Press release issued 14 March 2012
Around 500 students from dental schools across the UK will come together over the next three days for the British Dental Students’ Association (BDSA) 2012 conference.
Dental professionals at the top of their field, including Professor Jonathan Sandy, Head of the University’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences, will be speaking at the conference. The range of talks will include forensic dentistry, an update for students about the changes in NHS dentistry and the work of Bridge2Aid, who provide access to dental pain relief for millions of people in the developing world.
On the final day, the University’s Dental School will be the venue for the largest UK Student Dental Trade Fair together with various hands-on workshops, such as clinical periodontics and root canal treatment, in the School’s adult dental clinic.
Lee Feinberg, a 4th year Bristol Dental student and conference organiser, said: “The conference offers the chance for students from all over the country to meet and for new bonds to be established between students and dental schools. The event also enables dental students to learn something different, with guest lecturers providing fascinating talks about topics which are not taught within the normal curriculum.”
The British Dental Students’ Association (BDSA) is a student body run by an annually elected Executive Committee and representatives from each UK dental school.
The association was founded in 1942 and today represents over 5,000 dental students in the UK.
The BDSA aims to:
· Promote the educational and social interests of the dental students of the UK.
· Represent dental students on a national and international level.
· Promote integration between all dental students.
· Campaign amongst the profession and beyond to champion the views of dental students.
· Organise two annual national events: sports day and conference.
The conference offers the chance for students from all over the country to meet and for new bonds to be established between students and dental schools.