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WOC2018: Connecting Globally to Advance Eye Health

Join ophthalmologists from more than 140 countries (and counting) who have already registered to attend the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) of the International Council of Ophthalmology 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain. The WOC is the longest continuous medical meeting in the world and addresses all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. 

If you haven't yet registered, don't delay, hotels are starting to fill up and you won't want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this truly global event. 

The beautiful Fira Gran Via Convention Center––located in the heart of Barcelona––is the venue for WOC2018, which will feature:

Register Today and take advantage of a reduced registration rate if you belong to an ICO Member society

WOC Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham, WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, and Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin welcome delegates from all over the world for one of the most comprehensive and global events in ophthalmology. 

Read all three welcome letters by clicking on the images below:

Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham
WOC Scientific Program Chair

Dr. Rafael Barraquer
WOC2018 President

Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin
Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President

WOC2018 Scientific Program Highlights

In addition to ICO special sessions and society-organized sessions, the Congress offers an array of educational activities to appeal to everyone.

Social Events at WOC2018

In addition to an excellent educational program, the social component of the Congress is something you truly do not want to miss.

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, 16 June: 18:00–19:00
Hall 8.1, Fira Gran Via Conference Center

The Opening Ceremony officially marks the beginning of WOC2018. Following welcome remarks from the ICO, the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, and the WOC2018 President, we celebrate the achievements of our colleagues:

Welcome Reception
Saturday, 16 June: 19:00–20:30
Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, enjoy snacks and drinks with both old and new colleagues at the WOC2018 Welcome Reception. Badges are required to enter this event. 

Cultural Night
Monday, 18 June: 20:20–23:30

Fun and festive, Cultural Night invites you to savor the flavors of Spain with sangria, jamón ibérico, and food from various regions of Spain. Take in the Catalan tradition of building human towers, and performing horses. The night will close with dancing and a battle-of-the-bands between two musician-ophthalmologist groups: Camara IV and Double Vision.

Cultural Night is at Poble Espanyol, an open-air architectural museum at the foot of Montjuïc (5 kilometers from the Fira Gran Via)––a beautiful site that features a replica of the gate leading to the Castilian city of Avila. View the menu, entertainment, and map of the area.

Tickets are €95 per person and include dinner, drinks, entertainment, and transportation. Purchase tickets for Cultural Night when registering for WOC2018, or log back into your account to update your registration with this event.

WOC2018 Travel and Lodging

Along with breathtaking architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants, and unbeatable climate, getting to Barcelona is easy!

The Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located 16 kilometers south of the city and welcomes direct and connecting flights from throughout the world. Better yet, registered attendees can obtain discounted flights on 14 major member airlines and affiliates via oneworld®, the official airline alliance for WOC2018.

June is a popular time to visit Barcelona, so reserve your hotel room now to ensure availability. MCI––the official agency handling hotel booking––offers an array of options, ranging from budget accommodations to luxury suites.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations. Use MCI to Avoid Fraud! MCI is the only official registration and hotel agency associated with WOC2018. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WOC2018 or the ICO. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

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