The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (#HSMR21) is now in its 13th year and has provided an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics.

Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery.

The Symposium continues to grow year on year and it has now become the leading medical robotics event attended by an international audience of over 600 delegates with clinical, scientific and engineering expertise.  The symposium has gained a prominent reputation for presentations, discussion and demonstrations of cutting-edge clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery.

This year we plan to build beyond the previous achievements and take the symposium to even higher successes with the theme of Surgery and Beyond’. We have already received full CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons and to complement this we are planning a programme with increased focus on clinical practitioner centred talks, workshops and presentations.

Given the inability to plan for a face-to-face meeting in the near future, we have decided to host the symposium as a series of online events this year which will take place from April – July this year.


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Background to the Hamlyn Symposium

The Hamlyn Symposium was established in 2007. It grew out of Imperial College’s Cross Faculty Workshops on Medical Robotics funded by the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. Establishing this centre was made possible through philanthropic support from both the Helen Hamlyn Trust and Lady Hamlyn personally.

The symposium has grown over the years from around 50 in 2007 to 600 delegates in 2019 and we are delighted that it is now established as an annual international forum for clinicians, engineers, and researchers to exchange ideas and explore new challenges and opportunities in healthcare technologies.

This year’s programme will feature a number of CPD accredited workshops*, as well as a selection of featured speakers and an opening and closing ceremony featuring prominent keynote speakers. Key features of our online programme will be: research spotlights on various international laboratories and groups highlighting their latest research, video demos as well as a virtual poster session competition.

Although this online format means we will not be having our usual presentations, we will have a call for papers and selected submissions will feature in a third special edition of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB) journal to be published in November.

The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 24 CPD points