The 32nd International Pupil Colloquium will take place September 6th-9th, 2017 at the lakeside venue of the Mont Blanc Hotel in Morges, Switzerland.
Since the inaugural colloquium in 1961 , the primary goal of this meeting has been unchanged: to bring together scientists from a wide range of specialties for an open and friendly exchange of ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Keynote addresses have been a highlight of the colloquia as internationally-renowned specialists bring the wisdom of their experience with state-of-the-art advances in the domain of the pupil. In 2017, we are proud to announce that the Loewenfeld keynote speaker will be Prof. Sei-ichi Tsujimura from the Kagoshima University, Japan. Following the tremendously successful colloquium in Oxford in 2015, we invite you to join us for another stimulating and social event in Switzerland.
Morges is an ideal setting for the Pupil Colloquium. A typical yet vivid Swiss on the tranquil shores of the Leman Lake Leman, Morges is a gateway to the larger, more famous cities of Lausanne (Olympic Capital), Geneva (home of the United Nations and WHO) and Evian (yes, the water company). The door of the Mont Blanc Hotel welcomes its guest 20 steps away from the lake and provides a direct view of the French Alps which boasts one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Mont Blanc.
Switzerland has a history linked with the pupil. Otto Loewenstein, largely considered the pioneer of modern clinical pupillography (read Stan Thompson’s brilliant article), worked near Morges from 1933 to 1939. During these years, Irene Loewenfeld, physiologist and author of the largest reference book on pupillary anatomy and physiology (read the brilliant interview by Stan Thompson and Randy Kardon), and her family were living on the other side of Switzerland in Zurich before they met in New York and began their longterm collaboration of pupillary works. Zurich is, by the way, the home town of Johann Friederich Horner and where he described the oculo-sympathetic syndrome that holds his name. Otto Haab who succeeded Horner as professor of ophthalmology at Zurich is known for the Haab’s reflex or pupillary light reflex as well as the Haab scale to measure pupillary diameter. Another ophthalmologist better known for his fictional penmanship, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, chose a location between Morges and Zurich for the death scene of his famous character: Sherlock Holmes. Seventy-five years earlier, Mary Shelley’s pen gave birth to Frankenstein just fifty kilometers west of the Mont Blanc Hotel. As you can see, Switzerland is not just interested in the cheese with holes in it!