Welcome message from Prof. Uwe Pleyer - Local Organizer

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to welcome you for the 17th International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) congress to be held in Berlin from September 6th to 9th 2023. This meeting will be the first in-person congress of the IOIS since the pandemic began and after 4 years, we will finally be able to get together and share our experiences.

It will be a unique gathering of 34 international societies, 14 Sections, free papers and other Special Interest Symposia. The program committee led by Russell Read has already outlined robust scientific sessions, covering the broad spectrum of intraocular and extraocular inflammatory and infectious disorders. Special focus will be led on recent advances in ocular imaging, as well as our current knowledge of the underlying inflammatory pathogenesis of disorders such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Considerable advances have been made in our comprehension of inflammation-related eye diseases, and recent scientific progress has paved the way to novel therapeutic approaches. Moreover, the program will include surgical interventions in uveitis complications such as medical and surgical management of inflammatory ocular surface diseases, keratopathies, glaucoma and retinopathies.

The 17th IOIS congress will provide a unique opportunity for educational and scientific exchanges for academic and clinical researcher as well as health care professionals and health industry representatives. We value and encourage the active participation and contribution of all professionals interested in ocular inflammation.

Attending the conference will also provide the delegates with a unique opportunity to enjoy Berlin as a cosmopolitan city with a turbulent and fascinating history. Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues and is well-known for its diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. As a continental hub for air and rail traffic, Berlin is easy to reach and seems affordable also for our young researchers. The congress venue, the Berlin Congress Center, is located in the heart of the city where once East and West Berlin has been devided.

On behalf of the IOIS Board and the International Scientific Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to Berlin. I look forward to welcoming you at the IOIS congress, for a never-to-be-forgotten professional and life experience.

Your local host,
Uwe Pleyer