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 300 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:                WVUK 2019 save the date!

The next WVUK meeting will be in Belfast on the 13th December 2019 - mark you diaries!

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Get involved! There is still time to send in your nominations for the Women in Vision UK executive committee

Following on from the WVUK meeting in Liverpool last year, and in order for the network to expand and annual WVUK meetings to continue  to take place in a seamless manner, it has been proposed that the WVUK formalise an executive committee. This will consist of the following roles:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Web-site manager
  • PhD/Early Career representatives 
  • WVUK communications relations officer (patients, charities)
  • Immediate future and past annual meeting organisers

It is envisaged that these positions will be for 3 years, and will be honorary (non remunerated) . The maximum term someone can be on the WVUK Exec Committee will be 6 years.

We are, therefore, calling for nominations for these roles (with a main proposer and a seconder). The candidate should be in agreement in being nominated, and should provide a short 100 word summary of their biography, followed by a short summary (100 words) of what they would bring to the respective position. Self-nominations are welcomed. 

Once we have a list of names for each role (with biographies/summaries), this will be circulated as an election ballot via an e-voting system.

The proposed timelines are as follows:

  • Nominations for all roles - deadline - Sunday March 31st (Mothers Day!!)
  • Circulation of ballot paper - April 15th 
  • Deadline for Voting - May 12th
  • Announcement of WVUK Executive Committee - May 27th


 The terms of reference(ToR) for the WVUK Executive Committee will be drawn up by the group, once the successful candidates are in place, and the WVUK finances organised.

We are hoping to build on the momentum gained from the last 2 meetings, and so hope you will continue to engage with the WVUK!



WVUK 2018 Liverpool : we did again!

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The second Women in Vision UK meeting was in the magnificient Victoria Gallery and Museum at Liverpool University on the 14th of December. Over 60 women (and men!) gathered to enjoy fantastic talks, ranging from basic science and clinical trials to how to get more Women on Boards (with a keynote from Fiona Hathorn, Managing Director of WOB UK). We had great posters and presentations from Early Career Researchers with 4 prize winners:

Best Rapid Fire presentations: Sophie Thornton (U. Liverpool) and Nicola Quinn (Queen's U. Belfast)

Best Posters: Louise Porter and Jignasa Metha (U. Liverpool)

Each received a £150 prize, kindly sponsored by the NIHR Biomedical Research Center at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.



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).