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The 9th World Glaucoma Congress® will be held from September 9th until September 12th of 2021 in Kyoto, Japan. This edition will be hosted by the Japan Glaucoma Society (JGS). WGC-2021 will provide symposiums, courses, workshops, wet labs, rapid fire sessions and poster walks covering topics from the basic science and genetics of glaucoma, to the latest developments in medical and surgical management of glaucoma.

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Program Highlights


An opportunity to learn from and exchange with renowned speakers and industry giants.


Attend cutting-edge Workshop sessions to fine-tune your practice.


Get a full overview of the top abstract submissions, as each author is given 3 minutes to summarize their findings.


Gain extensive resources and insight into your chosen subspecialty.


Gain hands-on experience in surgical techniques and systems.

Reasons to attend






Scientific Sessions

Networking  Opportunities

Get the latest glaucoma care updates and discuss current, innovation-driven patient outcomes through interactive sessions

Collaborate and network with over 2,500 professionals, representing +100 countries

Participate in the largest glaucoma wetlab sessions

Learn from a globally diverse faculty of influencers in glaucoma research and clinical practice

Engage across a variety of learning platforms, including scientific sessions, symposiums, courses, grand rounds, rapid fire presentations and surgical wetlabs

Exchange with over 50 exhibitors and organizations all represented under one roof

Discover the unmatched charms of Kyoto, Japan

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Countdown to the Congress

Throwback to WGC-2019

Important Dates

November 2, 2020

Abstracts submission open

February 1, 2021

Registration open

April 1, 2021

Abstract submission deadline

June 10, 2021

Early bird registration deadline

Explore Kyoto

Kyoto embodies 1,200 years of Japanese history and tradition as capital of Japan. 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines.

The friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for your congress to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship and more. Japan is renowned for its safety and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time.


Kyoto International Conference Centre (ICC Kyoto)
ICC Kyoto, Japan’s first purpose-built international conference centre, boasts a picturesque Japanese garden, eye-catching architectural design and ample lobby space for networking opportunities.

ICC Kyoto is located near the clear waters of Lake Takaragaike at the base of Mt. Hiei in the north of Kyoto, a quick 5 minutes’ walk from Kokusaikaikan Station on the green Karasuma subway line.

Travel Information

Japan is connected by an efficient transport network including the Shinkansen (bullet train) and domestic flights, allowing you to choose to land at any international gateway around the country.

The most popular route for getting to Kyoto is to fly into Tokyo Haneda airport (HND) and take a connecting flight to Osaka Itami (ITM). From ITM, Skygate Taxis, limousine bus or the famous Shinkansen are available to transport you from Osaka to Kyoto city.

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