The ECVO invites you to the Annual Meeting, 23 – 26 May2019 in Antwerp, Belgium

After a great meeting in the beautiful city of Florence Italy in 2018, the ECVO Planning Committee is working in full force on the organization of next year’s meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. The general topic of the 2019 meeting is ‘Genetic Diseases‘.

Antwerp is a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with history dating to the Middle Ages. The city is famous for its diamonds and the centuries-old Diamond District in the city center. It is also well known for its fashion and entertainment scene, staggering architecture and culture. While there, be sure to enjoy the superb and famous Belgium chocolate!

The meeting will take place in the Hilton Antwerp Old Town, located in the heart of the old city. Exhibitors will present at the hotel’s congress area, and lunch will be provided on site. The Welcome reception will be held at the Diamond Museum, with a free access to the museum’s exhibition. The Friday Gala will take place at Horta-Art Nouveau Zaal, situated in the fashionable center of Antwerp and provides a stylish roof terrace with a view of the city.

Please be sure to book your hotel room early. Antwerp has its own international airport (ANR). A train and a direct express bus also connect Brussel’s Airport to Antwerp (approximately 30 and 35-45 min ride, respectively).

The ECVO looks forward to welcoming you in Antwerp!

Anne Marie Verbruggen
Anne-Marie Verbruggen
(ECVO President)
Anne Marie Verbruggen
Gil Ben-Shlomo
(ECVO Planning Committee Chair)


Continuing Education Day
Thursday, 23 May 2019, 09:00-15:30h

Genetic diseases

Invited speakers: Gustavo Aguirre, William Beltran, Andras Komaromy, Cathryn Mellersh, and Simon Petersen-Jones

The Main Programme on Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May 2019 will consist of free communication lectures and poster presentations.
Abstracts may be submitted via this website. The main programme will be published in March 2019.

As a part of the main programme, a State of the Art Lecture will be given by Gustavo Aguirre:
The Dog: An Ophthalmologist’s Best Friend
Strategies for developing retinal gene therapies

Sunday, 26 May 2019, 08:00-16:00h

Glaucoma, Retinal diseases, Future therapies

Invited Speakers: Gustavo Aguirre, William Beltran, Andras Komaromy, Mary Lassaline, Simon Petersen-Jones, and Knut Stieger

Responsible of the Scientific Programme – Continuing Education, Masterclass, and State of the Art Lecture (Invited Speakers):
Simon M. Petersen-Jones (Member of the ECVO Scientific Committee)

Responsible of the Scientific Programme – Main Programme (Free Communications and Posters):
Charlotte Keller (Chair of the ECVO Scientific Committee)


The Scientific Committee of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is calling for abstracts (Original Research, Clinical, Resident, and Poster abstracts) to be presented at the 2019 ECVO Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium.

Deadline for abstract submission is the 06 January 2019.

The abstract and a short CV (maximum 1 page - information on your current position) must be submitted online,
with a separate submission for each abstract.

During the submission process you will be asked to upload the files (.doc, .docx) to our server.
You will also have to accept the form “Agreement to Publish / Assignment of Copyright”.

Any abstracts submitted must adhere strictly to the ECVO Abstract submission guidelines. All abstracts must include the final results of the study. They must be written in correct English and must be proof read before the submission. Incomplete abstracts or failure to follow the format will lead to rejection of the abstract without review.

Abstracts must be previously unpublished work at the time of submission and remain unpublished until after the ECVO Annual Scientific Meeting 2019. Studies submitted must not have been presented at a national or international meeting prior to the 2019 ECVO meeting with the exception of the 2019 ARVO meeting.

If experimental animals were used in the research, it is required that authors confirm adherence to the ARVO Statement for the Use of Animals in Ophthalmic and Vision Research and confirm that prior approval was obtained by the relevant institutional ethics committee such as an Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee. The relevant permit number (such as of the approved Animal Use Form) and date of approval must be provided.

