Congrès de l’ADF 2023: An interplanetary meeting

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Congrès de l’ADF 2023: An interplanetary meeting

The annual conference and exhibition of the French Dental Association attracts over 25,000 visitors every year. (Image: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)
Dental Tribune International

Dental Tribune International

Mon. 27. November 2023


PARIS, France: The congrès de l’ADF, the annual dental meeting of the French Dental Association (ADF), is a unique European event, combining a scientific programme of great diversity and quality with a vast exhibition area. The show will take place from 28 November to 2 December, and the organisers are expecting more than 25,000 people to attend, like the previous year. This year’s congress, which will be held at the Palais des Congrès exhibition and trade centre in Paris, invites participants to “stop touching the ground” and to come and explore the interplanetary ADF space.

For the 2023 edition, the organisers have chosen planets and space as symbols of the meeting. In a video interview, Dr Doniphan Hammer, secretary general of the ADF, explained: “Space is research, new technologies, infinity. This is exactly what can be applied to our discipline: the search for new technologies applied to our profession. And the congress is international, so why not interplanetary?”

With 320 exhibitors—including ten new ones—spread over four levels, this year’s exhibition will cover an area of 12,830 m2 and will represent 19 countries. Since the first congress in 1970, 30 exhibitors have continued to participate every year.

Besides the exhibition, the congress is an opportunity for continuing education for many dentists. To steer the educational programme for its 2023 meeting, the ADF has chosen to entrust the scientific direction to Dr Dorothée Louis-Olszewski. This prominent endodontist has the personality and experience to drive the development of a comprehensive programme that meets the training expectations of all dentists and dental teams. Dr Louis-Olszewski has worked with a committee of experts, made up of an equal number of men and women, to develop a programme that meets the need for cross-disciplinary practice in the day-to-day running of a dental practice as closely as possible.

Hundreds of theoretical, interactive and practical sessions led by more than 400 speakers will be offered during the congress, and the dental team will be the main theme. Whether working in a hospital or in a practice—private, salaried, general or specialised—all members of the dental team will find a programme adapted to their needs at the ADF meeting.

In a video interview produced by the ADF, Prof. Tchilalo Boukpessi, a member of the scientific research committee, stated: “Research is often side-lined as if it stood alone in the galaxy—wrongly, of course. It’s perfectly linked to the clinic, because it’s going to respond to the need for quality care that we’re going to provide to our patients.”

Artificial intelligence will be one of the topics discussed. The question of whether dental medicine will be more personalised in the future will be examined, and there will be discussion about the ethical, regulatory and deontological framework for dentistry.

If Mercury is a planet, what is going to raise the temperature of the delegates? Dr Hammer has no answer to this question, but said : “The temperature will rise to boiling point. Going from session to session, having a variety of different subjects, going from conference to exhibition, meeting all the exhibitors are what make the conference such a great experience—the excitement, the emulation!”

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