Annual Congress 2017
22 - 25 May, Liverpool

Welcome from the Chairman of the Scientific Committee

It's once again my great pleasure, on behalf of the Scientific Committee, to welcome you to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress at the Arena & Convention Centre, Liverpool.
The venue, located in the historic city waterfront, is always a popular choice for delegates, not least because of the friendliness and professionalism of its staff.

Regular attendees will have noticed that Congress now begins on Monday, with the sub-speciality day moving to Thursday. As the sub-specialty day is now fully integrated into Congress, it was felt that this rearrangement would maximise the educational opportunities and enjoyment for delegates.

Highlights of this year’s meeting will undoubtedly include the eponymous lectures delivered by Kay Dickersin, Anya Hurlbert, Keith Martin and Ivan Schwab, all internationally recognised experts in their fields. This year sees the introduction of a new session, ‘Horizon Scanning’, that will be a regular feature of future Congresses. Organised by members of the College’s Academic Sub-committee, this session will review research that is likely to have a major impact on ophthalmic practice in the next few years.

The various seminars that form the majority of the programme have been chosen to cover all ophthalmic subspecialties. I urge you to consider attending some that are outside your immediate area of interest in order to refresh your knowledge of ophthalmology as a whole. I would also encourage you to support our trainees at the Rapid Fire sessions, to read the posters, watch the videos, visit the trade exhibition, but still find time to catch up with friends and colleagues. Finally, on Thursday, there is the opportunity to attend an in-depth review of cataract & refractive surgery, emergency & primary care, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, or retina.

This, our 29th Congress, marks the end of Professor Carrie MacEwen’s tenure as College President. I am sure that you will want to join me in thanking her for her inspiring leadership during the last three years, and to wish her every success in the future. It is also the last Congress to have been organised by George Hibidge before he and his family moved to take up a new life in Australia. He made several significant improvements to Congress, not least being the introduction of the Congress App. His natural talent for organisation will be greatly missed. Fortunately, the College has been able to recruit a highly talented and experienced successor, Julie Hodgkinson. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to her and pass on any suggestions for future Congresses or Seminars.

Finally, this year is also my last as Chair of the Scientific Committee. Planning and delivering the last three Congresses has been a great privilege. I would like to thank the Committee members and College staff for their support and organisational skills, those who have very generously given up their time to speak and organise sessions, and all those who have attended and, by doing so, have contributed to the success of the meetings.

Please enjoy the Congress.

Mr Michael Burdon
Chair, Scientific Committee,
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The video below was filmed at Congress 2015 in Liverpool.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists Congress 2015 from RCOphth on Vimeo.