2019 Special Sessions

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

  • Monday, April 29, 7:30 – 9pm
  • Wednesday, May 1, 6:15 – 7:45pm

The submission form for Special Session is now closed. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by February 15.

2019 Special Session Guidelines

  • Special Sessions will be reserved for the following types of content: new initiatives or collaborations of global appeal; large scale study results; relevant non-profit or governmental organizational town halls. If your proposal does not fit one of these descriptions, please contact the meetings department to learn how to participate in the 2020 Meeting.
  • Special Sessions may not be commercial in nature. Members of ARVO who are employed by industry may apply but must meet all other guidelines.
  • 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.
  • All Special Session organizers, presenters and attendees must pay the registration fee for the Annual Meeting — there are no exceptions. There is no financial support for speakers. In addition, Special Session organizers must be ARVO members.
  • Commercial relationships must be disclosed for the organizer, moderator(s) and each speaker/panelist in the submission and at the beginning of the session. The description and commercial relationship information will be listed in Annual Meeting publications.
  • Special Sessions do not qualify for CME credits.

Special Session Proposal – Information needed

The following information is required at the time of proposal submission.

Organizer(s) – Name, institution, email
Target attendance
Moderator(s) – Name, institution, email
Speaker(s) – Name, institution, email, member status, presentation title/topic
Preliminary timed agenda – List by speaker/title/duration

Review of Special Session Proposals

  • The ARVO Executive Vice President and Chief Meetings Officer will review all proposals after the Feb. 1, 2019 deadline.

Notification of acceptance

  • Organizers will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 15.