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June 28, 2017 Register Now for WOC2018 in Barcelona

Join us June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via Conference Center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries.

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website opens on August 21, 2017, and the abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, “WOC2018 Call for Abstracts.” 

Register now to attend the longest continuous international medical meeting, with:

  • A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.


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June 28, 2017 Re a Le Amogela! We Welcome You to WOC2020!

We invite you to the June 26–29, 2020, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Cape Town, South Africa. WOC2020––hosted by the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa––marks the first time the WOC will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WOC2020 is expected to host more than 12,000 delegates from countries across the globe, with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. What better time to bring attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges it faces than 2020? What better place than Cape Town to share the latest research, introduce new technologies, and open up a world of educational resources?

We know WOC2020 will enrich your mind, but we expect it will also capture your heart. Mark your calendars now to attend this historic Congress. Learn more and signup to receive updates at: woc2020.icoph.org.


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June 2, 2017 Announcing WOC2018 Award Recipients

Come celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the June 16, 2018, Opening Ceremony of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain. WOC2018 award recipients are:

  • ICO Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium)
  • ICO International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil)
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom)
  • ICO G.O.H. Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia)
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

The Opening Ceremony and award presentation begins at 18:00 in the Fira Gran Via Conference Center, Hall 8.1. Following the event, the evening’s festivities continue with a welcome reception for all attendees.

Register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress, and be part of global ophthalmology’s largest and most influential ophthalmic event. ¡Nos vemos allí!


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