VSS 2022 Travel Award Application

VSS 2022 Coming Soon!

VSS 2022 – May 13-18

In Person at the TradeWinds Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida

A full program of in-person talks, symposia, workshops, satellites, networking opportunities, and special events focused on our early career researchers. Some virtual talks and in-person demo night as well.

V-VSS 2022 – June 1-2

Virtual Attendance

Interactive virtual poster sessions, virtual talks, workshops, special events, networking events, early career events, and opportunities to interact with those who presented at either VSS or V-VSS. Recordings of presentations will be available during the meeting to all attendees of both VSS and V-VSS.

See Meeting Updates and the Meeting FAQ for the latest details.

It’s our goal to make our events successful, productive and enjoyable experiences for all members and attendees. Your ideas, discoveries, creative insights and spirit have made the VSS conferences the force that connects us worldwide as we move our science to new levels and welcome new generations of investigators.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in May and June!

Meeting FAQ

Will those registered for VSS 2022 in person also be able to attend V-VSS 2022?

Yes, registration for VSS 2022 covers both VSS 2022 and V-VSS 2022.

Will those registered for V-VSS 2022 have access to the work presented at VSS 2022?

Yes. Plans for V-VSS 2022 include allowing those registered for V-VSS 2022 to view recordings of talk sessions and PDFs (with optional videos) of posters that were presented at VSS 2022 and V-VSS 2022.  Access will be available prior to the start of V-VSS 2022.  VSS is examining the technical, staffing and logistical factors involved in providing real-time viewing of talks presented at VSS 2022 and has not yet determined whether this option can be provided.

Why can’t all the talks and posters, both in-person and virtual, be presented during the same interval (May 13-18)?

Posters and talks present different technical, logistical and staffing requirements. We found that including some virtual talks within the in-person talk session would be feasible, while including virtual posters within in-person poster sessions would not. VSS decided it would best serve the interest of the members to have the virtual poster session occur after the in-person meeting where we could focus our full attention and staffing resources on the sessions and associated virtual events. A limited number of virtual talks will be included in talk sessions during VSS 2022, with additional virtual talks, if necessary, scheduled during V-VSS 2022.

Why does V-VSS 2022 require a registration fee?

V-VSS 2022 will require a registration fee to cover the additional costs, including virtual platforms, software and staffing, associated with running a virtual conference and allowing for the presentation of virtual talks during the in-person conference. There will be discounted registration for members and the fees will be announced shortly.

What are the benefits of attending V-VSS 2022 if I’m not presenting a talk or a poster?

VSS is working to ensure that both VSS 2022 and V-VSS 2022 are fruitful and enjoyable experiences for attendees. Benefits include the opportunities to participate in discussions with presenters, interact with friends and colleagues, participate in new networking events and informative workshops, and learn about new research findings.

Will the addition of virtual talks to VSS 2022 reduce the number of in-person talks?

Talk sessions during May 13-18 will consist primarily of in-person talks. VSS is aiming to keep the number of in-person talks about the same as in prior years. To achieve this goal while accommodating some virtual talks, we are planning to create additional talk sessions, as needed, during VSS 2022. If there are more virtual talks than can be scheduled at VSS 2022, some will be scheduled during V-VSS 2022.

I’m attending V-VSS 2022. How will I be able to have a discussion with presenters of talks or posters that were given at either VSS 2022 or V-VSS 2022?

V-VSS 2022 will include options for real-time and asynchronous interactions with all presenters regardless of whether the presentation is given during VSS 2022 or V-VSS 2022. VSS is currently working on the details of these options.

I’m attending V-VSS 2022. Will I be able to view VSS 2022 talks in real-time?

There are significant technical and staffing requirements involved in providing reliable, real-time broadcasting of multiple concurrent presentations at a remote location, while at the same time running the in-person conference. VSS is continuing to investigate these requirements and available options. We are planning to have recordings of VSS 2022 presentations or sessions will be available to V-VSS attendees prior to the start of V-VSS 2022.

Will there be a keynote address, awards session and public lecture?

VSS plans to have all these events. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.

How can I reach VSS with questions or concerns?

Send us an email to .

Hotel FAQ

How do I book a room at the TradeWinds?
To book a room at the TradeWinds, follow the link on the Accommodations page or call (800) 808-9833. Be sure to enter or state group code “VSS22”.

Does the TradeWinds require a deposit to book a reservation?
Yes, a one-night room and tax guarantee is required to secure your room.

