Boston was the conference city for IADR. The city still showed many of the scars of a very cold winter with large amounts of snow on the Sidewalks and in the parks. The temperature was in single figures during the day and below freezing at night. However that did not stop the dental researchers who flew in from Birmingham to add their numbers to the 6,000 plus delegates. Many of our doctoral students gave oral or poster presentations. For many this was their first presentation at a major meeting. Birmingham people were everywhere and you could tell by their smiles and positive attitude that they were enjoying the conference and networking with both their peers and established researchers.
There were over 25 Birmingham participants at the meeting but the number of collaborations with presentations, Keynotes and other symposia pushed the number up much higher. This reflects the high research standing of the school on the International stage. Staff were invited to present to faculty at the local dental schools which added to the strength of contribution to the success of the meeting. Particularly pleasing for the school was the interaction with industry and world leading researchers.