The Future Ocular Research Creativity Event (FORCE) is an annual competition in the field of contact lenses, pitching the very best students from colleges and universities all over Europe against each other to become the CooperVision FORCE Student of the Year.

The competition aims to inspire students to strive for excellence in their studies and to encourage them to develop their professional knowledge base and contacts to benefit their future careers.

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The National & European FORCE

The National FORCE If you are chosen to represent your college or university you will then meet all the other National students for the chance to compete against the winners from each country in the European final. You will need to present in English for 15 minutes and will be allowed 15 additional minutes to defend your work.
The European FORCE If you are chosen to represent your college or university you will then meet all the other National students for the chance to compete against the winners from each country in the European final. You will need to present in English for 15 minutes and will be allowed 15 additional minutes to defend your work.
Finally, the judging panel will announce the winner at an exclusive dinner where they will be given their prize of a complimentary trip to an international optometry conference and will be awarded the title of CooperVision FORCE Student of the Year. Download PDF

The winner takes it all!

  • A scholarship prize for each college or university.
  • European final package including travel, accommodation and CooperVision hospitality.
  • Complimentary trip to an international optometry conference, including travel, accommodation and CooperVision hospitality.
  • The title of CooperVision FORCE Student of the Year.
  • Access to valuable contacts within the industry.
  • Opportunity to develop a professional knowledge base to benefit your future career.

The rules

You can take part alone or together with a partner. In other words, you are free to do the work yourself or choose a colleague as your partner. The theme of the project is determined by each country, but it must be in the field of contact lenses. Each university then selects the team that will represent it at the FORCE National Final. This team will win a scholarship.

It is envisaged that the majority of students will enter FORCE in this category. Careful thought and planning should be given to the trial, as it is difficult to change once committed. Read more about the criteria that will be used to judge the clinical trial.

The option to review a clinical paper for those participants that do not have direct access to patients in order actively to conduct a clinical trial is available. The student will have to justify the reason he/she has opted for the review paper route. A 3,000-word document will be expected to be submitted.

There is an opportunity for those students working in a hospital background to submit a case report. The case report should relate to a patient being treated by the student or his/her supervisor. The judging criteria are similar to those in the other two categories.

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Contact

The theme of the project is determined by each market, but it must be in the field of contact lenses. You must submit your team’s registration.
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