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IFESS 2024

The International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) promotes research, application and understanding of electrical stimulation technologies in rehabilitation and medicine. The IFESS 2024 conference will be hosted by the University of Bath in Bath, UK. With the conference taking place over Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September 2024, and an extra day of pre-conference workshops on Sunday 1st September 2024.

Venue Address:

East Building
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Please refer to the East Building Access Guide for accessibility details of the conference venue. For general access information about the university campus, please see the University of Bath's Claverton Down campus accessibility pages. If you need any more information, please contact us.

 

Graphic of IFESS 2024 mascot, Minerva the Duck.

 

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Welcome Note

Dear friends and colleagues of IFESS,

We have immense pleasure in welcoming you to the beautiful city of Bath, UK for the 2024 IFESS Conference! The University of Bath is proud to host IFESS UK 2024 in collaboration with Bournemouth University; and with the focus of this year's conference on Electrical Stimulation and Hybrid Technologies.

The historic city of Bath is renowned for its well-preserved Roman baths and stunning architecture; Bath is the only city in the UK to be designated a world heritage site by UNESCO as well as being part of UNESCO’s great Spa towns of Europe.

The University of Bath was named UK University of the Year 2023 and 92% of its research is ranked as world-leading and internationally excellent. Within the Palladian revival style architecture, Bath is home to a thriving neurorehabilitation research community with interests in electrical stimulation technologies as well as hybrid solutions. The University is also home to the newly founded Bath Institute for the Augmented Human - the first institute of its kind to directly address the challenges and opportunities that arise from human augmentation and enhancement.

The city of Bath is ideally situated, a short trip away from the National FES Centre at Odstock hospital in Salisbury, where electrical stimulation to support walking for upper motor neuron conditions was first used in the UK. The National FES Centre hosts the largest FES clinic in the UK and is engaged in several NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded projects. The University of Bath has close links with Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest academic centre for multidisciplinary robotics research in the UK and a hub of activity for assistive robotics. Researchers at Bath also have close collaborative links with the thriving research community at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, home to the famous Brindley stimulator.

Join us for IFESS UK 2024 in Bath, perfectly situated where old meets new, where we will come together to share our ideas, data and experience with using electrical stimulation to benefit our patients. IFESS UK 2024 is also the place to explore a growing interest in the use of electrical stimulation in combination with other technologies to develop, refine and optimise rehabilitation.

On behalf of IFESS, the scientific committee and the conference committee we extend a warm welcome and hope to see you in Bath, UK for IFESS 2024!

Prof Ian Swain Dr Benjamin Metcalfe Dr Dingguo Zhang
Co-Chair (Bournemouth) Co-Chairs (Bath)

Key Dates

Outlined below are the key dates for conference submissions and registration.

 

Workshop Proposals

Call to submit workshop proposals, please get in touch via the form with your plans by 12th February 2024 (closing at 23:59 GMT).

Details and the application form can be found on the Workshop Proposals tab.

 

Conference Abstracts

Details of abstract submissions will be released onto the website shortly, with an expected deadline to submit conference abstracts by 31st May 2024.

 

Conference Registration

Booking for conference registration will be opening shortly.

Workshop Proposals

IFESS 2024 is inviting proposals for workshops to be run at the conference. Please fill out the form linked below by 26th February 2024 (closing at 23:59 GMT/UTC) to apply for an opportunity to run a workshop at IFESS 2024.

Individual workshops will be provided with 90 minutes. Feel free to submit additional proposals. We look forward to seeing your workshop proposals. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions using the contact details below.

Workshop Proposal Form

For any queries about proposing a workshop, please contact ifess2024scientific@ifess.org.

 

Three images showing electrical stimulation surface electrodes on an arm, a prosthetic hand and electrical stimulator device, and a person wearing an EEG cap completing a task on a laptop.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Sponsorship of IFESS 2024 is available at several levels, each creating business opportunities and offering specific privileges for sponsors. Please contact us to discuss a suitable package.

Preset sponsorship levels include:

Sponsor Level Benefits Cost

Gold
  • Prime exhibition space in the venue foyer.
  • Logo printed on all conference material, including conference lanyard.
  • Flyer distributed in the conference bag.
  • Named sponsorship of a conference award.
  • A timed promotional slot to address the conference audience.
  • Opportunity to hold a sponsored workshop.
  • Complimentary registration and evening event invitations for 2 attendees.
£5k
 
Silver
  • Exhibition space - medium size.
  • Flyer distributed in the conference bag.
  • Logo printed on conference material.
  • Complimentary registration and evening event invitations for 2 attendees.
£3k

Bronze
  • Exhibition space - standard size.
  • Logo printed on conference material.
  • Complimentary registration for 1 attendee.
£1k

Getting to the city of Bath, UK

Bath is well connected in its transport links. Bath Spa train station is located in the heart of the city and is on the main line between Bristol and London. Bristol International Airport is nearby and is well serviced by the bus and rail networks, while the city is also situated close to the M4 motorway.

