Networking programme

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Sunday 17th June 2018, 18:00 - 21:30

Included in the Congress Registration and Accompanying Person ticket.

Welcome to the Opening Ceremony of the Congress at the Usher Hall and immediately after, the opening of the Trade Exhibition at the Edinburgh International Congress Centre (EICC).


The Usher Hall is a beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist and Scotland's only five-star concert hall. Since opening in 1914, Usher Hall has hosted many of the world's finest musicians and embraced the widest range of music including classical, rock, pop, jazz, world and folk music. The venue’s praised acoustics make it one of the best concert halls in Europe. It is the city's key venue for visiting national and international orchestras and has been the main venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since 1947.

The Welcome Reception, following the Opening Ceremony, will be hosted at the Edinburgh International Congress Centre (EICC). The congress centre is only a short walk away from Usher Hall. EICC was renovated and extended in 2013, doubling its capacity and providing state of the art facilities. HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Lennox Suite in January 2015, which is the world’s first hall-wide tension wire grid and moving floor combination designed to deliver an array of different event set ups.

Dress code: Smart Casual


President's Reception - Sponsored by Ormco

Monday 18th June 2018, 19:00 - 02:00

Included in the Congress Registration and Accompanying Person ticket.

Discover one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This is a great opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues whilst immersed in prestigious history and enjoying great food and entertainment. We will be fortunate to have the award-winning Royal College of Surgeons Museum and The Fellows Library open to us with the Dental Collection and displays of books and documents of historical importance, some of which date back over 500 years.

We are taking over the Royal College of Surgeons with a variety of food and entertainment in the true Scottish spirit - see the programme below. 

Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. From its formal foundation in 1505 by the Incorporation of Surgeons and Barbers, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has dedicated itself to promoting the highest standards in surgical education, training and clinical practice. This is palpable in the motto for the college: ‘Hinc sanitas’ – ‘From here, health’. Nowadays, in its sixth century of existence, it is a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with a membership of over 23,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world.

The Royal College of Surgeons Museum was opened to the general public in 1832, making it Scotland’s oldest museum. It houses the Wohl Pathology Museum, History of Surgery Museum and of particular interest, the Dental Collection and one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom. It reopened to the public in 2015 after a major redevelopment project. 

Dress code: Smart Casual


Accompanying Person's Half Day Tour

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June at 09:30 - 13:00 or 14:00 - 17:30

Included in the Accompanying Person ticket ONLY if the slot is selected during the registration process. Book a slot now to avoid disappointment as availability is limited!

Delegates can purchase additional tickets at £66 incl. VAT during the registration process, or by logging into the Attendee Account. Subject to availability.

Join us for a guided tour of Edinburgh city centre on an iconic red 1960s double-decker bus, followed by a private tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and gardens, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when in Scotland. 



Tuesday 19th June 2018, 21:30 - 01:00


Included in the Postgraduate Student registration.

Delegates who are not Postgraduate Students can purchase a ticket at £50 incl. VAT during the registration process, or by logging into the Attendee Account. Subject to availability. 

Come and join us in this unique opportunity to experience Scottish folk music and dancing in a Ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") in the Georgian grandeur styled halls at the Assembly Rooms, as well as enjoying other styles of music too! 2 drinks are included in the ticket and a cash bar will be available throughout the night.

Venue: Since its opening in 1787, the Assembly Rooms have been at the very heart of the capital and touched the lives of almost all of its residents over two centuries. It has hosted both monarchy and celebrity royalty, played its part in two world wars and celebrated artistic excellence. Nowadays, timeless elegance and beauty combine with everything you would expect from the most modern of venues. To find out about its heritage and view historical photos please click here.

Dress code: Smart Casual (with suggestion of some Scottish Tartan)


Gala Dinner

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 19:30 - 00:00


Ticketed event: £210 incl. VAT.

Please purchase your ticket during the registration process, or by logging into your Attendee Account. Subject to availability.

Enjoy an evening of elegance and great food with your colleagues and friends in the surroundings of a Victorian landmark museum in Edinburgh, The National Museums of Scotland.

The dinner will start with a unique and symbolic celebration of Scottish culture: the Address to a Haggis, inspired by the namesake famous Scottish poem by the national bard Robert Burns. A piper will pipe the haggis into the room, and round the tables along with the chef and whisky barer. The haggis address will be briefly explained, then the poem is recited. We will then toast the haggis with a dram (“small whisky“). A three-course dinner will follow. 

After dinner, guests will have access to a cash bar in the Discoveries gallery, where Scottish inventors, diplomats, military leaders, adventurers are all represented through intriguing objects that reveal the stories of their lives and achievements; this is the time to join the dance floor and let your hair down to classic hits performed by the Killer City Sound, one of Scotland's elite live bands

Venue: The National Museums of Scotland. The building of the new Museum of Scotland, which opened in 1998, to tell the country’s history from earliest times to the present day, is a landmark museum in Edinburgh for the nation. A vibrant museum for the 21st century, displaying our natural world, world cultures, art and design and science and technology collections in innovative new ways. National Museums Scotland also includes the National Museum of Flight, the National War Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life.

Dress code: Black Tie


Congress Outing and Silver Mill Competition

Thursday 21st June 2018, 09:00 - 15:30



Ticketed event: £120 incl. VAT. A visit to the castle is included.

Please purchase your ticket during the registration process, or by logging into your Attendee Account. Subject to availability.

Discover why knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors over centuries made a trip to Stirling! Experience the grandeur of Stirling Castle, with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens, and enjoy traditional Scottish culture with several fun activities.

Venue: Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The Castle was the key to the Kingdom of Scotland, sitting atop a hill, dominating a vast volcanic rock above the River Forth at the meeting point between Highlands and Lowlands. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive strategic position making it an important fortification from the earliest times. It was a favourite residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations. It was a childhood home to some of the most famous people in Scottish and British history, such as Mary Queen of Scots and James VI and I. Nowadays, it is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions.

Dress code: Comfortable shoes and clothes

Transfers by executive coach from and to EICC: pick-up at 08:45 for departure at 09:00; drop-off at 15:30.


EOS Golf Tournament at Archerfield - Sponsored by orthocaps®

Thursday 21st June 2018, 7:15 - 18:00 


Ticketed event: click here to register.
For any queries, please contact
The EOS golf tournament will take place on the beautiful Fidra course at Archerfield Golf Club on 21st June 2018.
The course is located in East Lothian just south of Edinburgh and is positioned between the famous Muirfield golf club and North Berwick golf club.
Pine trees are the defining feature over the early holes, offering seclusion from the outside world as the course picks its way through the woodlands.
The links aspect of the course comes in to play from the 12th hole onward, when the Bass Rock, the Firth of Forth and the coast of Fife come in to view, as these holes wind their way back to the luxurious private clubhouse.
Please note that we will provide clubs and trolleys and will be in contact with you in advance of the event to discuss your requirements.


Time: The tournament starts at 9:30. Breakfast will be served at the Golf Club from 8:00.
Coach transfer from and to the EICC:  pick-up at 7:15; drop-off around 18:00 (depending on the length of the tournament).
Dress Code: regular golf attire.