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World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2018

Fira de Barcelona Gran Via | Barcelona, SPAIN
From 145 to 670 USD
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Title: World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2018
Specialty: Ophthalmology
Dates: From Jun, 16, 2018 to Jun, 19, 2018
Location: Barcelona, SPAIN
Type: Congress
Registration Cost: From 145 to 670 USD
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Event Venue:

Fira de Barcelona Gran Via

Barcelona, SPAIN Visit the Venue to read more
Concerned Audience:
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  • Medical_students
  • Nurses
Event Overview
Welcome message:

Join us in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via conference center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from more than 130 countries. The WOC is held every two years in a different region of the world and provides an international audience of ophthalmologists with:

A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology with 45 Subspecialty, 39 National, 5 Regional and 4 Supranational Societies participating in the program

The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals

An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs including ophthalmic education, eye care delivery, leadership and society development and the ICO’s commitment to “Building a World Alliance for Sight.”

The WOC, first held in 1857, is the longest continuous international medical meeting.

XXXVI International Congress of Ophthalmology

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General Info:

All registrations must be made online. The WOC2018 will not process registrations that do not include payment information, and receipt of partial registration does not guarantee the registration rate.

The ICO reserves the right to review each registration for the appropriateness of the selected registration category and make any necessary corrections. For example, a full-time faculty member of ophthalmology that chooses the Accompanying Person or Medical Student rate will be corrected upon review. The ICO reserves the right to charge his/her credit card the difference in registration fees.

VAT Information

Spanish VAT (value added tax) is 21% and is applied to almost all transactions for goods and services in Spain. Depending on their home country, businesses and individuals may be entitled to a refund from the Spanish government for VAT paid on expenses such as registration fees, hotel accommodations, taxis, car rentals, etc. The Spanish government does not reimburse VAT paid on meals though.

All registrants will receive a detailed receipt for their records showing the total VAT charged, MCI’s (ICO secretariat) VAT registration number, and registrant details. Persons living in Spain will not be charged VAT on registration or add-on events as long as a Spanish VAT registration number is provided upon registration.



Registration Cost
Early Registration

Late Registration From: 2018-01-16 To: 0--
On site Registration
Ophthalmologist of ICO member
Non Member ophthalmologist
Resident or Sub specialty fellow
Medical Student

Group Registrations:

Group registrations not allowed

Accompanying Persons:

Accompanying persons not allowed

Registration Documents:
Letter of invitation:
We don’t provide letter of invitation
Letter of confirmation:
We don’t provide Letter of Confirmation
Proof of professional / educational status:
We don’t need Proof of professional/educational status
Online Abstract Submission:

We don’t accept Online Abstracts


Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations

Use MCI to Avoid Fraud! Note that MCI is the only official hotel agency associated with WOC2018. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WOC2018 or ICO. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.


Barcelona attracts many tourists, and due to the high demand for accommodation during the summer months, reservations will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis.  We recommend booking early to ensure availability. Names of persons sharing rooms must be indicated by e-mail to MCI Suisse S.A. at

All rates are in euros, per room, per night, and include VAT. Book your room directly during the registration process.

Hotel Deposit for Individual Bookings

-Payment conditions for Santos Porta Fira Hotel Barcelona:

A deposit payment covering the full stay is required with your reservation. Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of your hotel deposit. This prepaid deposit will be deducted from your final hotel bill upon check out (potential additional incidentals would be mini-bar and telephone).

-Payment conditions for all other hotels:

A deposit payment covering the first night only is required with your reservation. Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of your hotel deposit and will be deducted from your final hotel bill upon check out.

Special Requests & Reservation Changes

Special requests for specific bed sizes, multiple reservations with differing arrival/departure dates, etc. should be sent directly to Do NOT contact the hotel directly with your requests.

Group Hotel Bookings, Cancellations & Modifications Conditions

To make a group booking of 9 individuals or more, please access the group booking form and terms and email

Further Details:
Please access your reservation online with MCI (not your assigned hotel) using your MCI confirmation number which appears on your invoice as WOC2018-I/xxx to request a cancellation and send directly to Please refer to the "Terms & Conditions" link below for the cancellation policy for the individual hotels.
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A vital part of your WOC2018 experience can be found in the Exhibition Hall, which will feature 200+ exhibiting companies and organizations — one of the largest gathering of innovative ophthalmology products and services shown under one roof.

WOC2018 will offer attendees 25 hours of time to visit the Exhibit Hall, including 9 dedicated hours—unopposed by scientific sessions—to meet with industry and gain an understanding of the latest advances in pharmaceuticals, imaging, devices, technologies and the services to help you provide high-quality patient care.

The Exhibit hall will be open on the following dates and times:

Sunday, 17 June: 8:30 – 17:30

Monday, 18 June: 8:30 – 17:30

Tuesday, 19 June: 8:30 – 16:00

Exhibitor Prospectus and Corporate Support Opportunities

The World Ophthalmology Congress offers a wide range of exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations to reach ophthalmologists from around the world with their important messages while supporting the values of the congress.

Corporate partners’ consistent support allows WOC2018 to provide a variety of programs and services to ophthalmologists and is vital to the continued advancement of the specialty. WOC2018 recognizes its partners in a variety of publications, at the World Ophthalmology Congress, and in other ways.

SPARGO, Inc., based in Fairfax, VA, USA, has been appointed by the ICO as the Exhibit and Corporate Support Sales and Management firm. If you would like to view the details of the Exhibition Prospectus and Corporate Partnership Opportunities for WOC2018, please visit for more information.

Exhibiting Companies

The following companies are participating in WOC2018 as of 7 November 2017.

Plan your tour of the exhibit stands by viewing the live floor plan and exhibitor list.


Contact SPARGO, Inc.

Attn: Emily Dowling

Telephone: 1-800-564-4220 or 1-703-631-6200

Fax: 1-703-563-2691


Organising Agency

Contact No.: +41 22 33 99 728


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