About AVA

The Applied Vision Association (AVA) is the only organisation devoted to the support and dissemination of vision research in the UK. We have over 500 members. They come from varied backgrounds but with a shared interest in perception and its practical applications. Our charter is to promote all areas of vision research from cell biology and neuroscience to clinical trials, through our regular meetings and online forum. We also aim to maintain and encourage scientific excellence through yearly funding options available to students and researchers.


In order to achieve these goals, the association conducts the following activities:

  • Christmas meeting of the AVA
  • Spring meeting of the AVA, including the Geoffrey J Burton memorial lecture
  • Managing the Vision Scientists Memorial funds, from which are awarded annually:
    • Bradshaw-Eagle undergraduate research scholarship
    • Tom Troscianko memorial award for attending the ECVP
    • Geoffrey J Burton memorial award for conference attendance
  • awarding the bi-annual Marr Medal
  • organising thematic satellite meetings, e.g. animal vision meetings
  • managing resources for the vision community on our website
  • liaising with other like-minded organisations, e.g. College of Optometrists, BMVA, BNA

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The AVA is a registered charity (No: 1049146).


For more detail about the organisation’s mission and governance, please see the AVA constitution.


To make a donation to the Vision Scientists Memorial Fund please see our membership page.


Impact of vision research

AVA Committee