European Association for Osseointegration cancels 2021 congress
PARIS, France: On its website, the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) has announced that its annual scientific meeting will not take place as planned from 14 to 16 October in Milan in Italy. Owing to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the in-person event has had to be cancelled; however, the organisation stated that it is currently arranging a digital alternative.
With about 5,000 attendees each year, the EAO congress is one of the most important events for the global dental implant community, which last gathered in person for the EAO congress two years ago in Lisbon in Portugal. In 2020, the event took on a completely new digital format as the host, the German city of Berlin, had prohibited events with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The EAO Digital Days platform featured eight different channels through which the EAO provided abstract sessions, e-poster sessions, virtual exhibition booths, sponsors’ lounges and EAO membership lounges.
“We would only have been able to make the scientific content available to a very limited number of people,” Prof. Henning Schliephake, chair of the 2020 EAO Digital Days and then EAO president, told Dental Tribune International in an interview leading up to the digital event last year. “Moreover, even with that limited number of participants, rules such as social distancing, the wearing of masks and limited access to the exhibition area would have applied. As the unique atmosphere of our congress is based on lively interaction between all participants and speakers, both in the lecture halls and in the exhibition area during breaks, this would have severely damaged the nature of the congress and its educational character. As a consequence, we decided to transform the format of the congress into a digital one that would allow both unlimited dissemination of scientific content and interactivity.”
More details about the EAO Digital Days in 2021 will soon become available at eao.org/congress.
The next in-person EAO annual congress will take place from 29 September to 1 October 2022 in Geneva in Switzerland.