FDI to organise virtual summit showcasing sustainable practice in dentistry

FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has announced the upcoming second edition of its virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry, set to take place from 18-20 Jun.

This event will offer a platform for presenting case studies, sharing best practices and providing informative resources aimed at improving sustainable practices within the dental profession.

Sustainability in Dentistry Summit
Join FDI for the Sustainability in Dentistry Summit on 18th – 20th June 2024

The inaugural Sustainability in Dentistry Summit, held in 2023 to mark World Environment Day, garnered widespread acclaim from participants and presenters alike. Building on the resounding success of its debut, FDI is thrilled to host the second edition of the virtual event over three days in June 2024.

“We are delighted to bring back the Sustainability in Dentistry Summit this year, reaffirming our dedication to shaping a more sustainable future. Environmental responsibility is critical in dentistry, a commitment we owe to our planet and future generations. We invite all stakeholders to engage in this enlightening three-day event and join us in fostering a healthier, eco-conscious approach to oral healthcare,” said FDI president, Dr Greg Chadwick.

Amidst the global environmental challenges faced by the world, FDI acknowledges the significant impact dentistry has on the planet. To address this issue effectively, FDI launched its Sustainability in Dentistry project in 2021. Through this initiative, FDI has meticulously documented and celebrated the commendable efforts of stakeholders in dentistry, including its member national dental associations and dental practitioners worldwide, recognising their hard work to mitigate the environmental footprint of dentistry through initiatives such as the Sustainability Awards.

The upcoming virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry presents the opportunity to spotlight additional success stories and equip attendees with the tools and inspiration needed to embrace environmentally conscious decisions for their practices.

“The FDI Sustainability in Dentistry Summit is an important event for our industry. This event provides valuable insights, knowledge and motivation to dental professionals around the world to advance sustainability. As a co-founder of the FDI Sustainability in Dentistry initiative, we at Dentsply Sirona urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to come together, learn and take action for a more sustainable future,” said Andreas Frank, EVP, chief business officer at Dentsply Sirona.

The summit will also be an opportunity to get familiar with FDI’ Sustainability in Dentistry project and the diverse resources that have been developed as part of the initiative, including a Massive Open Online Course for dentists and dental teams, a Pledge for Sustainable Oral Healthcare, a Sustainability Toolkit, and more.

“As a founding partner of the FDI Sustainability project, Haleon believes that sustainable dentistry is better dentistry. We are dedicated to making our business more sustainable and partnering with industry to support the meaningful change needed. Personal responsibility is at the heart of this mission. We believe that even small changes in practice can yield significant economic, social, and environmental benefits. Join the summit to benefit from impactful case studies, best practice guides and valuable resources,” said Gareth Rudduck, head of Conscious Consumption for Oral Health at Haleon.

Atsushi Kinoshita, executive director for Sustainability Transformation at Sunstar commented: “We are thrilled to be part of this industry-wide project to improve sustainability practices within the dental profession. While we are on our own journey to become more sustainable, we remain committed to reducing our environmental impact and supporting oral care professionals in their own sustainability transformation.”

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