President's Message: It’s time to secure your spot at the World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology

Published: 19 May 2023

With warmer weather and bright sunshine hopefully finally approaching, we’re edging ever closer to the World Congress of Clinical and Basic Pharmacology.

We are all looking forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from across the globe to Glasgow from 2-7 July to experience the vibrant scientific and social programme on offer. The BPS has been working hard to make this event one to remember and we already have a large number of delegates registered from around the world, along with a fantastic range of abstracts accepted across the breadth of pharmacology.

As you may already know, we made the decision in April to keep registration fees at the lower “Early Bird” rates to ensure as many people as possible can participate in this major event in the pharmacology calendar. In addition, discounted registration is still available to IUPHAR society members, people living in low-income and lower-middle income countries and early career researchers.

I’m pleased to share with you that we have also opened up group booking discounts for those looking to come to WCP2023 as a group. Group bookings receive a 15% discount per person for groups of 10 or more delegates, including those eligible for ECR rates. It is open to any group coming from the same company or institution, and you can talk to our events team about securing your group booking by emailing them at All of these initiatives are part of our commitment to ensuring that our meeting is as accessible as possible, and to reduce financial barriers to attending.

Whether you’re attending WCP2023 with a group or not, there will be countless opportunities to network and meet others in the field. We will begin the congress with an opening ceremony, featuring music from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Josie Duncan and the Orkney Boys, followed by a plenary lecture from Professor Garret Fitzgerald and a civic reception. During the week, there are two ticketed social events: a Ceilidh evening at Platform next to Glasgow Central station, and a Gala Dinner at the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Tickets for these two events are limited, so I recommend booking your ticket for these two events as quickly as possible. Finally, there will be a closing ceremony on Friday 7 July, the perfect time to reflect on a fantastic week of science and networking and to hand over to our colleagues in Australia who will be organising the next World Congress in Melbourne in 2026.

Our host city Glasgow has much more to offer than an excellent meeting venue, and I would highly recommend spending some of your downtime during WCP2023 exploring the city. There are countless restaurants, bars, galleries and museums just a short walk away from the Scottish Events Campus, where the congress will be held. Furthermore, once in Scotland there is much more to enjoy beyond Glasgow, and if you want to take a trip further afield before or after the congress, why not visit Edinburgh, or explore the great outdoors at Loch Lomond and in the Highlands. Find out more about Glasgow and beyond on the WCP2023 website.

Whether you’re joining us from the UK or coming from further afield for the congress, Glasgow is well served by public transport; Glasgow has two international airports (Glasgow International and Prestwick), and is also an hour away from Edinburgh airport, connected via a direct bus route. There are also two train stations serving Glasgow, with trains coming in from other UK cities including London, Manchester and more. In addition, there are a range of hotels to suit all budgets, whether you want to be a short walk from the SEC or soak up the culture in Glasgow city centre.

As well as opportunities to enjoy Glasgow and spend time with old and new friends, we are of course proud to host an exciting scientific programme. I would like to spotlight our keynote speakers, including Professor Dame Sally Davies, Professor Sir Patrick Vallance, Professor Huang Yu and more, who will be sharing their science at the congress. We also have a number of activities for ECRs, including ‘coffee with an expert’ and careers bootcamp sessions, as well as opportunities to volunteer in exchange for a complementary additional day pass to the congress. Additionally, there are a number of satellite meetings taking place in the days before the congress.

Now is the time to guarantee your spot at WCP2023 by registering today. If you are planning to join us in Glasgow, I encourage you to let us know on social media by tagging us at @BritPharmSoc and using the hashtag #WCP2023. I am looking forward to meeting with our Society members, as well as with friends and colleagues from the wider pharmacology community in July, and as always, encourage you to share your feedback about WCP2023 and the work we do for you by contacting us.


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Professor Clive Page OBE

Clive Page is a Professor of Pharmacology at King’s College London and President of the British Pharmacological Society.