It is a record: more than 1200 participants attended the National Osteology Symposium Shanghai on September 25-26, 2014 - the second time a National Symposium has taken place in China. The 2014 Symposium was held at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Centre in the framework of the congress and exhibition of the Chinese Stomatology Association (CSA), the most important dental association in China.
Unique setting: speakers in the centre
Absolutely remarkable was the completely novel and high-tech setting of the lecture hall, literally placing the speaker in the focus: the stage, in the shape of the Osteology logo, was located in the centre of the hall, with modern screens all around, providing 360° presentations, easily visible from all seats. The participants of the Symposium were amazed by the setting. Also the presenters liked the stage in the centre, surrounded by the audience, and the special atmosphere that it created. The local organizers have done a fantastic job with this unique arrangement.
International program without language barriers
The chairmen Maurício Araújo, Brazil, and Xing Wang, China, organised a program with excellent national and international speakers. The lectures covered all basic aspects of oral tissue regeneration. Simultaneous translation from English to Chinese guaranteed that all participants profited equally from the superb lectures.
The topics of the scientific program under the title “Oral tissue regeneration – concepts for daily practice” were obviously of high relevance for the audience. The lectures by Giulio Rasperini (Italy), Lei Zhou (China), Dehua Li (China), Zuolin Wang (China), Maurício Araújo (Brazil), Lixin Qiu (China), Yucheng Su (China), Hongchang Lai (China), and Rino Burkhardt (Switzerland) attracted a lot of attention, and plenty of questions and discussions followed the presentations, reflecting the great interest of the participants.
Osteology offers “all-round package for researchers”
The Chinese researchers in particular were very interested to learn more about the activities of the Osteology Foundation alongside the Symposia. Wang Embo, a researcher from the Peking University of Stomatology, came to the Osteology booth during a break to find out more about the Foundation. He considered it a great combination: “The Research Guidelines books, the grant program and the Research Academy, they all form an all-round package for researchers, providing everything that is relevant”, he said.
Also the new “Clinical Research Guidelines”, the second book of the “Osteology Guidelines for Oral & Maxillofacial Regeneration” series, was received with great interest. Chung Ming Tse, from the Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics, was the first person to buy the new book, which was published only recently.
Two hands-on workshops
Chung Ming Tse also participated in one of the two practical Osteology Workshops on the second day, and he was excited by the workshop from Maurício Araújo on hard tissue management following tooth extraction. “I would like to have more such practical workshops and presentations by international speakers”, he said after the workshop, and regretted that he didn’t have the chance to visit also the second workshop by Giulio Rasperini, who demonstrated incision and suture techniques in GBR surgery.
Landmark book launch on Osteology stage
During the Symposium, the CSA used the Osteology stage to launch an important Chinese landmark book publication. The book, which is edited by Yucheng Su, is the most important Chinese publication in years in this field. The fact that the CSA used the opportunity of the Osteology Symposium to present it, shows their high respect for the Osteology Foundation and its reputation in China.