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COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The tenth edition of the triennial European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) congress, EuroPerio, has finally arrived. Until 18 June, over 7,000 participants from 101 countries will gather at the beautiful Bella Center Copenhagen in Denmark to get the best in science, clinical practice and innovation. On the first day of the event, attendees already got a glimpse of the comprehensive scientific programme that EuroPerio has to offer, and the opening ceremony, which included an eloquent speech on sustainability and cheerful songs from ABBA, won everybody over with its charm.
“So, we are finally here. It took four whole years, but we are finally back together. Welcome to EuroPerio10,” said Prof. Phoebus Madianos, chairman of the Scientific Affairs Committee of the EFP, during his welcome speech. The event was originally planned to take place in June 2021. However, amid the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the EFP decided to postpone the event by one year, totalling up the waiting time between the last and the newest edition of EuroPerio to four years, just like the Olympics—which is why Prof. Madianos had previously wittily referred to EuroPerio as the “Olympic games of dental congresses”.
“It took four whole years, but we are finally back together”
— Prof. Phoebus Madianos, EFP
During his speech, Prof. Madianos assured attendees that, despite the long wait, this will be the best—and the most sustainable—EuroPerio in the event’s history. This also explains the choice of location, since Copenhagen has previously been elected the sustainability capital of Europe and is seeking to become carbon-neutral by 2025. In addition, the city offers captivating waterfronts and world-class modern architecture, which is why Prof. Andreas Stavropoulos, president of the EFP, encouraged participants to enjoy not only the scientific programme but also the city.
Besides the traditional flag ceremony, which was quite a sight, the opening ceremony featured an entrancing lecture presented by biological oceanographer Prof. Katherine Richardson as well as a special musical performance, which featured some members of the event’s organising committee.
Back to the roots
First held in Paris in France in 1994 with 1,200 attendees, EuroPerio is one of the most important and largest educational events for dental professionals specialising in periodontics and implant dentistry. The ninth edition of EuroPerio, which took place in 2018 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, attracted a record high of 10,232 dental professionals from 111 countries.
More information about EuroPerio10 can be found at www.efp.org/europerio.