The Scientific Programme – Interview with Professor Hämmerle and Araújo

In keeping with the International Osteology Symposium motto — “THE NEXT reGENERATION” — specialised sessions have been planned as part of the programme for Barcelona 2019, such as young dentists presenting an overview of oral tissue regeneration as well as sessions for researchers. Innovative concepts and formats, such as the Osteology Case Session, allow more clinicians to actively participate in the programme and maximise the benefit of their participation. We spoke to Christoph Hämmerle and Maurício Araújo in their role as the symposium’s chairmen on what this means to the scientific programme taking place in Barcelona in April 2019.

Professor Hämmerle, the 2019 Osteology Symposium Scientific Programme with the motto — THE NEXT REGENERATION — addresses the next generation of regenerative technologies i.e. the latest developments of techniques and technologies. How did you proceed to implement this motto into the programme?

Christoph Hämmerle: The motto is intended to cover two meanings: one is new developments in oral tissue regeneration and the other the new generation of dentists. The world of dentistry is developing quickly in many ways. On the one hand computers in dental medicine, biological and technical progress allow improving treatment planning, patient communication, execution of therapy, fabrication of reconstructions, and maintenance of patients. These developments deeply affect the field of oral tissue regeneration. On the other hand, the dental care providers change. The young generation of dentists is primarily made up of women and the typical one-dentist one-practice is disappearing making room for larger group practices which are often organised in chains.

Which are the most important innovations in oral regeneration to be discussed in Barcelona?

Christoph Hämmerle: As mentioned above new techniques and new materials to regenerate bone, periodontal and in particular soft tissues will be a focus of the programme. Furthermore, the use of computers to plan, communicate, fabricate and execute will be an important part of the congress. Finally, exciting new strategies and methods to manage the extraction socket will be dealt with.

A broad range of topics in oral regeneration is covered by the programme. What is your personal highlight in the Scientific Programme?

Christoph Hämmerle: The Friday sessions after lunch are my personal favourites. Younger speakers will cover exciting topics in research, development and allow us to see beyond today’s horizon.

Researchers will present their latest results in basic and clinical research in an extensive poster exhibition and research forum. What is the benefit for the practitioner from these results?

Christoph Hämmerle: For me as a clinician, such poster sessions provide me with information on how different groups of scientist and clinicians are applying today’s techniques and methods for treating patients or for improving patient care by carrying out pre-clinical experiments. It will give me an indication of where we stand in the field and where we should be heading.

If your colleagues ask you why they should attend Osteology Barcelona, what would you tell them?

Christoph Hämmerle: The International Symposia of the Osteology Foundation have a long history of being greatly successful events. The one in Barcelona in 2019 will be another success. There will be a fascinating programme in a spectacular venue, all of which is being held in a marvellous European city along with the typical pleasant and collegial Osteology congress atmosphere.



Interview with Professor Araújo

Professor Araújo, the motto of the 2019 Osteology Symposium “THE NEXT REGENERATION” promises amongst other things new topics and new speakers. What did you do to keep this promise?

Maurício Araújo: When we sat down to develop the scientific programme for the symposium, we ensured to always keep the motto of the congress in our mind and to maximise the benefit for the next generation of dentists. This means covering all the hot topics that currently affect dentists’ everyday life in their practice, inviting the next generation of speakers and addressing emerging topics in Oral Regeneration such as the use of digital technologies, PRF, antiresorptive drugs for bone regeneration and use of new materials and techniques for soft tissue surgery.

To focus on a younger generation, it is essential to create new formats. What kind of new formats can a participant expect?

Maurício Araújo: I strongly believe that in the fast-moving world that we live today, we have to be dynamic and interactive when delivering information and education. We have to develop new formats and new educational initiatives. One new interactive format is the case competition where every clinician has the possibility to share his cases with a specific audience and to exchange ideas with other colleagues. Nevertheless, we did our best to consider that experience and caution would also be appreciated by the upcoming generation. Thus, when planning the programme, we tried to inspire the youngsters with novelties and advances, but without forgetting the predictability and humanity.

As you just mentioned, in the context of the International Osteology Symposium, there is a case competition taking place. What can you tell us about this competition?

Maurício Araújo: With this interactive format, you get the opportunity to get the best out of your cases. Share your knowledge and expertise, discuss the cases with colleagues from all over the world and maximise the benefit for your patients. The Osteology Case Session and Competition is a novel format where clinical cases can be submitted online on THE BOX, which is the Foundation's Community Platform, in six different indication categories. The cases will then be reviewed by a jury and the best oral regenerative cases in the six competition categories will be selected for an oral presentation in the Osteology Case Session. The winner in each category will be invited to present their case on stage at Osteology Barcelona in the Osteology Case session and receive free registration to the congress as well as a special certificate. A great chance to present your case to a targeted audience and to actively become part of THE NEXT REGENERATION.

Looking at the programme, what is your personal highlight of this event?

Maurício Araújo: Honestly, I don’t have a personal highlight — everything looks so interesting! But if I had to choose, I would say that the session on ridge preservation and novelties in oral regeneration shouldn’t be missed.

If your colleagues ask you why they should attend Osteology Barcelona, what would you tell them?

Maurício Araújo: You should go because you don’t want loose the chance to learn, hear and discuss the most important topics in our field in a very friendly atmosphere. We will cover everything needed to assure that you are doing the best for your patient. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!


All information on the programme, workshops, case competition and poster exhibitions as well as registration is available on The submission period for the case competition is from 14 September 2018 to 31 January 2019.