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. 

Helpful tips

Review this ARVO-AAO joint webinar to get invaluable insights and practical advice on maximizing your annual meeting journey:

Also, check out these useful tips from ARVO member Tasneem Khatib, BM, BCh, on how to navigate the Annual Meeting as a first-time attendee:

Trainee/First-Time Attendees Info Table

Stop by the desk outside of the MIT Lounge at the Seattle Convention Center to get questions answered, grab Meeting materials and get advice on how to make the most of the Meeting.

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, May 5 - Wednesday, May 8
Noon - 3pm PT daily
Poster Hall (meet by ARVO Central)
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building

Take advantage of drop-in mentoring offered by WEAVR during ARVO 2024. 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 the Experts

Tuesday, May 7
7 - 8:30am PT
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building
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 (TBA) and choose the one you are most interested in.

Sign up from Feb. 5 when you register for the Annual Meeting.

Résumé Review
Tuesday, May 7
2 - 4pm PT
MIT Lounge
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building

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, May 4, 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.

SCTF Information Table
Tuesday, May 7
3 - 4:30pm PT
MIT Lounge
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building

Ready to level up your science communication and advocacy skills? Swing by the Science Communication Training Fellowship (SCTF) information table and chat with an alum. Discover how this program and the SCTF community can improve your ability to share your research with diverse audiences. 

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 PT