The back to back meetings of ADEA and IADR were held in Seattle, Washington and both had Birmingham representation. Prof Walmsley attended the Association for Dental Education in America (ADEA) meeting in his executive role with ADEE. The theme of the meeting was the Landscape of Learning and looked at the changing curriculum as well as how to motivate and inspire students. There were some interesting educational technology ideas presented. There was also an Universitas 21 meeting on the International Peer Review project led by Karen Gardner and Susan Bridges.
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a much busier meeting and Birmingham was represented in many different forums. Professor Paul Cooper presented a lunch and learn. Owen Addison was presented with a plaque the award for his recent successful research grant in implantology. However the committee did not check on the spelling of his name. Hal Duncan who is a joint student between Birmingham and Dublin competed in the International Hatton Prize. There were several other presentations including research work from the Periodontal Research group and the Biomaterials research area. Overall it was a a successful conference for Birmingham Dental School.
Seattle is very much a tourist city and when time permitted visits were made to the Farmers market in Pike Place or there was the opportunity to take a ferry across Puget sound to Bainbridge island. The time difference was 7 hours and so many of us were sleepless in Seattle with the jet lag.