ESCRS in Paris

Extensive scientific programme aimed at all levels of experience

Beatrice Cochener-Lamard

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2019

It is a pleasure to be invited to write this editorial as a French president of ESCRS, coinciding with the convening of the 37th Congress of the ESCRS in Paris, France.

I am delighted to welcome delegates to Paris for what promises to be an exciting and informative meeting.

Our extensive scientific programme is aimed at cataract and refractive surgeons of all levels of experience and includes numerous expert symposia, covering major current topics, and nearly 200 instructional and surgical skills training courses.

The 2019 Binkhorst Medal Lecture will be given by Ehud Assia during the Opening Ceremony and the title of his lecture is ‘Thinking outside the box: new perspective on current surgical technologies’.
I am also looking forward to this year’s Heritage Lecture, where David Spalton will focus on “The origins of cataract surgery”.

We will conclude with the ‘Best of the Best’ review session, which will take a look at some of the most interesting ideas that emerge during the Congress.

Our pocket programme will be a useful guide for those wishing to navigate their way through the Congress using the highlighted programme tracks. You can also find the tracks and all the programme information on the Congress app.

With so much on offer it will be impossible to attend every session. However, if you log on to the Education Portal on the ESCRS website at you can access the sessions and didactic courses on ESCRS On Demand and ESCRS iLearn, as well as discovering a wide range of video content and other materials.

There will also be regular updates in our daily newspaper ET Today, on the EuroTimes website at and on the ESCRS Facebook and Twitter pages.

An excellent scientific programme takes a lot of planning, and I would like to thank the members of the Programme and Education committees for their time and dedication.

Paris is a beautiful city and I am delighted to welcome you to my native country. I hope you will find this Congress enriching and that you will have time to enjoy some of the sights and unique gastronomic delights that the city has to offer.

Béatrice Cochener-Lamard is the President of the ESCRS and Professor and Chairman of the ophthalmology department at the University Hospital of Brest, France