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The motto of the DOG 2016 is “Ophthalmology – an all-embracing discipline”.
Congress President Professor Horst Helbig explains why he has chosen this motto, what is new and what the participants can look forward to.

Ophthalmology – an all-embracing discipline

Dear colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to invite you to the DOG 2016 in Berlin. The 114th DOG Congress will be held from September 29 to October 2, 2016 once again at the Estrel Congress & Messe Center. For several years now the focus has no longer been on specific diseases or sub-specialties; too broad and too diverse has become the field of ophthalmology.

Keynote Lecture: Friend and Foe – The Influence of Light on Eye Health

While dependent on visible light, the eye can be damaged by these and the contiguous ultraviolet (UV) and infrared wavelengths. Professor Minas Coroneo has studied the pathophysiology of ocular epithelia and the ocular effects of sunlight for many years. In the first keynote lecture of the congress, he presents his latest findings.

Custodis Lecture: Barriers to progress in retinal detachment

Every two years the Retina Society awards the Custodis Lecture to a renowned researcher in honor of his life’s work with which he has made an outstanding contribution to matters relating to retinal diseases. This year’s Custodis Lecture will be awarded to Professor Dr. Bill Aylward, London. In his lecture Bill Aylward will be dealing […]

Do we still need the laser in diabetic macular edema? – FEOph Symposium

During the FEOph Symposium, junior speakers from France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain are holding lectures with focus on „Do we still need the laser in diabetic macular edema?“.

Is the time right for subspecialties in developing countries?

Symposium of the DOG-Section International Ophthalmology

The way how subspecialities in ophthalmology are addressed in developing countries varies depending on local socio-economic and political issues. The development of primary, secondary and tertiary health care centers including community based rehabilitation activities are important structures to improve medical education and patient care. An overview will be given from the African, South-American and Southeast Asian experience.

Award Ceremony 2016

Scientific and academic excellence, the advancement of young researchers, interdisciplinarity and internationality are key elements in the tasks of a scientific association. Thus, the Award Ceremony on Saturday is an eminent element in the program of the congress.

Opening Ceremony

The highlights of the opening ceremony will be the President’s speech, the lecture by Dr. Roland Batz on Caritas & economics and the appointment of the new honorary member of the DOG.

Keynote Lecture: Pseudophakic rhegmatogenous retinal detachment – A few hints to the blame game

In his keynote lecture Professor Morten Dornonville de la Cour will cover the epidemiology of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, its risk factors and the impact of cataract surgery on the occurrence of retinal detachment in the individual patient, and in the population at large.

Aurel-von-Szily Lecture – Immunopathogenesis of Anterior Uveitis

This year’s Aurel-von-Szily Lecture of the DOG-Uveitis section, taking place during DOG 2016, will be given by Professor Denis Wakefield from the Faculty of Medicine, Lowy Cancer Research Centre of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Course in English Language: Principles and Clinical Impact of Optical Coherence Tomogragraphy (OCT)

This course Principles and Clinical Impact of Optical Coherence Tomogragraphy (OCT) is designed for participants from non-German speaking countries.

Special Course for Non-German Speaking Participants

Development of Optical Coherence Tomography has been one of the most important steps in Retinology in the last 10 years. In this course, experts will give an overview concerning physical principles, clinical application and technical equipment.

Sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for ocular surface diseases

Symposium of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society and the DOG

This traditional Symposium of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society and the DOG will include up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for commonly diagnosed corneal diseases. Clinical, biochemical, tomographic and confocal microscopic aspects of corneal wound healing will be covered.

The DOG Congress App: A perfect Overview of the whole DOG 2016

You want to organize your congress participation on a mobile device? Our DOG Congress App is now available to download via the iTunes Store or Google Play.

Outstanding Experts, Current Topics – Keynote Lectures

As in past years, our Keynote Lectures will elucidate specific focal points in the program. In each of these half-hour lectures, an outstanding expert will comprehensively present an important topic.

DOG-Update – State of the Art 2016

With DOG-Update – State of the Art, in 2013 the DOG established a new training program for ophthalmologists in clinics and private practice. This program offers attendees a compact and effective means of up-dating on the latest scientific and research developments.

Posters in Unrivaled Sessions

The poster sessions will take place from Thursday to Saturday immediately after the lunch break and without competition from other ­simultaneous events. In order to devote appropriate attention to the posters, all posters will be presented and discussed in small groups, each of which will be facilitated by two ­moderators. Headsets will be issued.

Attractive DOG Travel Awards

All participants from Middle Eastern European and Eastern European countries will have free access to the congress. Furthermore, the DOG offers travel awards of Euro 750 – for the best 25 abstracts submitted from Middle Eastern European and Eastern European countries.

DOG-Get Together

Following the opening ceremony all congress participants, speakers and all industrial representatives are cordially invited to join the DOG-Get Together.

Charity concert: DOG in Concert

This year, classical masterpieces will be presented in the Kammermusiksaal of Berliner Philharmonie. The benefit concert given by ophthalmologists for ophthalmologists in aid of Stiftung Auge is a traditional congress highlight.

Charity Run: EyeRun – Register now

On Friday morning, the congress participants can once again take part in the five kilometer run for the benefit of the DOG Foundation “Stiftung Auge”. The run starts at the Estrel and leads around the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park. Register now online and secure yourself a participant T-shirt.

Social Evening

Located a stone’s throw from the Chancellery and the Reichstag, the TIPI has been reserved just for you for the entire evening.


The Social Evening will be followed by the DOG-Clubbing Saturday, 1.10.2016, from 22:30, which will also take place at the TIPI am Kanzleramt. Get into the right mood for the evening with some aperitif. Later on, fantastic music invites for a dance.

DOG-Farewell – Handover of the Presidency

Mit dem Farewell endet der Kongress. In diesem Rahmen wird der Präsident als letzte Amtshandlung die Amtskette der DOG an seinen Nachfolger übergeben.