The eighth annual European Academy of Optometry and Optics’ conference, Berlin 2016, attracted 370 delegates over the weekend – a record number. The conference has been hailed the most successful yet and was hosted by Beuth University of Applied Sciences on the 19-22 May 2016. The three day conference and European Council of Optometry and Optics’ (ECOO) spring meeting, was held in a campus setting, and provided a change of scenery for those who have attended previous conferences in Budapest, Warsaw, and Malaga.
The conference program included 13 clinical workshops, (more workshops than ever before) held at Beuth Optometry School, and keynote lectures by Professor James Wolffsohn (Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, UK) on recent developments in contact lens and surgical presbyopia correction, and Dr Pearse Keane (Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK) who outlined the latest developments in the treatment of myopia. Topics presented at Berlin 2016 ranged from ‘Engaging with glaucoma’ and ‘Winning European research funding’ to ‘Pediatrics and dispensing’, there were also 59 research posters on display with dedicated sessions to ‘Meet the poster presenters’ throughout the three days.
At the closing address 14 new Academy Fellowships were awarded to: Ralf Bachmann (Germany), Nicholas Black, Professor Bruce Evans, Dr Fabrizio Zeri, Dr Julie-Anne Little, and Dr Dorothy Thompson (all UK), Dr Ana Hernandez Trillo (Spain/UK), Ignacio De Costa-González and Juan Carlos Martínez-Moral (Spain), Dr Daniela Nosch, Simone Huber and Armin Duddek (all Switzerland), Raúl Alberto Correia de Sousa (Portugal), and Dinah Paritzky (Israel).
Two Poster Presentation Prizes, provided by the College of Optometrists, were also awarded at the closing address. The New Poster Presenter Prize was given to Yasna Glauser (Switzerland) and Julia Löwen (Italy) claimed the Poster Presentation Prize.
Daniela Nosch FEAOO, who was awarded Fellowship at the conference, commented: “I decided to become a Fellow, because I wanted to be an ambassador for the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. This association brings together great clinical expertise and new research from all over Europe in various interesting fields. We get to meet in great different European cities and this is an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange and networking.”
Academy President, Dr Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas FEAOO, added: “The Academy conference goes from strength to strength each year and I am delighted that Berlin 2016 has been our most successful turnout yet. We have been able to offer more clinical workshops, new discussion sessions and a more established exhibition this year and I want to thank our hosts, presenters, facilitators, exhibitors, and staff who have worked so hard to contribute to this success. I look forward to Barcelona 2017 and the Academy hosting another fantastic conference in my home city.”
Next year’s conference will be held in Barcelona: Please save the date, 12–14 May 2017. More information will be released soon.