By Dr Marco Dias da Silva

A delegation from the University of Birmingham represented our School of Dentistry at the Annual Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) meeting in August 2018. The event was held at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway and the theme was Dental education in a changing society. Keynote speakers ranged from diversity and technology in dental education, the a ageing population and Challenges in licensing overseas dentists in Europe.

At the same time, in the other campus from Oslo dental school, EDSA also held their meeting. Valentin, EDSA president and Nabeela Caratela (BDS3) , our EDSA rep, received Dr Marco Dias da Silva, UoB Marie Curie Postdoctoral research fellow. Dr Marco talk to the dental students about the importance of their participation on the improvement of the new technologies use implementation by the dental schools.

Dr Upen Patel presented on “A national approach to collating assessment load information in United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland dental schools” and Dr Marco Dias da Silva represented us with two Freestage presentations “Accessing dental education via online video content”.

On the final day, Dr Andresa Pereira, Dr Marco Silva and Prof Damien Walmsley presented two posters, “Let’s start to play: Using games in Dental education” and “Fake news on Dental Education” The team received the best poster award for “Fake news in Dental Education” and Dr da Silva received the award from Professor Deborah White, Editor of the Euorpean Journal of Dental Education.

Marco receiving his certificate for the best poster from Prof Deborah White
Marco with Prof White and a picture of St Apollonia
Upen Patel presenting his work on Assessment for all UK and Ireland Dental Schools

At the Get together party the delegates were invited to visit the beautiful Preclinical training centre of the Oslo Faculty of Dentistry. The Official reception took place in the famous Oslo City Hall and the Celebration Dinner at Gamle Logen, the city’s concert hall and music venue.  Oslo is a beautiful city and the local committee did a great job.  The conference is very important by allowing us to discuss diverse educational subjects and teaching experiences in an International context. Next year it is taking place in Berlin. See you there!