Berlin announced as host of 2020 EAO congress
LISBON, Portugal: At the closing ceremony of the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO 2019), the focus shifted from this year’s extremely successful event to the organisation’s plans for next year. Berlin was officially announced as the host city for the 2020 congress.
To begin the ceremony, Drs Gil Alcoforado and Susana Noronha, chair and co-chair, respectively, of EAO 2019, thanked the packed auditorium for their participation. “Thank you everyone for coming, whether from nearby or far away, and I hope we met your expectations. I cannot wait to see you in Berlin next year!” Alcoforado said.
EAO President Prof. Henning Schliephake was then welcomed to the stage to introduce the 2020 congress, of which he is the chair. The congress will be held in the German capital city under the rather provocative theme of “… tear down this wall!”, invoking former US President Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 plea for Mikhail Gorbachev, then General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, to dismantle the wall that divided the city of Berlin. In doing so, Schliephake explained, the EAO is aiming to break down the divisions that exist not just between dental researchers and practitioners but also between different dental disciplines.
“The barriers that exist in our minds must be torn down,” Schliephake said. “By aiming to do so in Berlin, hopefully we can provide you with inspiration for your future dental activities. We look forward to welcoming you there.”
The 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the EAO will take place from 8 to 10 October 2020. Along with Schliephake assuming the role of congress chair, Profs. Florian Beuer and Frank Schwarz have been appointed as co-chairs. In keeping with its theme, the congress will feature the US and Russia as guest countries.