By Dental Tribune International

MADRID, Spain: Dr Guillermo Rivero, President of the Argentina dental association (CORA), told Dental Tribune Online that the next FDI World Dental Congress will take place on 5 to 8 September 2018 in Buenos Aires in Argentina. CORA, which will be co-organising the event with the FDI, expects more than 10,000 dental professionals from all over the world to attend FDI Buenos Aires 2018, which will be held at La Rural exhibition centre.

The main figures of world dentistry will be participating in the meeting, at which all dental specialties and techniques will be covered. FDI Buenos Aires 2018 will offer lectures, seminars, workshops, hands-on sessions and poster exhibitions, among many other activities.

“We are working on the list of Argentine speakers, which will follow a form of representation by geographical region of the country,” said Rivero. “This is being coordinated by Dr Brian Murdoch, who was appointed as Scientific Director of FDI Buenos Aires 2018.”

CORA’s president explained that, at the FDI’s July meeting in Goa in India, guidelines were established for designating the speakers for the event. “Soon, possibly in November, we will have the final speaker selection and will be announcing their names, after submitting the report to the FDI,” he added.

Rivero said that the slogan of FDI Buenos Aires 2018 will be “Passion from many, commitment from all”. The Argentine dentist added that the organisers are “working so that dentistry in all its scope, which is a passion for many of us, is taken by all involved as a commitment for improvement”.

Regarding technological innovations, there will be a large commercial exhibition over an area of more than 8,000 m2, at which the most advanced innovations in equipment, materials and instruments will be on display.

Commenting on the advantages of the host country, Rivero said that Argentina is very large and extremely attractive. “We have a beautiful, huge country,” he explained, “with a variety of climates, landscapes and cultures. We have many tourism options for all tastes, such as Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego (the southernmost city in the world); the Perito Moreno Glacier in the south; the towns in the Andes mountains (Bariloche and San Martín de los Andes), which offer adventure tourism in snowy landscapes and lakes; the centre of the country with the wine route; the Valley of the Moon. The region of the Pampa with its huge cattle fields, where it is possible to enjoy the activities of the Argentine gaucho; the north with its hills of a thousand colours and the train to the clouds; and, in the north-east, the Iguazu Falls. In other provinces, we have enormous rivers, the national park of Palmar de Colón, the great wetlands, the tango, the roasted meats, the dressage, the folklore, the dulce de leche, and, of course, the people!”

As for Buenos Aires attractions, the President of CORA said that “Buenos Aires is a multicultural city, reminiscent of major European capitals like Madrid or Paris, with museums, plazas, boulevards, theatres, tango, musicals, the Plaza de Mayo (famous as a meeting point for political demonstrations), from where you can visit the Cabildo [city hall], the Casa Rosada (which is like the White House), the metropolitan cathedral, the obelisk on Avenida 9 de Julio (‘the widest in the world’). There are the neighbourhoods of Palermo and La Boca and its ‘Caminito’ (a reference to a famous tango), a place where Italian immigrants settled in the early twentieth century. There are multiple spaces for shopping and walking. In short, Buenos Aires is a city to totally enjoy.”