RIWC24 FAQ’s

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the Retina International World Congress (RIWC24) which is taking place from June 5-8 at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

If you can’t find an answer to your question below, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing riwc@fightingblindness.ie or phoning us at +353 1 6789 004.

FAQ’s:

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Please register here for your ticket for the Retina International World Congress.

Please note that current Fighting Blindness members should contact us directly to register.

Please email riwc@fightingblindness.ie or phone us at +353 1 6789 004.

It is highly advised to avoid registering on-site on any day of the Congress, as there may not be ticket availability and tickets for social events cannot be guaranteed on the day.

Please note that Fighting Blindness members should contact us directly for booking. Please email riwc@fightingblindness.ie or phone us at +353 1 6789 004.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Retina International members: Member organisations of Retina International.

Assistants: Assistant to a visually impaired person.

Students: Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students. Proof of student status may be requested.

Retina International Youth program participant: Invited participants to the RI Youth Program.

Professional registration fee: Industry and pharma representatives, scientists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists.

General admission 7th & 8th June: Members of the public who are not members of Retina International or Fighting Blindness.

Fighting Blindness members have been contacted about ticket options directly. If you have not received your communication from us, you should contact us directly for booking.

Please email riwc@fightingblindness.ie or phone us at +353 1 6789 004.

June 5 and June 6 are invite-only events, relating to Retina International activities. June 7 and June 8 are open for you to attend.

We use Stripe to process all card payments securely. If you received a failed payment notification, we can email you the bank details for making a bank transfer manually or we can resend you the payment link to make a card payment online.

Please note that a failed card payment might have to do with your bank authentication and you may need to contact your financial institution directly.

Either way, if there is anything we can assist with to help you complete the transaction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly at riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

You will receive your ticket by email. Please check your junk/spam folder if you have not received your ticket to your inbox. Your ticket will be in the form of a QR code. On the day you attend, we will have ticket booths to log your entry by scanning your QR code. These ticket booths will be manned and we will be offering assistance on the day to help you through the process.

Please note that only fully paid-up registrations will allow your ticket access for the event, even if you hold a QR code.

Further communications will be sent by us before the event relating to your attendance and our procedures on the day of the event.

Please be cautious of registration scams. We are NOT selling accommodation to delegates on our website. Unfortunately, each year, some individuals create counterfeit websites for major international meetings, with the intention of misleading attendees. The scam can centre around selling hotel rooms that either don’t exist or are significantly marked up in price, or indeed, fraudulent registration sales.

It’s important to note that we are aware that these scams have taken place in the past and we urge caution for all delegates. Please be sure that any email you receive is from us. Our email is riwc@fightingblindness.ie and you can reach out to us directly on that email or by phoning us at +353 1 6789 004.

Again, we are NOT selling accommodation on our registration platform.

We will NOT ring you to ask for your card details and we will NOT email you to ask us to send your card details in writing.

We will NOT ask you for additional payment for your name badge.

To ensure your financial safety, please only visit www.FightingBlindness.ie for registration where you will find the direct link to our registration platform. CrowdComms are our chosen conference partner for RIWC and their ticketing registration system is the only means of registering for the event. Fighting Blindness members should contact us directly to register.

Our registration system will send you an email confirmation which will include a QR code, allowing you to quickly print your badge at onsite kiosks throughout the Dublin Royal Convention Center for the duration of the Congress. Please note that badges will not be mailed in advance and you will not be asked for additional payment for your badge.

Yes. We have the following events planned:

Welcome Reception – Thursday, June 6th. Ticket cost: €60.00.

Speakers’ Dinner – Friday, June 7th. Ticket cost: €120.00.

End of conference Gala Dinner – Saturday, June 8th. Ticket cost: €150.00.

You can book your attendance for the social events via our external registration platform here or by contacting us at riwc@fightingblindness.ie. Fighting Blindness members should contact us directly to book social events.

Yes, you can amend your booking to add social events after you have registered. Amend your booking by logging back into our external registration platform here or by contacting us at riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

If you wish to amend the name on your booking, or your email address, please contact us directly at riwc@fightingblindness.ie. Please note that we cannot amend personal details on bookings after May 31, 2024.

Any adjustments or cancellations regarding delegate registration fees and social events must be communicated in writing to Fighting Blindness, 3rd Floor, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2, D02 TW98, or email at riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

For cancellations received by May 27, 2024, a refund will be issued. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made after May 27, 2024. If a delegate fails to attend RIWC24 for any reason, further reimbursement claims cannot be made. It is strongly recommended that all delegates obtain personal travel insurance.

We are still finalising aspects of the RIWC24 program so the virtual elements will be confirmed when the final program is published.

Please advise that we are in the process of applying to EBAC https://www.ebac-cme.org/ebac-basic for accreditation and will update in due course.

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The Retina International World Congress is being held at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, 1 Le Pole Square, Ship Street Great, Dublin 8, D08 E6PD, Ireland. Phone: +353 1 8982933. Email: info@dublinroyalconventioncentre.com.

The Dublin Royal Convention Centre was developed to provide a world-class conference and events venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city and we have kept accessibility in mind from the very beginning of planning the RIWC event. The venue is accessible and we will also have guides on hand to assist on each day. We also chose this venue as it is a one-stop shop, with the ability to hold all of our meetings in one accessible location.

