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BCOVS 2019

BCOVS brings together research across the whole range of disciplines involved in optometry and visual science.

British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science, 11-12 September 2019, The University of Manchester.

The annual BCOVS will be hosted this year by the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at The University of Manchester.

BCOVS provides a friendly environment for presentation and discussion. We are particularly keen to hear from first time presenters and would also like to encourage presentations and posters relating to teaching and learning in optometry.

Submissions of original pedagogic research and innovative teaching practice are welcome. If you would like to discuss submitting on the topic of teaching and learning please contact Will Holmes.


Confirmed keynote speakers


This year the BCOVS will take place concurrently and be co-located with the European Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ESLRR) conference (10-12 September 2019).



Registration opens 9.15am on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Refreshments will be available from 9.45am.


Abstract deadline is 1 August 2019

Abstracts should be submitted as Word documents by email to with the subject line BCOVS 2019 abstract submission along with a 50-100 word biography.

You may submit more than 1 abstract, and can select your preference for poster or oral presentation. The final decision on mode of presentation will be made by the Organising Committee.

The submitting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.

The presenting author must be registered, and attend the conference, or the abstract will be withdrawn. Abstracts previously published will not be accepted. Abstracts presented at the conference will be published as an online supplement to the November issue of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. 


Preparing your submission

Please submit symbols as words. Figure and tables cannot be included in the abstract.

If you include references in your abstract, you must provide the full citation and this will be included in the word count.

The format of each abstract should be:

Abstract title - limited to 20 words

Names of authors, with presenting author indicated

Brief affiliation of each author

The text of the Abstract is limited to a total of 300 words. It should be divided into the following sections: Background, Methods, Results, Significance.

If your abstract is accepted, your presentation at the conference should include confirmation that you have received ethical approval for your study (if relevant), and a declaration of any conflicts of interest.



Registration opens: 15 March 2019

Registration closes: date TBC

Registration fees (including refreshments and lunch on both days)

  • Standard delegate fee - £70
  • Student delegate fee - £50


  • Optional half-day workshop: Update on technology for visual impairment (10 September) - £60

Location and accommodation

Conference location

Schuster Building
Brunswick Street
M13 9PL

 View the location on our interactive map

The venue is a short bus or taxi ride from the city centre, and accommodation will be available in a range of local hotels.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held in the Living Worlds gallery at the Manchester Museum, within walking distance of the conference venue.


Marketing Manchester are the official accommodation provider for the conference, and you can access the link below to book your accommodation.

The Marketing Manchester Accommodation Booking Team are local experts who will also be available to deal with any queries you have. Contact them on +44 (0)161 238 4563 or email

Schuster Building

Get in touch

Organising committee lead

Professor Christine Dickinson

Teaching and learning contact

Mr Will Holmes


Ms Laura Gordon