Is the hotel deposit refundable if I have to cancel my room reservation?
Yes, your hotel deposit is fully refundable until 72 hours prior to arrival.

Is there a waiting list if the hotel is sold out?
VSS does maintain a waiting list and if rooms become available, people on the waiting list will be contacted in order they were added to the waiting list. Contact VSS to be placed on the waiting list.

Is there a resort fee at the TradeWinds?
The TradeWinds typically charges a $45 resort fee per night, but this fee is waived for VSS attendees booking through the VSS web link. To see what is included, see TradeWinds’ Resort Amenity Fee.

What if I find a better rate for the TradeWinds on a 3rd party site?
VSS has done its due diligence to negotiate the lowest possible group rate at the TradeWinds. If you find a lower price during them meeting dates, please contact VSS. Keep in mind, if you book a room through a wholesaler like hotels.com, the TradeWinds will NOT waive your resort fee.

What are the contractual obligations with the TradeWinds?
VSS is contractually bound to fill a certain number of guest rooms (this is called a room block) during the annual meeting. By guaranteeing these rooms, VSS receives complimentary meeting space and reduced food and beverage pricing. This ultimately helps keep registration rates down.

What happens if VSS does not meet the contractual obligations?
VSS will be charged an attrition fee if we do not meet 85% of our room block and if unused rooms remain unsold prior to the meeting.
Groups like ours often book three or more years in advance to secure enough hotel rooms for meeting attendees. Attrition fees are compensation to the hotel for the rooms that might have been sold had they not been held in our room block inventory. Attrition fees are a standard practice in the United States.

Meeting Attendance Survey

To all members of VSS,

Plans are well underway for VSS 2022! We need some input from you to make the meeting a success for all.

The link below will lead you to a very brief survey asking about your plans for attendance at VSS 2022. Even if you are uncertain, please let us know about your current plans.

Your responses will be most useful if sent by Wednesday, November 24.

Take Survey

Thanks to all!
The VSS Board of Directors

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Vision Sciences Society Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The primary mission of the Vision Sciences Society is to promote progress in understanding vision by encouraging and facilitating the exchange of knowledge among vision scientists. We believe that the practice and progress of science are best when people with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds all contribute. We recognize the value of a professional society in creating community and professional identity in ways that go beyond what can be achieved in our home institutions.

VSS strives to nurture a diverse, international, and multicultural community. VSS realizes that barriers to inclusion still exist and are not always recognized by those who do not experience them directly. To the best of our ability we will try to break down any such barriers to entry into and participation within the VSS community. We aim to promote and protect the diversity of the VSS community in all its forms, including race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, nationality and national origin, disability status, neurodiversity, age, political views, and sexual orientation.

VSS has formed a committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to work on specific steps to accomplish the goals outlined above.

Posted November 5, 2021

Accommodations

VSS 2022 Hotel Reservations

The 22nd annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society will be held at the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Florida. VSS has negotiated special room rates for the TradeWinds Island Grand and the RumFish Beach Resort (formerly the Guy Harvey Outpost) hotels for the 2022 meeting.

To receive the VSS rate and a waived resort fee, you MUST book by clicking the button below or by calling (800) 808-9833. Be sure to enter or state group code “VSS22”.

Important: If you book a room through a wholesaler like hotels.com, the hotel will NOT waive your resort fee.

All rates are for single or double occupancy. Additional people will be charged $15 each per night. Discount rates are available May 9 – 20, 2022.

Reservation Deadline

The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the VSS rate is April 9, 2022 or until the VSS room block is sold out.

TradeWinds Island Grand

The TradeWinds Island Grand is the meeting hotel for the VSS Meeting. Booking a room here means you are only steps away from the meeting rooms, poster sessions, and social events. There are several room types available at the TradeWinds Island Grand. See below for a description of each room type available for VSS attendees.

Room Types

Standard Room: $173
Two double beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)

Tropical View Room with Balcony: $191
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two queen beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)

Gulf Front Room with Balcony: $211
Stunning view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. Two queen beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)

Standard One Bedroom Suite: $201
Two double beds in a separate room and a double-size sofa bed in the living area; can accommodate up to 6 people. (384 sq ft)

Tropical View One Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $236
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two queen beds in a separate room and a double-size sofa bed in the living area; can accommodate up to 6 people. (536 sq ft)

Tropical View Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $360
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living area with a double-size sofa bed; can accommodate up to 10 people. (820 sq ft)

Amenities at Island Grand

All Island Grand rooms include a complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, and dishware, as well as hairdryer and iron/board.

