London Conference 2017

Please note that the conference is now sold out

Our London Conference will be going ahead as usual tomorrow, despite this morning's incident at Parsons Green. The programme remains unaffected and we're looking forward to welcoming you to our new location in Tower Hill. 

Learn about the latest in treatments and research from our renowned speakers and discover the most up-to-date low vision aids at our 2017 London Conference. Leading ophthalmologists and cutting-edge researchers will present, and workshops are available to hone your skills. There are also specific working age member sessions.

Tickets cost £22 and include refreshments on arrival and a sandwich lunch.

The London Conference is being held on Saturday 16 September at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London E1 8GP

Conference and exhibition programme 

main auditorium and working age members

9.30 Low vision exhibition opens (refreshments available)

main auditorium

working age members

11.00 Welcome John Dunston, Chairman, Macular Society 11.00 Welcome Tessa Barrett, Head of Service Delivery, Macular Society
11.10 Cathy Yelf, CEO, Macular Society 11.10 Genetic dystrophies - Professor Sobha Sivaprasad, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital and King’s College Hospital, London
11.40 Research and development of new smart glasses - Dr Joram van Rheede, Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford University
11.20 AMD - more than one disease Professor John Marshall, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL
12.00 AMD research hopes Mr Praveen Patel, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital 12.10 Genetic counselling Emily Clarke, Genetic information service, Macular Society
12.40 Charles Bonnet Syndrome Dr John-Paul Taylor,  Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University 12.40 Access to work and  welfare rights  Colin Daniels, Regional Manager, Macular Society 
1.00 Lunch and exhibition
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1.00 w@m networking lunch and exhibition 
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main auditorium and working age members

2.15 Workshops - choice of four or exhibition
3.30 Awards
3.50 Stem cell and gene therapies Professor Pete Coffey, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL
4.10 Closing address
4.15 AGM

working age members

  4.45 w@m social


Workshop 1: Mobility for visually impaired people
Discussion on white canes, guide dogs and mobility training
Tom McInulty, Colin Daniels and Emily Clarke, Macular Society

Workshop 2: Nutrition and macular conditions
Discussion on diet and eye health
Adnan Tufail, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields and Dr Ruth Fairchild RNutr, Senior lecturer Food and Nutrition, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Workshop 3: Big, bright and bold (SOLD OUT)
Tips on lighting and low vision devices 
Nick Collins and Andy Fisher, Optima Low Visions Services

Workshop 4: Smartphones and tablets
Tips for smartphones and tablets including accessibility settings and useful apps
Michael Crossland, Specialist Optometrist and Honorary Senior Research Associate, Moorfields Eye Hospital


Come and meet the following exhibitors at the conference - Amplifon, BAUM, Blind Veterans UK, Butterflies Healthcare, Calibre, The Daylight Company, Deafblind, Dolphin, Doro, Enhanced Vision, Kings Access Technology, Limitless Travel, Norville Optical, Optelec, Optima Low Vision Services, Orcam, Sight and Sound, Synapptic, Vision Hotels, VisionAid Technologies.

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More information about each exhibitor

Make a weekend of it

Our new venue is perfectly situated for you to make the conference part of a weekend in London. You could enjoy one of many local attractions including the Tower of London and HMS Belfast, or take a river boat trip on the Thames.

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The London Conference is sponsored by: 

Download the conference programme