Located just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, the Dublin Royal Convention Centre is ideally positioned in the heart of Dublin for both the international and domestic business tourism market.

There is a delegate rate available to those attending the congress. To book accommodation at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin 08, please email reservations.royal.dublin@radissonblu.com quoting the ‘Retina International World Congress 2024’ in order to obtain a discounted delegate rate.

We will have guides on hand to assist on each day.

Situated in the cultural quarter of Dublin and overlooking Dublin Castle, the Dublin Royal Convention Centre is in the heart of Dublin’s transport hub, which is easily accessible by all public transport links, and is just 20 minutes from Dublin International Airport.

There is no underground parking available to delegates at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre. If you plan on driving, there is limited underground parking spaces available at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and on-street. Within short walking distance are Q-Park Christchurch and Park Rite Drury Street, offering safe and secure parking spaces, disabled spaces and electric charging points. Spaces are subject to availability and rates are subject to change.

The venue is serviced by the following bus routes: Bus: 155, 16, 27, 39, 39A, 46A, 83. The following bus stops are a 3 minute walk from the venue: Patrick Street, Stop 2385; Patrick’s Cathedral, Stop 2383. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Stephen’s Green, which is serviced by the Luas. Heuston Station is a 10 minute car journey by taxi. Dublin Airport is a 20 minute car journey.

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A full list of speakers is on our website here and also on our external registration platform here.

Please note that all speakers are subject to change or replacement in the case of unforeseen circumstances arising.

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The programme can be found on our website here and also on our external registration platform here.

The agenda can be found on our website here and also on our external registration platform here.

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There is a delegate rate available to those attending the congress. To book accommodation at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin 08, please email reservations.royal.dublin@radissonblu.com quoting the ‘Retina International World Congress 2024’ in order to obtain a discounted delegate rate.

Alternative accommodation options:

The Chancery Hotel (located immediately adjacent to the Dublin Royal Convention Centre).

Telephone: +353 1 5542900 or e-mail hello@thechancery.ie.

Stay City Apartments (various Properties within 700m-1500m of Convention Centre).

Telephone: +353 15390909

Please email dublingroups@staycity.com and Chetna.Wadhawan@staycity.com quoting RIWC24 @Dublin Royal Convention Centre.

Trinity College Dublin Accommodation: Accommodation options include single, twin or double rooms and private apartments. For best available rates and to check availability click here.

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Our confirmed sponsors are listed here. We are adding to this list regularly.

For any queries relating to sponsorship, please contact Kristina Curtis by emailing kristina.curtis@fightingblindness.ie or email riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

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For any queries relating to exhibition space, please contact Kristina Curtis by emailing kristina.curtis@fightingblindness.ie or email riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

We expect 300-400 delegates on Friday, June 6 and on Saturday, June 8.

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The members of the Scientific Committee are listed here.

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We are accepting abstracts here on the following topics:

  • Laboratory-based Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Case Studies
  • Social Research
  • Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

We will be accepting submissions until Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 5 pm GMT.

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The Dublin Royal Convention Centre was developed to provide a world-class conference and events venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city and we have kept accessibility in mind from the very beginning of planning the RIWC event. The venue is accessible and we will also have guides on hand to assist on each day. We also chose this venue as it is a one-stop shop, with the ability to hold all of our meetings in one accessible location.

Located just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, the Dublin Royal Convention Centre is ideally positioned in the heart of Dublin for both the international and domestic business tourism market.

Yes, please find our accessibility statement here.

We will also have guides on hand to assist on each day. We will have clear signage for the event. We have lift access for wheelchair access. Digital access to the agenda will allow for screen reader access. A looped audio amplification system will be in place for those who require this use. 

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in Ireland has created a useful factsheet for anyone who plans to travel by air or sea into or from Ireland with the assistance of a guide dog. The factsheet is available to download directly here (Word document will download directly).

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has also prepared a useful factsheet called Preparing Your Guide Dog or Assistance Dog for Travel into Ireland. You can download this sheet directly here.

Dublin Airport is dedicated to providing accessibility and assistance for people with reduced mobility. You can learn more about the support offered at Dublin Airport through their website here. For further reduced mobility assistance queries please contact the airport services management OCS by emailing: prm@ocsireland.com.

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It is the participant’s sole responsibility to secure the necessary visa to attend the Retina International World Congress.

Participants are urged to contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in their home country promptly to ascertain their visa requirements. We have more information on visas here.

During the registration process, a visa invitation letter might be necessary. Please note that we can only provide a Letter of Invitation once a delegate has completed full registration for the Retina International World Congress. If desired, the expenses for a hard copy of the invitation letter sent via express courier must be prepaid.

Please be aware that the visa invitation letter is specifically designed to help participants to only obtain a visa for permission to attend RIWC24. However, it does not imply any commitment from the organisers to cover expenses or offer financial support. All conference-related expenses are the sole responsibility of the participant.

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Unfortunately, we cannot provide free registration but we do offer early-bird ticketing prices until March 31. You can learn more and register here.

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We have a dedicated team within Fighting Blindness working on the Retina International World Congress. If you cannot find an answer to your question above, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing riwc@fightingblindness.ie or phoning us at +353 1 6789 004.

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