Previous Cornea Evenings
Since the success of our first and second NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online, another edition of our NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online was broadcasted from Rotterdam on May 29th, 2021. On this global online stage, again pioneering international corneal experts performed through their personal screens and on our live stage to deliver their precious knowledge to make a difference in our ophthalmology theatre(s). Your numerous presences, valuable inputs, and creativity to the polls, breaks and scientific sessions during the evenings were impressive and overwhelming. We hope you have enjoyed the scientific sessions, classical music (by John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles), interactions, and break surprises.
In 2020, meeting each other virtually has become the ‘new normal’. When it comes to scientific meetings, we are attending from our homes/offices, watching recorded presentations and meetings speakers and attendees in a virtual Zoom room. In this second NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online, we again brought you an amazing faculty who hopefully inspired you to also improve the status quo of patients’ health care, this time including a panel (with a member on site and online in every session). This online setting allowed to gather far more ophthalmologists, corneal surgeons, researchers and eye bank specialists (almost a 1.000 to be exact) from over 75 countries worldwide. We hope you also enjoyed the classical music (composed by John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles), the moderation by Lamis Baydoun, the art gallery (by our viewers and NIIOS staff) and the fellow videos.
Although we could not gather psychically in those difficult times to network and directly exchange important scientific progress, the digital world is a welcoming alternative platform bringing us together with a click from our home and office computers/phones. On Saturday, June 6th, 2020 we organized our first virtual NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online. Like in our previous evenings, the faculty included trendsetting and pathbreaking corneal experts from all over the world who shared their innovations, experiences and strategies. Our first virtual NIIOS Cornea Evening was moderated by Lamis Baydoun and broadcasted from our studio in Rotterdam! We were thrilled to have attracted over 800 registrations from more than 65 countries. Our program started off with beautiful recorded classical musical compositions by John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles.
The NIIOS Cornea Evening in Paris was held at Institut Pasteur, a research center of international renown ideally located in the very heart of Paris. Unfortunately, due to the perpetuous strike of the French public transportation, many participants were stuck somewhere. However, this did not alter the fact that it was a beautiful evening with leading speakers from all over the world. The moderation was done by Kathryn Colby, Martine Jager and Lamis Baydoun. The evening started of with a musical performance by Doris Lange-Haunhorst (Flute), Johanna Seffen (Viola) and Marco Göhre (Double bass) that featured compositions of John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles.
The NIIOS USA Cornea Evening in San Diego was the best attended NIIOS event in the US to date. Approx. 200 participants joined us at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego to attend presentations about DMEK pearls and disasters and new techniques in lamellar keratoplasty. A new feature in the program was the Global Grand Rounds session. The tradition of a musical opening of the evening continued with a performance of the San Diego Symphony and soloists Shannon Fitzhenry (violin), Robert Kaufman (cello) and Felix Peijnenborgh (horn) who played compositions of Gerrit Melles and John Gottsch.
The NIIOS Cornea Evening in Vienna was held at the Billrothhaus, the beautiful home base of the Vienna Medical Association. The high-quality program and excellent presentations were well received by the audience. With the overall commitment of the sponsors and a highly responsive audience, it was an evening well received. The start of the evening was marked by a musical performance by Tobias Haunhorst and the Peabody Monument String Quartet that featured compositions of John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles.
The NIIOS USA Cornea Evening in Washington, DC, was held at the prestigious venue of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Over 100 participants attended a top-level program with plenty of opportunities to share the latest innovations and developments in lamellar keratoplasty with colleagues and experts. The event was rated excellent from a scientific point of view as the level of speakers was high. With the overall commitment of the sponsors and a highly responsive audience, it was an evening well received. The start of the evening was a beautiful musical performance by Tobias Haunhorst and the Peabody Monument String Quartet that featured compositions of John Gottsch and Gerrit Melles.
The NIIOS Cornea Evening in Lisbon, with over 300 participants, was a great opportunity to share the latest innovations and developments in lamellar keratoplasty with colleagues and experts. The event was rated excellent from a scientific point of view as the level of speakers was high. With the overall commitment of the sponsors and a highly responsive audience, it was an evening well received. The evening was completed with a musical intermezzo by Tobias Haunhorst and the young, talented singer Leonie Stoiber.
The annual NIIOS Cornea Evenings prior to the summer ESCRS are a great opportunity to share knowlede and experience and to discuss latest developments and hot topics in corneal transplantation with colleagues and experts with special interest in this field (program). Given the increasing interest in and success of these evenings, we organized the first Cornea Evening in the USA (Los Angeles, Friday 5 May 2017) prior to the ASCRS. With over 160 participants, the event was full booked. For the traditional musical part of the evening we enjoyed the very talented singer Alyssa Jacey.
For the third consecutive year, we are looking back at a very successful NIIOS Cornea Evening. This event occurred on September 9th 2016, just prior to the Summer ESCRS, with more than 250 guests, a number of esteemed speakers and valued sponsors from all over the world. Everyone in attendance had in common an interest in the latest developments and insights in the field of corneal transplantation. After the scientific presentations were over, a piano concert concluded the event. This year’s Cornea Evening had a special touch since we also celebrated the 10-year DMEK jubilee. You can find the program of the evening here.
We thank our guests for joining our NIIOS DMEK meeting 2015 in Barcelona on September 4th. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. You can find the program of the evening here.
On September 12th 2014 we held our first NIIOS Cornea Evening on Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). You can find the program of the evening here.