Dr Steve Mathieu shares exciting updates about State of the Art 2018

The latest instalment of the Intensive Care Society State of the Art (SOA) Meeting is shaping up to be the best yet. After a successful and popular foray to Liverpool last year, we’re back in London for three jam packed days: 10th – 12th December, 2018

We’ve abandoned the Docklands though, and this year we’re right in the heart of London. That’s right, we’ll be at the award-winning QEII Centre enjoying not only the latest in facilities, AV, and our new immersive Learning Suite, but also the stunning views of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The Monday plenary will be a stone’s throw away at Central Hall, which has hosted such icon such as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and Winston Churchill (so no pressure on ICS President Dr Gary Masterson and others then as they kick off SOA2018…)

This year’s programme covers SOA’s unique mix of science, clinical practice, innovation, and debate for everyone involved in treating critically ill patients. We have four concurrent streams (well actually now five; more on that later) with 32 concurrent and plenary sessions. There are 85 expert speakers spanning an impressive range of topics and just as importantly, plenty of scope for engaging with your fellow delegates. After all, we work in a multi-disciplinary team so let’s learn, share, and network as though we’re working in our normal environment. Our mantra is: if any two people have a conversation and come up with an idea they wouldn’t have had on their own, then SOA’s done its job. 

Sessions at SOA2018 include:

Trauma: Roadside to Critical Care • Radiology Masterclass • Hot topics: PARAMEDIC-2, INTEREST, POPPI, & more • Wasting away - how do we feed a recovery? • Quick Fire Specialist Updates • SOAp box • Cauldron • Pecha Kucha • Are we failing the failing heart? • Maternal Critical Care • Together we stand - Global Health • Road to Recovery • Sepsis Roundtable • Neuro • Burns • Adaptive Physiology • The State of Evidence Based Medicine • Duck the Dock: Medico-legal Masterclass • Echo & PoCUS • Critical Challenges • Technology and Innovation • New Paradigms • Frailty • 2018 Year in Review • The Future of ICM Clinical Practice • Critical Care Controversies • Peri-operative Medicine • Technology & Innovation • Adaptive Physiology • Decision making • and more, including pet therapy, relaxation areas, 5 prize presentation options and plenty of social events scheduled.

Take a look at the full programme here –

Day 1: 10.12.18 – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/soa-2018-programme-monday/ 
Day 2: 11.12.18 – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/soa-2018-programme-tuesday/ 
Day 3: 12.12.18 – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/soa-2018-programme-wednesday/

Full programme with options to filter by day, session, and speaker – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/full-programme/

A full list of speakers (over 80 and still increasing) – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/speakers/

There are great opportunities to showcase your work and present at SOA2018. Details for submitting to the Cauldron, Pecha Kutcha, E-poster, Clinical Practice and Research Free papers, and the Intensive Care Foundation Gold Medal are available here –



You want more? Ok, this year we have a 5th stream, with immersive simulation, Echo and PoCUS drop in sessions in our Learning Suite. And, we have a world class faculty available to teach, discuss, and share ideas over the three days. Moreover, we’re also providing events to encourage opportunities to relax and network. You can join the fun run, complimentary drinks receptions on Monday and Tuesday as well as the SOA2018 social evening event (details announced soon). Phew! Told you it was a jam packed three days.

Please join us for the multi-professional critical care event of the year. If you want an innovative vibrant conference with an incredible line up of speakers, and engage in useful discussion applicable to your practice/department, you need to come to SOA2018.

REGISTER now – https://soa.ics.ac.uk/register-for-soa18/

Hope to see you all in December.

Steve Mathieu
Programme Director for SOA 2018