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Welcome from Phil Smith

It is a great honour for me to serve as President of the British Society of Prosthodontics for the year 2017– 2018, I am delighted to welcome you to our long established and forward looking specialist society.

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Liverpool on Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March 2018. The theme of the conference is ‘Favourable outcomes: Contemporary practice’ and will have the first day dedicated to managing individuals with cleft lip and palate, the second day will bring together various specialties to update attendees on various aspects of contemporary practice.

The conference venue is St George’s Hall in Liverpool and is well located close to Lime Street Station, and a number of hotels to suit all budgets. The presentations will take place in the magnificent concert hall that has a capacity of up to 500, with impressive acoustics and modern audio-visual support. Poster exhibitions, refreshments and the trade will be accommodated in the Great Hall, an impressive area that allows more than adequate space. We have speakers with national and international profiles to present in their areas of interest.

In a break from ‘conference tradition’ an informal ‘mixer’ event with drinks and canapes will take the place of the conference dinner in the early evening of Thursday 15th March, freeing up the remainder of the evening for attendees to make their own arrangements for dinner. Preferential rates for accommodation in a range of reasonably price and more luxurious hotels near the venue have been arranged. Liverpool is a great city with an extraordinary maritime history and is well used to welcoming visitors from around the world. With its museums, galleries, theatres and historic landmarks, it is well worth an extended visit. Liverpool has excellent transport links with every part of the United Kingdom and is easily reached by air, rail or road.

Although the annual conference is an important event in the Prosthodontics calendar, it is by no means the only activity of the British Society of Prosthodontics. A number of successful webinars are available to members and plans are in place to continue expanding the series with further interesting and topical presentations, all of which are free to members.

Your Council members and Honorary Officers represent the interests of the membership and of Prosthodontics on many national bodies and committees involved in policy making, training and education. These activities, often invisible to members make a major, if unrecognised, contribution to protecting members’ interests and promoting prosthodontics in the United Kingdom. For the efforts of all those who serve the society I am very grateful.

I wish all our members every success and I hope you make maximum use of the many benefits of your membership and I look forward to meeting all of you in Liverpool in 2018.

Best regards,
Phil Smith, President, British Society of Prosthodontics

 

 

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Above: The inauguration of the President at the 64th Annual Conference. The new President, Dr Phil Smith (right), received his chain of office from the outgoing President, Professor Michael Fenlon (left).

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