Youth Council


The Retina International Youth Council (RIYC) are a special interest group representing young adults and parents of minors affected by retinal degenerative conditions. The Council members come from all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria to Australia, and are between the ages of 18 and 35. The RIYC serves to bring the perspective of young people to the Executive Team and Governance bodies of RI. RIYC members take part on a voluntary basis, and are occasionally requested to represent RI at relevant meetings and events. Watch the video below to hear from some of the RIYC members at the 2022 Youth Conference.


Chair: Marina Sutter

Vice-chair: Jeannine Sutter

Secretary: Cecília Vasconcellos



Terms of Reference

More details about the Retina International Youth Council can be found in the Terms of Reference. Click below to download.


Annual Youth Conference

Each year, either virtually or in person, the RIYC organizes the Retina International Youth Conference, a time for young people in the retina community to learn, connect, and share ideas.

Click here to read about the 2020 virtual Youth Conference.

Click here to read about the 2021 virtual Youth Conference.

The 2022 Youth Conference took place during the Retina International World Congress (RIWC) in Reykjavik, Iceland. You can click here to download the RIWC Highlights Publication, which includes a thorough report on the Youth Conference written by RIYC member Marina Leite.

Click here to read about the 2023 virtual Youth Conference.

The 2023 Youth Conference took place online; additionally, it was our first year where we were happy to showcase three different language sessions. You can check out more information on what topics we covered by clicking the link above.

Application Process

Full and Candidate Member organisations may nominate representatives to the Retina International Youth Council. Each member organisation can appoint up to two (2) nominees. A separate nomination form must be completed for each nominee. The responsibility is on the nominating organisation to recruit suitable candidates for nomination to the RIYC, and to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met by the nominee.

Click here to download the RI Youth Council Nomination Form.

Completed nomination forms, with CV and Motivation Letter, may be emailed to

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