February 2018 | 9th Issue
Important Details for APAO 2018
    In this Issue

On-Site Registration
Important Congress Information
APAO 2018 Most Popular Abstract Awards
Final Program, Exhibitor Directory and Abstract Book
Transport from Hong Kong International Airport

Where to Eat During APAO 2018

   On-Site Registration

On-site registration for the 33rd APAO Congress in Hong Kong will be available at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The opening hours of the Registration and Information Desks at APAO 2018 are shown below. 

Date Time

Feb 7, 2018

16:00 – 18:00

Feb 8 – 10, 2018

07:30 – 18:00

Feb 11, 2018

07:30 – 12:00

Please note that the trainee registration category, with reduced registration rates, will not be available on site during the Congress, though trainees may receive a partial refund by submitting their form after the event. For more information, go to http://2018.apaophth.org/registration/.

   Important Congress Information

Do you need to find out the location of your presentation or the Speaker Ready Room at APAO 2018? Perhaps, you want to learn how to access the free Wi-Fi in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, or download the APAO 2018 Abstract Book?

Then take a look at our Congress Information, which contains these essential details and much more, including poster and e-poster information, a map of the Congress venue, transportation options, and social program schedules. This useful guide will enable all delegates to be well-prepared and well-informed about APAO 2018.

   APAO 2018 Most Popular Abstract Awards

For the first time in Hong Kong, the APAO Congress will present awards to the most popular poster, e-poster and video abstracts in the submitted program, as chosen by Congress delegates.

Don’t forget to vote! Here’s how.

  • Use the star stickers inside the delegate bag to select your 5 favorite poster abstracts.

  • Visit the e-poster and video platform in the Exhibition Hall, or go to http://e-poster.apaophth.org and http://video.apaophth.org. Then choose your 5 favorites in each category.

Remember, voting closes on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 12:00. Award winners will be announced during the Gala Dinner later that evening.

   Final Program, Exhibitor Directory and Abstract Book

Now available! Delegates may now download the PDF version of the final program book, exhibitor directory, and abstract book for the APAO 2018 Congress in Hong Kong on the Congress website. Additionally, delegates may collect the printed program book and exhibitor directory on site at APAO 2018. Please note that the abstract book will only be available in electronic format.

Alternatively, delegates may view all the latest details of the APAO 2018 Congress using the Congress App for smartphones. It shows real-time updates of the scientific program schedule and allows users to search by speaker name. Download the app easily by scanning the QR code in the final program book!

   Transport from Hong Kong International Airport

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, there are multiple ways for travelers to reach their hotels and/or Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Read on to find out more. 

By Train

The Airport Express is the fastest method of traveling from the airport to the city, with a journey time of approximately 24 minutes. Airport Express passengers may also take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations to major hotels in the city. Additionally, the Airport Express stations are easily connected to Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system.  

By Taxi

There are a few different types of taxis in Hong Kong serving separate regions of the city. Individuals who want to travel to Hong Kong Island (the location of many Congress hotels and the Congress venue) or Kowloon should make sure to join the urban taxi queue, where the taxi vehicles are red in color.  

Light blue and green taxis serve Lantau Island and the New Territories, respectively. In all taxis, drivers are required to use the meter to calculate the fare, though surcharges for tunnels or excess baggage may apply. 

By Bus

City bus lines designated with the letter “A” before the number take passengers to and from Hong Kong International Airport. With luggage racks and fewer stops than normal city buses, they are another easy way to reach the airport. 

   Where to Eat During APAO 2018

After an enlightening morning in the scientific sessions at APAO 2018, many delegates will want to find a satisfying lunch before the afternoon symposiums begin. The following restaurants are conveniently located within Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 




Congress Plus

International buffet

Level 4

Golden Bauhinia


Expo Galleria

Harbour Kitchen

Hong Kong comfort food

Harbour Road Entrance

Harbour Road Café

Sandwiches and pastries

Harbour Road Entrance

New Shanghai


Level 1

Port Café

International buffet

Level 2


Italian and Asian buffet

Level 2

Additionally, there are numerous eateries located outside the convention center within walking distance, many of which are accessible by pedestrian walkways. These include Starbucks, Pacific Coffee and Genki Sushi (Great Eagle Centre); Pret A Manger and Super Super Congee & Noodles (Harbour Centre); FRITES Belgium on Tap, Divino Patio and the Trafalgar Brewing Company (Causeway Centre); and many more! 

For more information or assistance with directions, visit the APAO 2018 Registration and Information Desk during the Congress.


   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
4/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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

Website: http://2018.apaophth.org/