BOPSS 2020 (Oxford)

Given the escalating situation we have now decided to postpone the Oxford Meeting until 2021. Further details will be sent to members and delegates. Thank you for your support and we hope you can attend next year. It will be an exceptional meeting, in all senses of the word.

Updated 20/3/2020 more info for delegates here


The organising committee is delighted to welcome you to Oxford for BOPSS 2020 annual scientific meeting. The meeting will be held from 24th – 26th June at Keble College, Oxford, situated in the city centre.

We are also delighted to welcome our two invited keynote speakers:

  • Dr David Jordan, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Dr Dinesh Selva, Adelaide, Australia.

We hope you can join us for what we expect will be a very educational and sociable few days.

Jonathan Norris, Tristan McMullan, Manoj Parulekar

Venue: Keble College Oxford

Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th June 2020

The beautiful Keble College is one of Oxford University’s largest colleges dating from 1870 and will act as the base for BOPSS 2020. The Victorian building is one of Oxford’s architectural landmarks. Lectures will be held in the Sloane Robertson building overlooking the Newman Quad.  Lunches will be held on a daily basis in the Dining Hall, which was opened in 1878 and is recognised as the longest dining hall in Oxford.

Welcome reception: Oxford University Natural History Museum

Wednesday 24th June 2020 at 5.30pm

The Welcome Reception will be held at the stunning neo-gothic Natural History Museum across the road from Keble. Built between 1855 and 1860, the University’s world class Natural History collections are housed beneath the spectacular and highly decorative ironwork roof, surrounded by elaborate stonework and sculptures. The museum is home to the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo and the swifts in the tower.

Gala Dinner: Bodleian Library (Black tie)

Thursday 25th June 2020 at 7.30pm

The Gala dinner will be held within the Bodleian Library. Food will be served in the medieval Divinity School, the University’s oldest teaching and examination room dating from the 1400’s. Drinks will be served from the adjoining Convocation House, which hosted sittings of Parliament during the reign of Charles II. There will be dancing later in the evening. There is limited ticket availability and tickets will be allocated on a first paid basis only.

Cotswold Bike Ride

Tuesday 23rd June (timings TBC)

This year we will be hosting a cycling event in the Cotswolds, beginning and finishing at Keble College. The 75km ride will snake its way through Oxford immersing riders in the city’s iconic architecture before taking them out into Oxfordshire and beyond.

Please email <> to register your interest (before 14th February if possible). There is a fee to cover bicycle hire and delegates need to pay their own lunch at a local pub.

Here’s a word from cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy

Punting on the Thames

Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm

In the evening you will be able to experience the quintessential Oxford experience of punting on the river Cherwell at the Cherwell Boat House with the option of food thereafter.


Important information regarding accommodation at Keble; unfortunately Oxford University has pushed some of its examinations into the student holidays and consequently it cannot offer any more accommodation in the halls of residence until later in the year (end of April). The University accommodation is single room accommodation only not suitable for sharing. Once accommodation is released back on sale we will send out a notification to registered delegates. We suggest and strongly recommend therefore that you provisionally secure accommodation elsewhere.