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Welcome to the

Venice Ophthalmology Summer School


Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center, Venice (Italy)

7 - 13 July 2019


The Venice Ophthalmology Summer School will be held in Venice, from 7th to 13th, July, 2019.

As the past editions, held in 2013, 2014 , 2015 , 2017 and 2018 this School confirms to be a great opportunity for young Specialists in Ophthalmology  and Faculty members to meet together, to exchange hypothesis, theories and experience, and learn the importance of the direct contact, in an unsual and stimulating location.

The harmonization of education in Ophthalmology needs direct daily contact among trainees, at least for a period of time, to share their previous experiences and to create a network for the future cultural project. The Venice Ophthalmology Summer School offers such an experience and new opportunities to young and motivated ophthalmologists.


Prof. Edoardo Midena

VOSS Organizer





The aim of the Venice Ophthalmology Summer School (VOSS) is to allow very young Specialists in Ophthalmology (they need to have completed their residency programme) to be actively involved in a full immersion course on advanced basic and clinical topics in Ophthalmology, with special attention to retina, choroid, uveitis and ocular oncology (from bench to bedside). Besides Keynote Lectures, attendees will have the possibility of a continuous dialogue with Faculty members; they are also encouraged to present their personal experience which will be discussed in plenary sessions and they will actively participate in the presentations given by the Faculty.


The participants must be young specialists in Ophthalmology mainly coming from European countries. They will be accurately selected through an international call. The Faculty Members are well known leaders in Ophthalmology, involved in basic research and/or clinical ophthalmology, with a special ability in teaching.


The philosophy of the VOSS is that this School is free of charge for the selected participants. All accepted participants agree to attend VOSS 2019 from Sunday July 7th to Saturday July 13th, attending ALL scientific sessions (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Each participant shares his accommodation in a double room setting. No exceptions to these rules (if you are not sure to be able to follow these rules, please do not apply)! On Sunday, July 7th, session begins at 5:00 pm and all accepted participants need to be on time.


The VOSS language is English. The venue is inside the city of Venice, not only one of the most worldwide known cities, but historically (and currently) one of the most multiethnic and multicultural cities in the world. A place where languages, cultures and religions meet since more than 1000 years.


Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center

In 2019 the Venice Ophthalmology Summer School will take place in the atmosphere of a more historical Venice, in a prestigious location currently known as "Don Orione Artigianelli Center”, next to the Accademia Bridge and the Gallerie dell'Accademia, with direct overview on Giudecca Canal (the Zattere quayside).

In fact, the present name refers only to the history closest to us, from the early twentieth century.

But the monumental complex, as always in Venice, has much more ancient origins and, as often happens, religious ones. A religious order called the Gesuati, (because often repeating the name of Jesus) dedicated to the care of the sick and religious preaching, is present in Venice since the middle of 1400 and they promoted the building of the little church of St. Mary of the Visitation (1494, firstly church, then the library of the largest and neighboring Dominican church of Santa Maria dei Gesuati and now privately owned) with the adjoining convent. The church is the first example of Renaissance building in Venice.

In 1669, the convent and church were purchased by the Dominican order, a major order of Friars Preachers, who erected the new church of "Santa Maria del Rosario" (or Gesuati, 1724-1736) and began the extension of the monastery, as we see it today, under the direction of the architect Giorgio Massari. A clear and prestigious example of Baroque art in Venice.

The church of Santa Maria dei Gesuati welcomes works by the greatest Venetian artists of the eighteenth century, as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.

From 1815 to 1867, after the suppression of all religious orders ordered by Napoleon Bonaparte, the building was managed by the Municipality of Venice as an orphanage.

Nel 1923, Father Luigi Orione (later Saint Luigi Orione), founder of the "Little Work of Divine Providence" dedicated from the beginning to the care and education of the poor,  bought the church and the whole area and dedicated it to the education of young orphans to different craft specialties (hence the name “artigianelli”).

In the 80s of the twentieth century the Don Orione order ceased the education of orphans, and the building was used as a boarding school for young university students. Since the beginning of the XXI century, the center is a hospitality and cultural building in the center of the monumental Venice.

CLASS 2019

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