The 20th Annual Congress of the Portuguese Dental Association was held last 10, 11 and 12 November, in Lisbon. With renowned national and international speakers, with a great organization committee and with a professional and dedicated team we had done a memorable celebration of the twentieth PDA congress.
The doors opened at 9 am to receive 5745 visitants and delegates.
I had the honor to have the presence of several delegations from other dental associations and countries worldwide. Angola; Brazilian Dental Association (ABO, ABCD and APCD); Bulgarian Dental Association; Cape Verde Dental Association; Guinea Bissau Dental Association; Iranian Dental Association and from the Greater New York Dental Meeting. The Executive Director of FDI, the Vice-President of the Council of European Dentists and representatives from IADS were present as well.
Friday was the day of the Opening Ceremony with the presence of the Health Secretary of State, Dr. Fernando Leal da Costa.
It was announced important news for Oral Health, such as the enlargement of the Oral Health Program, by the Secretary of State and by my side the strategy to implement the new Nomenclature Table of PDA.
The exhibition Expo-Dentária is already a renowned brand, this year with 115 companies present.
The Gala Dinner of the Congress took place at the Oriente Museum followed by a huge party at Kapital to celebrate the 20 years of PDA Congresses. The place were small for all of whom wanted to join us.
Last day of the congress! The conferences rooms still full of colleagues.
There was time to promote a meeting between IADS and Portuguese Dental Students Associations. My eyes are always looking to students and young dentists from long time ago, it’s an old concern. Portugal hasn’t delegates at IADS and the aim of that meeting was to promote further developments between all of them.
8 pm. The doors were closed! But one will to return every year make of PDA congress much more than a congress… A congress where science, continuing education, dental marketing, dentistry trade, dental policies and friendship join together in a perfect 3 days… to do more than a congress!