First-Time Attendees


First-Time Attendees


If you are new to the ARVO Annual Meeting, there are a number of resources available to help you navigate the week. 

Trainee/First-Time Attendees Info Table

Stop by the desk outside of the MIT Lounge (Mosaic Room) to get questions answered, grab meeting materials and get advice on how to make the most of the Meeting.

Helpful tips

ARVO member Tasneem Khatib, BM, BCh, offers useful tips for first-time attendees in this blog series:

New Orleans is the host city for our Annual Meeting this year. If this is your first time visiting, or even if you are a seasoned veteran, check out these helpful, insider tips from ARVO member Jarrod C. Harman, PhD:

Seeking career advice? Take advantage of the following opportunities offered during the Annual Meeting:

WEAVR Drop-In Mentoring Program

Two women sitting at a table; one shaking hands with a drop-in menteeSunday, April 23 - Wednesday, April 26
Noon - 3pm CT daily
Poster Hall (meet by ARVO Central)
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

WEAVR is offering Drop-In Mentoring at the ARVO 2023 Annual Meeting. Mid- and senior-level female ARVO members will be available to meet with individuals who may be looking for professional guidance from a female perspective.

Breakfast with an Expert

Tuesday, April 25
7 - 8:30am CT
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Registration — $15

Breakfast with an Expert is your chance to meet with subject experts for in-depth conversations in a small group setting. Experts will host a table, give guidance and answer questions on a specific theme. Browse the table topics and choose the one you are most interested in.

Sign up when you register for the Annual Meeting. If registered already, you may add a table to your current registration.

Résumé Review
Tuesday, April 25
3 - 5pm CT
MIT Lounge (Mosaic Room)
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 

Sign up for a one-on-one session with an experienced ARVO member to review your CV/résumé. Bring a printed copy of your résumé

To reserve a session, stop by the First Timers table (outside the MIT Lounge) from Sunday, April 23, to sign up. Any unclaimed spots or no-shows* will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

*As review sessions are only 20 minutes, late arrivals will be treated as no-shows if someone is waiting to claim an available timeslot.

Social and networking events

ARVO hosts various events throughout the week where you can network and enjoy downtime with your fellow colleagues. You can purchase tickets online when you register for the Annual Meeting or can add tickets to your current registration.

All times are CT