top of page
Marine Diver in Reef


BHA Annual Scientific Meeting 2024
6th and 7th November 2024
Hull, UK
About Us


The British Hyperbaric Association (BHA) is holding its annual scientific meeting in the city of Hull, East Yorkshire, England, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of November 2024.


Conference venue: Kingsley Suite, Canham Turner Building, University of Hull, Cottingham Road
Hull. HU6 7RX.


The theme “Nitrogen Narcosis and Bubbles” provides an opportunity for all involved in diving and diving medicine to acquire maintain and develop their professional profile.


Each day has been approved for 6 CPD points. The academic program meets the requirements “specialist diving medicine” ongoing training.


A variety of topics will be reviewed by speakers from: Sweden, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, United States and the UK of course.

Abstracts for oral presentation are welcome, applications should be 250 words or less and submitted to on or before 14 October 2024


The conference venue is University of Hull, conference dinner is in the Guildhall and Welcoming Drinks “Ye Olde Black Boy” pub.

6 CPD points have been applied for each day

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. The programme is designed to suite a wide range of people, including Occupational, Emergency Department, ICU and Basics doctors, Prehospital responders, nurses, paramedics, medical and dive systems Life Support Supervisors and technicians, persons with an interest in the Physiology and Medicine of Diving and importantly divers themselves.

British Hyperbaric Association (BHA)

The objectives of the BHA include the following:

  • To promote the understanding and safe practice of hyperbaric medicine

  • To provide a forum for discussion of hyperbaric therapy in the British Isles,

  • To self-regulate, so that member chambers work within accepted clinical and technical standards 

  • To encourage peer group review and dissemination of current medical advances. 

Visit BHA website:

Program Details

Program Details

        DAY 1 – 6TH NOV

  • Towards gas narcosis monitoring in compressed gas diving. Dr. Xavier Vrijdag, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Auckland.

  • Nitrogen Narcosis: It’s a Risky Business. Pauliina Ahti, Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Nitrogen narcosis, never any hang-over, or? Mikael Gennser MD PhD, Division of Environmental Physiology, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

  • Acclimatisation to diving: a systematic review. Dr. Jan Risberg, Norway.

  • Fatality Reporting International Database. Dr. Frauke Tillmans, DAN USA Research Director.


         DAY 2 – 7TH NOV


  • History and evaluation of intra-vascular bubble detection and scoring. Lesley Blogg, BSc (hons), PhD.

  • Bubbles detected, or not, now what? Mikael Gennser MD PhD, Division of Environmental Physiology, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

  • National network acute interventional neuro-radiology. Dr. Paul Maliakal, Consultant in Diagnostic & Interventional Neuroradiology.

  • National network treatment of arterial gas embolism. Dr. Pieter Bothma, Consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care.

  • AGE from shallow depth escape training. Dr. Jan Risberg.

  • The Paediatric Patient. Jaqui Painter, Hull Hyperbaric Unit.

**The program is subject to change


Meet the Speakers

Dr. Frauke Tilmans

Dr. Tillmans holds a degree in Neuroscience, and a PhD in Human Biology from the University of Ulm, Germany. She oversees research initiatives in diving injury and fatality monitoring, population health, and diving physiology including acute diving injuries as well as long-term health effects of extreme exposures. She is an avid diver, dive safety officer, and dive instructor. Her experience spans recreational, technical, rebreather, scientific, and public safety diving.


Throughout her scientific career she has participated in numerous projects covering a variety of medical aspects in recreational, professional, and military diving. Since leaving a position at the German Naval Medical Institute in 2019 to relocate to the United States, she has become DAN’s point of contact for global scientific collaborations and is in charge of DAN’s research grant program and STEM-focused internship program, inspiring young scientists and prospective physicians to pursue a career in diving and hyperbaric medicine.


Dr. Tillmans is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a visiting scientist at the University of California, San Diego.

Frauke Tilmans

Accommodation Options

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull

⭐⭐⭐⭐ £99 double room.

24 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8NH

01482 755500


Holiday Inn Express Hull City Centre            

 ⭐⭐⭐ £55 double room.

80 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LN

01482 485700


Travelodge Hull Central

 ⭐⭐ £29 double room.

Pryme St, Hull HU2 8HR 

0871 984 6473


All three hotels are within 2 minutes of each other and 2.4 miles from the University:

- 15 min by car

- 50 min walking  


Shuttles will be available between hotels and the conference venue.


University accommodation:

Direct links to each hotel's website can be found in map below

Get in Touch

+44(0)1482 672 462

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page