2021 COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Call for Abstracts

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

Abstract submission is now closed

Thank you to those who submitted abstracts for their time and willingness to participate in this year’s program. Abstract review is underway and all decisions will be forwarded by e-mail to the primary author in early 2021.

Before submitting your abstract, please review the relevant abstract guidelines:

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is accepting abstracts for the following subspecialty sessions:

  • Cataract surgery*
  • Cornea, external disease & refractive surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Global and public health ophthalmology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ocular regenerative medicine
  • Oculoplastic & reconstructive surgery
  • Ophthalmic pathology*
  • Paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • Retina*
  • Uveitis
  • Vision rehabilitation


All abstracts must be submitted as a written abstract with information under five (5) main headings: Purpose, study design, methods, results and conclusions, regardless of presentation preference. You may select one of two preferred presentation formats at the time of submission:

· Paper: 7-minute oral presentation, unless an alternate duration is specified at the time of acceptance and invitation.

· ePoster: Electronic poster (ePoster) presentation (PDF or 3 – 5 slides describing your research). All accepted posters must be submitted digitally in advance of the meeting.

*Note the following exceptions for some topic areas:

  • Cataract: Paper presentations are 3 minutes; presentations should include 1 slide each for methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Retina: Paper presentations are 5 minutes.
  • Ophthalmic pathology: Case presentations are preferred for the Canadian Ophthalmic Pathology Society meeting. Submissions of pathology abstracts must be made by email to Dr. James Farmer.The deadline for submission in this category is more flexible, Society members and regular participants will receive a submission reminder e-mail in December. An abstract is not required, only a title needs to be provided.

We are moving forward to host the 2021 COS Annual Meeting & Exhibition in-person in Ottawa, however please note that should the meeting transition to virtual delivery, abstract presentation times and format may change.


For more information, please contact:
Colleen Drake
Coordinator, Continuing Professional Development
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Phone: 613-729-6779 ext 235 | Email: abstracts@cos-sco.ca