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FDI Congress seeks to connect dentists worldwide in Istanbul


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—In the city where Europe and Asia are connected by a pair of magnificent suspension bridges, dental professionals from around the world will be "Bridging Continents for Global Oral Health" during the FDI World Dental Congress Aug. 28-31, at the Istanbul Congress Center.

A preliminary program is available on the congress website, fdi2013istanbul.org. Early registration discounts are available through May 31.

The FDI World Dental Federation and the Turkish Dental Association are collaborating to organize the congress. The FDI, with some 200 member national dental associations and specialist groups from more than 130 countries, serves as the principal representative body for more than 1 million dentists worldwide.

"Istanbul needs little introduction: straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways—it is Turkey's cultural capital, former seat of four empires and, today, an attractive destination for international meetings, boasting a brand new state-of-the-art convention center and wide choice of world-class hotels and other accommodations," said Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva, FDI president, and Dr. Taner Yücel, TDA president in a joint invitation. "Easily accessible by road rail, sea and air, Istanbul offers the visitor an unforgettable experience with its colorful neighborhoods, warm, sunny climate, especially in late August, hospitable local population and superb cuisine and entertainment."

"The congress is a wonderful opportunity for ADA members to participate in an international dental congress and to network with the international dental community including dentists from other FDI member associations," said Dr. Kathryn Kell, a general dentist in Davenport, Iowa, and treasurer of the FDI World Dental Federation.

The congress 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. The official language of the congress is English and the FDI World Dental Federation is an approved ADA CERP provider.

Attendees who are interested the latest developments in dental technology and oral care from local, regional and global suppliers can attend the congress's free 5,000-square-meter exhibition.

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.

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.

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.

Register for the meeting, social programs and tours at fdi2013istanbul.org. The website also offers links to reserve hotel accommodations and flights and information for visitors.