Thirteen years after its first annual meeting opened in Hamburg to a total of 300 delegates, over 4,000 retinal experts and researchers from 98 countries converged on the city for the 13th EURETINA Congress, making it the largest congress in the history of the society.
Professor Gisbert Richard, President of EURETINA, remarked at the Opening Ceremony that while much has been achieved over this period there was no question of allowing momentum to falter.
“Our task is to preserve what we have reached, to carry it forward and to develop it further without losing site of the unit of the whole field of ophthalmology. This is a challenge because the general framework is rapidly changing,” he said.
The 2013 EURETINA scientific programme saw an increase in modules across all categories totaling 10 main sessions, 30 instructional courses, 20 free paper sessions and 16 satellite symposia. 65 companies participated in the exhibition making it the largest retina-based exhibition the congress has hosted to date. Furthermore, the 13th Congress saw the introduction of the World Retina Day on Saturday 28 September, as leading national societies from around the globe offered delegates a thoroughly international insight into medical and surgical retina, thus providing an extraordinary platform for global networking.
The EURETINA Lecture took place during the Opening Ceremony, and was presented by Professor Leonidas Zografos on the topic of 'Radiotherapy on Ocular Oncology'. Professor Mark Blumenkranz rewarded the Kreissig Lecture audience with a presentation entitled 'Evolving concepts in innovation and academic technology transfer in the vitreoretinal world: Lessons learned in Silicon Valley'.
A symposium on 'Laser in Ophthalmology' was hosted in memory of the invention of photocoagulation in the University Eye Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf 60 years ago by Gerd Meyer-Schwickerath.
It was announced at the General Assembly that the 4th EURETINA Winter Meeting will be held in Rome on the 25 January 2013, which will target topics relating to basic science and research. Meanwhile the 14th Annual Congress was confirmed as taking place in London from 11-14 September 2014, in parallel with the ESCRS Congress.