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Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration and Exchange, Queen's University Belfast

3rd - 5th April 2020

After careful consideration it has been decided to postpone the Belfast 2020 Conference and all associated events. 

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak brings an increasing number of concerns. In particular, we have now seen the biggest rise of cases in a single day and the virus has now been characterised by the WHO as a pandemic. As a result, we have seen an acceleration and escalation in the policies adopted across Europe and worldwide.

After a careful assessment of the situation, whilst holding the health of our delegates and service users in mind, the BAMT has reached the conclusion that the most appropriate solution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community is to postpone Belfast 2020 and all associated events.

The conference will now be rescheduled to early 2021. The date, which will be confirmed at the end of this month, will allow for the conference to remain at Queen’s University and to maintain the same format as originally planned.

This decision aims to minimise the health risks related to the spreading of COVID-19 and to address the increasing and significant travel difficulties for both speakers and delegates. Considering these implications and the additional logistical issues caused by the collapse of Flybe, we believe that postponing the conference is the best solution at this time. It allows for participants to attend safely and maintains the high level of quality of the scientific programme.

BAMT recognises this may cause considerable inconvenience to delegates who have already made their travel and accommodation plans and we would like to thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Please be assured that this decision has not been taken lightly and that all necessary measures are in place to ensure the event retains its status as a highly regarded conference.

All tickets purchased will automatically be reissued for the rearranged conference date. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us. However, if the new date is not convenient for you then you will be eligible for a full refund of your conference ticket. We will be sending out more information about this in due course

Finally, please can I ask that you bear with us whilst we confirm the new conference date and continue to monitor the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and Flybe. We have produced an FAQ document that can be found HERE . Hopefully this document will alleviate the need for you to contact the staff team. However, if there are any queries beyond this then please email the team at

We are counting on your support to make our Belfast conference a success when it happens, and we thank you in advance for your patience and your understanding.

Best wishes

Jonathan Cousins-Booth

Jonathan Cousins-Booth
Chair of Trustees (Acting)

British Association for Music Therapy
2nd Fl, 24-27 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD
T: 07584300662 / 020 7837 6100