RPFB Annual Conference 2018, London

Posted on: Wednesday 3 October 2018

This weekend just passed saw the RP Fighting Blindness annual conference take place in London. This year, as last, we were hosted by One America Square in Tower Hill.

We were joined by some leading scientific speakers, who presented on various strands of research and ongoing projects. We heard from Dr Mariya Moosajee, Dr Stephen Hicks, Dr Laura Brady, Prof Susan Downes and Prof John Marshall MBE. Sculptor and artist Victoria Claire was this year’s inspirational speaker, and Prof Robin Ali joined our RP Question Time panel in the afternoon.

We also brought back our popular workshop sessions for a second year – this year’s topics to choose from were Charles Bonnet Syndrome, smart glasses and genetic therapy.

The day ran smoothly, other than a fire alarm shortly before lunch! Luckily it was a false alarm and the day’s programme was back on track in no time.

We had almost 200 people in attendance, which makes our annual conference the biggest gathering of the RP community in the country. We were delighted to welcome many new faces to this year’s event, as well as lots of familiar ones. Our exhibition was our largest ever and showcased some new technologies and stands we haven’t showcased before.

We’re delighted to report that we’ve had some great feedback from this year’s attendees, and are already planning ways to improve next year’s conference. If you attended and would like to make any comments, please fill in our online feedback form which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/rpfbconf2018. Alternatively you can email me on tom@rpfightingblindness.org.uk

We’d like to thank everyone who attended, and of course a big thank you must go to all the speakers and workshop facilitators who generously gave their time and helped make the day possible! Special thanks must go to event sponsors OxSight and Nightstar for their contribution.

Thomas O’Neill
Communications & PR Manager