Our themes for the Aegean Retina Meeting XVII are the Advances in Retinal and Vitreoretinal Diseases: Diagnostics, Pharmacotherapy, Surgical Instrumentation and Basic Research. Moreover a Neuro-ophthalmology session with presentations or cases relevant to retina specialists is planned.
The meeting will include scientific sessions featuring papers, 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 2, at 16:00 to 18:00h and will be also available on Friday June 3, 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.
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. Elounda weather in June is very pleasant with hot sunny days and warm evenings. Temperatures in June soar to the high-20s on a daily basis with continuous sunshine lasting from 6am until the sun sets at around 8.30pm. Strong northerly winds are common in summer and help to control both temperatures and the humidity from reaching extreme heights.
Elounda enjoys the warm weather and clear blue skies over June with temperatures soaring to 27°C during the daytime. Lows are around 18°C, which is still mild and enjoyable for an evening stroll along the harbour. The sun shines for 14 hours per day with an average monthly rainfall of just 1mm. Humidity levels are comfortable at 69% but can often reach as high as 80% on some days. The average wind speed is 9mph, which brings a cooling relief from the summer heat. The Mediterranean Sea is nice and warm for swimming, peaking at 22°C in June.
Crete is well connected, with many international airlines operating direct flights. From Heraklion Airport to Elounda is just over an hour’s drive. Take the National Road east to Agios Nikolaos and turn left to Elounda just before entering the town.
By Ferry Boat
Daily ferry connections from the port of Piraeus to the port of Herakleion. From Heraklion Port to Elounda is just over an hour’s drive. Take the National Road east to Agios Nikolaos and turn left to Elounda just before entering the town.
Situated on the stunningly beautiful Gulf of Mirabello, on the North-Eastern coast of Crete, Elounda has grown from a pretty little fishing village to a bustling small town. Its success is due in no small part to the fortress island and former leper colony of Spinalonga, which holds sentinel over the town. Beryl Darby’s ‘Yannis’ and of course, ‘The Eagle of Spinalonga are both fictionalised accounts of the island’s history but it is Victoria’s Hislop’s book, ‘The Island’ which has caught the imagination of visitors and locals alike.
Today there is much building in the hills above the town of luxurious multi-million pound villas for Russian Oligarchs and along with the five star hotels, Elounda attracts American film stars and Greek politicians.
The town is centred around a main square where you will find the taxi rank and the bus stop to the local capital, Agios Nikalaos. The bus passes some most stunning scenic views on the thirty-minute journey. There are also buses to Plaka where you will find some fabulous fish tavernas and some interesting souvenir shops. Plaka is also the closest point to Spinalonga as well as being the cheapest boat crossing.
Text by Julie Ryan extracted from Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides website. Julie Ryan is a member of Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides Group on Facebook and has a blog www.tripstipsandtapas.blogspot.com where she writes about places she has visited.
The venue is in Elounda Beach, Elounda, Crete. Although a small block of rooms has been reserved in Elounda Beach Resort and the Elounda Bay Hotel (very close to venue), participants are encouraged to book their own hotel rooms, giving each the opportunity to customise their Crete experience according to their individual preferences. There are many wonderful hotel options in the area within a wide range of budget .
Elounda is one of the most 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 Elounda!