Dental Association of Thailand passes AWDC torch to Polish Dental Society
The official ceremony to transfer the FDI’s Annual World Dental Congress from the Dental Association of Thailand (organizer of the 2015 event) to the Polish Dental Society (responsible for the 2016 event) took place during the FDI General Assembly on 24 September in Bangkok.
Speaking on behalf of the congress organising committee at an earlier interview, President of the Polish Dental Society Prof. Bartlomiej W. Loster said: “We feel honoured and privileged to be chosen as the host country for the 2016 FDI Annual World Dental Congress. We look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to Poznan, a city of history and style.”
The local organising committee comprises the Polish Dental Society; Exactus, a company specialised in medical and dental congresses; and Poznan Congress Center. The AWDC also has the active support of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, which will play an active role in preparing for the event.
A fantastic opportunity
“Exactus already organises the Central European Dental Exhibition, featuring 250 exhibitors and 8,000 square metres of exhibition booths, with some 13,000 visitors. The FDI AWDC in Poznan is a fantastic opportunity to build on this solid base. We look forward to working on a dental event of such worldwide importance,” said Exactus CEO Ewa Mastalerz.
Poland’s sustained economic growth over the last several years is reflected in a lively market for dental equipment and services valued at nearly EUR 2.2 billion in 2013. Demand for dental services, both national and foreign, is growing rapidly, with the private dental sector estimated at EUR 884 million and growing between 20 and 30 per cent year on year. The country has some 30,000 qualified dentists—nearly 80 per cent of whom are women—and an estimated 23,000 dental practices.
Among other reasons, Poznan was chosen because it offers a centrally situated congress centre, an extremely well-developed citywide transport system, a large range of excellent accommodation in the vicinity of the congress centre, and strong support from the city authorities.