ADEE Riga Latvia-Emerging new approaches to dental education

August 31, 2014


The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) was founded in 1975 as an independent European organisation representing academic dentistry and the community of dental educators.

ADEE members are European university dental schools, about 80%, specialist societies or other national dental bodies concerned with or related to dental education.

I was invited by Damian Walmsley, ADEE President, to deliver a keynote address at the 40th ADEE Annual Meeting, held this year at the Rīga Stradiņš University, in Latvia, on 28th August.


I would like to thanks to ADEE and to Professor Ilze Akota, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, for the warm welcome and opportunity to share the strategic document Vision 2020.

My address: “Vision 2020, Shaping the future of oral health” focused very important challenges for the future of oral health.

Current traditional models of dental education have not been yet able to adequately address disparities in oral health. Moreover, there is a growing disconnect between dental and medical education, despite wide recognition that oral health is an integral component of general health. We are working to support the reshaping of educational models to better equip members of oral health care workforce team for the challenges. (Vision 2020)


Picture and comment from Kate Fabrikant,Professional and Scientific Relations Procter & Gamble.

“Discussion of future of oral health and barriers to overcome. Let’s focus on growing importance of health oriented dental education!”



Tour to the Institute of Stomatology, guided by Prof. Egita Senakola

With Damian Walmsley at the celebration Dinner at The Small Guild (the building was erected in the years 1864—66 after a project by architect Johann Felsko in Neo-Gothic style).


Thank You ADEE, Thank you Riga!