UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Women in Vision UK

The Women in Vision UK (WVUK) network aims to promote connections between women working in all fields related to Vision, to foster collaborations and mentoring, and overall increase our female profile.

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Our network is aimed broadly at all women working in and around vision, from basic research to clinical practice, with over 200 members so far.

We hope to use the network as a dynamic and lively tool to promote contacts and disseminate information and support tools, particularly for early career researchers. One key early action was the generation of a list of female speakers, which is now available on this website for seminars and conference organisers, as a support to work towards ensuring equal gender representation. We also hope in the future to engage patient advocates, the public and our next generation of vision pioneers.

-- News flash - WVUK meeting Liverpool 2018: Early Career Presentation awards --

At the WVUK meeting in Liverpool on Friday 14 December 2018, we have decided to include one-minute rapid fire presentations for junior researchers and the best presentations will receive awards.   The deadline for submission is Monday 5 November 2018 - contact Kathryn if you would like an application form or more info- Kathryn Brown (klb@liverpool.ac.uk)

-- News flash - VPOptics 2018 Early Career prize --

We are happy to announce that WVUK this year are supporting an award to one of VPO’s early career female researchers. WVUK network and the VPO 2018 Early Career prize are kindly sponsored by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

-- News flash - Save the date: WVUK meeting Liverpool 14th December 2018!!!!! --

Preparations for the next WVUK meeting are well underway thanks to Sarah Coupland and her team mates in Liverpool. Confirmed speakers include: 


Prof. Hannah Smithson (University of Oxford)

Dr. Neeru Vallabh (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Victoria Kearns (University of Liverpool)

Prof. Usha Chakravarthy (Queen’s University Belfast)

Prof. Jugnoo Rahi (University College London)

There will be a special keynote address (TBC) and plenty of time for discussions and networking – make sure you lock the day in your diary!
See you all there!
Women in Vision UK

Women in Vision UK Events

On December 15th 2017, the WVUK network was officially launched to unite women in vision and eye research. Check out the highlights and all past events

Maryse Bailly and Julie Daniels

Who are the Women in Vision

Find out more about our founding members, volunteers and our supporters

2015-UCL  “Inspiring Women in Ophthalmology” keynote Professor Veronica van Heyningen (OBE) enjoying the networking session

Women in Vision Successes

Celebrate with us women's achievements in the field of vision and eye research

Networking around lunch at the Women in Vision UK Inaugural meeting

Find an expert

There is a woman expert for each and everyone of your conference or event needs - we will help you find her/them

Early career speakers Ms Meera Radia (Moorfields Eye Hospital), Dr Vivian Lee (UCL), Professor Sarah Coupland (University of Liverpool, ARVO Vice President), Prof Shahina Pardhan (Anglia Ruskin University) and Michelle Action (CEO Fight for Sight)

Get connected

Our members have links to various societies, charities, journals and grant bodies - find out how they can help

Email forum

If you would like to be signed up to the Women in Vision UK email list (womeninvisionuk@ucl.ac.uk) to receive information and updates, please contact Maryse (m.bailly@ucl.ac.uk).