Tech Companies and the Eye – Convergence of Data Science and Ophthalmology – Keynote Lecture

Cornea specialist Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA, since 2015 in leading positions at the former Google unit Verily, is one of the most prominent advocates of AI applications for the human eye. His keynote lecture on Saturday will focus on innovative technologies that may facilitate increasingly effective and affordable ophthalmological care.

DOG 2019 – Ophthalmology: Our Field and its Future

It is my pleasure to invite you to the DOG 2019, the 117th congress of our society. The location will once again be Berlin, and it will take place from 26-29 September 2019. “Ophthalmology: Our Field and its Future” is the theme of the congress to be held in the Estrel Hotel in Berlin.

Highlights in Translational Science

This new format was designed to make translational research a focus of DOG 2019. In four sessions, researchers and clinicians debate current clinical problems, presenting mutually complementing perspectives.

DOG General Meeting

The DOG invites all members to join us for its general meeting on Friday, 27.9.2019, 18:15 – 19:30. The meeting agenda and other relevant documents will be mailed to all members in August. Admission to the conference venue will be free for DOG members wishing to attend the general meeting without a conference pass.

Keratoconus update: pathogenesis, diagnostics, therapy

Keratoconus is the most common ectatic corneal disease. Untreated, it can lead to massive visual impairment and even blindness. Causes, origination, and development of the disease are still widely unknown. A newly discovered biomarker may bring new insights into the pathogenesis of keratoconus. Prof. Dr. Jesper Hjortdal will present the latest findings.

Ophthalmology: Our Field and Its Future – an interview with DOG President Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen

The topic of this year’s DOG Conference is “Ophthalmology: Our Field and Its Future”. DOG President Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen talks about his reasons to choose this motto, innovative conference formats, and highlights to look forward to.

DOG International Experts Day

This new format offers participants an additional platform for active contributions. The interactive update format will feature leading experts from around the world who will present current developments in their areas. With cutting-edge insights and outstanding expertise, these sessions are a highlight for all DOG 2019 participants.

Opening Ceremony and President’s speech

After the welcoming address, a ceremony will be held to present the honorary membership and Theodor-Leber medal. This will be followed by the president’s speech and the guest lecture.

Charity concert: DOG in Concert

The concert is a traditional highlight of the DOG Congress and is performed each year by and for ophthalmologists. The evening’s performance will feature masterpieces from the classical music repertory.

Conference Venue of Sustainability

The DOG 2019 will take place at the Estrel Congress & Messe Center Berlin. The Estrel combines hotel and congress center and offers room for more than 1.000 guests in its adjoining hotel. With meeting, accommodation and exhibition under one roof, the DOG 2019 offers its participants proximity and comfort.

Retina Hot Topics

Retina research is on a roll: the first gene therapy for a congenital retina disease is on the market. New methods in medical imaging allow ever-deeper insights into the progress of AMD. International speakers will talk about the latest developments in diagnostics, therapy, and classification at this English-language symposium. 

Albrecht von Graefe Lecture: Visual acuity – subjectively and objectively determined

Vision tests, medical opinions and visual aid prescriptions are based on the concept of visual acuity. Yet test strategies and ophthalmological chart differ, so that visual acuity test results are often not completely comparable. In this year’s Albrecht von Graefe Lecture, Professor Dr. Michael Bach presents the new, objective test method he developed. 

Migration and Ophthalmolgy – DOG-Internationale Ophthalmologie

Migration is one of the key issues of our time. Tropical eye diseases who are likely to appear in our daily clinical routine due to migration are but one of the many aspects of migration related to the field of ophthalmology.

To inject or not to inject? – Antibiotics in Cataract Surgery – FEOph Symposium

The FEOph Symposium offers an insight into the ­different strategies and treatments, which are applied in Europe. Five junior speakers from different European countries will focus on question whether “to inject or not to inject” and present the current therapeutic approaches in their own countries.

Outstanding Experts, Current Topics – Keynote Lectures

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

Aurel-von-Szily Lecture – What determines visual acuity in uveitis patients?

The section DOG-Uveitis culminates each year in the Aurel von Szily Medal award ceremony and lecture. This year’s award winner Professor Dr. C. Stephen Foster will talk about risk factors and predictors for visual acuity loss in non-infectious uveitis.

DOG Travel Awards

All participants from Middle Eastern European and Eastern European countries are offered free access to the congress. Furthermore, the DOG awards the best 25 abstracts submitted from Middle Eastern European and Eastern European countries with travel awards of Euro 750 each.

DOG Forum digital

Digitization had become an integral part of daily routines in medicine. However, information on this complex and sensitive topic is in high demand. “Forum digital” at DOG 2019 serves as a platform for discussions of digital applications, privacy and data security, big data, and related issues.

Oskar Fehr Lecture – Ophthalmology through the Cornea: Lessons I have learned

For his groundbreaking work, Mark J. Mannis, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Sacramento, CA) will be honored with the Oskar Fehr Lecture. The renowned American ophthalmologist will demonstrate by way of examples how the cornea can serve as an important diagnostic tool for a range of diseases not limited to the field of ophthalmology.

Overview of sessions in English

With a total of 27 sessions, the English-language part of the congress covers a range of topics.

Award Ceremony 2019

Excellent research deserves to be recognized. In this awards session, the DOG honors outstanding contributions in ophthalmology and awards funding for promising new projects.

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. After arriving at 19:30, enjoy an aperitif in TIPI’s garden as you take in views of the government district.


At early night-time we invite you to join the DOG-Clubbing 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-Update – State of the Art

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

Children and Congress – Childcare

As in previous years, the DOG again offers professional childcare services for participants’ children throughout the duration of the congress. This year a fee of EUR 10 per day and per child applies.

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”. Register now online and secure yourself a T-shirt of the Stiftung Auge.