We all miss one another – meeting with old and new friends, sharing new work and learning new ideas, be it over a coffee or a glass of wine (or two...). It has been too long!
Our online version of the meeting will have several options for everyone to connect and meet, be it via chat, email, virtual meeting rooms or Zoom meetings.
The central theme of this year’s conference is Uveal Diseases, coordinated by Richard McMullen, the Chair of the ECVO Scientific Committee.
The highly anticipated State-of-the-Art lecture on ‘The Diagnostic Approaches to Uveal Disease in Humans’ will be given by Professor Stephan Thurau. Many more expert international speakers will address the different aspects of uveal diseases in animals and people over the course of the conference. As a special treat, Dr Andrew Knight will speak on ‘Animal Welfare and Ethical Treatment of Animals in Veterinary Ophthalmic Research’.
Because of the cancellation of last year’s meeting, and the subsequent loss of opportunity to present an abstract or poster, the change to an online format has made us take a fresh look at the structure of the meeting. The schedule is slightly different this year: the main Scientific Programme will be held on Thursday and Friday, with oral and poster abstracts from residents, clinicians and researchers. The Continuing Education Day will be on Saturday and the Masterclass on Sunday.
The proceedings will be emailed to delegates as an electronic PDF.
The new virtual exhibition area will allow the direct contact with the exhibitors and give them the opportunity to inform us of their newest and best products. A quiz with exciting prizes will lure you to the exhibitor platform. As we are accustomed to from previous years the HED session will bring us new information related to inherited eye diseases and we can test our knowledge using the fun Kahoot technique.
The conference will be recorded and access to all sessions will be available for registered participants for a certain time after the conference so no one has to miss any of the presentations.
We thank all the authors and speakers for sharing their work, and for pre-recording their presentations to help things run smoothly.
We wish to take a moment to remember Gil Ben-Shlomo, the past Chair of the ECVO Planning Committee. Gil passed away suddenly in October and is dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and our College. Charlotte Keller kindly stepped up to take over Gil’s work, in conjunction with Ingo Hoffman who was already part of the Planning Committee. Gil would have loved the 2021 meeting and we hold him in our thoughts.
We hope you all enjoy “ECVO online” and very much look forward to ‘meeting you’ in the new-normal way in May 2021!
Chair of the ECVO Planning Committee
ECVO Planning Committee