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Monthly Archives: February 2011

2011 low vision conferences previewed

I decided to take a month away from writing this blog, so here (belatedly) is the first post of 2011. In it I will preview the conferences which we can look forward to this year.

Of course, the biggest low vision conference of them all is the three-yearly International Conference on Low Vision, which is organised by the International Society of Low Vision Rehabilitation and Research. This will take place in just over two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have seen a preview of the programme and there is plenty to look forward to: a full preview (and review) will be on this site in due course.

My boss (and former PhD supervisor) Gary Rubin will be giving the “excellence in research” address at this year’s Envision meeting in St Louis, Missouri, USA this September. I am not sure whether I will be going to Envision this year: it depends on many factors (funding, time off from work, etc.) but regular readers will know I have always enjoyed this conference.

I will definitely be going to the European Academy of Optometry and Optics annual meeting in Prague this May though. This is a relatively new meeting which I have not been to previously. I will be presenting some of our research on the Kindle, iPad and other electronic books for people with visual impairment which I have written about here before. I am not sure how much low vision will be at this meeting but will report back.

There will also be some low vision presentations at the European Conference on Eye Movements, in Marseille this August. The South of France in summer appeals to me and I hope to be presenting some work on fixation stability at this meeting.

Other big meetings with low vision content include ARVO (the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) this May and the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Boston in October. After KL I may stick to European meetings this year: I am sure my carbon footprint is large enough already, and I could do with some time doing research rather than just talking about it at conferences!

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