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Search On for 2017 IACLE Award Winners

Contact lens educators have until 31 January to be in with a chance to become the International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ (IACLE) Contact Lens Educator of the Year. Three award winners will travel to the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) anniversary event in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 9–11 June.

The awards recognise and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide, and are sponsored by CooperVision and supported by the BCLA.

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:
• Asia Pacific
• Europe / Africa – Middle East
• Americas

The winners will each receive:
• A bursary of up to AU$4,000 towards the cost of attending the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition.
• Permission to use the title 2017 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.
• A certificate to mark the award, to be presented at the conference.
• Publicity relating to the award in IACLE communications and other media.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members from any country, with preference given to members who are active FIACLEs (Fellows of IACLE) or have attempted the IACLE Fellowship Exam. The awards will recognise work by those who are established contact lens teachers. Equally, the award may be given in recognition of a useful educational contribution by an Associate Member, actively involved in IACLE and in contact lens education.

The IACLE Travel Award, offered for the first time in 2013, is a travel bursary for an IACLE Educator Member starting out on his / her career who would not otherwise be able to attend a major international conference. The IACLE Travel Award is sponsored by IACLE and supported by the BCLA. The winner will receive a bursary of up to AU$4,000 towards the cost of attending BCLA 2017, where the award will be presented.
Speaking of the award 2016 IACLE Travel Award winner, Eman Alzghoul, who lectures in contact lenses at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, said: “The award has been the biggest opportunity I’ve had since I started teaching and practicing contact lenses. Thanks to this opportunity, my experience, knowledge and confidence increased incredibly”.

IACLE President Dr. Shehzad Naroo urged all IACLE members to consider entering this year’s awards. “We’re delighted that our 2017 award winners will be invited to attend the BCLA conference in Liverpool. We are grateful to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards and to the BCLA for supporting the Travel Award. Remember you can be nominated by a colleague or self-nominate.”

The deadline for entries for the 2017 awards is midnight on Tuesday 31 January 2017. Entries should be submitted by email to IACLE Director of Operations Bonnie Boshart at [email protected] using the application forms to be found at www.iacle.org (Awards).