The eighth meeting of the ICI-RS is only open to members of the ICI-RS. Membership application forms are available from our download page Click here.
The Watershed Media Centre is in the centre of Bristol on the dockside, surrounded by history and excellent restaurants.
Bristol Airport (www.bristolairport.co.uk). It is possible to fly to Bristol by Easyjet and other airlines from many European cities and, in addition, we are linked to the large hubs of Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt.
Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) flies to Bristol from New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando via Dublin 6 days a week.
If you come to London Heathrow or Gatwick, we are linked by a 2 hour bus journey (National Express www.nationalexpress.com). Bus is quicker than train unless you are coming from central London. We recommend booking this in advance to take advantange of any pre booking deal. If you travel with others it might be cost-effective for us to organise a taxi for you.
We have reserved rooms at The Ibis Bristol Central (www.ibishotel.com), a budget hotel 5 minutes' walk from the Watershed.
There are more expensive hotels within 5 minutes' walk:
This will be a low cost meeting. Our concept for the meeting is that delegates will wish to contribute to its entirety. The registration fee of £100 will cover all costs, including two, three or four nights in the Ibis hotel. If you do not use a booked room you will be charged. We recommend that you register for the meeting and any request for accommodation by 13th May. After that, you will be responsible for the costs of your accommodation, although we may be able to help you find a hotel.
The meeting is limited to 100 delegates, so please register as soon as possible.
Meeting will start with lunch at 1pm on Thursday 14th June. It will end at 1pm on Saturday 16th June.
The ICI-RS meeting programme is created by the members who suggest topics which are then voted on prior to their selection for discussion at the meeting.
As all members are research active, the ICI-RS discusses areas of lower urinary tract function and dysfunction where our knowledge is incomplete. It has been phrased that ICI-RS is concerned with “what we don’t know, but need to know”, in order to improve the management of patients. The programme consists of:
1. Think Tanks: these are approximately 2 hours long and presentations are made to define the limits of our knowledge, where we need a more complete understanding of the subject, and how studies should be designed to answer the particular research questions and how patients will benefit from this research. Two or three Think Tanks are run in parallel and therefore the chairman of the Think Tank is asked to present the main findings to the whole group, in a plenary session either later that day or the next day.
2. Research Proposals: this gives a member or members the opportunity to present their ideas. Often these views are controversial and challenge existing theories. Proposals are also presented in the plenary session.
For the 2018 ICI-RS programme, the membership will be circulated asking for research topics for discussion, and for their interest in contributing to each topic. As all members are research active, experience has shown that most members will contribute to at least one topic. The envisaged timetable is:
February 2018: circulate all members asking for discussion topics.
March 2018: circulate the full list of topics for members to vote on
April 2018: finalise and publish the programme
14 – 16th June: 8th ICI-RS 2018, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
Publication policy: it is expected that each team responsible for a topic will develop a scientific paper for peer review by a journal. Neurourology and Urodynamics has kindly published papers from previous ICI-RS meetings. However, it should be emphasised that the ICI-RS expects that only quality papers will pass the Neurourology and Urodynamics peer review process and be published.