Back to the future – at BOC

shutterstock_382977382The next British Orthodontic Conference will take place on September 14-16 2017, Manchester with the theme ‘Back to the Future’

The British Orthodontic Conference in 2017 will have a focus on innovation – most notably developments in digital technology and materials design  – while some of the profession’s academic giants will bring audiences up to date on underpinning research.

The overall theme will be Back to the Future, reflecting the forward-looking content of many of the presentations but also embracing the long tradition that makes orthodontics the oldest of all the specialties. More than 40 top speakers will be sharing their forward-thinking ideas at the Manchester Conference Centre against the magnificent backdrop of this Victorian City. Tradition and vision united under one roof.


Digital technology

Professors Sabine Ruf and David Bearn will be discussing research methods and Nigel Harradine, one of the profession’s best-loved speakers, will be looking back on a 40-year career. Meanwhile, digital technology in the specialty will be under scrutiny from Lars Christensen and Asif Chatoo and Dirk Wiechmann, innovator par excellence, will deliver the annual Northcroft lecture.

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The BOC 2017 theme was unveiled in Brighton last week

Richard Jones, conference Chairman said: ‘Our top line presenters include Bjorn Ludwig, Chris Chang, Stefano Troiani, Sam Daher and, from the UK, Simon Littlewood, John Scholey and Trevor Hodge. More exciting speakers will be confirmed in the coming months.’

A three day programme is planned for dental teams and Professor Willem Kuyken who will introduce mindfulness. The orthodontic technicians will also have their programme alongside the three orthodontic programmes over three days.

Richard added: ‘As ever, social events will be designed to delight and, in 2017, BOC will be in Manchester Town Hall for the opening gala and in the Midland Hotel for the Banquet. A day ahead of the three day event, on 13th September, Dr Eric Whaites will deliver an IRMER accreditation course.’


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