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Welcome to BACO 2020

ICC Birmingham 8-10 July 2020

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Until conference starts

8th-10th July 2020,
BACO International 2020

Welcome from BACO Master 2020

Professor Gerry O'Donoghue

Thank you for visiting the BACO 2020 website.

The British Academic Conference of Otolaryngology has long been the event that showcases British and Irish Otolaryngology.
The programme has always aimed to cover the full breath of our specialty and this has proven to be an increasing challenge in recent years due to the unprecedented development our field has experienced.

ENT today tends to be practiced along sub-speciality lines which has brought great benefits to patients. However, there is the danger of over-specialisation and fragmentation which, if it were to happen, would greatly weaken our discipline.

BACO today is thus a major general meeting with a programme that will be both engaging to the sub-specialist but that will also enable participants to learn from each other irrespective of their special interest. And the generalists among us can delight in the vast array of topics readily available to them.

In addition, we are aware that ENT today is not practiced in isolation but is part of a much wider health-care landscape which we must navigate and understand. Thus, at BACO 2020 we will invite leaders from many facets of public life including those who develop and implement the health policies that affect us and our patients. And to ensure our discussions are well-grounded, we will involve patients in our deliberations throughout the meeting. See more..

Who can participate?

  • Consultants
  • Trainees
  • Students
  • Foundation doctors
  • Nurses
  • Audiologists
  • All ENT UK Health Specialists
  • GPwSI

Explore our sessions


The debates are 60 minute sessions around a controversial topic. The debate will have a...

Meet our executives

Professor Gerry O'Donoghue
BACO Master 2020

Co-founder of the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU in 2008

Professor Hisham Mehanna
Academic Chair BACO 2020

PhD, BMedSc (hons), MBChB (hons), FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS) Professor of head and neck at the University of Birmingham and the Director of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education.

Professor Nirmal Kumar
ENT UK President Elect- Vice Chair

Professor Nirmal Kumar is a consultant ENT surgeon at WWL NHS Foundation Trust where he is also Director of Medical Education.

Professor Richard Irving
Local Organising Chair BACO 2020

Consultant in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham.