The Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC), held from 2 to 11 July 2021, successfully concluded its first-ever online edition. AOSC 2021 performed beyond expectations despite the current global climate and attracted close to 1,000 attendees from 50 countries.
The AOSC 2021 Conference featured the highest number of speakers – 20 local and international speakers who delivered 19 scientific sessions, made available live and on-demand for registered delegates.
The line-up of renowned speakers from the orthodontic community saw the likes of keynote speakers, namely Dr Chris Chang, Dr Steven Lindauer, and Dr Ute Schneider-Moser enriching delegates by sharing detailed case studies and critical insights.
The conference sessions addressed themes such as “A New Challenge – Amidst the Pandemic”, “Are we Defined by our Appliance?”, and “Shaping the Future of Orthodontics”. Delegates that attended the sessions also earned continuing education (CE) points to reflect their learning.
Similar to the conference, AOSC 2021’s exhibition also moved online for the first time. Sixteen exhibiting companies and over 100 represented brands, including leading orthodontic companies such as Invisalign, Ormco, Dentsply Sirona, came together for the digital exhibition and showcased 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. We would like to thank all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and organisers for coming together and making AOSC 2021 a success,” shared Dr Bryce Lee, president of Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) and chairperson of AOSC 2021.
Featuring the best in the field of orthodontics, the 2021 Scientific Poster Competition saw 19 presenters. Unlike the past competitions, this edition’s competition was fully conducted online with virtual presentations and digital posters. The poster competition was concluded with the top 3 winners: Dr Shivam Mehta from the University of Connecticut, United States; Dr Cheryl Lee from the National Dental Centre, Singapore; and Dr Xiu Ling Florence Kok from the University College London, United Kingdom.
To round up the AOSC experience, attendees participated in a variety of virtual social programmes. The virtual cook-off, Food Wars, alongside a virtual networking and sharing session, Bring Your Own (BYO) Experience, brought together participants from around the world despite the backdrop of a pandemic. The iconic AOSC run allowed attendees to keep fit and take on challenges like competing with other runners virtually from the comfort of their own home, gym, or favourite park.
“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 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from 17 to 19 February 2023.