Report on the LXVIII meeting of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) (July 2022)

      The British Association of Paediatric Surgeon's summer (BAPS) conference in Birmingham (Fig. 1) was its first post-COVID conference held where mask-less delegates could meet, hug, exchange stories without the need of a passenger locator form or a negative rapid antigen test. We greeted international delegates from the USA, Norway, Finland, Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia like long-lost relatives released from sudden captivity. Reminders did exist of course – air travel is still not 100% infallible as the Greek delegate found out when his suitcase and formalwear turned up in Burundi rather than Birmingham!
      Fig 1
      Fig. 1Birmingham – widely accepted as a cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century and driven by men such as (left to right) Mathew Boulton (1728 - 1809), James Watt (1736 - 1819), and William Murdoch (1754 - 1839) who invented, manufactured, and exported steam engines to the world.
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