Letter from the President: Exciting changes for the International Dental Journal and new courses on the FDI Oral Health Campus

25 November 2020


FDI President Gerhard Seeberger

Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger

FDI President

I am pleased to share a new development for the future of FDI’s official scientific journal. In addition to highlighting the release of our much anticipated white paper on antibiotic resistance, I also invite you to register for the latest FDI Oral Health Campus webinars coming up in December.

The International Dental Journal is becoming an open access journal

In January 2021, with Elsevier as the new publisher, the International Dental Journal (IDJ) will become a gold open access journal with no subscription charges.

We are very glad to be working with Elsevier. Gold open access means that authors who publish in IDJ can make their work immediately, permanently, and freely accessible to researchers worldwide.

I invite you to read the in-depth interview with IDJ Editor-in-Chief Prof. Ira Lamster for more details about this shift and what it means for authors and for readers.


FDI white paper on antibiotic resistance makes a splash in the global media

Earlier this month we released our much-anticipated white paper, The essential role of the dental team in reducing antibiotic resistance, which was authored by FDI’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Working Group. Many thanks to the working group, and especially lead author Dr Wendy Thompson, for their hard work and dedication to this project.

FDI’s press release to support the launch of the paper was picked up across the globe by well-established media outlets, including the AFP (Agence France Presse) and the UK’s Daily Mail.

The white paper is supported by an online library of resources (many thanks to our industry partner, GSK, for supporting the development of the online library) and accompanied by a massive open online course (MOOC).

In tandem with the release of the white paper, Dr Thompson led a webinar on FDI’s Oral Health Campus on the ways in which dentists and dental teams can contribute to tackling antibiotic resistance. The webinar was attended live by 380 participants and Dr Thompson fielded questions from viewers for over an hour following the official presentation. You are welcome to re-watch the webinar here.

We believe that the white paper and its supporting resources represent an important step forward in acknowledging that dentists around the world must be recognized for their role in preventing and treating dental infections and empowered to optimize their antibiotic prescribing.

Download and share the white paper here. Available in English, French and Spanish.

Continuing education opportunities in December


The FDI Oral Health Campus offers webinars on a variety of topics, and many of them are CE accredited. Have a look at what we have to offer in December:

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 12:30 CET
Clinical concepts and emerging strategies in reconstructive periodontal surgery and periodontal and peri-implant infection control
Speaker: Prof. Anton Sculean

Register today.


Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 16:00 CET
Whole Mouth Health: oral health literacy & behaviour change
Speakers: Prof. Paul Brocklehurst and Dr Joe Langley

Register today.


It has been a pleasure to connect with you in the virtual space over the last year. As always, stay safe and healthy!

Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger

FDI President



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