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ADA and dental organizations to consolidate annual meetings

May 25, 2017

By David Burger

To maximize the impact of the meeting experience, five dental professional organizations, including the ADA, are collaborating to combine three dental conferences in 2019 and two in 2020.

Dr. Roberts
The ADA will be co-locating its annual meeting with several state, local and international dental organizations over the next several years.

"Because of the willingness to partner, a number of dental tradeshows will be combined," said ADA President Gary L. Roberts in a news release. "This approach makes great sense because it saves everyone time and money. Rather than wonder which meeting to attend or exhibit at, the choice is now easy."

The arrangement of the ADA's partnership is as follows:

  • ADA 2019 – America's Dental Meeting will be held in San Francisco Sept. 5-9 in a joint meeting with the California Dental Association and San Francisco Dental Society. This meeting will also serve as the 2019 FDI World Dental Congress and commemorate the 160th anniversary of the ADA and former ADA trustee Dr. Kathryn Kell's term as FDI president. "CDA is once again proud to welcome the ADA annual meeting to San Francisco as part of our ongoing partnership spanning many years," said Dr. Clelan Ehrler, California Dental Association president. "We are excited and look forward to the addition of the FDI World Dental Federation."

    Dr. Patrick Hescot, FDI president, said in the release that FDI has a "long and fruitful working relationship with the ADA" and that "FDI is excited to combine organizational expertise to produce an engaging scientific program, as well as host what should be one of the largest exhibitions ever seen at FDI's World Dental Congress."
  • ADA 2020 – America's Dental Meeting will be held in Orlando Oct. 15-18 in a joint meeting with the Florida Dental Association. "The Florida Dental Association is thrilled to partner with the American Dental Association to host ADA 2020 in Orlando," said Dr. Bill D'Aiuto, president of the Florida Dental Association and Orlando practicing dentist, in the release. "This will be a great opportunity to shine a light on our state, and we look forward to working together to make this an impactful event."
ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting will be held in Atlanta Oct. 19-23 in collaboration with the Georgia Dental Association. The Georgia Dental Association will hold its own annual convention and expo in July in Amelia Island, Florida.

ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting will be held in Honolulu Oct. 18-22, 2018, in collaboration with the Hawaii Dental Association. The Hawaii Dental Association will hold its own convention in January 2018.

In addition, the New Dentist Conference is held in conjunction with the ADA annual meeting.

The ADA will explore similar arrangements beyond 2020 in other destinations, according to the news release.

The ADA has a long-standing policy that encourages state and local societies to work with the ADA as the annual meeting rotates around the country, according to the release.

Registration is now open for ADA 2017 at