April 2018 | 1st Issue
You’re Invited to the APAO 2019 Congress
    In this Issue

Welcome Message
APAO Congress Now a Registered Trademark
Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar
Program Overview
Congress Venue

   Welcome Message from APAO 2019 Congress President

Dear friends and colleagues, 

The year 2003 was the last time the APAO Congress was held in Bangkok. Many things in science, art, culture, technology and so on have changed considerably since then.  

The APAO Congress in 2003 was still in the era when APAO Congresses were held once every two years. It was the most successful APAO Congress ever then with more than 1,200 delegates, more than 300 submitted abstracts and more than 40 exhibitors. It was, however, surpassed very quickly by the following APAO Congresses. Fifteen years later, the latest APAO Congress in Hong Kong had more than 5,000 delegates, more than 1,500 submitted abstracts and more than 250 exhibitors. APAO Congresses have, without a doubt, become a yearly global event in ophthalmology with huge success. 

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand is proud to be part of the growing APAO. We are honored to be given this great opportunity to host the APAO Congress one more time after more than 15 years. We welcome ophthalmologists and related personnel from all over the world to the “Sciences and Arts of Ophthalmology.” While the growing success of APAO is certainly due to the strength of the scientific programs, friendship, the social part or art of academic meetings, is also slowly built up through APAO Congresses. I believe if APAO council members, speakers and delegates who attend APAO Congresses regularly through the years count the number of new friends they know from the congresses, they will find the number is enormous, or even countless. 

The current President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand, Dr. Anuchit Poonyathalang, said in the welcome video for APAO 2019: “When our Thai hospitality meets academic spirit, APAO 2019 will bring the best of sciences and arts that ophthalmology offers.” He is certainly correct. 

Let’s bring science, art and also friendship to APAO 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

I hope to see you all. 

With warmest personal regards,

Paisan Ruamviboonsuk
APAO 2019 Congress President
President, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand, 2013-2016

   APAO Congress Now a Registered Trademark

The APAO Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress® and the APAO Congress® are now officially recognized as registered trademarks. Any unauthorized use of these names or the APAO logo will be subject to legal review and recourse.

In future, be sure to look for the registered trademark symbol (®) on any communications related to the APAO Congress. This will ensure that the publications are indeed representative of the true APAO Congress and not associated with other fraudulent or misleading events.

   Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar

Don’t want to miss the important dates for the 34th APAO Congress in Bangkok? Then mark your calendar accordingly!



Early Bird Registration Opens

Apr 16, 2018

Abstract Submission Opens

Apr 16, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline

Sept 3, 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Oct 15, 2018

Advance Registration Deadline

Feb 25, 2019

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session

Mar 6, 2019

Gala Dinner

Mar 8, 2019

Charity Run

Mar 8, 2019

   Program Overview

Below is an overview of the 2019 APAO Congress schedule. Within the 4-day intensive program, the APAO Plenary Session and Opening Ceremony are scheduled on Day 1 (March 6). More details will be available soon at http://2019.apaophth.org/.

*Breakfast Symposium: 45 minutes; S=Sponsored Programs with no CME points
*Click to enlarge.

   Congress Venue

Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) is recognized as Thailand’s first world-class convention and exhibition venue. Designed in a hi-tech Thai style, QSNCC perfectly reflects the country’s unique approach to architecture and is capable of hosting various kinds of events.

Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district, QSNCC is conveniently accessible by private car and various modes of public transportation, including the designated QSNCC MRT subway station. Many luxurious 3- to 5-star hotels are located nearby, with popular attractions and shopping centers just minutes away.
For more information about QSNCC, please visit http://www.qsncc.co.th/en/.


   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

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