The Mission of ISER is to provide a unique international platform for discussion and exchange of ideas on contemporary topics in eye and vision research among its members and the broader eye/vision research community.
ISER supports this mission by holding scientific meetings at venues throughout the world, through its journal, Experimental Eye Research, and by focusing resources on the development and support of young investigators, especially those working in the research programs of ISER members.
On the 18th of December 1968, fourteen scientists from the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland met in Oxford, England to discuss the merits of establishing an international organization to support eye research. It was agreed that there was a need for such an organization, because those scientists interested in studying the eye were scattered over many scientific disciplines in many countries, and such a Society would bring them together periodically from all over the world. It was emphasized that the future generation of scientists should be invited to the meetings organized by the Society, and helped financially to participate. The Society would strive to offer opportunities to young scientists to see and hear, and to be seen and heard. Among the objectives were: coordination of various channels of research communication; establishment of an international information center and clearing house for financial, organizational and operational aspects of eye research; stimulation and promotion of international research cooperation; assistance and cooperation with local, national and regional eye research organizations when needed.
Probably the most interesting proposition was the idea that such a new international organization should help scientists worldwide in the planning and coordination of research activities. Participants also expressed the opinion that the journal, "Experimental Eye Research", should become the official publication of the new Society.
The 14 scientists who started this organization many years ago are:
|Great Britain:||Antoinette Pirie, Hugh Davson, E.S. Perkins, Gloster, Ruth Van Heyningen|
|The Netherlands:||Hans Bloemendal, S. Bonting|
|United States:||Endre Balazs, W.J. Manski, Jin H. Kinoshita|
Antoinette Pirie was elected by the group as Pro Tem Chairperson, Endre Balazs as Pro Tem General Secretary, and Hugh Davson as Pro Tem Treasurer. The Committee then adjourned to meet again the following Spring in New York.
At the New York meeting, our international organization was officially established with a 50-member Board of Directors. This Board, in addition to the 14 founding members, included scientists from Australia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States.
Over three decades ago, we created a new vehicle for international communication by organizing symposia and congresses and by supporting Experimental Eye Research, the official journal of the Society. Today the organization is comprised of vision research scientists from more than 34 countries. It holds a biennial International Congress of Eye Research, has chapters in China, Japan, Israel, and Russia, and provides opportunities for young scientists and supports eye and vision research.
Fourteen scientists from seven countries met in Oxford, England, and formed a committee to explore the possibility of establishing an international organization to support eye and vision research.
At a meeting held in New York, the International Committee for Eye Research was established with a membership of 50.
The International Committee for Eye Research met in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
The Japanese Chapter of the International Committee for Eye Research was organized.
The International Society for Eye Research was incorporated in the State of Delaware, USA.
The first International Congress of Eye Research was held in Capri, Italy. The International Committee for Eye Research was dissolved and its former members became the Board of Directors of the International Society. Subcommittees for drafting the Bylaws and designing rules for membership were established.
The Bylaws of the International Society were discussed and finalized.
Bylaws were adopted at the meeting of the Board of Directors and new officers were elected. The Society was opened to receive membership applications. An annual fee for membership was collected for the first time in 1980.
Experimental Eye Research was adopted at the Congress in Alicante as the Journal of the Society. Established the Endre A. Balazs Prize and the Ludwig von Sallmann Prize.
The Paul A. Kayser International Award in Retina Research was established.
The Office of the ISER Secretariat was established
New Membership categories were established; Family and Student
The Ernst H. Bárány Prize was established and the China Chapter of ISER was approved.
The Janet L. Denlinger Award for Distinguished Service to ISER was established and Dr. Christine M. McGahan was the inaugural recipient.
Meeting Dates and Locations
The International Committee for Eye Research and the International Society for Eye Research have sponsored the following meetings:
|1971||Symposium on Lens, Utrecht, The Netherlands|
|1972||Symposia on Lens and Aging and Transport Processes in the Eye, Charleston, SC, USA|
|1974||First International Congress of Eye Research Capri, Italy|
Organizers: Mario deVincentis, G. Auricchio, M. Testa
|1975||Symposium on the Pigment Epithelium, (Proceedings of the National Eye Institute) Bethesda, MD, USA|
|1976||Seminar on Selected Topics of Eye Research, (Italo-American Cooperative Program), Capri, Italy|
|1976||Second International Congress of Eye Research, Jerusalem, Israel|
Organizer: Shabtay Dikstein
|1978||Third International Congress of Eye Research, Osaka, Japan|
Organizer: T. Mizukawa
|1980||Fourth International Congress of Eye Research, New York, NY, USA|
Organizer: Endre Balazs
|1982||Fifth International Congress of Eye Research, Veldhoven, The Netherlands |
Organizer: S. Bonting
|1984||Sixth International Congress of Eye Research, Alicante, Spain|
Organizer: Carlos Belmonte
|1986||Seventh International Congress of Eye Research, Nagoya, Japan|
Organizer: Shuzo Iwata
|1988||Eighth International Congress of Eye Research, San Francisco, CA, USA |
Organizer: David Maurice
|1990||Ninth International Congress of Eye Research, Helsinki, Finland|
Organizer: Arto Palkama
|1992||Tenth International Congress of Eye Research, Stresa, Italy|
Organizer: Antonio Secchi
|1994||Eleventh International Congress of Eye Research, New Delhi, India|
Organizer: P.K. Khosla
|1996||Twelfth International Congress of Eye Research, Yokohama, Japan|
Organizer: Kanjiro Masuda
|1998||Thirteenth International Congress of Eye Research Paris, France|
Organizer: Yves Pouliquen
|2000||Fourteenth International Congress of Eye Research, Santa Fe, NM, USA|
Organizers: Nicholas Delamere, Michael Riley
|2002||Fifteenth International Congress of Eye Research, Geneva, Switzerland|
Organizer: Saul Merin
|2004||Sixteenth International Congress of Eye Research, Sydney, Australia|
Organizer: John McAvoy
|2006||Seventeenth International Congress of Eye Research, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Organizer: Oscar Candia
|2008||Eighteenth International Congress of Eye Research, Beijing, China|
Organizers: Marjorie Lou and Junwen Zeng
|2010||Nineteenth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, Montreal, Canada|
Organizers: John Penn and Martin Steinbach
|2012||Twentieth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, Berlin, Germany|
Organizers: Olaf Strauss, Ernst Tamm
|2014||Twenty-First Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, San Francisco, CA, USA|
Organizers: Suraj P. Bhat, David Williams
Twenty-Second Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, Tokyo, Japan
Organizers: Takeshi Iwata, Takahisa Furukawa