First digital edition of AOSC exceeds expectations
SINGAPORE: The Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC), held from 2 to 11 July, successfully concluded its first online edition. The congress exceeded the expectations of the organisers, despite the current global climate, by attracting nearly 1,000 attendees from 50 countries.
The AOSC 2021 conference featured 20 local and international speakers who delivered 19 scientific sessions, for which continuing education credits could be earned and which were made available live and on demand for registered attendees. Keynote speakers such as Drs Chris Chang, Steven Lindauer and Ute Schneider-Moser shared detailed case studies and critical insights with the participants. The conference sessions addressed themes such as challenges during the pandemic, the role of appliances and the future of orthodontics.
For the digital exhibition, 16 companies and over 100 represented brands, including leading orthodontic companies such as Align Technology, Ormco and Dentsply Sirona, came together to showcase their latest products and innovations, highlighting the current technological advancements in the industry.
“We are heartened by the overwhelming response received for our first-ever online edition of AOSC with close to 1,000 participants from all around the world. The growth of AOSC over the years and even through a pandemic marks a great triumph and we are honoured to be becoming more recognised in the orthodontic community,” said Dr Bryce Lee, AOS president and AOSC 2021 chairperson, in a press release.
This year’s scientific poster competition featured 19 presenters. Three of them received a prize: Dr Shivam Mehta from the University of Connecticut in the US, Dr Cheryl Lee from the National Dental Centre in Singapore and Dr Xiu Ling Florence Kok from University College London in the UK.
To round up the AOSC experience, attendees participated in a variety of virtual social programmes such as cooking, networking and sports sessions.
“AOSC 2021’s success is a hopeful motivation, but we have to acknowledge that physical events have an immersive quality that cannot be replicated online. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues in person again for AOSC 2023,” said Dr Koo Chieh Shen, chairperson of AOSC 2023.
The Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress will return for its next edition in its established physical format at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore from 17 to 19 February 2023.
More information on the congress can be found at www.aoscongress.com.