Programme Highlights:

2024 Programme Highlights

Plan your attendance at ESCRS 2024! The Congress starts on Friday 6 September in the morning! Make sure you do not miss any of the below exciting Programme features!

Focused Friday

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ESCRS iNovation® Day 2024

How latest technology innovations may address the most urgent clinical needs and barriers to success in anterior segment care.
Registration at additional cost.

Cornea Day

Co-organised by ESCRS and EUCornea.
Registration at additional cost.

Glaucoma Day

Co-organised by ESCRS and EGS.
Registration at additional cost.

The Global Refractive Summit

Organised jointly by ESCRS/ISRS/BRASCRS.
Registration is included in the Congress registration fee.

Industry Exhibition

Starting at 12:00.

Global@ Active Monday

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Hot Topics

  • CSCRS Symposium
  • Main Symposium – Telemedicine in Ophthalmology
  • Digital Session
  • Arena – Training Across the World


Collaboration with International Societies

Watch out for the numerous sessions ESCRS presents in collaboration with:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • CSCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery & Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons)
  • Ophthalmology Foundation
  • Orbis
  • Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
  • World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • JCRO (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Online Case Reports)

75th Anniversary of IOL Implantation​

ESCRS is celebrating Harold Ridley’s first intraocular lens implantation! Be part of the celebration, enjoy the various activations ESCRS 2024 will be offering on this occasion!

Guided by Storytelling, there will be Infographic spots, combined with an IOL Evolution Timeline Wall as well as a Tunnel Museum featuring selected museum pieces.


The Tunnel Museum will take place with the support of the
Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia Jove.

ESCRS Arena / Tablao​

Following the successful launch of the Arena at ESCRS 2023 in Vienna, this year’s Congress will feature another innovative concept, incorporating the local flavour of Spain into the scientific delivery of content. Don’t miss the ESCRS Tablao!

A tablao (colloquial term for the Spanish “tablado”, floorboard) is a place where flamenco shows are performed and tablao is also the term used for the platform floor on which a flamenco dancer dances. Tablao venues were developed during the 1960s throughout Spain replacing the cafés cantantes (cabarets).

The Programme will run from Saturday through to Monday, starting the days with the successful “Surgical Pearls”. The Tablao will feature an animated Flamenco Intro Workshop, followed by a Debate and a Discussion Forum. On Monday, the Intro Workshop will feature live presentations of Surgical Simulators! 

Take a glimpse into the state-of-the-art sessions schedules (details are subject to change).


The ESCRS Tablao will benefit from the great support of the
Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia Jove.

Saturday 7 September
Sunday 8 September
Monday 9 September

ESCRS Initiatives

Following the successful implementation during the 2024 Winter Meeting in Frankfurt, the following ESCRS Initiatives are planned for this year’s Congress in Barcelona. Stay tuned for updated information!

ESCRS Escape Room


The Escape Room organisation will be supported by the
Societat Catalana d’Oftalmologia Jove.

ESCRS World Café Roundtables
Other Initiatives

Other initiatives which are in the planning:
– The Training Lab
– The EU Trials Spotlight session
– Global Refractive Summit