August 2017 | 4th Issue
Complete Scientific Program Committee Announced
In this Issue

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended
World-Class Scientific Program Committee
New Member Society Joining APAO 2018
Spotlight on International Pediatric Partner Societies
APAO 2018 Congress Venue
Hong Kong Entry Requirements

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 33rd APAO Congress has been extended through Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Authors who wish to present papers, posters, videos and/or instruction courses should submit their abstract(s) via the online abstract submission system at http://congress.apaophth.org/.

Please read the submission guidelines carefully before you begin. Additionally, please note that the first presenting author must register for the Congress before submitting an abstract.

World-Class Scientific Program Committee

Including ophthalmological experts from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the world-class Scientific Program Committee for APAO 2018 in Hong Kong has been finalized. Committee members are hard at work preparing a creative, innovative program featuring 17 different subspecialty areas.


New Member Society Joining APAO 2018

6397b0a5-3a16-4939-bb8c-bb5eb6bc7f48.jpg A total of 5 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2018 in Hong Kong. In this issue, we feature the Myanmar Ophthalmological Society (MOS), one of APAO’s new National Member Societies.

Established in 1957, MOS now organizes the Myanmar Ophthalmological Conference annually and convenes a Mid-Year Academic Meeting every 2 years. At present, MOS membership includes 345 ophthalmologists. Prof. Chaw Chaw Khaing is the current president of MOS, and she will also serve as the society’s Regional Secretary on the APAO Council.


Spotlight on International Pediatric Partner Societies

This year, Congress organizers are pleased to partner with three international pediatric ophthalmic societies on the pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus subspecialty area of the scientific program. Our thanks to the following societies for their generous support of the 2018 APAO Congress in Hong Kong.

  • The mission of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) is to advance the quality of children's eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology and advance the care of adults with strabismus. Membership in AAPOS comprises several different categories, including 906 active/charter members and 329 international members. Currently, Dr. Derek T. Sprunger is president of AAPOS.

  • The International Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Council (IPOSC) works to preserve and restore eye health and enhance visual function in children, and ocular alignment and binocularity in children and adults throughout the world. Prof. Frank Martin, who is also an APAO Council Member and Scientific Coordinator for APAO 2018, is the current IPOSC president.

  • The goal of the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) is enhancing lives of children with eye disorders and those with strabismus throughout the world. The society is made up of 18 chapters in different countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the Asia-Pacific region. WSPOS is governed by an Executive Bureau of 5 directors.

APAO 2018 Congress Venue

The award-winning Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is one of the largest purpose-built complexes in Asia. Conveniently located downtown, the HKCEC has rental space totaling over 92,000 sqm, comprising 7 exhibition halls, 2 ballroom-style convention halls, 2 adjacent convention foyers, 52 meeting rooms and 2 theaters. The spacious atrium and ancillary area can be used for pre-function gathering and supporting amenities.

The HKCEC is directly linked to two hotels: the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel by covered footbridges and walkways. In addition to a total of over 1,400 rooms available at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View, there are more than 5,000 hotel rooms available within 5 to 15 minutes’ walking distance of the HKCEC. Subway transport is only minutes away, and it serves Hong Kong’s major urban areas. The airport, 40 km away, can easily be reached by road or the Airport Express Line in 30 minutes.

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

Nationals of many countries can travel to Hong Kong without a visa. However, for other individuals a visa may be required. The Hong Kong immigration department has special arrangements for Mainland Chinese passport holders as well as those from Chinese Taipei.

The APAO Secretariat encourages anyone who requires a visa to enter Hong Kong to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid any last-minute delays or complications. Delegates who have registered for the APAO Congress can generate an invitation letter for visa application purposes after logging in to the Congress system.

For a complete list of countries and their respective entry requirements, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html.


APAO Secretariat

APAO Headquarters
c/o APAO Office, State Key Laboratory (Ophthalmology)
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
1/F, No. 7 Jinsui Road,
Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490

E-mail: secretariat@apaophth.org
Website: http://2018.apaophth.org/