FDI will hold 2013 Congress in Istanbul
The congress, with the theme, Bridging Continents for Global Oral Health, will feature a broad scientific program including panel discussions, conferences, poster presentations, forums and interactive sessions on dentistry's cutting edge topics and disciplines. The program will also feature morning breakfast meetings, meet the expert sessions, a year in review session and courses for other oral health team members as well. The official language of the congress is English. (The list of scientific sessions will be available in January 2013 at www.fdi2013istanbul.org.)
Between continents: At the southern end of the Bosphorus Strait, Leander's Tower is one of Istanbul's most famous landmarks.
Outside the convention center, Istanbul's culture, architecture, cuisine and attractions offer something for everyone.
Social programs available to those attending the meeting include the FDI opening ceremony Aug. 28 in the ICC auditorium, the Gala Dinner Aug. 29 at the Rumeli Garden and a Bosphorus cocktail cruise Aug. 30.
Istanbul's history is rich and varied, from its founding by King Byzas around 660 B.C. as Byzantium; to its tenure as Constantinople, the eastern capital of the Roman Empire established in 330 A.D.; and later Kostantiniyye, the capital of the Ottoman empire in 1453 A.D., when it became a hub of Islamic culture. Istanbul became the preferred name after the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. The city's historic roots, both Christian and Islamic, are evident in the city's stunning and varied architecture, including mosques, castles, palaces, churches and monuments.
Istanbul stretches along both sides of the Bosphorus strait, the waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Its two suspension bridges connect Europe to Asia.
The FDI has planned several short tours that highlight Istanbul's many treasures and attractions. Guests can explore sites including the Roman Hippodrome (an ancient chariot race track), the Serpentine Column, the Column of Constantine, the Egyptian Obelisk, the Church of St. Saviour, the Byzantine Basilica, the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum and the Ottoman Blue Mosque. Two tours also feature cruises. One cruise sails up the Bosphorus to the Black Sea showcasing suspension bridges, Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and villas that line both the European and Asian coasts. The other cruise takes guests on the Marmara Sea to Princes' Islands, where transportation is limited to bicycles, foot traffic and horse-drawn carriages. Guests will tour the main island of Büyükada via horse drawn carriage; Leander's Tower, a Byzantine fort, lighthouse, prison and isolation hospital; Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans; and Üsküdar, one of Istanbul's oldest suburbs.
A pre-congress tour to Cappadocia will be available Aug. 26-28 and post-congress tours to Ephesus and Gallipoli and Ancient Troy are set for Sept. 1-3.
Istanbul's dining choices range from traditional Turkish dishes to cosmopolitan international fare. Turkish cuisine encompasses the influences of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and features fresh fruits, vegetables and breads; mezze (hors d'oeuvres like hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves and more); kebobs—chicken, meat, fish or vegetable; meatballs and fresh seafood; teas and desserts from fresh fruits, to pastries to Turkish Delight.
Shopping ranges from the Grand Bazaar, a 4,000-shop trading center for traditional items like gold, carpets, pottery and Turkish produce for six centuries, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, filled with spices, herbs and snacks like nuts, fruits and Turkish Delight; to modern upscale malls and shopping centers.
Register for the meeting, social programs and tours at www.fdi2013istanbul.org. The website also offers links to reserve hotel accommodations and flights and information for visitors.