In case you prefer an oral presentation, you have to choose between the following options:
Original Research Abstracts: Short oral presentations of original scientific studies (basic, applied, clinical) in veterinary ophthalmology.
Clinical Abstracts: Short oral presentations of interesting case reports or clinical studies.
Resident Abstracts: Short oral presentations of ECVO residents’ original research.

Posters: This session will consist of reports in poster format of investigative and clinical studies. All posters are required to be DIN A0 high size. Further information will follow with the acceptance of the abstracts. The posters will be available for viewing from Friday morning until Saturday night.

Each abstract will be evaluated by members of the Scientific Committee and marked based on design, originality, and relevance to ophthalmology. The abstracts will be ranked according to score and selected for presentation in the session requested, based on available space. Abstracts may be returned to the author for revision at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by the end of March 2019 to still benefit from the "early bird registration fee" for the congress. Please note that the presenting author of an accepted abstract is required to register and pay the full Annual Meeting registration fee, attend the Annual Meeting and make the presentation of the abstract. Be aware that the abstract will only be published if the presenting author has registered for the meeting and paid the registration fee!

To Abstract Submission

If you have already submitted an abstract and wish to replace it with an updated version you can login here for a re-upload before January 06, 2019.

Registration for the conference

The ECVO invites you to register for their Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Early bird registration will be available until 12 April 2019. Higher fees will apply afterwards.


Payment of annual membership fee

The payment of the annual membership fee (for ECVO Diplomates only) is separate from the conference registration.

ECVO Membership Fee

Social Events

Welcome Reception on Thursday night, 23 May 2019

This year’s Welcome Reception will take place at DIVA, the newly renovated Diamond Museum of Antwerp.
Meet your colleagues for a glass of wine, enjoy the exhibition with an audio-guide, make and remake friends!


Conference Dinner
on Friday night, 24 May 2019

Come and join us for an unforgettable night in the Art Nouveau hall at Horta! Situated in the heart of Antwerp, just a few minutes from the conference venue, you will surely be impressed by this historical building and the magnificent view from the terrace.


Hilton Antwerp Old Town

Groenplaats 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium,

Antwerp is a Belgian port with medieval churches, impressive Art Nouveau buildings, maritime warehouses and modern complexes.

The Hilton Hotel is located in the heart of the historic centre of Antwerp on the Groenplaats square. The best tourist attractions are within easy walking distance.

The recently renovated historic Belle Epoque ballroom features a beautiful domed ceiling dating from the 1920‘s and an impressive chandelier. As it has no pillars, an unrestricted view of the screen is ensured from all seats.

How to get there:
The subway station Groenplaats is only one minute away from the hotel and takes you in three stops to Central Station.

Antwerp International Airport
The international Airport in Antwerp is just 3 km south of the city and can be reached by public transport, city shuttle bus or taxi.
Brussels Airport Zaventem
The international airport in Brussels is directly linked to Antwerp by train (Intercity runs every 30 minutes and takes 30 minutes).
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The international airport in Amsterdam is also directly linked to Antwerp by train (Thalys runs every 60 minutes and takes one hour).

Hilton Antwerp Old Town

For the ECVO delegates a special group rate has been negotiated at the Hilton Antwerp Old Town.

Single rooms at 189 € per night and double rooms at 199 € per night incl. breakfast, VAT; plus city tax
Prices are valid until April 25, 2019 (depending on availability of rooms).

Hotel Reservation – Hilton Antwerp Old Town


Altnernatively, you have the possibility to book a hotel room via the Antwerp Convention Bureau in a hotel in walking distance to the congress hotel.

Hotel Reservation – Antwerp Convention Bureau

Conference Organiser

The European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists


ECVO's official address for legal matters:
ECVO c/o Michael Boevé
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Companion Animals
Internal Medicine
Yalelaan, 108
NL-3584 CM Utrecht

The ECVO is represented by:
Anne-Marie Verbruggen, ECVO President
Gil Ben-Shlomo, ECVO Planning Committee Chair,

As the ECVO is registered in the Netherlands,
all legal matters will be considered under current Dutch law.

Conference Office

CSM, Congress & Seminar Management


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