Hungarian Chapter Affiliate


Hungarian Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (HARVO)


HARVO was founded in March 2007 in the Department of Ophthalmology at Semmelweis University Budapest as a section of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society. HARVO hosts an annual symposium with over 150 attendees, in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society. HARVO became an international chapter affiliate in Nov. 14, 2007.


To promote eye and vision research through annual symposia in ophthalmic research and supporting the participation of young researchers in scientific meetings.

Membership HARVO international chapter affiliate group photo

Membership is open to individuals around the globe who are interested in eye and vision research in Hungary. There are no membership dues. 

Planned 2020 – 2021 activities

  • HARVO symposium: one-day, held in conjunction with the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society's annual conference (date to be determined — typically held in June)
  • Advocacy in eye research in Hungary
  • Travel grant opportunities for young investigators to attend the ARVO Annual Meeting: May 3 – May 7, 2020, Baltimore, Md.


  • HARVO Chair: Illés Kovács, MD, PhD
  • HARVO Secretary: Miklos Schneider, MD, PhD
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HARVO expands research horizons of young investigators

Each year, HARVO supports two to five young scientists to attend the ARVO Annual Meeting. The program is a great success, and the feedback from the grantees is excellent. The ARVO Annual Meeting experience gives them intensive and positive research motivation.