We’re counting down to the BIRT Conference 2017 on 27th - 28th September!
Programme revealed and bookings now open.

Join the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) in the vibrant city of Glasgow next month for your unique chance to learn from several leading brain injury rehabilitation experts, academics and practitioners from around the globe. Our renowned speakers will be sharing their latest research, innovative ideas and thoughts on pioneering developments regarding the rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

What to expect

The BIRT Conference 2017 will give you ideas, inspiration and practical approaches to use in your work with people who have an ABI.

Day one includes keynote plenary sessions, practical workshops and symposia, debate and discussion, new techniques and best practices.

On day two, choose from four of the 11 sessions, which will be running simultaneously throughout the day. There is also the opportunity to attend sections from all 11 if you prefer.

View the full BIRT Conference 2017 brochure.

Conference Highlights

  • Hear the latest research about emotion technology from world renowned scientist Dr Rosalind Picard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then discover what our teams have been doing in this field in the UK in the ‘Thinking Technology’ symposium.
  • Join a team of ‘movers and shakers’ in health and rehabilitation research in our Live Research Lab, to learn and have your say about the roadmap to making brain injury rehabilitation ever better.
  • Learn the current theory of executive functioning and rehabilitation from internationally recognised expert Professor Brian Levine, University of Toronto, then find out how this can be put into practice in his Goal Management Therapy workshop.
  • Be inspired by Professor Jon Evans’ keynote presentation about positive psychology, and his ideas for practical interventions in the workshop on Day 2.
  • Question and challenge our expert panel members (scientists, legal and sporting representatives) in our (BBC style) ‘Question Time on Concussion’. We promise an enlightening and stimulating debate!
  • Understand how Professor Russell Bauer, University of Florida, has matched specific memory interventions to individual patients.
  • Discover how to embed ABI research project in your practice with our step-by-step guide, including handy hints and tips.
  • Network informally with peers and other professionals, and share good practice during formal sessions and debates.

The BIRT Conference is an eclectic mix of brain injury rehabilitation theory, practice and research – a terrific conference."

- BIRT Conference 2015 delegate

Who should attend

The BIRT Conference 2017 is aimed at professionals working in, or with an interest in acquired brain injury, including:

  • clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists
  • rehabilitation medicine specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, GPs
  • physiotherapists, speech and language therapists
  • occupational therapists, therapy assistants
  • statutory, private and voluntary sector care and rehabilitation providers
  • rehabilitation support workers, personal injury lawyers
  • social workers, care managers and case managers
  • representatives from CCGs and CSUs
  • representatives from NHS England and Health Boards in Scotland and Wales
  • researchers and academics with an interest in brain injury and neurorehabilitation, as well as those who want to develop knowledge about brain injury rehabilitation.

Learning outcomes

The BIRT Conference 2017 aims to provide solid knowledge for those who work with people who have acquired brain injury. The learning outcomes the conference offers are:

Welcome to the BIRT Conference 2017

  • To share the latest research in brain injury rehabilitation
  • To be updated on the latest international practices in brain injury rehabilitation
  • To learn about scientific developments and their implications for brain injury rehabilitation
  • To create awareness of the latest technology available for assessment, rehabilitation and long-term support of individuals with an acquired brain injury


For assistance in booking accommodation, including securing preferential rates at Hilton Glasgow, please contact Compass Venues info@venuesearch.net or call 01924 265 555.

Due to limited parking at Hilton Glasgow and in order to be environmentally friendly, we encourage delegates to travel by public transport if at all possible. Please click for more information on transport and accommodation.

Ceilidh evening (with a twist) - Wednesday 27th September 2017

We could not have the BIRT Conference in Scotland without a ceilidh! Join us for this traditional Scottish gathering, a fabulous evening of celebration when you’ll have the chance to unwind, enjoy delicious food... and have some fun!

Music will be provided by the fabulous Reel Time Ceilidh Band, who have amazed audiences worldwide with their modern and funky take on traditional Scottish music.

A selection of not quite traditional, delicious, Scottish fare will be served, along with a glass of fizz to help the evening along. With dancing, good company and plenty of laughter, we promise a fun filled lively evening where you can relax and enjoy time with acquaintances, friends and colleagues.

Ticket price: £45 which includes a Scottish buffet, the live band, and a glass of Prosecco.

We are grateful to Elysium Healthcare for their sponsorship of the ceilidh evening.

We are very grateful to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors whose main sponsorship has enabled us to keep delegate prices low, making the BIRT Conference 2017 accessible for as many people as possible.