The 3M ESPE Award for Innovation recognises students’ ability to think beyond existing practices and technologies to envisage the future of dentistry.

To enter, submit up to 500 words describing your dental practice in the year 2020.

You will be judged on your ability to demonstrate an innovative approach, your consideration of future changes in general dentistry and your understanding of how the introduction of new technologies will help deliver better patient care.

• One winner from each university will receive £300 towards an elective programme or additional research project.
• All winning students will be invited to join leading figures in UK and Irish dentistry at a dedicated awards ceremony in March 2011.
• The winner of the National Award for Innovation will be selected from these winners and will receive a further £500 to support their studies.
• All finalists will receive a certificate.

For each university, the shortlist for the Award for Innovation will be drawn up by a 3M ESPE panel and the winner chosen by a designated tutor at the university.

The National Award for Innovation will be judged by an independent panel of leading dentistry experts.

Entry is open to all third-year dental students in the UK and Ireland. Submissions must be received before midnight on 31 January 2011.

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