Record-breaking EuroPerio9 concludes with spectacular closing ceremony

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EuroPerio10 Congress Chair Prof. Phoebus Madianos, joined on-stage by EuroPerio10 committee members Profs. David Herrera and Nicola West, announced Copenhagen as the location for the next edition of the event. (Photograph: DTI)
Dental Tribune International

By Dental Tribune International

Wed. 27. June 2018

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: With a top-notch scientific programme that attracted a record-breaking 10,232 periodontists, dentists, dental students and dental hygienists, as well as other dental professionals, the European Federation of Periodontology has succeeded in making the ninth edition of EuroPerio the largest so far. EuroPerio9 ended in style with an impressive closing ceremony on 23 June.

According to EuroPerio9 Congress Chair Dr Michèle Reners, “The atmosphere of EuroPerio9 was really relaxed and friendly, no stress at all, and the venue was also a part of this feeling—close to the city and full of daylight. Also, the sessions were very realistic and the feedback from the attendees very positive—they were really satisfied. EuroPerio9 has reached its goals and even more!”

The event’s scientific programme, put together under EuroPerio9 Scientific Chair Prof. Søren Jepsen, involved 134 speakers in 42 main sessions and 308 moderated abstract and poster presentations. The visitors to the event, held at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, came from 111 countries, with those from the Netherlands, Germany and France making up the biggest share of European participants. Most attendees from non-European countries came from Japan—in large part because of the joint session with the Japanese Society of Periodontology—followed by Brazil and Mexico. All in all, one in four visitors came from a non-European country. EuroPerio9 sought to attract younger dental professionals, and this year around 40 per cent of attendees were under 35 years of age.

A congress app, as well as interactive sessions, focused on greater engagement between speakers and the audience. Highlights from the programme included the first live periodontal surgery at a EuroPerio congress, Perio Talks, based on the famous TED Talks concept, a debate session about the global threat of antibacterial resistance, a 3-D session on reconstructive surgery for teeth and implants, a treatment planning session, and the Nightmare Session on the last day discussing worst-case treatment scenarios, failures and how to deal with them. Reners said that among the most memorable sessions had been the Perio Talks, the master clinician session on saving teeth and the Nightmare Session.

With EuroPerio9 having come to an end, attention has turned to the tenth edition. During the closing ceremony, the organising committee was presented: Prof. Phoebus Madianos (Greece) as chair, Prof. David Herrera (Spain) as scientific chair and Prof. Nicola West (UK) as treasurer. Using the EuroPerio9 App, it was revealed that EuroPerio10 is to take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen in Denmark from 2 to 5 June 2021.

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