Our themes for the Aegean Retina Meeting XVIII are the Advances in Retinal and Vitreoretinal Diseases: Diagnostics, Pharmacotherapy, Surgical Instrumentation and Basic Research. Moreover a session with cases relevant to retina specialists is planned.
The meeting will include scientific sessions featuring presentations, and special lectures. A session dedicated in interesting clinical retina cases is also planned. This session is addressed mainly to young colleagues who would like to make their introductory presentation in a highly specialized, but always-friendly audience
The Aegean Retina Meetings’ participants are encouraged to bring their spouses/families along as the meeting also offers opportunity for an extensive array of entertaining activities, and excursions for participants and accompanying persons.
The official language of the Conference is English
Participant Fee includes: attendance, conference documentation, bag & delegate badge, coffee breaks at conference sessions, attendance at welcome cocktail and farewell dinner.
Accompanying person fee includes: delegate badge, attendance at welcome cocktail and farewell dinner.
Registration Desk and Administrative Secretariat
Registration will commence on Thursday June 6, at 16:00 to 18:00h and will be also available on Friday June 7, at 8:30 - 9:30. The registration desk will be staffed throughout the official Conference hours.
Participants will receive their Conference Pack (badge, final programme, book of abstracts) at the registration desk in the Conference Centre.
Upon full payment of the appropriate fee, participants will receive confirmation of their registration.
Under the guidance of the Organizing Committee the presentations and discussions will focus on the most recent developments, both clinical and technical, in the fields of medical retina.
Eight-minute papers followed by 5 minutes discussion will be presented in focused sessions.
Submissions are invited in any of the following topic areas:
Advances in Retinal and Vitreoretinal Diseases as well as Neuro-ophthalmology: Diagnostics, Pharmacotherapy, Surgical Instrumentation, and Basic Research.
Case reports: A session dedicated in interesting clinical retina cases is planned. This session is addressed mainly to young colleagues who would like to make their introductory presentation in a highly specialized, but always-friendly audience.
Abstracts will be accepted for oral presentation on the program themes and will be subject to review by the Organizing Committee.
Abstracts should be submitted on-line here. If Internet submission is not possible, please send us your abstract in a Microsoft Word document by e-mail.
The Aegean Retina Meeting Committee
The Aegean Retina is under the close attention of a group of well known scientists from the field of Vitreoretinal Diseases.
Stathis Detorakis, Greece
Dean Eliott, USA
Thomas Friberg, USA
Constantin Pournaras, Switzerland
Dimitra Skondra, USA
Miltiadis Tsilimbaris, Greece
Demetrios Vavvas, USA
Professors Ioannis Pallikaris and Evangelos Gragoudas founded the Aegean Retina Meeting in 1989 and since then the meeting takes place once every two years on various locations in the Aegean.
Travel and Accommodation
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with lots of warmth and sunshine throughout the year. Rethymnon weather in June is typically warm and pleasant. Temperatures in June range from 23 to 28 °C on a daily basis. The Northern Winds from the Mediterranean Sea help to keep the humidity levels comfortable and provide relief from the heat. With 13 hours of daily sunshine, the sea temperature also warms up to an inviting 22°C (72°F), perfect for beach activities..
Crete is well connected, with many international airlines operating direct flights. From Heraklion Airport to Rethymnon is just over an hour’s drive. Leaving the airport take the National Road west to Rethymnon. A second airport option is the city of Chania. The distance between the two cities is less than an hour by car.
By Ferry Boat
Daily ferry connections from the port of Piraeus to the port of Herakleion. From Heraklion Port to Rethymnon is just over an hour’s drive. Take the National Road west to Rethymnon.
Nestled on the northern coast of Crete, Rethymnon is a city that seamlessly blends historical grandeur with modern vibrancy. The city's heart is its picturesque Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets where the legacy of Venetian and Ottoman rule is etched into every stone. Visitors can marvel at the well-preserved Renaissance architecture, explore the imposing Fortezza, and relax in the charming Venetian harbor. With a rich academic tradition, thanks to its university, Rethymnon is an ideal location for intellectual exchange and inspiration.
Rethymnon's natural beauty is equally compelling, offering a serene backdrop for any event. The city is embraced by the majestic Psiloritis mountain range, providing stunning views and opportunities for outdoor activities. Attendees can unwind on the sandy beaches, take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, or enjoy a scenic hike. The region's mild climate, with abundant sunshine and gentle sea breezes, ensures a comfortable stay throughout the year.
Cultural enrichment is at the forefront of Rethymnon's appeal. The city is a hub for cultural events, from the vibrant Cretan Diet Festival celebrating local gastronomy to the Renaissance Festival that revives the spirit of the city's past. These events showcase the rich tapestry of Cretan traditions, music, and dance, offering a unique experience that extends beyond the meeting rooms. Rethymnon is not just a meeting point for minds, but a feast for the senses, promising an unforgettable experience for all who visit.
Source: Conversation with Bing, 16/01/2024
The convention center is in Amira Luxury Resort, Rethymnon, Crete. We have selected for the Aegean Retina participants special categories of rooms at special prices at the venue hotel and also at the hotel Aquila Rithymna beach, that is situated 500 meters away from the conference hotel. However, there are many wonderful hotel options in the area within a wide range of budget. Participants are encouraged to book their own hotel rooms, giving each the opportunity to customise their Crete experience according to their individual preferences.
Rethymnon is a very popular destinations in Crete in June and there is high demand, so we strongly encourage you to book your hotel room AS SOON AS POSSIBLE since prices and availability can change drastically with delayed booking.
Time: Local time is GMT 2 (GMT 3 between the last Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October). Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz. Money: The euro is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks are open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ATMs are available in all big cities. In order to exchange cash or traveller’s checks, you need to have your passport with you.
Join the Aegean spirit. See you in Rethymnon!