FDI World Dental Congress

The World Dental Congress (WDC) is a flagship event for FDI, strengthening ties and fostering collaboration within the global oral health community.

To advance the science and practice of dentistry, the WDC delivers:

  • a cutting-edge scientific programme
  • interactive forums covering the most relevant topics in dentistry
  • a dental exhibition attended by the most prominent figures in the dental industry

The FDI World Dental Congress, held in a different host country every year, offers a unique opportunity to meet with leaders of the oral health profession from around the globe.

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FDI WDC
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WDC Sydney

Abstract submission is now open for the World Dental Congress 2021 Sydney: https://www.world-dental-congress.org/

World Dental Congress - Special Edition

Hosted virtually by the Australian Dental Association

26 - 29 September 2021

General Assembly & World Dental Parliament

FDI is governed by a General Assembly. Policy is enacted by an elected Council, and activities are implemented through five Standing Committees, comprising 60 volunteers from among its member national dental associations.  Every year, some 400 participants attend FDI’s World Dental Parliament to debate and define the global future of dentistry. The Parliament meetings include the General Assembly, Open Fora, Council and Standing Committee meetings, as well as the annual meetings of FDI Sections and Regional Organizations.

 

World Dental Parliament Business Meetings
 

Date & Time (Central European Time CET)

Event title

Thursday, 16 September

14:00 – 15:30          

 

World Oral Health Day Launch 

Friday, 17 September

14:00 – 16:00

Time TBC

 

Executive Committee I 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Saturday, 18 September

14:00 – 15:30                                                                     
16:00 – 17:00                                                                     
Time TBC                                                                           

 

Council A (Part 1)

Finance Committee

STANDING COMMITTEES

Sunday, 19 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     
Time TBC    

 

Council A (Part 2)

Committee Chairs

Monday, 20 September

14:00 - 16:00

 

Training for GA participants   

Tuesday, 21 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     

 

Open Forum 1

Wednesday, 22 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                    

 

General Assembly A (Part 1)

Thursday, 23 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     

 

General Assembly A (Part 2)

Friday, 24 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                    

 

Open Forum 2 (Part 1)

Saturday, 25 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     
Time TBC                                                                           

 

Open Forum 2 (Part 2)

Budget Reference Committee

Sunday, 26 September

13:00 - (TBC)

14:00 - 16:00

14:30 - 16:00

 

Opening Ceremony 

NLO Forum

Council B

Monday, 27 September

13:30 - 15:00                                                                
15:00 - 16:30                                                                

 

Open Forum 3 (if necessary)

Council & Committee Chairs

Tuesday, 28 September                                      

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     

 

General Assembly B (Part 1)

Wednesday, 29 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                         

 

General Assembly B (Part 2)

Thursday 30 September

14:00 - 16:00                                                                     
16:15 - 17:15                                                                     

 

Council Committee

Executive Committee II

 

Scientific programme

The World Dental Congress boasts a diverse scientific programme with oral health experts who present on a broad spectrum of subjects in the dentistry field, from caries management protocols to regenerative endodontics. FDI takes great care in creating a unique and modern scientific programme every year.

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Exhibition

The four-day dental exhibition offers the dental industry the opportunity to present the latest in oral health technology and practices. FDI is proud of its long-term partnership with exhibitors who consider the Congress to be one of their ‘must-attend’ events.

FDI Scientific Sessions

In 2021, FDI will host some congress-related scientific sessions through its Oral Health Campus on Central European Time. These sessions include the World Oral Health Forum, FDI Standing Committee fora, FDI education and public health project sessions, and joint sessions with FDI’s institutional partners. The CE-accredited programme will run from May–September and will give you a taster of topics to be featured during this year’s special edition of the World Dental Congress. 

The FDI Oral Health Campus provides live and on-demand webinars, so if you can’t join the session in real time you can still earn your CE-credits at a later date. 

