Orthodontists from more than 100 countries converged on Sydney for the 7th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC).
A contingent of around 150 British orthodontists was amongst those who headed ‘down under’; one of the largest international groups represented at the conference. Spearheading the British delegation was the Organising Committee of the 8th IOC, which is charged with bringing the next World Congress to London in 2015.
The committee from the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) was there to start the countdown and promote London ahead of 2015.
The Society hosted a BOS Village Day at the Congress during which four International and eight leading UK speakers took to the rostrum in front of a full auditorium.
The Society also hosted a cocktail party which was graced by the majority of UK delegates and a number of distinguished invited guests from the world orthodontics.
The new website of the BOS encouraged delegates to visit its ‘patriotic’ exhibition stand from which it gave out branded red London bus key rings featuring a newly created London 2015 logo and the URL of a new website – www.wfo2015london.org – which went live on the final day of the convention.
On a large plasma screen, the BOS showed a specially recorded interview with London Mayor Boris Johnson who encouraged delegates to visit London and explore the many benefits of the UK capital.
During his presentation at the conference, Dr Jonathan Sandler, chairman of the 8th IOC, explained that there couldn’t be a better time to visit London: He said: ‘After staging the 2012 Olympics, London will have the infrastructure and stature to put it on a world footing. 2015 also looks like being a bumper year for London.
‘It is hosting the Rugby World Cup at the same time as the World Orthodontic Congress, so if you are a fan of the game there could be no better time to be in London – in fact you might consider combining your professional and sporting interests.’ For more information visit www.wfo2015london.org.
WFO elects UK orthodontist as vice president
Consultant orthodontist Allan Thom has been elected vice president of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) for 2010-2015.
The WFO represents 104 orthodontic societies with more than 8,400 fellows worldwide. Allan Thom has previously held presidential positions of the British Orthodontic Technicians Association, the British Orthodontic Society and the European Federation of Orthodontists.
Dr Thom said: ‘It is a great honour to have been elected to the position of vice president. I have enjoyed representing the orthodontic societies of Europe on the WFO Executive for the last five years and will continue to represent them. In addition, I very much look forward to working closely with the new WFO Executive for the benefit of all WFO Fellows.
‘I thank both the executive and the WFO Fellows for electing me to this prestigious position.’