The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and the Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC) have today (23 June) announced that they will be working together to run a research symposium in the Netherlands next March.
The event will be part of NCC 2016 and held in Veldhovens on 13–14 March. The biennial conference will be themed, Get in charge.
The BCLA’s academic team, led by BCLA academic chair Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University, will develop and oversee the criteria for abstract submissions, and will review them in collaboration with Dr Carolina Kunnen and Dr Eef van der Worp from the NCC.
The symposium is designed to maintain the high reputation developed by the BCLA for showcasing world class, clinically relevant research, nurturing new researchers and young academics to present at that level.
Professor Wolffsohn said: “The NCC has grown to become a respected congress within the contact lens community and provides an ideal opportunity to hear about new research.”
He added: “Our younger researchers are carrying out interesting studies in this field and the BCLA-sponsored symposium will allow them the opportunity to share their findings with the wider community.”
BCLA chief executive, Cheryl Donnelly, explained: “With the BCLA conference becoming a biennial event, the NCC 2016 will provide an opportunity for researchers to publish the results of new studies, providing continuity in a non-conference year.”
Ms Donnelly added: “As the world of contact lenses continues to evolve, the publication of new research allows practitioners to keep abreast of the latest thinking in this area.”
The call for papers for the event will be announced shortly when further details will be found on the BCLA website and the NCC website. All abstracts will continue to be published in the research journal, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE).