Programme and Registration

The provisional conference programme is available to download (in Word format) here: ePatients programme (updated 4th September)

Registration should be completed by clicking on the following link:

(Click on ‘Registration’ in the ‘Categories’ box on the left-hand side)

** Please note that registration for this event has now closed **

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference in Belfast this September!



The following hotels, in Queen’s Quarter, are close to the university, where the conference will be held:

Ibis Hotel
75 University Street
Duke’s Hotel
65-67 University Street
Holiday Inn Express
106 University Avenue
Wellington Park Hotel
21 Malone Road
Tara Lodge
36 Cromwell Road
Malone Lodge Hotel
60 Eglantine Avenue
Malone Road
Crescent Townhouse
13 Lower Crescent

The following hotels are closer to the city centre, but are within walking distance of Queen’s and are also on direct bus routes:

Days Inn (approx. 15-minute walk from conference venue)
40 Hope Street
BT12 5EE
Jury’s Inn Belfast (approx. 20-min walk)
Great Victoria Street
Holiday Inn Belfast (approx. 15-min walk)
22 Ormeau Avenue
Fitzwilliam Belfast (approx. 20-min walk; more expensive option)
1-3 Great Victoria Street
Europa Hotel (approx. 20-min walk; more expensive option)
Great Victoria Street


All Seasons
Tel: 028 9068 2814
Avenue House
Tel: 028 9066 5904
Camera House
Home page:
Tel: 028 9066 0026
Eglantine Guest House
Tel: 028 9066 7585
Malone Guest House
Tel: 028 9066 9565
Pearl Court Guest House
Tel: 028 9066 6145
The Old Rectory
Tel: 028 9066 7882


9 University Road
Global Village
87 University Street
Arnie’s Backpackers
63 Fitzwilliam Street
Belfast City Backpacker
53-55 Malone Avenue


By Air

George Best Belfast City Airport is three miles from the city centre. The main airlines that fly here are British Airways (London Heathrow), Aer Lingus (London Heathrow and Gatwick), and Flybe (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Birmingham, East Midlands, Cardiff, London City, Southampton, Exeter). A regular Airbus service operates into the city centre. The Airport Express 600 operates every 20 minutes on weekdays (40 minutes on Sundays) from outside George Best Belfast City Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0600 and 2205, and costs £2.40 single and £3.60 return.

Journey time from George Best Belfast City airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station is approximately 20 minutes. For further information and timetable details click here.

A taxi from George Best Belfast City airport to Queen’s University costs approximately £10-£11.

Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is a 30 minute drive to Belfast City Centre via the M2 motorway. The main airlines that fly here are United Airlines (Newark-New York) and easyJet (Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Nice and Paris Charles de Gaulle). The Airport Express 300 operates a 24 hour service between the airport and Belfast with buses departing every 15 minutes at peak times (30 minutes at other times). The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit. The journey from the Belfast International Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, takes approximately 30-40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions, and costs £7.50 single and £10.50 return. For further information and timetable details click here.

A taxi from Belfast International Airport to Queen’s University costs approximately £25.

Dublin Airport is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Queen’s University Belfast. Aer Lingus is the national carrier with a number of transatlantic flights (New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto) and direct European flights (Paris CDG, Vienna, Lyon, Toulouse, etc.). Ryanair also has a large number of flights to and from European cities. A regular bus service to Belfast operates 24 hours a day directly from Dublin Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. An up-to-date bus timetable is available from the Translink website and travel time is 1 hr 40 minutes.

Delegates travelling from North America have the option of travelling to Belfast Intl on the direct United (Newark) flight or from North American cities direct to Dublin (and then taking the bus to Belfast) or to London Heathrow (followed by internal connecting flight to Belfast).

By Sea

Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossings from Scotland (Troon and Cairnryan) and England (Liverpool).

By Rail

The main rail stations in the city centre are Great Victoria Street and Central Station. Cross-border ‘Enterprise’ services depart from and arrive at Central Station. The closest station to the University is Botanic which is a 5 minute walk from the main campus. The cross-border ‘Enterprise’ service takes just over 2 hours to commute between Dublin Connolly Station and Belfast Central Station. This service operates a number of times a day.

Travelling by bus from city centre hotels to Queen’s University Belfast

Delegates can avail of the Translink Metro bus service that operates from Belfast City Hall with services every 10-15 minutes to Queen’s University Belfast (on a number 8 Metro route). Your hotel accommodation providers will be more than happy to provide further details.

By Taxi

There are several private 24-hour hire taxi firms in Belfast and also some black taxi ranks, including Value Cabs: +44 28 9080 9080 and Fonacab: +44 28 9023 3333.

Call for Papers

ePatients: The Medical, Ethical and Legal Repercussions of Blogging and Micro-Blogging Experiences of Illness and Disease

Queen’s University Belfast, 11-12 September 2015

Keynote Speakers: Anne-Marie Cunningham (Cardiff University) and Julia Kennedy (Falmouth University)

Call for Papers


Referring to the growth of online patient-initiated resources, including medical blogs, the BMJ noted in a 2004 editorial that we were witnessing ‘the most important technocultural medical revolution of the past century’. Ten years later, the controversy caused by Bill Keller’s opinion piece in the New York Times (‘Heroic Measures’, January 2014) and a blogpost on the Guardian US website criticising Lisa Bonchek Adams’s decision to tweet her experience of breast cancer, remind us of the ongoing sensitivities surrounding online patient narratives and the complex relationship between the world of medicine and social media. Emma Keller, the freelance journalist (and wife of Bill Keller) who questioned Adams’s use of twitter to discuss terminal illness, wrote the following: ‘Should there be boundaries in this kind of experience? Is there such a thing as TMI? Are her tweets a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies? Why am I so obsessed?’ Adams, in emails to the Guardian, said that the column was ‘callous’ in its treatment of her and noted that the blogpost was riddled with inaccuracies and quoted a private direct message without permission.

As debates on the ethics, dynamics and even legal repercussions of online patient narratives become more prevalent, an international, interdisciplinary conference at Queen’s University Belfast, hosted by the Health Humanities Project Research Group at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, will focus on how those with life-threatening or incurable illness use social media, as well as the medical, ethical and potential legal consequences of online accounts of pain, suffering and the clinical experience. We welcome paper proposals dealing with ePatient accounts from a variety of countries, cultures and perspectives — including those of patients — which address the following questions:

  • What does the rise in social media (“web 2.0”) participation by patients tell us about the ways in which the growing influence of e-patients is challenging the power structures of traditional healthcare and, as a result, proving contentious?
  • In what ways might social media narratives of illness be seen as a useful source of information for medics? What, conversely, are their limitations?
  • How do patients influence their online followers, and vice-versa?
  • What are the ethical issues involved in documenting ‘the public deathbed’?
  • What are the potential legal consequences of publicly chronicling the clinical experience?

250-word proposals for 20-minute papers (or three-paper panels), in English, should be sent to Dr Steven Wilson by email attachment at the following address: The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday 14 April 2015 (*please note extended deadline*).