Poznan, Poland, is to host the 2016 FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) in September 2016. The agreement between FDI and local organizing team was signed 15 May between all parties.
Said FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong: “The decision to hold the 2016 AWDC in Poznan demonstrates FDI’s determination to ensure a good worldwide balance alternating in the last decade between the Americas , Asia-Pacific and Europe* . I congratulate the Polish Dental Association on their successful bid and look forward to yet another must-attend FDI event.”
Speaking on behalf of the congress organizing committee, Polish Dental Society President Prof Bartlomiej W. Loster said: “We feel honoured and privileged to be chosen as the host country for the 2016 FDI Annual World Dental Congress. We look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to Poznan, a city of history and style, in September 2016.”
Responsibility for the success of the AWDC is shared between FDI and a three-partner local organizing team comprising the Polish Dental Society, Exactus, a professional company specialised in organising medical and dental congresses, and the Poznan Congress Center. The AWDC also has the active support of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, which will play an active role in its preparation.
“Exactus already organizes the Central European Dental Exhibition featuring 250 exhibitors and 8,000 square metres of exhibition booths, with some 13,000 visitors. The FDI AWDC in Poznan is a fantastic opportunity to build on this solid base. We look forward to working on a dental event of such worldwide importance,” said Exactus CEO Ewa Mastalerz.
Poland’s sustained economic growth over last few years is reflected in a lively market for dental equipment and services valued at nearly €2.2 billion in 2013. Demand for dental services, both national and foreign, is growing rapidly, with a private dental sector estimated at €884 million and growing between 20% and 30% year-on-year. The country has some 30,000 qualified dentists (nearly 80% of whom are women) and an estimated 23,000 dental practices.
Poznan is a pleasant and dynamic city of some 650,000 inhabitants situated half-way between Berlin and Warsaw, with easy access by air, rail and road and numerous tourist attractions. The choice of the city for the FDI Annual World Dental Congress was helped by the unique facilities the city offers: a centrally situated Congress Center, an extremely well-developed, city-wide transport system, a large range of excellent accommodation within the vicinity of Congress Center and strong support from the city authorities.