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Membership Categories

Categories. There shall be six categories of members, which shall be designated collectively as Members. These categories are Full, Family, Young Investigator, Sustaining, Emeritus and Honorary.

Full Members shall be investigators who are actively engaged in eye or vision research or other fields related to eye or visual system tissues and are 7 years or more past their terminal degree.

Family Members shall be a Full Member and his/her spouse. Both Family Members will be considered "Full Members" and shall be investigators who are actively engaged in eye or vision research or other fields related to eye or visual system tissues.

Young Investigators Young Investigators shall be predoctoral or postdoctoral (PhD/MD/OD/DVM/DO)/ equivalent students, clinical residents, or clinical fellows engaged in vision/eye research for no longer than 7 years since their terminal degree.

Sustaining Members shall be persons, organizations, societies, corporations or agencies who provide financial support of the society.

Emeritus Members Emeritus Members shall be Full Members who have 10 years cumulative ISER membership, who have reached the age of 65, whose academic appointment is no more than 50%, and who have requested a change to Emeritus Membership in writing.

Honorary Members Honorary Members shall be persons who have made exceptional scientific contributions to eye or vision research or other fields related to eye or visual system tissues. The Membership Committee will solicit nominations one year prior to the ISER meeting. The Committee will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Council for action.

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International Society of Eye Research (ISER)
Benefits of Membership
Full and Family Membership Categories

  • Affordable dues that allow you to choose the option that best meets your needs
    • Option 1: Dues including a journal subscription
    • Option 2: Dues without a journal subscription
  • Reduced subscription rate for journal - Experimental Eye Research (for most member categories) - Over $200 in savings to ISER Members
    • The journal's impact factor is 2.538 for 2009. The cumulative 5-Year impact factor is 2.832.
  • Free color in the print version of Experimental Eye Research for all 'dues paid' members (just one per research team needed)
  • Free online color reproduction for all submissions, with no page charges
  • Choice between online or print subscription formats
  • Publishing opportunities
  • Research Prizes - 4 different awards are awarded every two years
  • Substantially reduced registration fees for international Biennial Meeting
  • Small, intimate biennial meetings that allow opportunities for:
    • One-on-one exchanges with international colleagues
    • Interesting meeting sites
    • Smaller poster sessions that draw people due to flexibility with formatting and scheduling
    • Oral presentation of research in symposia
  • Website for Organizational Updates - www.iser.org
  • Leadership growth potential
  • Networking opportunities
Membership Application (Adobe® Acrobat / PDF format)

International Society of Eye Research (ISER)
Benefits of Membership
Young Investigator Membership Category

  • Affordable dues
  • Member Subscription Rates for Journal - Experimental Eye Research
    • Over $200 in savings for ISER Members
    • Choice between online or print subscription formats.
  • Website for Organizational Updates - www.iser.org
  • Young Investigator Prize Eligibility - $1,000, travel expenses to attend a Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research
  • Travel Fellowship Eligibility to attend an ISER Biennial Meeting
    • Small, intimate biennial meetings with more opportunities to:
      • Meet and interact with senior scientists
      • 'Stand out' by presenting in a forum for Young Investigators
      • Selection for oral presentations
    • Also,
      • Interesting meeting sites
      • Smaller poster sessions that draw people because of flexibility with formatting and scheduling
      • One-on-one exchanges with international colleagues
      • Travel opportunity to foreign lands
  • Leadership growth potential
  • Networking opportunities

ISER Eye2Eye Listserv

ISER's Eye2Eye Discussion Forum is an open forum where ISER members can ask a question, request feedback, and discover new resources! Find out how others are resolving challenging issues, contribute to your colleagues' body of knowledge, and expand your own knowledge through shared experiences and ideas.

Some examples of listserv uses may be:

  • Request feedback on refining a research hypothesis
  • Troubleshooting experiments/techniques
  • Sharing research resources (animal models, constructs, and antibodies, etc.)
  • Acquiring opinions from eye researchers outside your expertise on hypotheses/approaches/methodologies
  • Announcing career opportunities and meetings of possible interest
  • Funding and grant opportunities that are relevant to the vision community
  • Identify future collaborators

All members must adhere to ISER's Eye2Eye Listserv Guidelines. You may view the guidelines here.


The International Society For Eye Research By-Laws are available as an Adobe® PDF document.

ISER membership dues payments are non-refundable.