Scientific Committee

Committee Chair: Andrew Bradbury
andrew.bradbury@btinternet.com

  1. Mission Statement
  2. Roles: Conference Oversight
  3. Application
  4. Composition and Reporting
  5. Responsibilities
  6. Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy

To apply to become a member of the UIP Scientific Committee (SC), please contact Andrew Bradbury at andrew.bradbury@btinternet.com.


  1. Mission Statement
    To promote the science of phlebology and lymphology for the benefit of patients worldwide by:
    1. Overseeing the scientific quality of conferences being held under the auspices of the UIP.
    2. Encouraging the conduct of original scientific research, and the development of consensus documents and guidelines, under the auspices of the UIP.
  2. Roles: Conference Oversight
    To assist local conference organisers to:
    • Develop their scientific programme
    • Identify speakers, moderators and discussants
    • Manage appropriate industry involvement
    • Develop and implement COI policies
    • Adjudicate on abstracts and prizes
    • Obtain and award CME/CPD “points”
    • Distribute, collect and analyse feedback forms
    (Note: This list is not exhaustive and the SC may take on other roles as deemed appropriate.)

    In order to facilitate these roles and fulfill the mission statement, the local organising committee:
    • Will have the SC Chair, or Deputy Chair, as a full member
    • Will require SC approval of the scientific programme, speakers, and industry involvement
    • Will fund a member of the UIP SC to attend and quality assure the conference
    • Will receive a report from the SC member within one month

    Conference reports will be discussed at SC and tabled at Executive Committee (EC) by the Chair, or Deputy Chair.

  3. Application
    1. Person Specification
      In order to be considered for UIP SC membership, applicants will normally:
      • Be making an on-going contribution to the field
      • Be involved in direct patient care, or have recently retired
      • Have been the senior author on at least one original peer-reviewed publication in the field in the last 2 years
      • Have been responsible for organising at least one significant conference in the field within the last 5 years
      • Be a regular attendee at conferences in the field
      • Be a member of a society that is affiliated to the UIP and in good standing
      • Able to conduct the oral and written business of the SC in English
    2. Process
      1. Applicants will be asked to kindly supply the following:
        • CV – maximum of 500 words on a single side of A4 (or similar size) paper
        • Statement (maximum 250 words) setting out:
          • Why they want to be considered for the committee
          • What they think that they will be able to contribute to the committee
        • Appendix listing all of the following relevant information over the last 5 years:
          • Peer-reviewed publications
          • Meetings organised
          • Meetings attended
        • Reprints of their best two papers in the field over the last 5 years
        • Official programme and feedback forms (if possible) of what they consider to have been the best meeting in the field that they have been responsible for organising in the last 5 years
        • Names of two referees (references), one of whom should be the President (or, where appropriate, Vice-president) of the UIP-affiliated society in good standing of which the applicant is a member
      2. Based on the applications, the Chair of the SC, assisted by the President and Past President will draw up a ‘long list’ of potential candidates.
      3. The Chair of the SC UIP will approach the referees put forward by the applicants who have been selected for the “long list.”
      4. Based on the applications and references received, the Chair of the SC, assisted by the President and Past President, will draw up a “short list” of proposed members, one of whom will be proposed as Deputy Chair, for the UIP EC to approve.
      5. Applicants will, of course, be considered primarily on merit judged against the person specification. However, a balanced membership that is representative of the regions of the UIP-affiliated societies is anticipated.
      6. The appointment will be for 2 years in the first instance. However, by mutual agreement, it may be extended for a further 2 years.
  4. Composition and Reporting
    1. Core Group
      • Chairman
      • Deputy Chairman
      • President
      • Past President
      • Chair, Congress and Events Committee
      • VP for the region of the next conference (co-opted)
    2. Advisory Group
      • Up to 14 advisory members

    The Chair will report to the President, the Deputy Chair will report to the Chairman, and the Members will report to the Chairman or, where delegated, to the Deputy Chair.

  5. Responsibilities
    1. Chair
      • Oversee the appointment process as described above
      • Organise and Chair the committee meetings
      • Circulate the agenda for each committee meeting
      • Communicate SC proposals and decisions to the Education Committee and EC, and once agreed to the UIP membership
      • Facilitate communication between the SC and the Chair of the local organising committee
      • Delegate responsibilities to the Deputy Chair as appropriate
    2. Deputy Chair:
      • Assist the Chair in carrying out the duties listed above
      • Deputise for the Chair at meetings that the Chair is unable to attend
    3. Members:
      • Participate in at least 70% of the committee meetings
      • Provide support and expertise to the Chair of the local organising committee of UIP-affiliated conferences
  6. Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy
    1. Principles
      The UIP EC is committed to transparent and full disclosure of COIs by SC members in order to ensure high quality scientific conferences and research leading to trustworthy, evidence-based clinical practice.

      Specifically, through its SC, the UIP EC wishes to ensure that industry has no inappropriate influence, and no executive authority, in respect of scientific programme of conferences held under its auspices.

      However, the UIP EC also recognises that a healthy and transparent relationship with industry is necessary and important in the planning and delivery of such conferences.
    2. Disclosures
      Members of the SSC will be required to disclose all
      1. Industry Income
        Money or benefits in kind (Euro) received from biomedical companies, device manufacturers, pharmaceutical or other companies working in the field.
      2. Industry Relationships
        • Officer, board member, trustee, owner or employee of a company
        • Direct and family ownership of stock, stock options, or bonds of a company
        • Consultancies, scientific advisory committee memberships, or lectureships
        • Research grants and funding (directly held)
        • Personal or family income from patents (intellectual property)
    3. Timing and Value
      SC members are not barred from receiving disclosable benefits but they should not normally exceed Euros 10,000 per annum.
      • Disclosure is required for the 12 months prior and after appointment
      • All disclosures should be made immediately the Chair of the SC and all disclosures will be publicly viewable on the UIP web-site
      • The SC Chair will seek advice from the President should he believe that:
        • A disclosure is of a nature that compromises the SC member’s role
        • A SC member has not disclosed a disclosable income / relationship
      • The President will at his discretion raise the matter with the EC. Every effort will be made to resolve the matter, but if that is not possible, the member will be required to step down from the committee.