Meetings and Conferences for Trainees

In addition to attending School of Ophthalmology study days, there are many opportunities for attending high quality regional and national meetings. Many of these are listed below. Information about study leave can be found in the Trainee Guide.


---Regional Societies---

North of England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS)

Membership of NEOS costs only £25 per year, by standing order, but offers many trainee benefits. This includes free attendance at three meetings per year, the opportunity to present and compete for presentation prizes worth £250. There is also a new, generous international conference fellowship. The website is here and the email form to become a member is here. NEOS meetings are often incorporated into the postgraduate teaching calendar. Membership is highly recommended and requests for study leave to attend will be looked upon favourably.

Spring meeting - March - Oral presentation competition

Summer meeting - June - Poster competition

Autumn meeting - November - Video competition

Yorkshire Retina Society

Membership of YRS is also £25 per year, by standing order. There are two meetings per year, in the summer and winter.

Website - Meetings

---UK Conferences---

National meetings should be applied for, as for any study leave, with educational supervisor and deanery approval. Requests are more likely to be approved if the applicant is presenting at the meeting, or a senior trainee.

RCOphth Annual Congress

May - 'College congress' - Website

Oxford Congress

July - Website


October - British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association - Website


November - British and Eire Association of Virtreoretinal Surgeons - Website


June - British Oculoplastic Surgery Society - Website


November - UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons - Website

Trainee membership is free and includes ESCRS membership


September - British Emergency Eye Care Society - Website

---International Conferences---

International meetings require study leave approval by direct application to the Head of School. The letter/email should include details of educational objectives and what the trainee will be presenting. It is highly unlikely to be approved if the trainee is not presenting at the meeting. If approval is given, reimbursement will not be cover all expenses, but a grant may be offered towards the costs directly incurred from attending the meeting.

Main European meetings

Autumn - Euretina - European Society of Retina Specialists

Autumn - ESCRS - European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

May - EGS - European Glaucoma Society

June - SOE - European Society of Ophthalmology

Main North American meetings

Autumn - AAO - American Academy of Ophthalmology

Spring - ARVO - The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology