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Annual Meeting FAQs


When is the SCTS Annual Meeting 2024 taking place?

Sunday 17th March - Tuesday 19th March 2024


Where is the SCTS Annual Meeting 2024?

International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales)

The Coldra, Catsash Rd, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1HQ


What is the SCTS Annual Meeting?

The SCTS Annual Meeting is an annual conference aimed at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Community which takes place over 3 days, typically from a Sunday to a Tuesday. The University Day takes place on the first day with hands on wetlab for NAHPs and students and the scientific part of the meeting is held on days two and three, with a focus on oral abstracts and key note talks from international and national speakers, as well as the main plenary on Monday morning. We have listened to our delegates' feedback following the previous annual meeting and have decided to offer daily registration rates for members and non-members of the Society and for the first time, we are trialling E-posters rather than printed posters, in order to become more sustainable.

We are pleased to say we have around 60 industry partners exhibiting at the annual meeting, providing many networking opportunities with sponsors and delegates. 

We look forward to seeing you at ICC Wales, Newport.


When does registration open and close?

Registration opens on 1st December 2023 and will stay open until the day of the event.


If my abstract has been accepted will it be published?

We are delighted to announce the new partnership with the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. SCTS Annual meeting abstracts will be published in the journal as a supplement. 


Can I get discounted registration rates as a Member of SCTS?

Yes, SCTS Members are entitled to discounted registration fees. Please see the registration fee table for further information.


What are the opening and closing times of the Conference?

Sunday 17th March - 08:00- 17:00
Monday 18th March - 08:00 -17:00
Tuesday 19th March - 08:00 - 17:00


Can I cancel my registration?

Yes you can cancel your registration. There will be a £10 admin charge if you wish to cancel your registration booking after 31st January 2024. Fees are non-refundable after 1st March 2024.


Is there parking at the venue?

Yes. Built within stunning woodland, yet a stone’s throw from the M4, the ICC Wales is so well connected.

The dedicated parking for production and exhibition vehicles provides direct loading in to the main hall and auditorium with plenty of parking spaces.

There are also over 2,000 visitor parking spaces located on-site, with 700 spaces on levels -1 and -2.

Parking Tariff
0 – 5 hours £6
5 – 8 hours £9
8 – 12 hours £12
12 – 24 hours – £24

Parking charges apply to blue badge holders

Celtic Manor Resort

Car park charges apply within all areas of the Celtic Manor collection, subject to change. See website for current prices


I am a Speaker. What do I do with my presentation? 

Please submit your presentation to SCTS.  You should have already  received an email with instructions, templates and submission details. Please contact Emma Piotrowski, if you have not received these details. On site support will be available at the Speaker preview room.

Please see the Speaker template below:

Speaker Template Coming Soon...


 What do I do if I have an accepted Poster?

You will be required to bring your pre-printed poster to SCTS Annual Meeting 2024. Please request directions to your poster board from the registration desk.

You should have already received an email with instructions, templates and submission details. Please contact Emma Piotrowski, if you have not received these details. 

Please see the Poster template below:

Poster Presentation Template Coming Soon...


I am a prize winner, when is my award presented?

If you are a 2023 prize winner listed below, you would have already received communication from Emma Piotrowski to invite you to the 2024 Annual Dinner on Monday 18th March, where your award will be presented.


Are there any social activities?

Sunday 17th March 17:00 - 19:00 Welcome reception in exhibition hall (Included in your registration fee)
Sunday 17th March 20:00 - 21:30 SCTS In-person Pub quiz - £10 to participate
Monday 18th March 19:30-01:00 SCTS Annual Dinner- Coal Exchange, Cardiff. Tickets go on sale 1st December


Is there an App?

Yes please search 'SCTS 2024' in the app store.


Do I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, you will be emailed a link after the conference. You will need to take part in a short survey to receive your electronic certificate. The conference can earn delegates up to 18CPD points.


I have a question about my registration who do I contact

For registration queries please contact Maika Jimenez


My Hospital will be paying for my registration, what is the process?

If your hospital is paying for your registration please register online up to the payment page and contact
Maika Jimenez, who will raise an invoice.


Is SCTS on social media?

Yes, SCTS are on Twitter @SCTSUK, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram @S_C_T_S. We encourage you to follow us on social media and post about the event.

View the SCTS Social Media



We are still planning for a physcial 'in-person' conference. We will keep you informed if this changes.


SCTS Meetings Team

Cha Rajakaruna           SCTS Meeting Secretary
Sunil Bhudia                SCTS Deputy Secretary
Carol Tan                     SCTS Associate Deputy Secretary
Nisha Bhudia               SCTS NAHP Lead
Rosalie Magboo          SCTS Associate NAHP Lead
Emma Piotrowski        SCTS Administrator & Conference Organiser
Maika Jimenez            Sponsorship & Exhibition Co-ordinator (Tilly's cover from December 2022) 
Tilly Mitchell                 Sponsorship & Exhibition Co-ordinator