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Drs Patrick Hescot and Kathryn Kell. (Photograph: DTI)
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Flamenco and presidential handover highlights of this year’s FDI opening

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The first highlight of this year’s FDI World Dental Congress took place tonight at the impressive Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid, when President-elect Dr Kathryn Kell took over the presidential chain of the FDI from outgoing President Dr Patrick Hescot during the congress’s welcome ceremony. Kell, who is a dentist from Iowa in the US and a former trustee member of the American Dental Association, will lead the international dental body for the next two years.

In addition to FDI executives, the ceremony was joined by a number of high-profile Spanish health officials, including Dr Óscar Castro Reino, president of the Spanish dental association, Dr Manuel Molina Muñoz from the Madrid regional government’s Ministry of Health and Dolors Montserrat from the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. A little bit of local colour was also added through an energising flamenco demonstration, which gave everyone in the room the opportunity to discover their own inner Spaniard. In conclusion, the traditional flag unfurling signified the embracing of the diversity of cultures and nationalities that come together at the FDI congress.

This year marks the fourth time that the FDI’s flagship event has been held in the Spanish capital after the congresses in 1903, 1922 and 1978. According to the Spanish dental association, it will be the most successful international congress in the southern European country ever, with over 12,000 participants expected to attend the extensive scientific programme and learn about the latest clinical techniques and products at the accompanying trade exhibition during the course of this week. Over 200 of the world’s largest dental manufacturers and distributors have come to Madrid to showcase their latest offerings.

Additional education opportunities will be presented, among others, at a live symposium at the Dental Tribune Study Club booth (5A16–5A20 and 5B13–5B17) in Pavilion 5.

Attendees can obtain more information about the FDI and its work and latest projects, such as the World Oral Health Day 2018 campaign, being launched here in Madrid, at the FDI booth in Pavilion 5. The latest news and information from the congress are available daily in the World Dental Daily newspaper, published in cooperation with Dental Tribune, and online at www.dental-tribune.com.

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