What is it?

The Skin@Bath Network was launched in 2017 from a partnership between the University of Bath, RUH and the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases.

Biennially, the network members showcase their activities in dedicated International Symposia, with three successful events carried out so far in 2017, 2019 and 2022. These networking events bring together international scientists, medical doctors, pharmaceutical representatives and patient experts in a vibrant platform and facilitate the sharing of cutting-edge science in the field with strong emphasis on the needs of the patient.

All previous Skin@Bath events were accredited by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians. For this year’s event we will apply for accreditation for 12 CPD credits.

Networking through these symposia will attract unprecedented collaborations to apply for ground-breaking programme grants and strategic global funding programmes in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry to tackle the unmet needs of individuals/patients. This will translate research into the development and delivery of innovative approaches and therapies for skin photoprotection and skin-related disorders and beyond.

Who is involved?

The network fosters strong collaborations with top clinical and non-clinical researchers in academia and healthcare as well as industrial companies through networking, education, and patient engagement both at national and international levels. In previous years over 120 attendees came from over 15 countries and the event comprised of almost 70 talks over two days given by prestigious national and international clinicians, healthcare professional and scientists interested in skin research and disorders. Previous events were sponsored by pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Abbvie, Janssen (J&J), L’Oreal, La Roche Posay, Procter & Gamble, iOn skincare, Janssen, Novogen, Pfizer, Sanofi, UCB, Derm Eyes and Bluesidephotonics/ColorDyne.

We anticipate 300 attendees for 2024’s symposium, 200 in person and 100 online delegates. We are expecting half of the attendees to be clinical health care professionals, with the other half being from a scientific/academic background.

The event is organised by Dr Charareh Pourzand: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath Dr Caoimhe M.R. Fahy: Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, and Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. 

This year we are delighted to announce the conference will also be co-chaired by Dr Tianhong Cui. Dr Cui is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota and a Global Chair at the University of Bath. He is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). He is an adjunct professor in Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He was a Laureate of Blaise Pascal Chair for Excellence in France and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. He is an Executive Editor-in-Chief for the first engineering journal of Nature, Microsystems & Nanoengineering. He is an Editor-in-Chief for the first AAAS/Science Partner Journal, Research.

Sponsorship opportunities





Company name and logo on all meeting advertising and invitations


Company logo on Skin@Bath website homepage for the calendar year

Sponsored session with a talk from invited speaker of choice in the programme


Attending representatives



Lunch and refreshments for attending representatives

Copy of attendance list

Exhibition stand space – this will be in a separate room to the conference, with no public access, for HCPs only.

Gold Sponsor £12,000

  • Gold sponsor/partner status with mention in all communications, including invitations, dedicated website, webpage and press releases
  • Sponsored session (a talk allocated on the programme, with a guest or invited speaker of their choice, maximum 25 minutes) on the programme. Please note, we expect the content of the talks to be the ratio of promotional content to disease area is required to be 20/80. Slides from any promotional talk will have to be submitted to RCP in advance.
  • Attendance for up to 5 delegates
  • Exhibition stand space

 Silver Sponsor £6,000

  • Mention in all communications, including invitations, website and press releases
  • Attendance for up to 3 delegates
  • Exhibition stand space
Please contact us for other exhibition-only opportunities

Please email Charareh prpscap@bathac.uk, Caoimhe cfahy1@nhs.net or Celia director@birdbath.org.uk.

To confirm support or for more information:

Please email Charareh prpscap@bathac.uk, Caoimhe cfahy1@nhs.net or Celia director@birdbath.org.uk.

A breakdown of costs relating to the event can be found below:

APPENDIX A – Projected Conference Costs


Please note, this budget does not include any recreational activities or expenses, the costs detailed below are for the conference/education only.





Course income


Attendees course fees & accommodation





Total Income





AV hire & equipment



Conference venue hire



Conference catering



Insurance incld public liability



Meeting accreditation



Speaker fees & expenses



Stationery & sundry





Total Expenditure






To confirm support or for more information

Please email Charareh prpscap@bathac.uk, Caoimhe cfahy1@nhs.net or Celia director@birdbath.org.uk.