Events and education

Eye and vision science collaboration coming back to Baltimore

ARVO is delighted to bring its Annual Meeting back to the East Coast of the United States, after the great success of our 2018 Hawaii Annual Meeting, and our first-ever international Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2019.

Baltimore, Maryland offers an ideal location with easy access by plane, train and car. Getting to ARVO 2020 is easy with an international airport (BWI) a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, as well as two other airport options in the region, Dulles (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA). Amtrak trains also service Baltimore from several U.S. cities.

Here is a bit more information about ARVO’s 2020 host city.

Top 7 Baltimore “Did you knows?”

  • Baltimore Museum of ArtBaltimore is the largest city in Maryland but isn’t the capitol city. That distinction belongs to Annapolis, a coastal city 30 miles southeast of Baltimore.

  • The Baltimore Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world. Visitors can enjoy the museum’s permanent collection for free year-round.

  • USS ConstellationBaltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration into the United States after Ellis Island.

  • Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy.

  • Baltimore is where baseball legend, Babe Ruth was born. Today, his memory is honored in Baltimore by the Babe Ruth Museum. Baltimoreans’ favorite weekend pastime is taking in a game of baseball at the famous Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where Hall-of-Fame legend Cal Ripken broke the record for continuous games played.

  • Steve Fliesler with HonsBaltimore is home of the world-famous Hons. Remember them from ARVO 2019?!
  • The National Aquarium in Baltimore is the largest nonprofit aquarium in the Untied States. With daily dolphin shows, 12 exhibits and over 20,000 creatures, it is a crown jewel of the Baltimore experience.

Read more about What to do in Baltimore.

Ease of travel in and around Baltimore

Baltimore was named the “The Best Home Base Cities for Travel Addicts” last year and it’s obvious to us why. With the Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) just outside the city, easy transportation is available to downtown Baltimore through taxis, train (Amtrak, and Maryland Transit Authority), App-based ride services (Uber and Lyft) and rental cars.

Additionally, if you’re looking to take a side-trip outside the city, Baltimore is 40 miles north of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a little over 100 miles north east. Both are accessible via public transportation if you wish to extend your time at ARVO 2020. Lastly, the Maryland or Delaware shores offer Atlantic Ocean beaches and early May promises warm temperatures and reduced rates for beach accommodations.

One of Baltimore’s greatest perks is its affordability. Of the 21 hotels available in the ARVO housing block, 20 are $249/night or less. The one outlier, The Four Seasons hotel ($349), may well be worth the higher rate as it ranks among the top 10% of luxury hotels in the U.S.

Explore Baltimore

Home of Johns Hopkins University, the first research university in the United States, and the Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore is also home to the Walters Art Museum (free admission), the Maryland Science Center, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.

Plan additional time to your trip to ARVO 2020 and enjoy the Baltimore cultural scene or visit the surrounding areas.

ARVO 2020ARVO 2020: Sight-Saving Therapeutics

Abstract submission opens October 21 and closes on December 6. Plan to submit your abstract and join us for this year of Vision 2020.

ARVO/Alcon Keynote Lecture Series
Join us for the opening keynote: Sunday, May 3, 10:15am
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Microbiome program will speak on the role of the microbiota in immunity and inflammation.

Closing keynote panel discussion: Thursday, May 7, 3pm
Susan L. Solomon, JD, will moderate a panel of experts discussing cell-based therapies for eye disease.

Read more about the speakers and topics in this year’s Lecture Series.