Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD)


September 24-25, 2020

The Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) is a two-day research conference devoted to bringing the vision research community of the Bay Area together in order to present and to discuss new and exciting findings in the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, biology, neuroscience, visual psychophysics, and computer vision. What distinguishes BAVRD from other conferences is that it is primarily organized and run by graduate students from the Vision Science Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley. This year marks the 32st annual BAVRD.


Registration will open soon. Please check back later.


This year's Bay Area Vision Research Day will be a two-day virtual event. Instructions and technology requirements will be posted soon.

Poster Presentations

Every year the Bay Area Vision Research Day holds a poster session where we encourage researchers throughout the Bay to present novel data, or unpublished data recently presented related to the study of Vision. The deadline for poster submission is August 31st.

Poster Submission

Speakers and Abstracts

We are in the process of adding abstracts now. Check back soon for the full list of speakers and abstracts after June 29th, 2020.


9:00-9:10Opening Remarks
9:10-9:45Marla Feller: Neural Development
9:45-10:20Kalanit Grill-Spector
10:20-10:40Thuy Doan: Cornea
10:40-11:00Matilda Chan
11:00-11:30Coffee Break
11:30-12:05Gordon Wetzstein: Improving Technologies
12:05-12:40Nicolas Davidenko
12:40-1:00Christy Sheehy
2:00-2:20Post Doc Talk #1
2:20-2:40Post Doc Talk #2
2:40-3:00Post Doc Talk #3
3:00-3:20Post Doc Talk #4
3:20-3:55Justin Gardner: Visual Perception
3:55-4:15Speaker 9: TBA
4:15-4:45Keynote Speaker: TBA


Parking will be limited on campus.We do not offer parking passes for general BAVRD registrants. We strongly encourage people to use public transportation, or ride share options such as Uber and Lyft, to our conference which will be held at UC Berkeley’s International House. There will be limited first-come first-serve parking spots available at the Maxwell Parking Garage (also known as Stadium Parking Garage) near the International House. These parking spots must be paid for by the hour. Please reference UC Berkeley’s resources on parking for more information.


We'd like to thank the following sponsors for their support.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at