Meeting FAQ

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Annual Meeting General

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Florida, May 17 – 22, 2024.
No, but members receive a discounted rate.
No, you must wear a badge to get into all meeting events. You may go to the Registration Desk for a replacement badge.
If you require a letter of invitation, please send your request to VSS.

The meeting registration includes an Opening Night Reception on Friday evening, which features a full buffet dinner, as well as a Demo Night Dinner on Monday evening. There will also be continental breakfasts, mid-morning coffee breaks, and afternoon coffee breaks with a light snack (popcorn, granola bar, etc.) for attendees.

Yes, VSS provides free wired and wireless internet access in the VSS Social Lounge. A limited number of laptop computers will also be available for those who did not bring their own computers. Free wireless internet access is provided in the meeting space, lobby and restaurant areas of the hotel.

The TradeWinds is a family-friendly hotel, and we hope that you will want to bring your family with you. The VSS guest policy is as follows:

Scientific Program: Guests are allowed complimentary entry into one VSS session (for the purposes of seeing the poster or talk of the person they are a guest of). For a guest pass to a scientific session, please inquire at the VSS Registration Desk onsite.

Social & Food Events: A VSS Friends and Family Pass can be purchased at the VSS Registration Desk. This pass will allow your family and friends to attend the Opening Night Reception, all coffee & snack breaks, and the daily continental breakfast. Passes are $120.00 for each adult guest (maximum of two adult guests per VSS attendee) and $40.00 for children ages 6 through 12. Children under the age of 6 are free. Passes are required for entrance to all social events and meals.

Note: The VSS Family & Friends Social Pass does not cover entrance to the scientific sessions. For a guest pass to a scientific session, please inquire at the VSS Registration Desk onsite.

Abstract Submissions

The deadline for submitting your abstract is December 5, 2023, latest time zone on earth.
Yes, you must be a current member in good standing. Please see Membership. You may become a member at the same time that you submit your abstract. If you try to submit and you are not a member, you will be directed to the membership application.
No, only the first author must be a current member in good standing. Please see Membership.
Each individual may submit one abstract and may be the first author on only one abstract.
There is no longer a separate charge for submitting an abstract; the abstract submission is now rolled into the membership fee. This portion of the membership fee ($40) covers the administrative costs involved in receiving and reviewing the abstracts and the online abstract submission system. It also helps to cover the publishing of the abstracts in the Journal of Vision. Membership fees are not refundable.

Meeting Registration

Online registration opens on December 13, 2023 and is available through April 20, 2024. Early (discounted) registration runs through February 28, 2024. If you do not register online, registration is available onsite beginning Friday, May 17, 2024.
No. VSS does not offer a one-day registration rate.
Yes. All participants, including talk and symposium presenters, are required to register for the meeting.
Yes. The symposia are part of the VSS meeting, and therefore meeting registration is required to attend (and participate in) the symposia.

Hotel & Travel

Yes, complimentary self-parking is available at the TradeWinds.


There are currently over 3,600 members of VSS, representing a wide range of vision research areas. 50% of our members come from outside the United States, representing over 30 countries.

Membership in Vision Sciences Society is on a calendar year basis. Dues are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Remember, you MUST become a 2024 member to access our Online Abstract Submission form and submit an abstract for VSS 2024. All first authors MUST be current members in good standing.

VSS Membership is open to individuals with an interest in the field of vision sciences. Regular long-standing members of VSS who have retired may petition for Emeritus status by writing to the Society’s Executive Director. Membership fees are waived for Regular Members Emeritus.

2024 Membership Fees

Undergraduate Student Member  $110
Graduate Student Member  $135
Research Assistant/Post-Baccalaureate  $135
Postdoctoral Member  $200
Regular Member  $310

All fees are in US Dollars.

Membership Benefits

  • Eligible to submit abstracts as First Author and present research at the annual meeting (presented abstracts are published in the online Journal of Vision).
  • Eligible to submit proposals for VSS-sponsored symposia at the annual meeting.
  • Receive reduced meeting registration rates.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Postdocs and Early Career Scientists are eligible to apply for Travel Awards.
  • Postdoc and Regular members are eligible to vote in the Board of Directors election.

The Vision Sciences Society is now officially listed as an approved professional organization for the purposes of UK tax. This means that membership dues paid by UK taxpayers should be eligible for tax relief by HMRC.

Reduced Membership Policy

The Vision Sciences Society is committed to assist with costs of participating in the Society for researchers from countries with limited access to research support.  As a policy, the Vision Sciences Society uses published data from the World Bank and from the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on countries’ Gross Domestic Expenditure in Research and Development to determine whether researchers qualify for reduced membership. Please contact the VSS administrator, Shauney Wilson, if you would like to request reduced membership on this basis.

Renew Membership or Join VSS

To renew your membership, Log in to your MyVSS Account or Create a New MyVSS Account.