Welcome Address by the DOG President
it gives me great pleasure to extend on behalf of the German Society of Ophthalmology a warm welcome to all the delegates to our 105th annual congress.
This year our society, the world’s most ancient medical scientific
society, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its foundation
by Albrecht von Graefe. It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to
Furthermore, an accompanying exposition, organised by the Berlin
Medical Historical Museum, is taking place in the congress foyer
showing original documents and objects from the society’s initial
The theme of this 105th DOG Congress is:
eloquently demonstrates that not only do we wish to draw
the attention to history but precisely on this jubilee congress we
want to discuss therapeutic options in ophthalmology. At this point,
I would like to thank all lecturers and speakers as well as all the
organisers of symposia and wetlabs for putting forward the innovative
aspects of ophthalmology in this year’s congress programme.
Top of page
The offered symposia, especially those of the specialist organisations
and the DOG sections, guarantee the presentation of
ophthalmology on a very high scientific level and will also include
the discussion of controversial themes.The extended course and
wetlab programme permits the acquisition and deepening of
diagnostic knowledge as well as surgical skills. A further highlight
The first and utmost interest of the DOG is the promotion of
science and research in ophthalmology. It is with this scope that at
this year’s congress, as in previous years indeed, the DOG will
grant numerous awards and fundings. In addition, the congress
programme itself shows that the DOG can be considered as a
platform for highest-level science and research in ophthalmology.
Nevertheless, long-term scientific commitment highly depends on
the professional perspectives offered to the young scientists in the
field of ophthalmology. The “Professional perspectives for young
scientists in ophthalmology” will thus be the topic of the scientific
In our days, the prevention of avoidable blindness – not only in scientific circles but also and especially in the population – is accepted and considered as being a global as well as social task. This year’s DOG congress meets this task in a special manner: For the first time an African-German Symposium has been organised during the congress. International speakers will discuss the current state of theWHO initiative Vision 2020 and the results and perspectives – including the German activities – will be presented.
The DOG congress was and will be a platform for intense and direct scientific exchange and discussion in all field and subspecialties of ophthalmology. The congress location, the Estrel hotel in Berlin, offers a perfect frame for this congress. As in last year, most participants will have the opportunity to meet and stay in the same hotel in close proximity to the many attractions of Berlin.
Dear colleagues, I wish you an excellent stay at our congress. I hope that you will return home with excellent scientific and personal memories of this anniversary.
Prof. Dr. Gernot I. W. Duncker