Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD)


September 8th, 2023

The Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) is a one-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 35th annual BAVRD!

2023 Program

To see the online program for BAVRD 2023, including the schedule and more information about the speakers, click the button below.


Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Felice Dunn, PhD
UCSF Department of Ophthalmology

The Dunn lab aims to advance understanding of retinal synaptogenesis and signal pathway regulation that could enable future therapies directed against loss of primary sensory neurons.

Additional Speakers
Paul Chamberlain (Cooper Vision)
Dr. Matilda Chan (UCSF)
Dr. E.J. Chichilnisky (Stanford University)
Dr. David Feldheim (UCSC)
Dr. Yvette Fisher (UC Berkeley)
Dr. Leland Stone (NASA)


BAVRD is FREE! This year's Bay Area Vision Research Day will be in-person at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus.

Deadline: September 1st, 2023

Lightning Talks & Posters

Lightning talks are 5 minutes long, followed by a few minutes of questions from the audience. Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to showcase their work in an afternoon poster session following the main talks. In addition, six abstracts will be selected for virtual lightning talks during the event. All applicants are expected to be able to attend on the day of the event in person on the Berkeley campus.

Posters are expected to be 34 inches x 53 inches in landscape format. Tape will be provided onsite. At least one author is expected to present the poster during the session. Use large fonts, and minimal text. Text on posters should be comfortable to read at 5 feet away.

Deadline: August 16th, 2023
Submit an Abstract

Information for Presenters

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, we are striving to maximize communication across disciplines. To do this, we need your help. We ask that you try to minimize the amount of jargon and mathematics that could be potentially confusing to individuals outside your discipline, and provide clear and intuitive explanations for concepts.


This year's Bay Area Vision Research Day will be in-person at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus.

Address 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720

Where to Park
Where to Enter I-House