The $49.00 resort fee (waived on all VSS block rooms) provides access to overnight parking, wireless internet in guest rooms and common areas, the fitness center, an in-room safe, and the business center. Also included in the resort fee is daily use of a hooded beach cabana, two tennis courts, five swimming pools, the 3-story tall High Tide Waterslide, paddle boats along the waterway, mini-golf, and more.

RumFish Beach Resort

The RumFish Beach Resort is the sister hotel to the Island Grand. Located 100 yards from the Island Grand, the RumFish is just a short seven-minute walk to the meeting hotel by street or by beach.

Standard Room: $159
Each room comes with two double beds and offers a complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, and dishware, as well as a hairdryer.

Government Room Rate
Government-rate rooms are available to VSS attendees. The number of government-rate rooms is limited, and they will be filled on a first come, first-served basis.

To reserve a government-rate room, send an email to “” and include the following information: first name, last name, # in party, arrival date, departure date.

Note: To obtain the government rate, you must present your government ID upon check-in.

Meeting Updates

November 22, 2021

What to Expect in 2022

VSS 2022, Live and in-person talks, posters and events at the Tradewinds, May 13-18

  • TALKS: In-person talk sessions, expanded to include some virtual presentations
  • POSTERS: In-person poster sessions
  • EVENTS: Workshops, satellites, symposia, special events, student events, demo night and plenty of networking opportunities

 V-VSS 2022, Virtual poster sessions and events, June 1-2

  • POSTERS: Virtual poster sessions with opportunities to meet poster presenters through interactive tools (such as Gather.town or scheduled zoom conferences)
  • TALKS: A limited number of virtual talks that could not be scheduled during VSS 2022
  • EVENTS: Virtual events including workshops and networking opportunities

VSS continues to closely monitor travel restrictions and other COVID-related developments that may affect the plans for the conference. We will let our membership and registered attendees know promptly about any updates. As always, we are working diligently to best meet the needs of VSS membership and the vision science community.

Symposium Deadline: Nov 26. See Symposium Submission Guidelines for details.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Dec 7. See Abstract Submission Guidelines for details.

See Meeting FAQ for more information.  

Registration Options

1. VSS 2022 in-person plus V-VSS 2022

Who registers for this option?

  • Presenters of in-person talks or in-person posters at VSS 2022
  • Attendees of VSS 2022 in-person

2. V-VSS 2022 only

Who registers for this option?

  • Presenters of virtual talks during VSS 2022 and V-VSS 2022
  • Presenters of virtual posters during V-VSS 2022
  • Attendees of V-VSS 2022

November 19, 2021

Deadline for Abstract Submissions Extended.

The deadline to submit abstracts for the VSS 2022 meeting has been extended through Tuesday, December 7.

November 16, 2021

Symposium Submission Deadline Extended.

The deadline to submit symposia for VSS 2022 has been extended to Friday, November 26. Please note that although symposia are in-person, we understand that some speakers may not be able to travel to Florida in May. VSS will accept requests to allow 1 or 2 speakers per symposium to present virtually. Please include a brief explanation with your submission of requests for virtual presentations and indicate whether the presentation may be switched to in-person if circumstances change at the time of the conference.

VSS Symposia deal with contemporary and cutting-edge topics in vision research. Symposia can be organized by content area or by method and should focus on broader conceptual themes than a typical VSS presentation. Symposia contain between 4 and 6 talks lasting 20-30 minutes each, with additional time for discussion.
Visit the updated Symposia Submission Guidelines on our website for more information.

November 3, 2021

Abstract Submissions Now Open!

VSS is now accepting abstracts to be considered for presentation at the VSS 2022 Meeting. Before submitting, you must renew your membership for 2022.

VSS recognizes that situations related to COVID-19, such as restrictions on international travel, may prevent some members from delivering their presentation at the in-person conference. For this reason, VSS is preparing virtual options. Details of virtual options will be available on the VSS website before the abstract deadline.

Accepted and presented abstracts will be published in the meeting program and online in the Journal of Vision.
VSS continues to closely monitor travel restrictions and other COVID-related developments that may affect the plans for the conference.  We will let our membership and registered attendees know promptly about any updates. As always, we are working diligently to best meet the needs of VSS membership and the vision science community.

For detailed submissions information and guidelines, go to Abstract Submissions.

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2021 (deadline extended through Dec 7, 2021)