The theme for the 2020 conference is ‘Aligning the World in 2020′ as we try to encourage sharing and learning research and best practice from different countries as well as understanding different practice patterns across the world. This then leads to awareness of advanced practice and extended roles and discovering new techniques. We welcome the world of orthoptics to Liverpool to network with colleagues to foster new research collaborations as well as create awareness of different approaches and pedagogical research in orthoptic education. The 2020 conference is all about aiming to show people the diversity of scope of practice amongst our profession and whilst we may have different approaches it is always productive to learn from others in order to better ourselves as optometrists.