The FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC)

The purpose of a World Dental Congress shall be to provide a scientific programme, a trade exhibition and an international forum for the review and discussion of the advancement of oral health, oral health care and all other subjects which will advance the objectives of the FDI and to provide an opportunity for the strengthening of relations between the dental organisations, peoples and countries of the world.”

The structure of an AWDC may vary in detail according to local circumstances, but the main elements of the Congress are:

    A Scientific Programme
    The General Assembly and other business meetings of the FDI - the FDI World Dental Parliament
    The World Oral Forum
    The FDI World Dental Exhibition
    A Social Programme

The Scientific Sessions

FDI and its Education Committee will design, in collaboration with the local committee, the scientific program in order to create a more diverse and international scientific program and broaden a new audience of International speakers.

 FDI General Assembly

The AWDC is the time of the year when our General Assembly meets. Over 300 FDI delegates get together during 5 days to debate and take decisions that will influence the future of Dentistry.

It is also during the AWDC that our 5 standing committees get together to further progress on the projects they work on throughout the rest of the year and the place for the annual meeting of the FDI Sections and Regional Organizations.

Key Opinion Leaders from the World Dental community get together in a single location once a year at the AWDC.

The World Oral Health Forum WOHF

The 2012 Hong Kong congress was the birth place of our very first World Oral Health Forum. Inspiring ourselves from the Davos World Economic Forum model, and in line with our Vision 2020

During the WOHF the FDI organizes a number of sessions with speakers from various backgrounds to debate on global topics related to the future of oral health.

The sessions is about one hour long and consist of short presentations by panelists (no slides). There was enough time for discussion and Q/A.

Each of these sessions is addressing global issues relevant to dentists, but also more generally to the society. The aim should be to educate our members and confront them with ideas that are not discussed in dental congresses and to meet with people who might not attend dental events.

The concept was launched in Hong Kong for the first time. Panels was consisting of (may vary depending on topics):

One representative from an international organisation (WHO, UN, UICEF, etc) or from a political body (Minister of Health, environment, economy, etc)
One representative from the dental and oral health industry
One or two representatives from FDI membership
One representative from a non-dental organisation (cardiologists, IT, etc)

Presented topics:
FDI Vision 2020
Green Dentistry and sustainable development
Caries – a silent epidemic

Early feedback from our stakeholders leads us to believe that this event will be a great success. The plan for the future is that a full day will be dedicated to the Forum at the AWDC. We are convinced that the World Oral Health Forum will be a key attraction in our next congress sessions.

The Exhibition

FDI is proud of its long-term partnership with exhibitors who have bookmarked the AWDC in their agenda as one of their “must-attend” exhibitions.

Each year, the Exhibition is the host of National Pavilions where smaller companies who would traditionally not exhibit at such events, use the opportunity to explore, with limited risks, a new market.

Due to our close relation with our sponsors and our unique positioning in the Dentistry world, AWDC is often the location where top management of our partners travels to meet with our leadership. 

A Regional Promotion Tool

The AWDC provides a unforgettable social programme including the Open Ceremony, the Conference Dinner and, last but not least the very expected city night.
Overall the AWDC is a fantastic window of opportunity for the promotion of the hosting region. Many international and regional visitors and FDI delegates take the opportunity of the congress to stay a few more days to visit the region.
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