have exclusive access to networking sessions, enabling you to build relationships that matter. 

  1. Brand Visibility: Pharmacology 2024 provides a high-visibility platform to showcase your products, services and innovations. Your presence will not only enhance your brand recognition but also position you as a leader in the field.  

  1. Educational Forums: Stay ahead of industry trends and gain valuable insights through educational forums, workshops and presentations, creating a well-rounded experience for both exhibitors and attendees.  

To secure your spot at Pharmacology 2024, please review the sponsorship prospectus at the top of this page for detailed information on the opportunities available, pricing, and additional benefits. 

Harrogate is the definitive boutique spa town in the heart of Yorkshire. Its thriving streets buzz with busy Harrogate shops and eateries. An eclectic cultural scene of events is interspersed among many popular consumer shows and the spa heritage that can be seen at every turn.

Possibly the most distinctive feature of Harrogate is its vast open space that surrounds the town centre. Known locally as the Stray, this 200 acres space gives Harrogate town centre a green and spacious feel unique to the town.

Born through a boom in Spa tourism during the Victorian 1800s Harrogate quickly developed a reputation for luxurious getaways for body and soul. The high society of Victorian Britain flocked to Harrogate to enjoy the air, the space and the therapeutic spa treatments as well as taking the famous Harrogate waters.

This reputation continues to be well deserved. Modern day Harrogate is the go-to destination for relaxation and indulgence, synonymous with quality shopping and afternoon tea.

The Spa history continues to shape the town with several superb spas, including the original Turkish Baths in the iconic Royal Baths building in the centre of town.

Yorkshire’s most elegant destination

Harrogate is known for its floral excellence, evident in the magnificent displays across the town and in its well-kept parks and gardens. The largest of these is the Grade II listed Valley Gardens, which features several distinctive areas and receives 3 million visitors a year.

Harrogate's hotels are testament to the town’s history, with several grand Victorian and Georgian buildings that are every bit as impressive now as they were when they were constructed.

Complemented by a variety of attractive townhouse B&Bs and guesthouses, visitors will find something to suit every taste. For those who prefer a bit more privacy and independence Harrogate also has many well-equipped serviced apartments and self-catering properties for individuals, couple or groups and families.

Christmas celebrations

December is the perfect time to visit Harrogate and start your Christmas celebrations. You will be treated to the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional festive market. The Harrogate Christmas Fayre (1-17 December 2023) is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with over 50 local and European traders selling everything from unique handmade gifts to tasty treats.

Live carol singing and entertainment will fill the air making for a magical Christmas atmosphere you can soak up whilst enjoying a tasty treat from one of the many stalls in the market, or in one of Harrogate’s many bars, cafés or restaurants.

Just a short walk away you will find the Little Bird Market in Valley Gardens (2-17 December 2023). This artisan market is a must-visit! Browse a range of distinctive products from local, independent traders that are perfect stocking fillers for family and friends.

Discover festive fun at Crescent Gardens which is transformed into a winter wonderland with the addition of a magical ice rink, a traditional carousel and many more family attractions and activities to enjoy.

It wouldn't be Christmas without some beautiful choral singing. Don't miss the Harrogate Choral Society's performance of Handel’s Messiah at The Royal Hall (Saturday 9 December 2023). They will be joined by soloists Anna Devin, Gaynor Keeble, James Micklethwaitem and Andrew Mayor, and will be accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra and conducted by the HCS Music Director David Lawrence.

Find out more about what there is to see and do in Harrogate at Visit Harrogate.
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