Message from the IOA President

IOA congress 2020 postponed due to COVID-19

Dear member of the International Orthoptic Association,

In the wake the World Health Organization’s recent decision to declare COVID-19 a global pandemic, the International Orthoptic Association (IOA), in close consultation with the Congress Local Organizing Committee from the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) and the Congress Scientific Program Committee, has decided to postpone the 14th Congress of the International Orthoptic Association for 20-23 June 2020 in Liverpool, UK. Our main concern is the health of everyone involved and reducing potential health risks for our members.  By postponing, we are able to minimize costs to our association and keep the United Kingdom as our host for the 14th congress of the IOA.

The congress is being rescheduled for 2022 at the same venue.  Further details, including registration fees, abstract management and exact dates of the congress will be released within the next few weeks.  Just so you know, the planning of the 2020 conference was well underway, with already almost 300 registered participants and many confirmed sessions scheduled to take place over the course of four days. The program included the Zoran Georgievski Education Forum, several workshops, scientific sessions on stroke, myopia, accommodation & vision, strabismus, neuro, amblyopia & screening and the orthoptic profession: core roles and extended practice. A special occasion during our planned congress was the Burian Lecture from Professor Helen Davis, three scientific symposiums and the Annual General meeting of the IOA.  All of these events will be rescheduled for 2022.

The congress organizers invite you to continue your engagement with our congress and will work towards ensuring the same program with an even greater level of participation in 2022. Many thanks to David Newsham and Darren Oystreck and the organizing committee for all the behind-the-scenes work put in so far on the 2020 meeting.

Stay healthy and look after each other!

Jan Roelof Polling
IOA President

Please see our Statement on Covid-19 under the ‘For Attendees’ menu. Click here.

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

Welcome from LOC Chair

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee I look forward to welcoming you to the IV International Orthoptic Association Congress in Liverpool, England. Since the last Congress in Rotterdam we have been working hard to make this the best possible Congress for you and we are proud to have secured a state of the art and award winning venue in the ACC, Liverpool. The location is perfect – on the Liverpool waterfront with excellent access to a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. 

Liverpool is also the ideal location to visit with numerous cultural and tourist attractions, from the Beatles museum to the Tate Art Gallery and from Cathedrals to a trip on the Ferry across the Mersey or the opportunity to explore the view of the City and distant Cumbrian mountains from Radio City’s Tower.

After a packed day of the scientific programme be sure to join us for the social programme including the gala dinner at the Maritime Museum or come along to the morning run, taking in the waterfront to invigorate you for the day ahead.

See you in 2020 where Liverpool will give you a warm and characteristically friendly ‘scouse’ welcome. 

David Newsham
Chair, Local Organising Committee

Key Dates

  • Registration Opens – Friday 26th July 2019
  • Early Bird Rate Closes – Monday 13th April 2020
  • Abstract Submission Opens – Thursday 15th August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Closes – Extended to Tuesday 10th December 2019
  • Notification to Authors – Wednesday 29th January 2020
  • Authors to Register by – Monday 13th April 2020
  • Student Research Award Application to Open – 3rd June 2020
  • Deadline for full paper submission to ‘Strabismus’– 15th August 2020