Dear friends and colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 40th Annual Congress of the European Strabismological Association in Helsinki from 5th – 8th June 2019. We are meeting in June to benefit from the long hours of daylight during the beautiful Finnish summer. We will be holding our meeting in the famous Finlandia Hall, so you will have a chance to admire its iconic architecture by the world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto and its beautiful setting beside a sea inlet. We are also close to the famous Rock Church, which is a very beautiful modern church hewn out of solid rock on a hill within the city of Helsinki.

We have a first class scientific programme with speakers from across the world, including a Symposium on Nystagmus organised in response to feedback from members and one on Restrictive Strabismus organised by the International Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council. We will also have symposia on surgical techniques and surgical complications, our usual orthoptic symposium and our ever-popular event, “A Case I have Learnt from….”. Our popular pre-meeting workshops on Orthoptic Education and “What you always wanted to ask about strabismus …” are now a regular part of our programme and last, but by no means least, we invite you to submit abstracts of your own work which will form a major part of the programme.

Transport links to Helsinki are excellent, with direct flights from many European and several US airports as well as from Asia. There is a good range of hotels from which to choose accommodation. Do book early because Helsinki is a very popular destination in its short summer. I look forward to meeting you there to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

John Sloper


European Strabismological Association

Helsinki, the daughter of the Baltic welcomes you

to participate in the 40th Annual Congress of the European Strabismological Association.

Helsinki was founded in 1550 by a Swedish King Gustavus Vasa. Russia conquered Finland in 1809. The status of Helsinki was raised to capital of the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. The country became independent in 1917, and Helsinki assumed the demanding new role of the capital of the young republic. City planning was characterized by Classicism and Functionalism. Even today East and West meet in Helsinki both in culture and in lifestyle. In respect of our history we have two official languages, Finnish and Swedish.

In Helsinki you can discover beautiful buildings, interesting museums and beautiful green sceneries, parks and forests – it is a multicultural city with numerous sights to see and things to do. As Helsinki is essentially a peninsula, it is virtually surrounded by sea. Everywhere you turn there is water and, in turn, everywhere you turn on the sea, there is an island- one of nature´s marvelously exploited little paradoxes.

Finlandia Hall is the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Helsinki. It is centrally located in park-like surroundings. Its creative architecture by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto attracts visitors from all over the world. The Finlandia Hall has hosted many international summit meetings and, in early June 2019, this iconic building serves as the venue for ESA2019 jubilee meeting.

The local organizers sincerely welcome you to delight in the marvelous endless daylight of our summer, to participate in the meeting, to enjoy the high-standard scientific program and to feel at home with friends and colleagues from all over the world.

Laura Lindberg

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee