Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Children and Accompanying persons

Due to pharma code regulations, children and accompanying persons are not permitted in the exhibition area or  the session rooms at any time. Due to these regulations, children and accompanying persons will not be permitted beyond the registration area. There is no social programme for accompanying persons and the Networking reception is for registered delegates only.

Climate and Dress

The climate in Vienna is temperate and in June it is usually mild and sunny but be prepared for rain and chilly evenings. From June to July the daytime temperature ranges from 14º C to 24º C

CME Credits

The ‘European Society of Ophthalmology’ (or) ‘European Society of Ophthalmology Congress 2015’ is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The ‘European Society of Ophthalmology Congress 2015’ is designated for a maximum of (or ‘for up to’) 20 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME credit system is based on 1 ECMEC per hour with a maximum of 3 ECMECs for half a day and 6 ECMECs for a full-day event.

CME Onsite
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance including CME Credits from the registration area, upon completion of the Congress Survey. As of Monday, 8 June a number of desks will be available in the registration area for completion of the Congress Survey and obtaining the Certificate.

Currency and Credit Card

The currency in Austria is the Euro. Please visit for the latest currency rate. ATMs/cash machines are available throughout Vienna. All major credit cards are accepted at hotels, stores, cafes and restaurants with pin codes. Some places may charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment.


Email Contacts

Scientific programme, invited speakers and abstract authors

Registration and letter of invitation


Exhibition and sponsorship

General issues and practical matters


An extensive trade exhibition will accompany the SOE 2015 Congress. The exhibition will be attended by more than 4000 international delegates, thus offering a unique opportunity for companies to reach this highly influential audience.
For details and a separate publication please visit or contact the Exhibition Organisers on


A substantial number of hotel rooms have been reserved for delegates travelling to Vienna.  Hotels can be booked when registering for the Congress.

Italian Participants

All Italian Pharmaceutical Companies who need to obtain AIFA approval can contact:
Aria di Viaggi Srl
Via M.Bandello, 1
20123 Milano
Phone 026693007


The official language of the Congress is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Local Time

Local time in Austria during the Congress is Central European Time, which is on hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Lunch and Refreshments

No official meals will be provided during SOE 2015. A number of coffee/snack points will sell sandwiches and snacks.
Tea and coffee are provided twice a day on Saturday to Monday and once on Tuesday.

Official Carrier

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for SOE 2015.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts, click here .

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Opening Ceremony

Saturday, 6 June, 2015 at 10.15-11.45

The Opening ceremony will be held at the ACV. It is open to all registered participants.

During the Opening ceremony the Helmholtz Medal will be awarded.

Networking Reception

Saturday, 6 June, 2015 at 18.00-19.00

All registered participants are cordially invited to attend the Networking Reception in the ACV. It is included in the registration fee. Due to pharma code regulations, children and accompanying persons are not permitted in the exhibition area or  the session rooms at any time. Due to these regulations, children and accompanying persons will not be permitted beyond the registration area. There is no social programme for accompanying persons and the Networking reception is for registered delegates only.


The SOE 2015 Congress will take place at the ACV, Vienna.
It is located at Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Wien, Austria.
More details concerning the location and facilities can be found on the ACV website.

See you in Vienna, 2015.


For further information please contact:

SOE 2015
SOE 2015 Congress Secretariat


SOE 2015 will not organise shuttles buses from the hotels to the congress venue. We recommend all delegates use the Vienna Public Transport System which is a very effective and an inexpensive public transportation system.
Tickets can be bought online before the Congress. For more information see “Travel Cards” below. 

Travel Cards

Vienna has an excellent Public Transport System which is very effective and inexpensive, operated by “Wiener Linien”. The transportation system covers 937 km. The five subway lines (U-Bahn), 29 tram lines and 145 buses lines will take the SOE Participants from hotels to the Congress venue as well around the city quickly and reliably.
Tickets are available from machines at subway stations (major debit cards accepted), at news agent’s, and at Vienna Transport Authority’s ticket offices.
The public transportation tickets bought in advance are cheaper and the Vienna transport authority offers the SOE participants the possibility to purchase this discounted transportation ticket in advance.

The public transport ticket for SOE 2015 will be available for online purchase from March 10, 2015 onwards.

The link to the public transport ticket for the SOE 2015 Congress participants can be found at the following link:
Click Here.
The SOE 2015 participants will benefits from:
–    Up to 10% reduction on online purchases
–    Unlimited travel on buses, trams and subway lines in Vienna for up to 7 days
–    Self-print ticket
–    Airport transfer option available

Please note that this ticket is non-refundable and the SOE 2015 Congress is not responsible for the purchase of public transport tickets. All enquiries should be directed to the municipal public transport provider Wiener Linien.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabine Splinar at or call the hotline +43-1-7909-125.

Visa Requirements

Some countries need a visa to enter Austria. Participates are encouraged to contact their local Austrian embassy or consulate to enquire if they require a visa. It is important to start the process at least 3 months prior to the SOE 2015 Congress.

Consult the following list  for contact details – Visa to Austria.


In case of force majeure, SOE2015, has the right to alter or cancel the Meeting without prior notice, however a notice of the occurrence shall be given by SOE2015 as soon as reasonably possible. Force majeure shall mean any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of SOE2015 which prevents or impedes the holding of the Congress, including, but not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, bird flu, earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism. SOE2015 shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the Congress. Furthermore, registration fees will not be reimbursed by SOE2015.


SOE2015 and Simply Events (UK) Ltd cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance.  All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold SOE2015 and to present its program as scheduled under circumstances which assure the comfort and safety of all participants. However, neither SOE2015 nor its committees, representatives or agents, shall be held liable by any person as a result of the cancellation of the Congress or of any of the arrangements, programs or plans connected therewith, or for any injury, damage or inconvenience which may be suffered by any person while travelling to or from, or during such person’s presence in  Austria in connection with this SOE2015. Participants are fully liable for damages caused to third parties and property. All delegates shall have a valid, fully comprehensive third party liability insurance.

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However, SOE cannot guarantee – and makes no warranties as to – the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of this information. SOE assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this website and further disclaims any liability of any nature for any loss whatsoever caused in connection with using the information on this website.

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When you visit our website some personal information may be collected by SOE. We will only use such information for the purposes of (i) administering certain programmes as identified to you at the time of collection, (ii) a form where the information is no longer identifiable with you, for statistical and marketing analyses and (iii) registration to the congress  for which SOE is an organizer or co-organizer.

SOE is committed to protecting your privacy and takes its responsibilities regarding the security of your information very seriously. SOE requires certain information to allow your registration. SOE collects the details provided by you, together with information it learns about you form your use of SOE service and your visits to the SOE website and other sites accessible from them. SOE also collects information about the transactions you undertake including details of payment cards used. SOE will also use your contact details to communicate with you.