IACLE Travel Awards

These annual awards enable IACLE members to travel to international contact lens meetings.

The 2018 IACLE Travel Awards are supported by all the sponsors of IACLE (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid).

The 2018 recipients are as follows:

FIACLE Martha Garcia, from Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá, Colombia, will travel to Academy 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA in November. ‘I don´t know how to express the happiness I feel, because participating in this meeting and receiving the award from you is such a blessing,’ said Martha. ‘Why? Because it will give me tools to be a better clinical professional, and a better teacher in contact lenses, the areas of knowledge that are my main passion in my professional life. Thanks a lot IACLE!’



Ahmed Sherry, from the Modern University for Business and Science in Beirut, Lebanon, will represent IACLE at the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators’ Annual Workshop in May/June 2018, also in San Antonio. He commented: ‘It is a great success for me, on a personal and professional level, to receive the IACLE Travel Award. Having the opportunity to attend the AOCLE workshop is a chance to improve my knowledge and skills in the field of contact lenses and meet people from all the optometry schools in North America.’



FIACLE Sabrina Lara from the Universidad Nacional Villa Maria in Córdoba, Argentina, will attend the FEDOPTO Congress in Barranquilla, Colombia in August 2018. ‘I participate actively in IACLE and its events, with the aim of encouraging our colleagues to be members. I am convinced IACLE has changed the way we teach due to its excellent educational methods, as well as the interaction with other educators and information from the media,’ says Sabrina. ‘I am proud to be part of IACLE. Thank you very much for this award.’



Click here to read more about this year’s winners

here to view previous recipients

2018 Award

Each recipient of the 2018 IACLE Travel Award will receive:

  • A bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting during 2018.
  • A certificate to mark the award, to be presented at the meeting attended.
  • Publicity relating to the award in IACLE communications and other media.

About The Awards

These awards are open to all IACLE Educator Members from any country with preference given to members who are active FIACLEs (Fellows of IACLE) or have attempted the IACLE Fellowship Exam.

What previous recipients say…

The 2016 IACLE Travel Award winner was Dr Eman Alzghoul from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, pictured at Academy 2016 with IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo.

‘The award has been the biggest opportunity I’ve had since I started teaching and practicing contact lenses. Thanks to this opportunity, my experience, knowledge and confidence increased incredibly,’ she said.

Read Eman’s full report here



Dr Lina María Rodríguez Cely from the Federación Colombiana de Optómetras, Colombia and Premjit Bhakat from the Department of Optometry, School of Allied Health Sciences at Manipal University, India represented IACLE at the 2017 AOCLE Annual Workshop at the University of Missouri – St Louis.

Click here to learn about their participation



The recipient of the first IACLE Travel Award, in 2013, was Kishor Sapkota from Nepal Eye Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, pictured with Professor Philip Morgan at the University of Manchester, at an IACLE Education Day prior to the 2013 British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition.

Click here to read Kishor's report of his experiences




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