Aesthetics in Prosthodontics
Monday 14th - Tuesday 15th April 2014
The last BSSPD conference in Dundee took place in 1995 during the presidency of Professor Bob Yemm. So it will be a privilege to have members of the Society and visitors back to the city for the 2014 conference.
Dundee, the "City of Discovery", is historically known for its ship building, and the three J's - jute, jam and journalism. However the city has undergone immense change and is now known for a very significant science base, digital innovation and biotechnology. Research in life sciences and medicine draws people to work here from all over the world with international conferences being held regularly in the city. There is a major waterfront development project taking place which will transform the centre of Dundee. As will be known to many people Dundee is the city in which the V and A museum will be built, which is expected to open in 2015. This will be sited adjacent to another renowned Dundee landmark, RRS Discovery, famous for Captain Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition which took place between 1901-1904, some years before the ill fated expedition to the South Pole.
Moving to the present day, the theme of the 2014 conference will be "Aesthetics in Prosthodontics". A number of primarily specialist practice based speakers, who are well known both nationally and internationally, have very kindly agreed to make presentations to the Society. In working to this theme, the speakers will be able to share their expertise over a range of areas in relation to aesthetics in fixed, removable, implant and maxillofacial prosthodontics. There will also be time set aside for delegates to give poster and oral presentations, with the Schottlander Oral Prize continuing to form an important part in the proceedings of the Society conference. The conference will be based principally in the Apex Hotel, which is one of the waterside venues in the centre of Dundee and is situated very close to the railway station.
The annual dinner will be held in the evening of Monday 14th April. In keeping with Dundee's historical traditions of ship building, this will take place in a unique venue - "HM Frigate Unicorn". It was launched in 1824 as a 46 gun frigate for the Royal Navy and is the oldest British built ship that is still afloat. There are two decks, with the upper having space to seat 150 people for dinner. It is situated across the water from the Apex hotel, approximately two minutes walk away.
There are good rail links to Dundee from many city locations and direct flights also go from London City Airport. Funding has also been secured from the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau for a number of free return coach transfers. These will run from and to Edinburgh airport which should make this aspect of travel considerably more simple. Further details about the arrangements for coach transfers will be put on the BSSPD website in due course.
I look forward to welcoming you to the BSSPD conference in Dundee.
Brendan J J Scott