Benefits of ARVO Membership

All ARVO Members receive the following Benefits of Membership:


  • Only ARVO members may submit abstracts and present at the ARVO Annual Meeting.
  • Membership dues include abstract fees!
  • Significantly reduced registration fees for all ARVO meetings, conferences and the eLearning Center.
  • Annual Meeting session recordings are available to members only.

Journals and Communications

Professional Development and Networking

  • Free access to ARVO's secure online member platform, ARVOConnect, including:
    • Exclusive access to online Member Directory to easily locate and communicate directly with colleagues.
    • Networking and collaborative opportunities beyond ARVO meetings.
    • Shared files relevant to your field or research topic of interest.
    • Open discussions, or smaller conversations, sparking collaborations between ARVO members worldwide. 
  • Discounted advertising of positions on ARVOJobs
  • Job seekers receive free CV postings on ARVOJobs.
  • Social Networking sites to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
  • Participation in ARVO committees and international chapters.
  • Access to broad spectrum of Resources, including available funding sources.
  • E-alerts to funding opportunities.

Recognition and Awards

  • Exclusive eligibility for more than 280 Travel Grants to the ARVO Annual Meeting.
  • Fellowships and research grant opportunities through the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research.
  • Prestigious awards presented for outstanding contributions in all areas of basic and clinical vision research.
  • "FARVO" designation bestowed upon current members as ARVO Fellows for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to ARVO.

Representation and Advocacy Efforts

  • All members belong to a Scientific Section.
  • All members, except Members-In-Training, Associates and Emeritus members, elect representatives from their Scientific Section to the ARVO Board of Trustees and the Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Representation at the national level through the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) and other coalitions.
  • Committees focusing on the needs of trainees, minorities and international members.
  • Supporting increased funding for eye and vision research worldwide with other organizations such as the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

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