XVIIIth International Symposium
on Retinal Degeneration


September 03-08, 2018
Killarney, Ireland

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May 18, 2018
Travel Award Applications due

June 29, 2018
Online Hotel Registration due

June 29, 2018
Online Meeting Registration due to receive discounted rate

June 29, 2018
Online Abstract Submission due

Sept. 03-08, 2018
The XVIIIth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration Meeting

Sept. 03, 2018
Monday Arrival and Welcome Reception & Dinner

Sept. 08, 2018
Saturday Morning Departure

Sept. 09-12, 2018
ISER XXIIIth Biennial Meeting.
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Be sure to register in time.

RD2018 excursion options.

There are TWO options for our traditional full-day excursion on Thursday for all attendees and accompanying persons. You will use the RDmeeting registration site to make your choice during the meeting registration process. Please do not use the informational links below in option 1 or 2, to signup for an excursion. The hotel will provide box lunches for both excursions.

Option 1- Boat Trip
An open boat trip through the Lakes and rivers of Killarney together with a jaunting car (horse-drawn carriage) trip through the Gap of Dunloe. (Click on this link to read more about this trip.)
The Lakes of Killarney are a scenic attraction located in Killarney National Park. The lakes sit in a low valley and are surrounded by the slopes of the rugged Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, which include Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil. The lakes are dotted with small forested islands which hold the remains of various ruins.

The Gap of Dunloe is a popular mountain pass tourist attraction with spectacular views. Since the road is narrow and winding, the best way to reach the pass is by jaunting car, a horse-drawn trap where up to four occupants sit facing each other. Trips to the Gap of Dunloe will stop by Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a traditional Irish establishment.
In the event of rain showers, people are advised to bring waterproof clothing.
Maximum number of participants: 168, first come-first served.

Option 2 - Coach Tour
A coach tour around the stunning “Ring of Kerry” (Click on this link for a description of the tour).

Located on Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” this 179km circuit of the Iveragh (pronounced eev-raa) Peninsula winds past pristine beaches, medieval ruins, mountains and loughs, with ever-changing views of the island-dotted Atlantic, particularly between Waterville and Caherdaniel in the peninsula's spectacular southwest. The Ring is a popular tourist route in the County of Kerry with a large number of attractive points to visit and spectacular views along the road. At certain points along the route the Skelligs Rocks are visible 12 Km out in the Atlantic. The Rocks, a Unesco World Heritage Site with a monastic settlement founded in the 12th Century, are well-known, having been featured in scenes from recent Star Wars movies.

Excursions for Accompanying Persons

Killarney is a lovely little town in a very touristic area of Ireland. Days can be spent outside experiencing nature by exploring the wonderful surroundings, or by visiting the many historic sites that take you back to centuries bygone. Should the Irish weather call for a day inside, Killarney offers plenty of shops to browse, places to visit, pubs to sit down, relax and taste local food and drinks, and lots more….

More information about excursions, day trips, things to do and see for accompanying persons can be found using these links:



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