Scottish Optical Conference

Sunday 22nd November | Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Topcon are Platinum Sponsors

SOC goes virtual with Professor Nicholas Rumney present on Topcon's Harmony (Time TBC)

There will be a 15min Q&A session at the end facilitated by Mrs Caroline Christie.



We are hoping that SOC will now take place in April 2021.

 Reasons to Attend

  • Largest 1-day Event in the UK (over 250+ visitors, with 48 exhibition stands)
  • 6 hrs of dedicated exhibition time, provided by innovative split track lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Simple table-top set-up, avoiding expensive stand build costs
  • Interactive CET; Lectures, Skills & Discussion Workshops + Peer Discussion
  • 3 Tracks offering choice of 44 CET points for OO, IP, CLO + DOs
  • Extensive range of topics delivered by international speakers and industry experts
  • Supported by key stakeholders, ABDO (Scotland), BCLA, GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University), NHS National Education Scotland and Optometry Scotland
  • Socialise & Network at FREE Sat night, Drinks Reception
  • Award winning venue offering preferential room rates & excellent transport links

SOC2019 was attended by 245 delegates, 74% from Scotland & Northern Ireland, 22% from England & Wales, and 4% from Europe. Across the 3 Tracks - 77% were optometrists / independant prescribers, 16% dispensing opticians, and 7% contact lens opticians.

As in previous years vast majority 75% of delegates were from Independant Sector, in addition to a good representation from academic and hospital practice.

Innovative programming allows for an amazing 6 hours of dedicated exhibition time from morning registration, through mid-morning / afternoon refreshment breaks but most significantly split track lunch breaks of 2½ hrs avoiding the classic long lunch queues thus allowing delegates time to visit the exhibition, to browse and then returning to buy or arrange practice based appointments with exhibitors.

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Joint Course Organisers, Dr Scott Mackie (previously Eyecare 3000) & Mrs Caroline Christie (previously Optometric Educators) have a pedigree for running successful events and are well known in the industry. They have and will continue to work in conjunction with other stakeholders: National Education for Scotland (NES), Optometry Scotland (OS), Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University). Using their combined collection of contacts SOC aims to be an overwhelming winner for practitioners and industry alike and to become an annual fixture in the CET calendar.