Dental Tribune Asia Pacific

Singapore hosted largest dental show ever

By Daniel Zimmermann, DTI
April 13, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany/SINGAPORE: There is no doubt that the International Dental Exhibition & Meeting 2008 was one of the biggest dental events that Singapore has ever seen. When the show closed its doors on Sunday afternoon, organisers were able to look back at three days of buzzing activity and plenty of new contacts with dental professionals from all around the Asia Pacific region.  

For the first time, IDEM was opened by the Minister for Trade and Industry in Singapore, Lim Hng Kian. Other VIPs, like the president of the FDI World Dental Federation Dr Burton Conrod or the Swiss ambassador also attended the opening ceremony. “The fact that this IDEM was opened by Mr Kiang is a great acknowledgement,” Oliver P. Kuhrt, Executive Vice President of the organiser Koelnmesse, stated. “It clearly demonstrates how the show and the entire dental sector are appreciated at every level.”

“My thanks go to everyone who has worked so hard to bring such an excellent trade fair and top-class conference together,” he added.

Although no official numbers were available before the closing of this publication, IDEM 2008 is already expected to have attracted more visitors then ever before, many of them coming from neighbouring countries, such as Malaysia, India and the Philippines. The exhibition area had to be extended by about 35 per cent due to a larger number of exhibitors and covered an additional hall on level four of the Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre. Besides, large country participations from Germany and the United States, Australia and France had their own joint booths for the first time.

According to the organiser, 1,200 delegates registered in advance for the scientific programme, which was organised for the second time by Koelnmesse in cooperation with the FDI and the World Dental Education Society. New this year were evening sessions, giving delegates a chance to network with some of the speakers. Among others, Dental Tribune had the opportunity to talk to Prof. John G. Thomas from the West Virginia University, USA, who gave a lecture about “Managing Biofilm for Optimal Oral Health” on Saturday. Please also read the interview on pages 18–19 in this edition of DT Asia Pacific.

An unofficial Dental Tribune poll on Sunday morning among visitors of IDEM turned out very positive. “This is my third time at IDEM and my opinion is that the last two shows went into the right direction,” said a dentist from Malaysia. “Visitors and exhibitors seem to be quite motivated.”

“The way they set up the exhibition, the Forum and everything feels very professional. I think I will be coming back next time,” added another.

Preparations for the next IDEM have already begun. Professionals should mark 16–18 April 2010, in their calendars, when the next show will take place at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Eyes are also turned to the 2009 FDI Annual Congress in Singapore. Dr Conrod invited delegates of IDEM to come again and visit the congress, which traditionally offers a large scientific programme with topics covering all aspects of dentistry. “Because of the excellent work that Koelnmesse has done here with IDEM, we can look forward to one of the best congresses we ever had,”
he said during the Opening Ceremony.

The FDI Annual World Dental Congress is held in a different country every year. The bid of the Singapore Dental Association to hold the congress in 2009 was announced in early 2006 and got accepted a half year later. The event will mark the return of the FDI to Singapore for the first time since 1990.

Recent congresses include those organised by the FDI and dental organisations in China (2006) and Dubai (2007). This year, the FDI visits beautiful Stockholm, Sweden, from 24–27 September 2008.

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