The 10th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery (ICGS) was held at the historic London venue, Church House Westminster, from 6 to 8 February 2020.
Over the last 20 years, the ICGS has emerged as the key scientific meeting in the field of glaucoma surgery. The scientific conference generates great enthusiasm in the fast-moving world of glaucoma surgery encompassing research, device innovations, and technical refinements. The content-packed three-day congress welcomed a multinational cast of key glaucoma leaders, premier guest speakers and corporate representatives from all glaucoma-related fields.
The prime focus of the ICGS is glaucoma lasers and surgery; however, it endeavours to incorporate all aspects of glaucoma care, including epidemiology, diagnostics, and medical therapy in order to be increasingly relevant to the glaucoma practitioner. To facilitate the interactive programme of events, the versatility of Church House’s 19 event spaces allowed event organisers to create various learning hubs within the venue.
The venue’s large registration area at the Dean’s Yard entrance which was branded for the congress welcomed 500 delegates to the congress.
The largest event space, the Assembly Hall, which accommodates up to 600 delegates, was the main plenary room for lectures and lunch symposiums.
Dedicated exhibition spaces for various exhibitors were set up in the Hoare Memorial Hall and Bishop Partridge Hall, where the catering was served as the exhibitors and delegates networked throughout the three days.
In a first for Church House, the Robert Runcie Room was transformed into a Wet Lab, complete with state-of-the-art microscopes and equipment, which was used for 11 sessions during the three-day event.
E-posters and videos were used extensively which promoted interactive information in a sustainable fashion.
Various other rooms were utilised as organiser and sponsor offices.
The first day’s proceedings were concluded with a welcome reception and the last day saw a closing ceremony with awards in the Assembly Hall.
Robin Parker, General Manager of Church House Westminster, commented on the ICGS: “It was wonderful to see an international conference of this size making Church House their ‘home’ over the multi-day event. The flexibility of our venue spaces entices event organisers to create several breakout spaces that will encourage learning and growth for large events like these and support the objectives of the event”.