Congress Awards

IOA Research Award

The IOA Research Award was instituted in 1991 to promote the science of orthoptics.  This prestigious award is presented for the most outstanding research paper and presentation given by an orthoptist at the IOA Congress.

Eligibility and Deadline:

To be considered for this award you must be an orthoptist and a Full, Associate or Individual member of the IOA. You also need to be the presenter and principal investigator of the research presented.


Authors must self-identify their interest at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the award.  The Congress Scientific Program Committee will judge the candidate’s work on originality, quality and validity of the research.  This will be based on the abstract and the actual presentation at the congress.

Applicants will be required to submit a full paper to the journal Strabismus.  Click here to for the instructions for publication in the supplement for Strabismus for full papers.

You need to submit your full paper no later than 1st June 2019 for consideration of this award. Click here to for the instructions for publication in the supplement for Strabismus for full papers.

The Congress Scientific Program Committee will decide, from papers accepted for presentation, which are eligible for the award. Judging will be based on the originality, quality and validity of the research.

A certificate of merit will be presented to the Awardee at the Congress closing ceremonies.

IOA Student Research Award

The IOA Student Research Award promotes and recognizes students who engage in research. This award is given every four years at the IOA Congress.

Purpose: This award is meant to stimulate student interest in research in orthoptic science and engage in evidence based practice. It is also meant to encourage students by participation in research to pursue a research career in orthoptic science.

Eligibility: Applicants must be registered at the time of application in a recognized orthoptic program (undergraduate or graduate) located in an IOA member or associate member country. To hold the award the applicant must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of orthoptic study (or two academic terms). Additionally, the applicant must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-,” if applicable) as defined by their orthoptic program.

Apply: Candidates wishing to be considered will apply online and submit the following information:

  1. Submission of an abstract for the IOA Congress
  2. Completed Registration for the IOA Congress
  3. Letter from Orthoptic Training Program Director confirming the applicant enrollment and year of study plus their good standing in that orthoptic program (defined as a cumulative average of at least second class grade of “B” or “B-” as determined by the program)
  4. Letter of Support from Research Supervisor which outlines a clear description of the student’s role in the research, the novelty of this work and the implications of this work.

Please submit your application to:

Selection: Submissions will be reviewed by the IOA Congress Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) and selection for this award will be made by them. Selection will be based on both the submitted information and the actual presentation of the work by the student at the Congress. If a member of the CSPC is involved in the training of the applicant they will be required to depose themselves from the selection process

Award: Free registration to the IOA Congress and a certificate that will be awarded at the Congress. Costs of this award will be covered by the IOA.

Application date: Deadline for applications is TBC