Jun 2019 | 1st Issue
You’re Invited to the APAO 2020 Congress
    In this Issue

Welcome Message from Congress President
Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar
Early Bird Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open
Congress Venue
VISA Application to China
Xiamen – “a City at Sea, a City with Sea”

   Welcome Message from Congress President

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

It is my great pleasure and honor to invite you to the 35th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, to be held in Xiamen, China, from April 22 – 26, 2020. We are glad that this prestigious ophthalmic event once again lands on a city in Mainland China after five years. 

Back in 2015, the APAO Congress was one of the biggest and most significant conferences in the country, bringing over 10,000 attendees from 75 countries around the world to exchange their insights and experience in ophthalmology. Following the success, the APAO 2020 Congress will invite ophthalmic practitioners, including top-notch specialists, clinicians, eye surgeons and researchers, from the Asia-Pacific region and globally, to explore the latest scientific innovations, treatments and surgical techniques showcased at the event. We are anticipating over 1,000 international distinguished speakers and more than 10,000 delegates from all over the world to take part. 

Xiamen, or formerly known as Amoy, is a beautiful port city in the southern China. It has both the prosperous facet of big cities and the quietness and simplicity of the fishing village. Its famous Gulangyu Island is a world heritage site and is vehicle-free with beaches and meandering streets lined with old villas and architecture. With no doubt you will not be disappointed by this “Sea Garden”! 

We look forward to welcoming you to Xiamen in April 2020! 

With warmest personal regards, 

Prof. Ke Yao
Congress President
APAO 2020

   Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar
Year 2020 marks the 60th Anniversary of the APAO and a series of commemorative activities will be held to celebrate the special moment. Mark your calendar now in order not to miss the important dates for the 35th APAO Congress!



Early Bird Registration Opens

May 31, 2019

Abstract Submission Opens

May 31, 2019 (English Abstracts)

*submission date of Chinese Abstracts will be announced soon.

Abstract Submission Deadline

Oct 15, 2019 (English Abstracts)

Dec 31, 2019 (Chinese Abstracts)

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Dec 31, 2019 (International Delegates)

Jan 31, 2020 (Local Delegates)

Advance Registration Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session

Apr 23, 2020

Gala Dinner cum APAO Award Ceremony

Apr 25, 2020

Charity Run

Apr 25, 2020

   Early Bird Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open

Online early bird registration is now available via the Congress system. Delegates are encouraged to register and pay for the APAO 2020 Congress at their earliest convenience, as discounted registration rates are offered for a limited time only and will not be available after the deadline.  

Previous Congress registrants can login with their APAO ID. To retrieve the password, simply input the email address used to register for previous congresses and click ‘Forgot Password’. New registrants will need to sign up for an APAO ID and authorize the 2020 Congress to access your profile and contact information in order to complete registration.  

Additionally, English abstract submission is also open. It is recommended that presenters read the abstract submission guidelines carefully beforehand. Late submissions will not be accepted. Details of the Chinese abstract submission date will be announced soon.

   Congress Venue

Located on the southeast coast of Xiamen, Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center (XICEC) is the main venue for China’s international fairs, investments and trade, with beautiful scenery and convenient transportation.  

It covers an area of 197,000 square meters, among which its main indoor exhibition hall provides an extensive floor space for 3,500 international standard booths. On the top is the easily spotted crescent-shaped ballroom, which is the most creative and spectacular symbol of XICEC. The vast greenery outdoor space gives a bit of comfort with the refreshment of nature and is definitely a hot spot for pleasure and casual conversations. A star-class hotel is also attached to the wing building, offering 250 elegant guest rooms to delegates.  

For more information about XICEC, please visit https://www.xicec.com/.

   VISA Application to China

A passport with at least six months’ validity after the intended period of travel and Chinese visa are required for all visitors to China. However, some countries have some types of visa waiver agreement with the Chinese government. Please consult the nearest Chinese embassy for more information. 

Delegates who require a visa to enter China are encouraged to begin the application process at their earliest convenience. Visas can be issued by Chinese embassies or consular offices in the applicant’s country of residence. 

After registering for APAO 2020 Congress, delegates can generate a letter of invitation for visa application purposes via the Congress system.

   Xiamen – “a City at Sea, a City with Sea”

Xiamen, or formerly known as Amoy, is a famous port city located on the southeast coast of China, across a strait from Taiwan. It consists of a mainland territory and two major islands. Its naturally given, stunning coastal scenery has earned it the fame of “Garden City” and “Oriental Hawaii”. 

Nowadays Xiamen is an important regional center for finance and trade. It is also a cultural hub embracing both ancient and modern, oriental and western elements. Some 64 intangible cultural heritage items can be found in the city, adding to Gulangyu Island, the world heritage site accredited in 2017.

Food in Xiamen is as enchanting and diverse due to the geographic location. Fried seafood, famous Fujianese dish Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Nanyang’s Shacha noodles, Taiwanese oyster rolls, and many more street snacks will delight even the most selective taste buds. Discover more in Xiamen in 2020!




   APAO Secretariat


APAO Headquarters
c/o APAO Office, State Key Laboratory (Ophthalmology)
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
1/F, No. 7 Jinsui Road,
Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490

Website: http://www.apaophth.org/  


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