Internal view of the Science Centre


The Department of Vision and Hearing Science will host the British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science 2018 on 3-4th September. Our venue will be the Anglia Ruskin University Science Building in Cambridge. The meeting provides a forum for young eye and vision researchers from across many disciplines and professions to meet and discuss their work.

Book your place at BCOVS18 - 3 & 4 September 2018


Final Schedule will be announced here.

Monday 3rd September

9.00am-5.00pm Presentations and Posters

Monday 6.30pm Punting Tour

Tuesday 4th September

9.00am-12.30pm Presentation and Posters

1.00pm Optometry Schools Council Meeting


Conference Schedule
Abstracts Booklet

Keynote Speaker - Professor Harold E. Bedell, University of Houston College of Optometry

Professor Harold E. Bedell
We welcome our Keynote Speaker Professor Harold Bedell PhD FAAO, from the University of Houston, USA.

A leading expert in the areas of visual resolution, spatial vision, eye movements and binocular vision, Harold Bedell graduated in 1978 from the University of Florida with a PhD in experimental psychology. Previously, he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Upon completion of his doctorate, he spent two years at the University of California Berkeley, School of Optometry, and conducted post-doctoral research on visual functioning in persons with amblyopia.

Prof Bedell’s research focuses primarily on the relationships between eye movements and visual perception, both during normal vision and in individuals whose eye-movement control is impaired.

Prof Bedell also currently holds the title of Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University where he has been involved in a successful and long-standing research collaboration with the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences. His talk will describe some of this research on contour interaction and crowding.


First Call for Abstracts via Twitter July 16th

Download the Abstract Submission form 

Once completed please email to

Abstract deadline: 15th August

Presenters will be notified by 24th August


BCOVS 2018 will be in the New Science Building at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus on East Road.

Anglia Ruskin University is located within walking distance of the railway and bus stations, and the historic part of the city.

Please note there is no parking available at ARU.

There are car parks available within the walking distance from ARU Campus. But if coming by car we suggest that you use the Park and Ride Facility.

Travelling to Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge

Staying in Cambridge


All within walking distance of ARU.

  • Travelodge Cambridge, Newmarket Road (more than one travel lodge so please book correct location)
  • Premier Inn, Cambridge City East (more than one Premier Inn so please book correct location)
  • Hotel Ibis Cambridge Central (next to railway station)
  • Gonville Hotel East Road
  • University Arms Cambridge Regents Street
  • Selection of bed and breakfasts can be found close to the railway station

Food and drink

There are simply too many pubs and restaurants to list here please check tripadvisor for suggestions

What to see and do

Delegates are invited on a guided punting tour along the River Cam on Monday evening.

Cambridge city centre guide 

Cambridge campus and city centre map 

Contact us

All enquiries to

You can also find recent updates and get in touch with us on our Twitter Feed @ARU_VHS

BCOVS 2019

University of Manchester logo

BCOVS 2019 will take place at The University of Manchester 11-12th September 2019. It will run in conjunction with ESLRR 2019 10th-12th September 2019: The biennial international multi-disciplinary low vision conference.

“From Innovation to Implementation” - organised for the European Society for Low-vision Research and Rehabilitation.