Virtual 25th ESCRS Winter Meeting 2021

More than 1,800 delegates, 420 presentations, 335 presenters and four main symposia all contributed to a highly successful meeting. Colin Kerr reports

Colin Kerr

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021

Prof. Dr. Rudy MMA Nuijts, President of the ESCRS

The virtual 25th ESCRS Winter Meeting 2021 held over three days, from 19-21 February, attracted more than 1,800 delegates. A total of 420 presentations, 335 presenters and four main symposia all contributed to a highly successful meeting.
A first-rate scientific programme also included free paper sessions, instructional courses, video sessions, the Young Ophthalmologists Programme and satellite meetings covering a wide range of key topics.
The society also introduced greater opportunities for exchange and interaction at the meeting.
During live sessions delegates were able to post questions to the chairpersons, and a 30-minute live question-and-answer session took place after each main symposium. There was also the opportunity to join a breakout room after these sessions, to take part in further face-to-face discussion.
The “Meet The Experts” sessions also allowed delegates to take part in face-to-face discussions with top experts about a range of hot topics, and a new video chat function to network with friends and colleagues was also added to the meeting interface.

The ability to think outside the box and apply new approaches to improving diagnostic and therapeutic applications of existing technologies were rewarded by the judging panel in the Best Poster Awards at the ESCRS Winter Meeting Virtual 2021.
Rifat Rasier MD, PhD, from Turkey won first prize in the Cataract category for his poster entitled “Ablation of monofocal intraocular lenses with femtosecond laser”, while the best Refractive award went to Divya Trivedi MD from India for her poster “Novel collagen imaging using ultra-high resolution polarisation sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) in healthy, suspect and keratoconus corneas”.


In his closing remarks, Prof. Dr. Rudy MMA Nuijts, President of the ESCRS, thanked the chairpersons, moderators and everyone who had contributed to the programme. He also thanked ESCRS’s industry partners for their continued support.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Cataract and Refractive Surgery Section of the Polish Ophthalmological Society for their invaluable assistance in organising the meeting.
Prof Nuijts reminded delegates that they would have exclusive access to the virtual meeting platform until 31 March 2021. After that, ESCRS members will be able to access the presentations on ESCRS On Demand.
“The ESCRS Annual Congress is planned to take place from the 27th to 30th August at the RAI, Amsterdam, and we very much hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us there,” said Prof Nuijts. “I hope you and your families stay safe and well, and hopefully we will see you in Amsterdam.”
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