The Osteology Symposium Japan took place in Tokyo on 20 March 2022. After about two years without face-to-face events, it was a huge success. Of the 200 participants, 65 joined on-site, while the rest attended the hybrid event online.
The programme was developed by the two Chairmen, Eiji Funakoshi and Christoph Hämmerle, with a special focus on the younger generation. Under the title "THE NEXT reGENERATION", eight presenters competed for the Young Speaker Award with their presentations covering all aspects of oral tissue regeneration, ranging from extraction socket management to full-mouth reconstruction in combination with regenerative procedures and soft-tissue management.
The eight presentations were excellent, and it was a difficult decision for the jury consisting of Eiji Funakoshi, Atsushi Saito and Takatsuna Nakamura to select the winners. In the end Yoshitaka Nara, Yoshihiro Iwano, Yusuke Ninomiya were selected for the Young Speaker Award.
In addition to the presentations for the Young Speaker Contest, Chairman Christoph Hämmerle shared his extensive knowledge on oral regenerative therapies with the audience in a key note lecture titled "Practical concepts to successfully correct hard- and soft-tissue defects in implant therapy".
Furthermore, he answered questions collected from the audience. He was also interviewed by Takatsuna Nakamura, who talked with him about his outstanding career and life as a researcher and clinician, as well as his advice for the young generation. Some participants commented that they had the impression that his presentation and the discussion were a comprehensive summary of his life as a professor.
All on-site participants, moderators, and speakers were happy to join the symposium and meet face-to-face. Since it was the first face-to-face symposium after two years, some presenters were a little nervous and not used to speaking on stage anymore. However, the feedback from the audience was great, and they were impressed by the young speakers’ clinical cases and their presentations. The interest from the audience was also reflected by the high number of questions asked, and everyone soon felt more comfortable again, also those on-stage.
Unfortunately, Christoph Hämmerle could not travel to Japan for the event because of the persisting travel restrictions due to the pandemic. However, the technical setup allowed him to join online and live from Switzerland and interact with moderators and the audience. He explained that he regretted not being there but that he would hopefully be able to travel to Japan again in the next future.
Our thanks go to the chairmen, presenters, industrial partners, and the organisers on-site. Without their support, such an event would not have been possible. We are already looking forward to the next event in Japan. Dates will be announced in due time on our website.
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