The seventy-fifth annual general meeting of the Institute of Biomedical Science will be held on 3rd June 2017 at 11.30 am, Robert Gordon University, The Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB

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3rd June 2017
Venue: Robert Gordon University


This year's IBMS AGM is to be followed by a scientific session held in the Life Sciences building at RGU.



09:30 - 10:00

Registration & Coffee in Trade Exhibition


10:00 - 11:00

Key Note Lecture: In Safe Hands: The Importance of Non-Technical Skills

Prof. Rhona Flin
Professor of Industrial Psychology
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University

11:00 - 11:30

Tea break & AGM Registration


11:30 - 12.45

Annual General Meeting


12:45 - 13:45

Lunch and  Trade Exhibition


Scientific Session (Aberdeen Branch)

Chair: Paul Drew


13:45 - 14:25

Invited Speaker: Thrombosis and Cancer

Prof. Henry Watson,
Dept. of Haematology,
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

14:25 - 15:05

Invited Speaker: Advances in Cellular Therapies

Prof. John Campbell
Associate Director
Research, Development & Innovation

15:05 - 15:15

Poster Prize

Paul Drew

15:15 - 15:20



Delegates wishing to attend the scientific sessions are asked to register through the Eventbrite page.

If you are attending the AGM please e-mail

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Do you have questions about IBMS Annual General Meeting & Scientific Meeting?  Contact IBMS Aberdeen Committee


Key Note Lecture 

In Safe Hands: The Importance of Non-Technical Skills

Rhona Flin, Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, RGU

Many safety-critical tasks are characterised by teams of workers dealing with significant risks, time pressure and increasingly complex technology. In these domains, practitioners need both technical and non-technical skills. The term non-technical skills come from European aviation and they can be defined as ‘the cognitive, social and personal resource skills that complement technical skills, and contribute to safe and efficient task performance'. They are not new or mysterious skills but are essentially what the best practitioners do in order to achieve consistently high performance: the skills include situation awareness, decision making, teamwork and leadership.

There are now methods for training and rating the non-technical skills of surgeons (NOTSS) and anaesthetists (ANTS), with applications being developed for other specialities, such as histopathologists and radiologists.  In this presentation, I will briefly outline the non-technical skills approach and will explain how this could be applied for biomedical scientists. 

Event contact details

IBMS Aberdeen Committee


Robert Gordon University The Sir Ian Wood Building
Garthdee Campus
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QB United Kingdom