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 and beyond, 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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CooperVision begins search for FORCE Student of the Year 2021

Southampton, United Kingdom, 4th November 2020 — Global contact lens manufacturer CooperVision has today launched the eighth cycle of the FORCE Student of the Year competition. This year promises to be the largest event yet with students from across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) invited to join the competition and ultimately compete in the…

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The National & EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) 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 EMEA final. You will need to present in English for 15 minutes and will be allowed 15 additional minutes to defend your work.
The EMEA 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 EMEA final. You will need to present your project with poster (downloadable template below) in 10 minutes, with a 10 minutes' Q&A session to defend your work. The judging panel (tutors and supervisors) will assess according to the assessment criteria.
Finally, the judging panel will announce the winner at an exclusive dinner where they will be given their award of a complimentary trip to an international clinical conference and will be awarded the title of CooperVision FORCE Student of the Year. Download Guidelines PDF
Download Poster Template (Microsoft PowerPoint)

The winner takes it all!

  • EMEA final package including travel and accommodation
  • Complimentary trip to an international clinical conference, including travel and accommodation for the EMEA final FORCE winner
  • 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

The theme of the project must be in the field of contact lenses and anterior eye. Each university then selects a winner who will represent it at the FORCE National Final.

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.

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 category.

Contact

Contact your country’s CooperVision contact for further details and register your interest.

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