Optometry Tomorrow 2020


23 – 24 February 2020 Add to calendar


Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate

Conference CET 16



Welcome to the UK's leading optometry event! 

If you are looking to gain your interactive CET points for the cycle, stay up-to-date with developments in your profession and get to grips with the latest clinical innovations and techniques, look no further than Optometry Tomorrow 2020. The conference takes place Sunday 23 - Monday 24 February at the Telford International Centre. 
  • In 2019, Optometry Tomorrow attracted nearly 700 UK optometrists, keen and enthusiastic to learn and engage.
  • 99% said they would consider attending Optometry Tomorrow in the future.

The conference programme will include, BV, foreign bodies, OCT workshops, glaucoma, gonioscopy and a therapeutics stream. The full programme will be announced in the Autumn. 

Click here for full terms and conditions. 

Two day member tickets from £170. Click here for full ticket information


New location! 

Telford International Conference centre is a modern, purpose built conference centre which will be an ideal space for Optometry Tomorrow. Click here to download information on Telford. 


There are over 550 bedrooms on site or within a minutes walk of the venue. There are 1000 bedrooms within a ten minute drive. The hotels are listed below in order of distance from the conference centre. Delegates need to book accommodation themselves please click on the links below for more information.

The College does not endorse any hotels. 

The International Hotel

Holiday Inn Telford Ironbridge

Travelodge Southwater 


Park Inn 

Premier Inn - Telford Central

Days Inn

Haughton Hall

Premier Inn - Telford North

The Whitehouse

Telford Q

Madeley Court 

Buckatree Hall

The Valley

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Driving and parking

The Telford International Centre is a hugely accessible event destination in the heart of the UK.
There are over 1500 free car parking spaces onsite, all within easy walking distance of the venue. 
We are encouraging delegates to park near Entrance 3 as this is where delegate registration will be. 
Here's how to find the venue:
Leave M6 at junction 12. Take A5 west for 1 mile to Gailey Island. Take first left on to A449. Travel 3 miles to M54/J2. Travel west on M54 to J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre.
Join M54 at M6/J10A. Travel west to M54/J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre. The venue is situated just over 2 miles from Junction 4.
Leave M6 Toll at junction T8. This equates to M6/J11. Go straight ahead into A460 (Wolverhampton Road) towards Wolverhampton. After 2.4 miles access M54/J1. Take the third exit off the roundabout onto M54 direction Telford. Travel west on M54 to J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre. The venue is situated just over 2 miles from Junction 4.
Driving times to Telford
Birmingham City Centre 45 minutes
Manchester City Centre 1 hour 30 minutes
Bristol City Centre 1 hour 45 minutes
Leeds City Centre 2 hours 15 minutes
London (M25) 2 hours 15 minutes

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Public transport

Telford Central station is located less than a mile from the Telford International Centre and is walkable in around 15 minutes. There is also a bus service from the train station the conference centre. Bus 4 goes from the station to the conference centre. The timetable can be viewed here.

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Restaurants and shopping centre

Next to the Telford International Centre there is a large shopping centre and a number of restaurants including Nando's, Pizza Express and Zizzi. For a full list of shops and some restaurants click here. Please note parking at the shopping centre is chargeable. 

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Networking reception

Make sure you don’t miss our conference networking reception, taking place on Sunday 23 February from 5.30-7pm at the Telford conference centre within the exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity for you to:
-    network and engage after the first day of the conference
-    talk about your highlights from the day
-    speak to exhibitors
-    gain app challenge points.

The networking reception will feature our ‘topic tables’ bringing together delegates interested in a range of topics. These informal discussions last 45 minutes and are facilitated by a College representative. Topic tables will be situated in the back of Hall 3 where it is quieter. There are no CET points available for these discussions.

Bookings will open when the topics are confirmed in the Autumn.

The reception is included in your ticket and drinks and nibbles will be provided. You will be able to mix with other delegates, presenters, exhibitors, College Council members and staff in a relaxed and informal environment.

In previous years we have held a Gala Dinner as part of the annual conference. The networking reception has been introduced to encourage a greater networking opportunity for delegates. We hope that the reception will offer further opportunities for peer conversations and discussions and proves another opportunity for engagement with conference sponsors and exhibitors. 


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Posters at Optometry Tomorrow

As part of Optometry Tomorrow’s commitment to demonstrating how today’s innovation and research leads to tomorrow’s practice, poster presentations will once again bring new developments on all sorts of topics straight to delegates.

Poster presentations provide a unique opportunity for you to talk one-on-one with the individual behind the work, as you can chat to the poster presenter and find out exactly what the work might mean for you.

Call for abstracts

Anyone is welcome to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at Optometry Tomorrow 2020.

Abstracts can cover research, clinical practice or other relevant initiatives in optometry, vision science and related fields. We are interested in anything relevant to optometrists, opticians, ophthalmologists, educationalists or those working in industries related to eye care.

The emphasis with all poster abstracts should be on what impact the content is likely to have on optometric practice.

Posters will be displayed throughout the proceedings and there will be a prize awarded to one of the poster presenters as part of the College’s Research Excellence Awards. Presenters will present their posters during the lunch and some coffee breaks, and during the Networking Reception on Sunday evening.

Abstracts should be submitted to researchteam@college-optometrists.org, and the deadline for submission is 5.00pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019. Please see abstract submission and guidelines for more information. 

Please note, poster presenters will need to pay to attend the conference, in addition to their own travel and accommodation. A two day member conference ticket includes one workshop, one peer discussion and access to all lectures, seminars and sponsor sessions (please note, non-members may only access lectures, seminars and sponsor sessions). Additional workshop tickets can be purchased at £30 each from December.

If you are not a member of the College and would like to join please call the College membership team on 020 7766 4392.

For all poster abstract submission queries please email researchteam@college-optometrists.org or call +44 (0)20 7766 4346.

If you have any questions regarding Optometry Tomorrow 2020, please contact us by email or on 020 7766 4377. Alternatively read our FAQs.

With thanks to our event sponsors: