2023 Special Sessions Guidelines


ARVO will hold a limited number of Special Sessions during the following 90-minute time slots:

  • Sunday, April 23, 2 - 3:30pm
  • Monday, April 24, 1:30 - 3pm
  • Tuesday, April 25, 1:45 - 3:15pm
  • Wednesday, April 26, 12:30 - 2pm

The proposal submission period for Special Sessions closed Feb. 10.

  • Special Sessions will be reserved for the following types of content: new initiatives, projects or collaborations of global appeal; large scale study results; relevant non-profit or governmental organizational town halls.
  • Special Sessions may not be focused on specific questions or issues, or those looking to understand new technologies, etc.
  • Special Sessions may not be commercial in nature.
  • Special Sessions are not for late-breaking abstracts or those submitters who missed the abstract deadline. ARVO does not accommodate late or late-breaking abstracts.
  • Special Session organizers must be ARVO members.
  • All Special Session organizers, presenters and attendees must pay the registration fee for the Annual Meeting — there are no exceptions.
  • Special Sessions do not qualify for CME credits.
Proposal details

The following information is required for proposal submission. All information should be final and all participants should be confirmed.

  • Title of Special Session
  • Organizer(s) – Name, institution, email
  • Description
  • Target attendance
  • Moderator(s) – Name, institution, email
  • Speaker(s) – Name, institution, email, member status, presentation title/topic
  • Timed agenda – List by speaker/title/duration
Review and Notification of acceptance
  • The ARVO Executive Committee will review all proposals after the submission deadline. Submitters will be notified of proposal acceptance by Feb. 22