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Online sessions

Session title

Session type

Date Time CET

Dentistry in COVID-19 times: Where are we now? World Oral Health Forum Session 1  
COVID-19 and the future of dental practice World Oral Health Forum Session 2  
Translating the oral health resolution into practical solutions: ceasing the opportunity to turn the tide on oral disease FDI - World Health Organization - NCD Alliance - IADR Joint Session  
Sustainability Starts with You Dental Practice Committee Forum  
Success stories on integrating oral health into general health  FDI Public Health Committee / Chief Dental Officer Forum  
Antibiotic resistance - avoiding the next pandemic FDI Science Committee Forum 8 September
14:00 - 15:30
Policy into practice: Making cavities history The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) Session  
What have I learned from my years' experience in placing dental implants? Academy of Osseointegration Symposium  
Women Dentists Worldwide Forum Women Dentists Worldwide Section  
New views on dentistry? Young Dentists Worldwide Forum  
The road to achieving and maintaining periodontal health: Assess, treat, maintain Global Periodontal Health Project  
Comprehensive oral care for people born with cleft Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care project  
The power of data collected in dental practice FDI Oral Health Observatory project  
Missing teeth? Organize your patients' continuum of care Partially Dentate Patients project  
Advocating for refugees' oral health: How you can make a difference for vulnerable Refugee Oral Health Promotion & Care project  
Steps to help your patients quit tobacco for life Oral Health and Tobacco project  

 

Past congresses

Year

Location

2019

San Fransisco. USA

2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

2017

Madrid, Spain

2016

Poznań, Poland

2015

Bangkok, Thailand

2014

New Delhi, India

2013

Istanbul, Turkey

2012

Hong Kong SAR

2011

Mexico City, Mexico

2010

Salvador, Brazil

2009

Singapore

2008

Stockholm, Sweden

2007

Dubai, Unite Arab Emirates

2006

Shenzhen, China

2005

Montreal, Canada

2004

New Delhi, India

2003

Sydney, Australia

2002

Vienna, Austria

2001

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000

Paris, France

1999

Mexico City, Mexico

1998

Barcelona, Spain

1997

Seoul, Korea

1996

Orland, United States of America

1995

Hong Kong SAR

1994

Vancouver, Canada

1993

Gothenburg, Sweden

1992

Berlin, Germany

1991

Milan, Italy

1990

Singapore

1989

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1988

Washington, United States of America

1987

Buenos Aires, Argentina

1986

Manila, Philippines

1985

Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1984

Helsinki, Finland

1983

Tokyo, Japan

1982

Vienna, Austria

1981

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1980

Hamburg, Germany

1979

Paris, France

1978

Madrid, Spain

1977

Toronto, Canada

1976

Athens, Greece

1975

Chicago, United States of America

1974

London, United Kingdom

1973

Sydney, Australia

1972

Mexico City, Mexico

1971

Munich, Germany

1970

Bucharest, Romania

1969

New York, United States of America

1968

Varna, Bulgaria

1967

Paris, France

1966

Tel Aviv, Israel

1965

Vienna, Austria

1964

San Francisco, United States of America

1963

Stockholm, Sweden

1962

Cologne, Germany

1961

Helsinki, Finland

1960

Dublin, Ireland

1959

New York, United States of America

1958

Brussels, Belgium

1957

Rome, Italy

1956

Zurich, Switzerland

1955

Copenhagen, Denmark

1954

Scheveningen, The Netherlands

1953

Oslo, Norway

1952

London, United Kingdom

1951

Brussels, Belgium

1950

Paris, France

1949

Milan, Italy

1948

Dublin, Ireland

1947

Boston, United States of America

1946

Paris, France

1939

Zurich, Switzerland

1938

Paris, France

1937

Stockholm, Sweden

1936

Vienna, Austria

1935

Brussels, Belgium

1934

Como, Italy

1933

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

1932

Zurich, Switzerland

1931

Paris, France

1930

Brussels, Belgium

1929

Utrecht, Netherlands

1928

Cologne, Germany

1927

Copenhagen, Denmark

1926

Philadelphia, United States of America

1925

Geneva, Switzerland

1924

Luxembourg

1923

Paris, France

1922

Madrid, Spain

1921

The Hague, The Netherlands

1914

London, United Kingdom

1913

The Hague, The Netherlands

1912

Stockholm, Sweden

1911

London, United Kingdom

1910

Paris, France

1909

Berlin, Germany

1908

Brussels, Belgium

1907

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1906

Geneva, Switzerland

1905

Hanover, Germany

1904

St. Louis, United States of America

1903

Madrid, Spain

1902

Stockholm, Sweden

1901

London, United Kingdom

 

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San Fransisco

2019 San Francisco, USA

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Buenos Aires

2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina