Social events

Join us throughout the week at social events for networking and enjoying downtime with your colleagues. Please note: Unless otherwise noted, all the social events listed below are at the Vancouver Convention Centre.    

Saturday, April 27

ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala 2018 Gala

The Saturday evening before the Annual Meeting, the ARVO Foundation hosts a dinner of over 400 members and friends of ARVO to honor individuals and organizations who have shown dedication to the ARVO Foundation and its mission. This evening among colleagues is a great start to the ARVO week. 

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Sunday, April 28

Sunday SocialSocial
An evening at the Vancouver Aquarium
7 - 10pm
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC, V6G 3E2

Always a popular event, this year's Sunday Social features exhibits, animals, a dolphin and sea lion show and a 4-D movie experience.

$30.00 (includes admission and two drinks)
$20.00 for children 18 and under
Registration for the ARVO Annual Meeting is required to attend this event. Tickets for the Sunday Social can be purchased online or onsite Saturday and Sunday (depending upon availability). These tickets are non-refundable.

Monday, April 29

The Annual Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) LuncheonWEAVR
1:15 - 2:45pm

The annual Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) Luncheon, a fundraising event for the ARVO Foundation, takes place on Monday of the Annual Meeting. Over 300 attendees enjoy networking together over lunch. Prominent scientists from around the world are invited as guest speakers to share their experiences. While the luncheon program is chosen to support women in eye and vision research, attendees of all genders are welcome to attend.  

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Student/Trainee SocialSocial
7:30 - 9pm

Members-in-Training are invited to join us in honoring 2019 travel and research grant recipients. Please come and mingle with your colleagues, make new acquaintances and meet members of the ARVO Board of Trustees. 



Wednesday, May 1

ARVO Classical ConcertConcert
8 - 10pm

Be sure to attend another ARVO classic. ARVO members perform some of the best-known classical selections at this popular concert event. Sit back, relax and enjoy the chamber music.

No admission fee.

ARVO Karaoke Night at The Blackbird Public HouseKaraoke
9pm - 12am
905 Dunsumir Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A8

Show your vocal talents or cheer on your favorite performer at ARVO's annual Karaoke Night! Come out for light snacks, great drinks and an awesome time! Cash bar and light snacks provided. You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.

Cost: $10.00 (includes admission and one drink)
Registration for the ARVO Annual Meeting is required to attend this event. Tickets for Karaoke Night can be purchased online or onsite Saturday - Wednesday (depending upon availability).

Thursday, May 2

Visit Baltimore Welcomes ARVO 2020 Kick-Off ReceptionBaltimore
2 - 3pm

Join ARVO and Visit Baltimore as we look forward to the ARVO 2020 Annual Meeting, May 3 - 7. All are welcome to join!