St John Ophthalmic Association 2018 International Congress

Sep 05 2018 10:00 - Sep 07 2018 20:00

St John Eye Hospital , Sheikh Jarrah , 91198 Jerusalem


First International Congress, 5th - 7th September 2018, Jerusalem

In 2016 a group of surgeons in London formed an association to support the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. Our intent was to unite regional and international colleagues in support of the Hospital, and to forge new academic partnerships with the Order.

Over the past year, due to widespread international support, we have grown and now exist as the St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA). We represent St John Priories across the world, and are formed of 3 branches: Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific, with 8 SOA representatives across the regions.

In 2017 the SOA ran a symposium in Jerusalem with Palestinian, Israeli and European colleagues. Building on this initiative, in 2018 the Association is hosting a wider international congress for the Order in the Notre Dame Centre, a Vatican-owned property in Jerusalem.

Our Palestinian steering party is based at St John in Jerusalem and Gaza. Our Israeli partners include the Shaare Zedek, the Hadassah Hospital, the Emek Medical Centre in Afula, and the Sheba Medical Centre. These units, and each arm of the SOA, are providing speakers to cover a wide range of subjects within ophthalmology.

The event will run over two and a half days, using four halls, with 35 separate sessions to cover all aspects of ophthalmology. Our opening ceremony will take place in the Muristan in the Old City on the evening of Tuesday 4th September.

The ticket options for the Congress are as follows:

*We are pleased to offer the following early bird ticket prices until Monday 2 July 2018 (tickets prices will rise by 20% thereafter)*

  1. Regional partner delegate rate - £75 (Palestinian, Israeli, Egyptian, Jordanian)
  2. International delegate rate – £160
  3. Regional anaesthetists - £30 (day rate to include anaesthetic session on Friday 7th September)
  4. Regional anaesthetists - £50 (full congress rate including anaesthetic session on Friday 7th September)
  5. All Allied Health Professionals – £30 (Allied Health Professional session on Friday 7th September)
  6. All Allied Health Professionals – £50 (full congress rate including Allied Health Professional session on Friday 7th September)
  7. All other delegates - £50 (All other forms of delegate, including medical students, trainees, spouses etc. attending any of the congress sessions)

NB: all tickets include lunch on the day(s) of attendance except Friday. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The ticket options for the social events are as follows:

  1. Tuesday 4th September: £10, Muristan Gardens Welcome Reception, Old City (1800 – 2000)
  2. Wednesday 5th September: £50, SOA dinner in the fabulous rooftop restaurant on the Notre Dame (1900 - 2200)
  3. Thursday 6th September: £45, Reception and Gala Dinner in the gardens of the St John Eye Hospital (1845 - 2230)

NB: St John employees registering for the congress are entitled to one free ticket to the Gala Dinner on Thursday 6th September. Additional tickets may be purchased at the standard rate.

Finally you will need to organise your own accomodation. There are a number of recommended options available here: https://www.soa.global/accommodation/.

Thanks to the support of colleagues such as yourselves this initiative is growing.

Please contact your regional Chair with any further queries:

David Verity, SOA – Europe, info@SOA.global
Anne Coleman, SOA – Americas, Coleman@jsei.ucla.edu
Nitin Verma SOA – Asia Pacific, nitver3@gmail.com

Please visit: https://www.soa.global/2018-meeting/ for more information on this event and information on where to book accommodation.





Regional partner delegate rate, (Palestinian, Israeli, Egyptian, Jordanian)

GBP 75.00


International delegate rate

GBP 160.00


Regional anaesthetists day rate

GBP 30.00


Regional anaesthetists full congress rate

GBP 50.00


Allied Health Professional session - Friday 7th September

GBP 30.00


Allied Health Professionals full congress rate

GBP 50.00


All other delegates

GBP 50.00


Donation: All proceeds go towards St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group


SOCIAL EVENT 1: Tuesday 4th September: Muristan Gardens Welcome Reception Old City (1800 – 2000)

GBP 10.00


SOCIAL EVENT 2: Wednesday 5th September: SOA dinner in the fabulous rooftop restaurant on the Notre Dame (1900 - 2200)

GBP 50.00


SOCIAL EVENT 3: Thursday 6th September: Reception and Gala Dinner in the gardens of the St John Eye Hospital (1845 - 2230)

GBP 45.00


St John Employee - SOCIAL EVENT 3: Thursday 6th September: Reception and Gala Dinner in the gardens of the St John Eye Hospital (1845 - 2230)

Free