General Information


General information

Congress secretariat

Organizzazione Eventi
OIC srl
Viale Matteotti 7
50121 Florence, Italy
Tel. +39 055 50351
Fax +39 055 5001912

The reigstration desk located on the ground floor and mezzanine of the congress venue will be open for registration and information according to the following time table:

Tuesday, June 28 2.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 7.00 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Thursday, June 30 6.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Friday, July 1 6.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 7.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

About Paris

As one of the world’s greatest and most influential cities, Paris has something for everyone and promises to provide memorable experiences for all who attend the World Glaucoma Congress. The choice of cultural and recreational activities to enjoy in this city are unlimited. There are numerous museums, historical monuments, shopping areas, restaurants and gardens. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, the Champs Elysées and the nearby Palace of Versailles are just a few examples of globally recognized landmarks. The food and lifestyle of this great city are unmatched.

Congress Venue

Palais des Congrès:
2 place de la Porte Maillot
75017 Paris

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Paris Map


Situated at the heart of the continent, the French capital occupies a key geographical position, both for Europe and the world. Paris and its surrounding region are served by one of the most concentrated rail, air and road networks on the planet, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the world. With two international airports, one business airport and five TGV stations, Paris can be reached in less than three hours from most major European cities.

How to reach the congress venue upon your arrival:
Located on the Place de la Porte Maillot, the Palais des Congrès de Paris is connected to the entire highway system via the ring road. Whatever the arrival point, train station or airport, the various transport methods provide optimal access to visitors.

By Plane

By Car

By Metro

Line 1 (La Défense-Château de Vincennes), 'Porte Maillot-Palais des Congrès' station


Line C, 'Neuilly-Porte Maillot-Palais des Congrès' station

By bus

Lines 82, 73, 43, 244, PC 1, 2, 3,

Transportation within the city

Paris offers an efficient and modern public transport network (underground, trams and buses) as well as taxi services. The best and fastest way to get from place to place is the metro, administered by the State owned company RATP. You can get a map in any metro station. With one single metro ticket you can go anywhere within Paris city limits as long as you don't go out of the station where you are connecting from one line to another. The ticket policy on the bus works according to sections. According to the length of your stay you could buy a Paris Visite Travel card which gives you unlimited trips within the chosen section areas and discounts in museums, shops and attractions.

More Information

Metro, RER, Bus, RATP

Train SNCF

Practical information A-Z

Audio visual support/Speaker ready room

The Speaker Ready Room is located on the third floor of the Palais des Congrés, near the exhibition area, and will be open on the following days and hours:
Tuesday, June 28 2.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 7.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Thursday, June 30 6.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Friday, July 1 6.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 7.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m.

Equipment to enable a final check to be made for your presentation is available in the Speaker Ready Room.
Power point presentations: we strongly advise you to bring your presentation to the Speaker Ready Room AT LEAST 3 HOURS BEFORE the start of your lecture.
Please note that there are no facilities to use laptops in the session rooms.


All participants and accompanying persons will receive a personal badge upon registration. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge when attending any scientific session or social gathering. Only participants who are wearing their name badge will be admitted to the meeting rooms. You should also wear your badge in the Exhibition area. Please note: accompanying persons and exhibitors will not be admitted to the scientifc sessions. Accompanying persons do have free access to the exhibition.

Name badges have been color-coded as follows: The charge for replacement of lost badges will be Euro 25.


Traditional Bank business hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00-16.30.
Banks are usually closed on Saturday and Sunday. All bank agencies have automatic exchange located outside to provide 24-hours service.

Catering facilities

Coffee stations and lunch will be provided to congress registrants, but lunches are included only for participants to industry satellite symposia held from Wednesday to Friday in the Grand Amphitheatre. A bar serving coffee and snacks (at your own expense) is available in the congress area. Various restaurants will also be operating at the congress center during lunch hours.

Certificate of attendance

Registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


Paris lies in the midst of the Ile de France region, which has France's lowest rainfall; however the city is known for its unexpected rain showers, which can occur at any time of year. Summer temperatures are mild to warm, with occasional heat waves. The average low temperature in July is 15° Celsius and the average high temperature is 25° Celsius.

