A Bit About Us
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
ESIO has been founded by Ophthalmologists involved in International Ophthalmology. We see our role in offering a platform for networking, in exchanging information and being at the forefront of education. We can count on numerous experts and their knowledge in any area of International Ophthalmology.
Meet the Team
Officers of ESIO
PD Andréas Kreis, MD
President (ad interim)
Core Group Member
Ophthalmologist with special interest in trachoma surgery. Longterm experience in Timor Leste and Mali
Dr Tim Westland, MD
Core Group Member
Ophthalmogist. Longterm Experience in Ghana
Dr Martina Kropp, PhD
Core Group Member
Biologist and Research Expert
PD Markus Schulze-Schwering
Core Group Member
Ophthalmologist. Longterm Experience in Malawi and Tanzania
Director of IT
IT Expert with interest for meteorology
History, Founding Members & Special Advisors
The idea of a European Society for International Ophthalmology has been spinning around for a while. After several conferences all over Europe a core founding comitee met in 2019 and placed the first brick of this construct.
Ophthalmologists and Experts in International Ophthalmology:
Prof Nitin Verma, Prof Serge Resnikoff, Prof Martin Spitzer, PD Marcus Schulze-Schwering, PD Andréas Kreis
PD Dr Beat Stoll, MD
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Doctor, Visionary and Sine Qua Non
Article 1. Name
The Society shall be called the European Society for Inetrantional Ophthalmology (E.S.I.O.).
Article 2. Aims
The aims of this Society are to:
Advance education, research and the quality of clinical practice in the area of ophthalmology known as International Ophthalmology. This field comprises any facet of ophthalmology in emerging economies and low income settings.
Provide an opportunity for meeting of Members on a social basis.
These aims will be achieved by means of regular meetings, lectures, publications, web-site and any other way deemed appropriate by the Committee.
Article 3. Membership
3.1. The Members of the Society will be categorised as follows: Full member, Associate member, Honorary member and Trainee member.
Article 4. Officers
4.1. The Officers of E.S.I.O shall be the President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Meeting Secretary plus either the President Elect or the Past President. The terms of office of the President Elect and the Past President do not coincide.
Join Now: ESIO has 5 Memberships
Consultant Ophthalmologists with a significant involvement and interest in International Ophthalmology, who are committed to the practice, research and teaching in the field of International Ophthalmology; who have evidence of this through their clinical practice, research, publications, presentations and teaching, which satisfies the Membership Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee. Full membership is applicable to accredited Swiss, European and UK Ophthalmologists. Membership guidelines are available from the Secretary. Full Members have voting rights.
Accredited Ophthalmologists who are primarily based in countries outside Switzerland, the EU and the UK and whose main employment is outside Switzerland, the EU and the UK
experienced and professional Eye Care Specialists in the field of International Ophthalmology of any country. Associate Members have no voting rights.
Honour bestowed upon a retired longstanding ESIO member (minimum 10 years) or an allied professional who has provided significant support to the Society, or made a major contribution to the sub-specialty.
Benefits: no membership fee and no voting rights.
Potential candidates will be proposed by Executive Committee, circulated to members and presented for ratification at the AGM.
Honorary members pay for attending annual meetings.
Trainee ophthalmologists and eye care workers with a demonstrable commitment to International Ophthalmology. This type of membership will expire following substantive appointment, as Consultant Ophthalmologists and Professional Eye Care Workers are not eligible. No voting rights.
Special Interest Members
Anyone who does not fit the above Memebership criterias but has a special interest in International Ophthalmology.
Benefits: no voting rights and a reduced membership fee. Members pay for attending the meeting.
Sponsorship is required for membership. This should be from two existing Members of ESIO. In the absence of a sponsor, the applicant may be admitted after being contacted by two members nominated by the Executive Committee who shall determine the applicants bone fide status.
The annual subscription for members is TBC, payable by credit card, covering January to December, renewed each year on 1st January. It does not matter when your subscription payment is initially paid and setup, as it will be automatically renewed each year during January. (eg if you setup your first subscription payment in July 2013, that payment will cover the period from January 2013 to December 2013, and the next payment will be made in January 2014 to cover the period up to the end of december 2014).
Associate, Trainee and Special Interest Members pay a discounted subscription: TBC.
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Benefits of membership
Membership of a prestigious society
Discounted registration for the annual scientific meeting
Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and for committee member elections (Full Members only)
Eligibility for election to the Committee (Full Members only)
Access to Case discussion forum