IOA Thailand 2020 Logo The International Opticians Association is looking forward to welcoming members and supporters to Thailand in 2020 for its 33rd biennial summit. Join us for a week of education and informative debate about the world of optics. Combine visits to key optical facilities in Thailand with enjoyable days out, fantastic meals in the company of like minded people, and the chance to go to SILMO Bangkok

THEME: 2020 Vision: The role of the optician in ensuring quality vision for the world’s population

The Summit runs from 7-13 June 2020
Payment plans available

Updated programme More speakers still to be announced

DAY 1: Sunday 7th June 2020 Delegates arrive Millenium Hilton Hotel, Bangkok.

Free time to acclimatise and freshen up.

2pm Pre-conference board meeting for IOA Board members.

Evening programme hosted by ESSILOR:

3.45pm Welcome from IOA President Fiona Anderson.

4.00pm Presentation from local Thai Optometric Association by Mr Wiroj Suwarattanant.

4.20pm IOA Updates from IOA team.

5.15pm If we are all the same, why are we so different? It’s all in how we communicate! Stephen Caunter (ANZ).

5.50 pm Introduction of Olga Prenat from Essilor International, France (Platinum sponsors of the IOA meeting).

6.00pm Innovation in single vision correction - Olga Prenat

6.45pm New insights on presbyopia correction to meet the visual demands of the modern era. - Olga Prenat

7.30pm Questions/Discussion.

8pm Welcome dinner in hotel restaurant.

DAY 2: Monday June 8th 2020: Hosted by Hoya including Hoya visit

HOYA visit: Coach leaves hotel at 9am (tbc). Arrive at HOYA 10am.

10.15am IOA President’s welcome and thanks to HOYA. Maarten Brouwer welcomes delegates.

10.30am Tour of facilities.

12.15pm Presentation title tbc Dr Alireza Parandian (Materialise).

1.15pm Lunch.

2pm “I see you: why see me?” – Robert Dalton (OAC, Canada).

3pm. DIMS myopia lens and clinical trial - Maarten Brouwer (Hoya, Europe).

4pm Leave for hotel.

Dinner at Sala Rattanakosin.

DAY 3: Tuesday June 9th Hosted by Thai Optical Group including TOG visit

Thai Optical Group visit and presentation

Coach leaves hotel at 9am. Arrive at TOG 10am.

10.15 Welcome from TOG staff and presentation by TOG.

10.45 Visit facilities

12.15 Presentation from IOA partner/ platinum sponsor and TOG associate PPG, Title to be confirmed, Frederic Le Franc.

1.15pm Lunch

2pm Seeing well together – ocular harmony and the key to success - Dominique Barraud (CNOF) and Elaine Grisdale.

2.45 pm Keep customers coming back - Stephen Caunter (Australia and NZ Banking Group).

3.30 Leave for hotel.

Dinner Private dinner cruise – Sponsored by Silmo, including hand out of VIP badges to delegates and goody bags.

DAY 4: Wednesday June 10th - SILMO Bangkok

Trip to the SILMO Bangkok show 11am – 3pm.

Leave hotel at 10am.

SILMOAcademy by IOA will offer programme for local delegates at Silmo hosted by IOA members. IOA delegates are welcome to attend or to visit the show.

SILMOAcademy by IOA Programme to be announced.

Evening free.


DAY 5: Thursday June 11th : Activities day

Morning Discovery Bangkok (canal cruise, palace and temple visits).

Lunch Supatra River House.

Afternoon Free time to relax /shop/visit a spa/sight see.

Evening Team building dinner at the Blue Elephant Restaurant. Enjoy an interactive Thai cooking class cooking a communal Thai dinner.

DAY 6: Friday 12th June

Morning Official IOA Meetings, all delegates invited. Programme to be confirmed, including vote for VP, State of Nation address and host country for IOA 2022.

Buffet lunch in hotel.

Afternoon Extra time in afternoon for AOB. Free time from 3pm.

Evening Tuk tuk transfer to Vertigo restaurant, followed by pre-dinner drinks and Presidential handover in private room.

Celebratory four course dinner at Vertigo.

DAY 7 : Saturday 13th June – Farewell