Welcome from IOA President

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Liverpool, England, during the 14th Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) to be held in June 2020. Our Four-yearly meeting has traditionally combined great scientific content with a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world. In 2020 we hope to see speakers and attendees who will participate and share with us the most significant advances in our profession.

The field of orthoptics is changing, and our role around the world is shifting. No longer is the orthoptist exclusively found in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, but our role has expanded to other areas of ophthalmology. This has been seen in the past congresses and this will reflect in the upcoming congress in Liverpool.

A wonderful aspect of our 2020 congress is that different key pediatric ophthalmology associations will participate in our meeting. The Zoran Georgievski Education Forum will again be a part of our congress and will highlight the latest insights on orthoptic education.

The Local Organizing Committee and the Congress Scientific Program Committee are working to make this a truly memorable meeting, and I look forward to meeting you in Liverpool, in June 2020.

Jan Roelof Polling
IOA President


Welcome from BIOS Chair

It is with great joy that we see the 2020 congress of the IOA coming home to where orthoptics first began in 1928 by Mary Maddox so we celebrate 92 wonderful years of Orthoptics.

We are looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the world to share in learning, research, practice and education from across the globe and embracing the diversity of our profession. Orthoptics is a growing profession and there are opportunities for Orthoptists to enhance their skills, knowledge, expertise and practice into many areas of eye health, neuro rehabilitation and public health initiatives.

Liverpool is a friendly, open-hearted and culturally diverse city with various tourist attractions full of history, music, architectural wonder and of course Liverpool is one of the few cities that can boast two cathedrals and two famous football teams.

The Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) is a superb venue situated on the Kings Dock which was opened in 2008 when Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture. The ACC is close to a choice of accommodation, great dining, museums and of course the famous ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’.

I look forward to seeing you all in June 2020 in Liverpool, England.


Veronica Greenwood
Chair, British and Irish Orthoptic Society

Key Dates

  • Registration Opens – Friday 26th July 2019
  • Early Bird Rate Closes – Wednesday 26th February 2020
  • Abstract Submission Opens – Thursday 15th August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Closes – Wednesday 27th November 2019
  • Notification to Authors – Wednesday 29th January 2020
  • Authors to Register by – Wednesday 26th February 2020
  • Student Research Award Application to Open – 3rd June 2020
  • Deadline for full paper submission to ‘Strabismus’– 15th August 2020