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Hosted by

Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO)

Co-hosted by

European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)

Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery (SECOIR)

In Partnership with

Catalan Society of Ophthalmology (SCO)

Barraquer Institute (BI)

Welcome from the ICO President

International Council of Ophthalmology

Dear Colleagues,

It is my honor and pleasure to invite you to join us at the World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology (WOC2018) to be held in Barcelona from June 16–19, 2018. It is the first time that the WOC has been held in Barcelona and the WOC was last held in Spain in 1933. We are very much looking forward to returning and collaborating with the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO) who will host the WOC2018.

The Scientific Program Committee is planning more than 200 scientific sessions to enhance your practice—an innovative and original program to present, share, debate, and concur on the latest science and research in ophthalmology from around the world. The Congress will have distinguished faculty of global leaders. It will provide an exciting opportunity for you to become involved and share your original research through the call for abstracts, clinical cases, and late-breaking science. The WOC2018 also includes corporate exhibits displaying the newest products and services in the ophthalmic industry.

Barcelona is a vibrant city in which to soak up the Spanish language, culture, architecture, and of course, gastronomy. You can dine in Michelin-starred restaurants, walk past the Sagrada Familia—the large basilica that’s been under construction for more than 100 years—or sleep in a luxury hotel that has its very own section of Roman wall. Barcelona is the home of the Museo Picasso that houses Pablo Picasso’s artwork in five adjoining 15th century palazzos. A must visit is the quirky Park Güell with its iconic dragon and winding mosaic bench all designed by Antonio Gaudí. You don’t need to look for a reason to walk around in Barcelona: the unique architectural works, colorful scenes, and warm people will tempt you to wander the city.

We welcome you to join the global ophthalmology community in Barcelona during the summer of 2018 for the largest and most influential international ophthalmic event. The World Ophthalmology Congress is the “must attend” event for 2018 with the cross-collaboration spirit of the SEO, European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE), Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery (SECOIR), Catalan Society of Ophthalmology (SCO), and the Barraquer Institute (BI).

Hugh R. Taylor, AC, MD, President, International Council of Ophthalmology

With best regards,

Hugh R. Taylor, AC, MD
President, International Council of Ophthalmology


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