2023 4th IACLE World Congress

Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future

IACLE members from around the world will gather in the UK in June 2023 for the Fourth IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education. We encourage and invite our members from all regions to attend the congress.

Hosted at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, the congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (9-11 June 2023). The theme is ‘Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future’.

Complete the application form to register for WC4


Key Features

  • Global participation by key opinion leaders in contact lens education and IACLE members
  • Focus on practical education in contact lens technology for today and the future
  • Hands-on, topical workshops plus plenary sessions
  • Keynote speakers and discussions to support the future of contact lens education
  • Networking and social events, Welcome Reception, and prestigious Congress Dinner

Benefits to Delegates

In addition to providing exposure to the latest computer-based and handheld device teaching technology, the congress will bring together contact lens educators from all parts of the world – with varying degrees of experience and access to information and / or resources – to meet with key opinion leaders. Presenters will provide valuable information that delegates can apply today, next semester, and next year.

As well as the didactic and hands-on components of the program, delegates will network with other educators, professionals, and industry representatives to build long-lasting collaborations and friendships. They will return to their institutions to share their learnings with colleagues and students – the contact lens practitioners of the future.

Fees Waived for IACLE Members

The registration cost, including participation in the plenary and workshop sessions, hotel accommodation, lunch on all four days, gala dinner ticket and luxury coach travel to the BCLA in Manchester, will be covered for all registered IACLE members.

IACLE members will also receive an exclusive registration rate for the BCLA’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (full registration rate is £750, and IACLE members pay £500). Registration for the BCLA opens in early 2023.


Our aim is to harness expertise from a wide range of educational backgrounds to explore technologies and approaches that can be applied to contact lens education. The congress program will be available in the near future.


Monday 5 JuneTuesday 6 JuneWednesday 7 JuneThursday 8 June
Welcome lunchHands-on workshops:Hands-on workshops:Plenary session
Plenary session– Clinical– ClinicalIndustry presentations
Industry presentations– Classroom-based– Classroom-basedKeynote presentations
Keynote presentations– Hybrid design– Hybrid designTransport to BCLA in Manchester
Drinks reception

Venues and Delegates

Conference Aston at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, will host IACLE’s 4th World Congress on Contact Lens Education and will take full advantage of the exceptional clinical facilities. The university is located close to Birmingham city centre with excellent accommodation and conference amenities on campus.

A Drinks Reception will be held on Monday 5 June at Conference Aston and the Gala Dinner takes place on Wednesday 7 June at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

We anticipate that approximately 120 delegates will attend, comprising IACLE members, Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) and British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) members, IACLE Executive Board/staff members and representatives from our Industry Partners.

Call for abstracts

The WC4 Program Committee invites IACLE members to participate in a series of 10-minute presentations during the plenary sessions based on selected themes:

  • Innovation in teaching
  • Motivating students
  • Novel assessments

If you would like to take part and present any of the above topics during WC4, please register your intent to submit an abstract via the form. Once accepted, a full abstract will be required.

Individuals whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to receive a travel stipend following registration for the congress.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Program Chair Professor Craig Woods at c.woods@iacle.org.

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