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Virtual presentations make for a real learning experience

by: Michael Stuart

Over 700 dental professionals from across Russia and beyond came together at the Nobel Biocare Symposium in Sochi last week (June 11–13).

The event focused on the ever-changing nature of the dental industry. More than 20 speakers from Europe, the US, Russia, and Ukraine presented topics including intelligent treatment planning and the opportunities offered by digital dentistry.

The exciting symposium content covered the developments that are changing the industry, and was delivered in innovative ways.

A holographic presentation brought many of the topics to life in full 3D. A major highlight was a virtual Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark taking the stage to present.

All presentations were under fifteen minutes and incorporated live discussion. The sessions used an interactive format that allowed the audience to ask questions, post comments and rate the material presented, all through one dedicated smartphone app.

In addition to the main scientific program, attendees could choose from twelve different master classes, each offering valuable hands-on learning led by experienced professionals.

The symposium also recognized several attendees for their invaluable contributions to implantology. The first award went to Prof. Tatyana Robustova for promoting the development of the dental implant in Russia. Renowned clinician Dr. Jack Haan and Mridu Sekhar, formerly of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Nobel Biocare Russia, were also recognized for their extensive achievements.

The setting of the event itself also served to inspire. Sochi is known as the capital of Russian tourism and the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the packed symposia program, delegates were able to experience the atmosphere of this Black Sea resort. Attendees could also visit some of the impressive Olympic venues during a specially arranged excursion.

Attendee testimonials

Dr. Andrey Akulovich (Russia)
“The perfect organization of a complex event. Great technical innovations like additional holographic projector. Format of lectures was innovative, with the representation of different treatment plans for similar clinical cases and also with interactive voting. A brilliant selection of lecturers. Huge interest from specialists and a full house.”

Igor Myaskivker (Germany)
“It was the best Symposium, full of energy, which I'm sure all the participants felt.”

Dr. Maksim Kopylov (Russia)
“I’m a little sad the wonderful Nobel Biocare Symposium in Sochi 2014 is over. I didn’t want to leave! But we'll meet again soon for invaluable communication, new experiences, and the most positive emotions! Thank you all to all who came and experienced this energy with us!”

Dr. Alexander Baburov (Russia)
“Great event! Top quality as usual.”

Dr. Andrey Grigoryants (Russia)
“The event meets the highest international standards. It’s what a symposium should be! Up to date, interesting. Bright!”

Dr. Sergey Zorin (Russia)
“Super colleagues! Great team! The best meeting!"

Mridu D. Sekhar (USA)
“The format of presenting cases for treatment planning by the range of clinicians with an equally wide set of options was stimulating and engaging! The winner is the patient! May the patient always win! Congratulations to the team!”

More to explore:

To watch a video with the highlights from the Russian Symposium, please click here.

To find out more about Nobel Biocare events where you are, please click here.