Cloakroom and Luggage

In the cloakroom you can leave your belongings.
Opening hours:
Tuesday, June 28 9.00 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 7.00 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Thursday, June 30 6.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Friday, July 1 6.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 7.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

CME credits

The World Glaucoma Congress has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), The number of credits will be available on the website after the Congress. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). To convert EACCME credit to AMA PRA category 1 credit, please contact the AMA. Industry sponsored symposia are not eligible for CME credit at this meeting. Please note that the registration code, printed on your badge and on the CME instruction in your congress envelope, is necessary to access the CME questionnaire and printing of the certificate, available at the web site ( from July 4 to July 22, 2011.

Credit cards and currency

All major credit cards (VISA, American Express, Master Card) are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants in Paris. It is advisable to carry an identity card or some form of photo identification. We remind that some cards require a personal code (PIN) to process the payment, please check with your credit card provider. The Euro (€) is the official currency in France.


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First aid & hospital services

Visitors from the EU and Scandinavian countries can enjoy the same health services than French citizens. To do so they must obtain from their social security at home the form E111. Other visitors are strongly advised to take out a travel insurance.

Glaucoma Society Posters

As in 2007 and 2009, all Glaucoma Societies were asked to present a poster about their society. This year, the Program Committee asked Glaucoma Societies to create a follow-up to the Glaucoma Society poster presentations during the WGC in 2009. These Glaucoma Society Posters describe the major achievements of the Glaucoma Society between July 2009 and July 2011 including meetings, best research, awards, publication, scientific interaction with other WGA member societies, activities for World Glaucoma Week and promulgation.


The Congress Organizers do not assume any liability for personal injuries sustained or loss of, or damage to, property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as result of the congress. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Internet Access

An Internet Point is available in the Exhibition Area on the third floor, near the Bar.

Liability Disclaimer

In case of any circumstance beyond the Organizers control such as war, strikes, lockouts, riots or any such civil disturbances, any acts of God, including but not limited to earthquakes, floods and droughts and any other cause of circumstance of whatsoever nature, the WGA Organizers and OIC srl have the right to immediately alter or cancel the congress or any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the World Glaucoma Congress.
In these cases the participants shall not be entitled to any compensation for damages that result from such alterations or cancellations.

Official Language

The official language of the Congress is English, simultaneous translation into French will be provided for sessions held in the Grand Amphitheatre. French to English translation will be offered in the Grand Amphitheatre for presentations made in French and in the Havane Room for French courses and symposia.


Posters are an excellent and important way of providing scientific information. The WGA is making an effort to provide high visibility for the posters. The posters will be on from Wednesday June 29, noon until Saturday July 2, noon.

Poster mounting and removing

Posters should be mounted on Wednesday June 29, between 8.00 a.m. and noon. Assistance and material for mounting the posters will be available from 8.00 a.m. at the Poster desk in the Poster area. Posters should be removed after 1.00 p.m. and before 3.00 p.m. on Saturday July 2. Posters that have not been taken down by the author(s) will be removed and destroyed by the Congress Secretariat.

Poster recognition

The Abstract & Review Committee will announce the three best posters which will receive the World Glaucoma Congress Poster Recognition.


In Paris, the larger stores are open from mid-morning to about 20.00 hours without closing for lunch. Department stores may stay open as late as 22.00 hours on Wednesday or Thursday.
Smaller shops/stores and supermarkets open as early as 8.00 hours but close between 13.00 – 15.00 hours and open again until 20.00 hours. There is limited Sunday shopping, usually in the Latin Quarter, Marais, Bastille or Ile de la Cité sections.
Shopping in Paris is an experience in itself; the extensive fashion stores and shopping malls advertise the latest fashions trends at any time.

Surgery Day

A full intensive day dedicated to glaucoma surgery, discussing different topics: decision making and laser trabeculoplasty, trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices and special sessions organized by the French Glaucoma Society.

Visa requirements and letters of invitation

Participants are invited to check with their local travel agency regarding any visa requirements to enter France. Application for letters of invitation will be accepted by the Organizing Secretariat OIC srl before March 31, 2011, please send an e-mail to These documents cannot grant any financial support by the organizers.

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Scientific program

Download the scientific program in PDF format

On-Line registration

A merger of the World Glaucoma Congress and the International Glaucoma Symposium - Paris, France - June 29-July 2, 2011
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