UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Women in Vision UK - Inaugural Meeting

15 December 2017, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Women in Vision UK logo

The Women in Vision UK network is being set up to promote connections between women working in the field of vision and eye research, foster collaborations and mentoring, and overall increase women’s profile in the field.

Event Information

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Maryse Bailly, Julie Daniels and Mariya Moosajee


Hallam Conference Centre, Marylebone, London W1W 6JJ

It is aimed broadly at everyone working in and around ophthalmology and vision, from basic research to clinical practice, and we hope to use it as a dynamic and lively tool to promote contacts, disseminate information and support individuals, particularly early career researchers.

This inaugural meeting is intended to bring together women from all over the UK and within all aspects of vision research to lay down the foundation of the network. We have an amazing lineup of inspiring speakers that will showcase the many ways to a successful career in vision, and there will be plenty of time for discussions and networking.

Use the hashtag #WomenInVisionUK to share your participation in this event and follow us on Twitter: @womeninvisionuk

For more information please contact Maryse Bailly


9:30 - 10:15 Coffee, pastries and Registration

10:15 - 10:25 Welcome from Maryse Bailly /Julie Daniels; Recorded welcome message from Dame Sally Davies (CMO England)

10:25 - 10:35 Michele Acton (Chief Executive Fight for Sight) - Welcome and Fight For Sight Speaker network

10:35 - 10:50 Christiana Ruhrberg (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London): "How I took advantage of the brain to advance eye research and become a group leader”

10:50 - 11:05 Shahina Pardhan (Vision and Eye Research Unit, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge): “My perspective and experiences as a female researcher”

11:05 - 11:20 Sobha Sivaprasad (Moorfields Eye Hospital, London): “Dare to dream big”

11:20 - 11:40 Early careers: Career paths Post-doc/Trainee (7 min each): Vivian Lee, post-doc, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Meera Radia, Ophthalmology Clinical trainee, Moorfields Eye Hospital

11.40 - 12.15 Business meeting to discuss further meetings/membership/organising committee

12.15 - 13.15 Lunch and networking

13.15 - 13.20 Introduction to afternoon

13.20 - 13.35 Hemi Malkki (Editor, SAGE Publishing, Neurology and Ophthalmology): “So you want to be an editor? How to prepare for a career in publishing”

13.35 - 13.50 Melanie Hingorani (Moorfields Eye Hospital & Royal College of Ophthalmology Senior Officer): "Making it as a clinical leader - thinking big"

13.50 - 14.05 Julie Daniels (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology): "Moving from basic science into the clinical world: responsibilities, regulations and rewards"

14.05 - 14.20 Sarah Coupland (University of Liverpool, ARVO Vice President): “My Journey as a female academic pathologist”

14.20 - 14.30 Close of the meeting by Maryse Bailly /Julie Daniels

14.30 - 15.30 Tea and Mince pies networking session

This event is sponsored by the IoO Equality Challenge Committee and NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre.