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Welcome from the President

I am delighted and deeply honoured to be the BSSPD President for 2023-24. The British Society of Prosthodontics has been a welcoming home professionally to me for nearly 30 years, allowing me to make friendships and connections across the UK and beyond. Having been on Council this year, as President Elect, it has allowed me to see how active and vibrant the society is. There are already a number of exciting work streams under way, especially around prosthodontic curriculum development and research support that we hope to bring to fruition this year. Additionally we will continue the excellent Webinar series that BSSPD has pioneered over the last 10 years and has become a mainstay of Dental CPD for our members.

This year we hope to increase membership particularly among the younger dentist group, who are always the future of any society. As part of this, Council, already have an active roadshow of events at Dental Schools across the UK that we will continue. We are also going back to the BDA Conference in Birmingham, after a break of several years, to help promote the Societies aims and encourage membership uptake.

The Society is also keen to support dentists in specialty training and will once again run its much valued ‘mock assessment day’ for trainees across the UK in Sheffield in the summer.

As President, I also have the privilege of helping to organise the 2024 BSSPD Conference in Cardiff on April 18th and 19th. We have a wonderful venue booked at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the heart of the City for our ‘Prosthodontics at the Interface - Art and Science’ Conference. We will explore the many interfaces of Prosthodontics with other specialties, multidisciplinary teams and new technologies that make our speciality so integral to patient care and help drive the development of new treatment options. I look forward to seeing you there for what I believe will be a highly enjoyable educational and social event.

Thank you and welcome to BSSPD!

James Owens

President 2023-24