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12 May 2015

Welcome to EuroPerio8, the world’s biggest and best periodontal event


Welcome to EuroPerio8, the world’s biggest and best periodontal event

The EuroPerio8 congress at ExCeL London opens its doors on Wednesday, June 3 with a packed programme that is sure to stay in the memory of those who are present at what promises to be the world’s biggest and best-ever periodontal congress.

Three years in the making, the organising committee chaired by Francis Hughes  has put together a top-notch scientific programme, with some lively keynote lectures and many exciting sessions that will explore in depth the latest research in periodontology and the most up-to-date clinical practices.

Even before the official opening ceremony, there is an exciting innovation in the shape of a world film premiere in which the views of patients who have suffered from gum disease and benefitted from periodontal treatment are given central stage. The pioneering documentary film The Sound of Periodontitis: The patient’s view of gum disease, screened on Wednesday afternoon, represents a new way of communicating messages about periodontal health to patients, clinicians and other EFP stakeholders.

The opening ceremony takes place in the ICC Auditorium at 17.00, followed by the welcome reception and the opening of the exhibition.

On Thursday, June 4, the scientific programme includes the Master Clinician Forum on perio-mucogingival surgery, as well as sessions on critical factors in implant dentistry, the current base knowledge about periodontitis, and contemporary practical periodontics.

Friday, June 5 is the most intensive day of EuroPerio8 with a busy programme running from 8.30 to 19.15 and a wide variety of presentations covering many of the important issues in periodontology and implant dentistry. Programme covers the latest scientific research on topics which include the aetiology of periodontal disease and the prospects for using stem cells, and expert guidance on implant placement and treatment.

The morning of Saturday, June 6 includes keynote lectures from Jan Lindhe, Niklaus Lang, and Paul Sharpe. And then comes the final session which involves a look back on the last quarter century of perio in Europe as the EFP prepares to mark next year’s 25th anniversary of its foundation. This closing session will include a homage to Lindhe and Lang, the “architects” of the EFP.

As well as the packed scientific programme, the organising committee has also put together an attractive social programme, which includes a congress party. This is an all-ticket event but there may be returns, so if you do not have a ticket it may be worth asking when you register at the EuroPerio8 reception.

While online registration for EuroPerio8 is now closed, on-site registration is possible at the registration area from 9am on Wednesday, June 3.

For guidelines on how best to approach networking at this important event, you might like to consult the ’10 top tips for successful conference networking’ offered by Perio People: the official EFP blog for EuroPerio8.  On the blog you will also find advice on how best to organise your time at the event, as well as insights from the speakers about their presentations, and their thoughts about London and British music.