News from the European Aligner Society ahead of its 5th congress

Ahead of the 5th European Aligner Society (EAS) Congress which takes place in Valencia, Spain between 29 Feb and 2 Mar, a spokesperson shared a number of announcements regarding the event’s registration deadline, European Board of Aligner Orthodontics (EBAO) examination, and new initiatives.

The 5th EAS Congress has already registered over 1,000 delegates from 69 countries, its largest number to date, who will be attending the comprehensive three-day programme about the future of clear aligner therapy and digital dentistry, delivered by 39 speakers. To accommodate demand for last minute places, the deadline for reservations has been extended until 22 Feb. Visitors can expect activities such as augmented plenary sessions, workshops, an Aligner Lab Innovation Day and Aligner Village, as well as a parallel programme for orthodontic teams.

Following the first 15 candidates who sat the first EBAO examination, the EAS has also announced that it has registered 31 clinicians for the Clinical Masters Membership of EBAO examination which takes place on 29 Feb at the congress. Eight clinicians have submitted the initial two cases for the EBAO Proficiency Award while the remaining 21 clinicians have submitted a further three cases or five cases for the EBAO Clinical Excellence Award. There are two pathways to achieving EABO validation in two stages.

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Sustainability is also a key theme of the upcoming congress as delegates are invited to download the ‘UN AWorld’ app which was developed to encourage living in a more sustainable way in a modern world, with less paper and less plastic. It was created in support of ‘ActNow’, the UN campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability.

The app incentivises people to take sustainable action through their everyday ‘habits’ and actions which they can log and track. It also provides them with their impact metrics, educational journeys, tips and quizzes, and engages them through the use of eye-catching visuals and solutions-oriented content.

Align Technology will be providing water flasks for all the delegates, which can be refilled at water cooler stations throughout the venue. There will be no printed version of the congress programme as the Society is also aiming for a paperless event. The programme will be provided on its event app, and roll up banners will be fabricated from recyclable materials.

Moreover, the EAS also announced that it is creating a legacy for future generations and will be apportioning €30 (US$32) from every Congress registration fee to an EAS Legacy fund. The contribution goes towards to the future of the profession and prospective patients, particularly those in developing countries. Under this ambit, the following initiatives were commissioned:

  • A three-year grant worth €10,000 (US$10,946) a year to fund the training of a healthcare educator in a low income country. While training and skills development for disadvantaged communities are crucial, it is equally pivotal to consider ways to fuel a sustainable model which will enable the person to work in their community to bring about tangible and sustainable local oral health improvements.
  • A €10,000 (US$10,946) donation to Operation Smile which works with local health care providers, governments, non-profit organisations and hospitals to deliver the most effective and safe surgical care to cleft lip and palate patients in low-income countries. By creating this sustainable model, Operation Smile empowers long term training and local long-term care rather than swooping in and moving on. As a result, 78% of the medical volunteer positions on its surgical programmes in 2020 were held by healthcare professionals.
  • A three-year grant worth €10,000 (US$10,946) a year to fund research into the next generation of clear aligner therapy.

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