Joint congress takes a year’s leap forward: EAOO Helsinki2021

The field of optics, optometry, vision and eyecare in Finland has come together to look beyond the current coronavirus crisis and plan ahead with keeping the professionals of the field educated, updated and inspired by new happenings replacing the postponed EAOO Helsinki2020 congress and ECOO spring General Assembly meetings.‚Äč

The original EAOO Helsinki2020 event will now become EAOO Helsinki2021 and will take place in the Finnish capital on 23-25 April 2021, with ECOO meetings starting already on 22 April. The concept of the congress will be as similar as possible to our original plans for Helsinki2020. Naturally there will be changes in the details and programme, but the big picture will be what we have promised: a top-quality three-day congress including keynotes, various other lectures, poster presentations, workshops, discussion groups, and professional exhibitions. The programme is in English. The congress will be streamed online for those who can’t be present in Helsinki.

In addition to confirming the transfer of EAOO Helsinki to next year, NÄE has joined forces with the degree programme of optometry at Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the Finnish Contact Lens Association, both of whom also had to cancel their spring happenings due to the coronavirus epidemic. These three organisations together with the students of the degree programme of optometry at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, who are co-operating with the Contact Lens Association, will be arranging a national congress in Oulu, Finland, and online, from 26 to 27 September 2020. The two-day event will have content in Finnish and in English and will be streamed online in real time completely.

NÄE and EAOO are offering the delegates, sponsors and exhibitors the chance to hold on to their registration or other commitment until next year’s EAOO Helsinki2021 and thus gain free access to Oulu Optometria Forum. ECOO delegates who paid their registration fee for the ECOO meetings or the combined ticket, can also use their ticket for the new date in 2021.


Read the whole info and instructions for registered participants, speakers, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors here



Statement regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Last updated: 16 March 2020

The HELSINKI2020 conference (15–17 May) and ECOO Spring General Assembly (14–16 May) will not be held in Helsinki as planned.

We are currently in discussions with the venue and other partners to find ways to organize the event at a later date / online. We kindly ask you to bear with us a few more days.

In the meantime, if you have made accommodation arrangements, please check the hotel cancellation policy and take action in order to avoid further charges. Bookings in the partner hotels can be cancelled free of charge until the day before expected arrival. 

With regards to transport arrangements, we will communicate a new date for the event as soon as possible.

Registered participants will be informed about refunds separately.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Finnish government has today March 12th recommended that public events with more than 500 people should be cancelled until end of May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This ban also affects the EAOO Helsinki2020 event. We will inform more about this as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience!


The European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO), the Finnish Association of Vision and Eyecare (NÄE) and the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) are monitoring very closely the current situation related to the spread of the novel coronavirus and related conditions (COVID-19). We are regularly verifying the advice and recommendations issued by the relevant authorities in Finland and are in close contact with all partners including hotels, conference venue and exhibitors.

The safety and health of attendees, speakers and exhibitors is our number one priority.

At the moment, we are pursuing preparations for the annual conference HELSINKI2020 (15-17 May 2020) and the Spring General Assembly of ECOO (14-16 May 2020), to hold the meetings as planned. Should there be any changes to the current status, we will take into account any recommendations and implement all appropriate instructions accordingly. Please consult this website regularly for updates.

We also remind delegates of the possibility of registering to follow the keynote speeches and lectures at HELSINKI2020 via web-streaming.



Ana-Maria Nia,
Academy Manager


Meri Karppanen,


Fabienne Eckert,
Secretary General


Meet the sponsors of EAOO Helsinki2020

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+358 29 3000 900

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