FDI anticipates another winning congress
FDI President Dr Patrick Hescot
As we count down the Annual World Dental Congress in
Poznan, this is a good time to highlight some of the events that will make 2016 yet another winner for
FDI – and an even more rewarding experience for members and other participants. Like our
programmed discussions on hot topics in the world of health and oral health; our special-language days;
and the most international line up of dental experts anywhere in the world.
Our thanks go to the distinguished organizing committee
comprising both the Polish Dental Society and the Supreme Medical Council of the Polish Chamber of
Physicians and Dentists, under the honorary patronage of the Supreme Medical Chamber of Poland.
My welcome to members
For my part, I very much look forward to welcoming members to meetings
of the World Dental Parliament, comprising the General Assembly and the three sessions of the Open
Forum. It’s always a pleasure to see this huge group of friends and colleagues getting together
on this one occasion to debate issues of common concern, hear the latest reports on FDI’s
performance and projects, celebrate particular achievements through awards, and adopt FDI Policy
Statements in key areas of modern dentistry.
At well over six-hundred pages (three volumes), this year’s
General Assembly binder takes perseverance but it is essential reading for all delegations. Reviewing
the work and future direction of FDI activities is a key part of our members’ contribution to the
effective operations of the organization. The preparatory work you do in advance reaps rewards during
the assembly, ensuring informed interaction with members and pertinent interventions during the course
of the debates. I very much hope that you will all have made time to access this important
World Oral Health Forum
In the annals of FDI history, the World Oral Health Forum is something
of a parvenu because it started life only four years ago during the AWDC in Hong Kong, taking place
within the context of the World Dental Parliament. It derived from the concept of the Davos World
Economic Forum (www.weforum.org/) as a means of bringing together key opinion leaders in the field.
Initially, it was open only to FDI member delegates and discussion
focused on the newly-published Vision 2020. Since that first session both the concept and Vision 2020
have moved forward. This year’s Forum is focused on international public affairs as they pertain
to the dental profession: Are you ready for amalgam phase-down? How the Minamata Convention impacts
your Dental Practice.
As the official forum of the Science Committee, it is open to all
congress participants and part of the congress ADA-CERP programme. For its part, Vision 2020 is now
integrated into a global strategy which aims to “Lead the world to optimal oral health through
global advocacy efforts”.
I would also encourage members and other participants to keep an eye
out for FDI’s Hot Topic sessions: they mark the evolution of dentistry and its response to new
realities. The hot topic on day 1 (7 September) is ‘The global strategy and teamwork for
periodontal health and overall health’. It will be of special relevance to people interested in
the FDI initiative the ‘Global Periodontal Health Project’ (GPH), launched in late 2015.
World Health Organization Director General Dr Margaret Chan has called
antimicrobial resistance “a slow-motion disaster”. Every member of every medical profession
has some responsibility and I do hope that you attend the day 3 (9 September) morning session entitled
‘Overuse of antibiotics’ and follow the discussions.
I have personally been following the progress of ‘Oral Health for
an Ageing Population’. I’m very pleased to announce that the congress programme day 4 (10
September, a.m.) features a symposium on the subject. It provides the opportunity to present the
outcomes of the conference held in Lucerne, Switzerland, 3–5 May, to a wider audience. The
session will be recorded and available on the FDI website after the congress.
Faithful to its long tradition, the 2016 AWDC features and enviable
line-up of international speakers from over 30 countries. It includes more than 100 sessions, some with
simultaneous translation from English to Polish and vice-versa. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects
in modern dentistry from the technical—such as ‘The use of lasers in implantology today and
predictions for the future’—to oral disease in relation to other diseases, such as
‘Stomatodiabetology – fact or fantasy?’.
In 2016, for the first time ever at the AWDC, FDI is also offering a
full day of courses in languages from neighbouring countries: German and Ukrainian. Both take place on
congress day 4 (10 September). German day features nine courses; Ukraine day features twelve
For one week, the Polish city of Poznan will be the world capital of
dentistry: join us there to celebrate our profession, participate and learn, and enjoy Polish