The fourth international triennial conference of the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Excellence in Healthcare 2017 is the fourth international triennial conference of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The conference incorporates four individual conferences in medicine, surgery, travel medicine, and podiatric medicine running in parallel over two days. Delegates will be free to move between the parallel conferences and attend sessions of interest from the different disciplines.

The four individual conferences will come together for key plenary sessions by inspirational speakers including:

  • John Meara, Harvard Medical School
  • James Logan, Department of Disease Control
  • Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
  • Greig Trout, Cancer Survivor

In addition to the scientific programme, delegates will have the opportunity for networking and socialising at one of the conference's social events. A networking drinks reception will be held in the College at the end of the first day of the conference. This will be followed on day two by our triennial ball in Glasgow’s famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which will be a special fundraising dinner for our campaign to support medical training in Malawi.

  • Scientific programme
  • Social programme

Plenary Speakers

Catherine Calderwood

Catherine Calderwood

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

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Greig Trout

Greig Trout

Motivational Speaker - surviving cancer

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Dr James Logan

Dr James Logan

Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Director of arctec

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Professor John G. Meara

Professor John G. Meara

Professor of Surgery and Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School

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Travel Information

People Make Glasgow
Information on attending
conferences in Glasgow

The conference will be held between two nearby venues in the heart of Glasgow city. Specific details about the rooms being used for different sessions will be made available following registration.


Glasgow International Airport is located about 20 minutes from the city centre with frequent domestic and international services. A taxi terminal and airport bus service is located immediately outside the airport building.

Prestwick International Airport and Edinburgh International Airport are both less than an hour away from Glasgow City Centre. Prestwick Airport is served by a train line that provides frequent services to and from the city.


Glasgow is served by two railway stations – Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Station. Both are within a 10 to 15 minute walk of the College.


The College provides off street bicycle racks and shower facilities for anyone wishing to travel to the conference by bicycle. Glasgow City Council also runs a public cycle hire scheme which offers 400 bikes for hire at 31 locations across the city. Details about how to register can be found on the Nextbike website.


Glasgow is a beautiful city with stunning architecture and exceptional parks. It is very easy to get around on foot and the locals are very helpful! We have created 15, 30 and 60 minute walks from the College for anyone who would like a break during the conference – maps will be available at the conference.


Glasgow is easy to get to by car although the motorways can get congested during peak times. A number of clearly signposted carparks are accessible and within walking distance of the College. There is a two-hour parking restriction on all city centre streets.

Accommodation information

We have partnered with a number of Glasgow hotels to secure preferential rates for conference delegates. As this is a very busy time in the city, we recommend you book early to ensure you secure your preferred choice. Discount codes will be made available after registration.

Partner hotels include:

Blythswood Hotel
2 minute walk (bed, breakfast and use of pool)

Hotel Indigo
3 minute walk (bed, breakfast, fitness centre, WiFi)

5 minute walk (bed, breakfast, fitness centre and pool)

The Arthouse
3 minute walk (bed, breakfast, WiFi)

Park Inn by Radisson
4 minute walk (bed, breakfast, gym, WiFi)

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