Welcome from the Congress President


On behalf of the Anatomical Society, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the 19 th IFAA Congress in London, from the 9th – 11 th August 2019. The Anatomical Society has previously hosted the 5th Congress in Oxford in 1950 and the 12th Congress in London in 1985 and in its 132nd year, the Anatomical Society will again be delighted to welcome the 19th IFAA Congress to London.

The Congress will be held in a purpose-built conference centre in a redeveloped region of London’s docklands that has excellent, fast public transport links to the rest of the city. The Congress Scientific Programme will reflect the considerable breadth of interests of the discipline of Anatomy. The conference centre allows a number of parallel sessions and therefore, participants will be able to choose to attend the sessions that interest them most and there will be the opportunity for a large proportion of participants to give oral presentations of their work. Accepted Abstracts will be published in the Journal of Anatomy.

In addition to the Scientific Programme, I hope that the meeting will provide a forum for participants to engage socially with colleagues from around the globe and enjoy the many things that London has to offer. London is probably the most cosmopolitan city in the world. Its airports receive flights from over 300 destinations daily and over 230 languages are spoken in the city. It has a long medical and scientific history, 850 museums and galleries, 150 theatres and restaurants serving food from the entire world. As Samuel Johnson said: ‘When a man is tired of London he is tired of life’. If you can stay longer than the Congress, London is also an excellent base from which to explore other parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

I look forward to welcoming you to the 19th IFAA Congress in London in 2019.

D. Ceri Davies
President of the 19th IFAA Congress
Professor of Anatomy,
Imperial College London