Our Activities

A brief summary of our core activities are below. These reflect the society's focus on bridging the gap between research and clinical practice for aphasia.

Please also see the 'Member benefits' section.


If you would like to host an upcoming BAS event please contact the Chair or relevant committee member. We are happy to advertise relevant events organised by others on our website and in our newsletter. 

Biennial scientific conference

National (UK based) scientific conference for the presentation of research on aphasia. The remit for submissions is typically broad, covering theoretical and clinical work on any aspect of aphasia (e.g. neuropsychology, experimental studies, diagnosis, prognosis, assessment, treatment, management etc). The conference is typically organised and hosted by a team working at a UK University and typically runs over 2 or 3 days, with keynote speakers, talks, posters, and themed symposia. Workshops are also organised depending on the host institution and organising committee. 

For more information please contact conference@bas.org.uk

Biennial therapy symposium

National (UK based) symposium focusing on the translation between research and clinical practice for aphasia. The remit for submissions is typically broad, but there is a greater focus on work that is translational, directly applied to clinical practice or taking place in clinical settings. The conference is typically organised and hosted by a team working at a UK University. The therapy symposium is typically run over 2 days, with talks, posters, and themed sessions and workshops.  

For more information please see here or contact therapy-symposium@bas.org.uk

Research update meeting

The RUM is a forum to present ongoing work in aphasia (which members may attend for free). Projects can be at any stage of development or completion. The meeting is designed to be an open and friendly environment, with an audience of clinicians, students, researchers and clinical-academics. It offers the opportunity to receive feedback on ideas and to keep up-to-date on current research activities. The full programme will be advertised in April.

For more information please see here or contact research-in-progress@bas.org.uk

Prizes and Funds

We do not offer bursaries for people with aphasia, but the Tavistock Trust does and information about these can be found using the following link: educational/vocational bursary for individuals with aphasia

Student project and essay prizes

Each year we run a competition for The British Aphasiology Society Student Project Prize and Student Essay/Case Report Prize. A deadline in Summer (June/July) is usually set. All entries are anonymised and graded by two judges from the BAS committee. 

Prizes are awarded for the best work on acquired aphasia. For the student project prize, £300 is awarded and for the essay/case report prize, £150 is awarded. 

For more information please see here or contact prizes@bas.org.uk

Conference support fund

Members are entitled to apply for funds to attend events and conferences. There are separate funds available for BAS events (up to £200) and non-BAS events (up to £400). 

Applications are considered twice a year (typically early Spring and Summer). Applications cannot be made after you have attended an event.

For more information please see here or contact conference-support-fund@bas.org.uk

Initiatives in Aphasia Seed Fund

 BAS offers a small grant for UK based activities that involve and benefit people with aphasia and their family members/carers. Such activities may be led by or organised with the involvement of people with aphasia. Funding of up to £1000 is available per application. The deadline is usually in early Autumn.

For more information please see here or contact seedfund@bas.org.uk




An email newsletter is sent out to all members three times a year (Spring, Summer and Winter). The newsletter covers a broad range of topics relevant to aphasia, including: ongoing projects, resources, conferences and opportunities for continuing professional development, interesting or important publications, consultations or changes in national policy, society news (e.g. student prizes, reports from members funded to attend events). 

Previous copies of BAS Newsletters can be found here. If you would like us to include something in the newsletter, please contact newsletter@bas.org.uk


Research updates

To help our membership stay up to date with the research literature, we provide regular summaries of published papers on aphasia. These are linked on our social media accounts on Twitter & Facebook,  and provided in the newsletter. 
For more information please see here  or contact research-update@bas.org.uk