 

Three images of Bath Spa train station, cobbled streets in Bath and a bus at Dorchester Street bus stop (left to right).

 

Train Services

There are frequent train services from London, Bristol and South Wales to Bath Spa railway station (BTH). Sites covering national rail networks, such as nationalrail.co.uk or trainline.com may be helpful to plan your journey and buy advance tickets. Alternatively, please visit the websites of the main rail operators to plan a journery, book tickets and to check the latest travel updates: GWR, South Western Railway and Transport for Wales all run services to Bath Spa rail station.

 

Air Travel

Bristol International Airport

Bath's nearest airport is Bristol International.

From there, the A4 Air Decker bus service can take you directly from the airport to Bath city centre.

You can also catch the Bristol Flyer Airport Express bus from Bristol airport to Bristol Temple Meads rail station (BRI), and then travel on to Bath by train or local bus services.

London Airports

There are also regular connections to Bath by rail and coach from London Heathrow airport and London Gatwick airport.

 

Coach & Bus Services

There are direct daily coach services to Bath from London Victoria coach station and some direct services from Heathrow Airport. There are also coach services to Bristol from London and other major UK cities, please refer to the websites of the coach operators to check services: National Express runs services to Bath and Bristol, while megabus and FlixBus run services to Bristol.

First Bus provides frequent bus services from Bristol city, as well as across Bath and from neighbouring towns and villages. Please see the First Bus West of England website for more information and to plan a journey.

 

Travel by Car

Bath's closest motorway is the M4, from there the city can be accessed via the A46 from Junction 18, following signs to Bath. For alternative routes, please refer to an online route planner.

Also note that Bath city centre operates a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ), please check if charges will apply to your vehicle and route before you travel.

 

More Details

Further travel advice to Bath city is provided by the University of Bath: https://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/travel-advice/

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Getting to the University of Bath campus

The University of Bath campus is located in Claverton Down, on the east side of Bath. The conference will be held within the East Building, located on the main campus site.

There are frequent bus services connecting the university campus and Bath city centre. A main bus stop from the city centre to campus is located on Dorchester Street, opposite the main bus station and close to Bath Spa train station. This service goes on to travels to Arrivals Square on the university campus. The University of Bath provides more details on bus travel to the campus.

Limited parking is also available on-site at the university campus. The closest car park to the conference venue is East Car Park.

Venue Address:

East Building
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Outside view of East Building at University of Bath.

For more travel details, accessibility guides and a campus map, please see: https://www.bath.ac.uk/locations/university-of-bath-claverton-down-campus/

 

Accommodation

University of Bath Campus

Accommodation on-site is provided by the University of Bath. To help you get settled, rooms will be available from Saturday 31st August through to Tuesday 3rd September. There are a variety of accessible options on the University of Bath campus.

More details and booking for on-site accommodation will be available here shortly.

 

Bath City

In the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, there are numerous options for stunning accommodation outside of the main university campus.  You will also find a variety of accessible options available in and around the city of Bath.
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Three images showing accommodation at University of Bath; an example room, an aerial shot of the campus and another example room (left to right).

Conference Registration

Registration, evening event and booking costs and details will be provided here shortly.

 

Two images showing an example conference (left), and the Roman Baths at night (right).

About Bath

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with Georgian architecture and famous for its hot springs which gave rise to the Roman Baths, and hence the city's name. Alongside its historical origins and traditional heritage, the city has a vibrant cultural scene with theatre, comedy, markets, live music and festivals throughout the year. The city also sits close to the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with Bath's own green spaces and hilltop views over the city, it is also a wonderful place to explore the UK's countryside and great outdoors.

Aerial view of the city of Bath. Image copyright of University of Bath.

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About the University of Bath

The University of Bath is a leading UK research university, dedicated to making a positive impact to the world we live in. IFESS 2024 is being supported by the Bath Institute for the Augmented Human (IAH), based within the university.

Human augmentation uses science and technology to enhance physical and cognitive performance – and has the potential to transform every aspect of our lives. It can enable us to surpass our biological limitations, improve health and wellbeing, and extend our lifespans. Increasingly, we’re using cutting-edge technology to keep us healthy and help us perform better. From neurotechnology headsets that can translate brain activity into communication, to super-strength wearable exoskeletons, there are countless ways intelligent machines can make a difference.

The Bath IAH is a diverse community of researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and educators using technology to enhance and improve the physical and cognitive abilities of individuals. Drawing on academics from across departments and disciplines, the Bath IAH has leading expertise in a wide range of relevant technologies. These include brain-computer interfaces, motion capture, eye tracking, prosthetics and exoskeletons, biosensors and virtual and augmented reality research. As well as having strong links with regional, national and global partners in academia and industry and collaborators in UK hospitals, sports' governing bodies and defence forces.

View of the University of Bath campus over the lake, with ducks in the foreground. Image copyright University of Bath.


Contact Details

For general enquiries, or to discuss sponsorship options, please email ifess2024@ifess.org.

For any questions about workshop proposals, abstract submission or scientific programme please email ifess2024scientific@ifess.org.