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International top researchers gather in Gothenburg

This week, close to 1,000 European paediatric dentists will meet at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre. It is one of several large conferences that take place in Gothenburg in June. The first month of summer is a strong meeting period, in total over 4,000 participants visit the city for around ten meetings on various topics.

Photo of the main entrance to the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre.
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre hosts many of the major meetings and congresses in Gothenburg. As most of the venues in the city, its central location is a significant advantage. Photo: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

Anyone passing by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers Hotel in central Gothenburg this week cannot miss the fact that a major congress is underway. The 17th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, EAPD, gathers 1,000 international experts in paediatric dentistry from 12–15 June.

The members of the organisation behind the congress consist of dentists, researchers, and experts from all over Europe who work in the field of paediatric dentistry, focusing on children’s dental health. Their goal is to improve dental care for children through practical work, education, and research. The theme for this year’s congress is “Handling children with care” with the aim of improving dental health for children and adolescents throughout Europe with care.
This is an area where Sweden is far ahead internationally. Nina Sabel is associate professor and senior consultant pedodonticsan at the University of Gothenburg:

“We know how important good oral health is for children’s general health and future well-being,” she says.

Many of Gothenburg’s largest conferences are in the medical field and are strongly linked to research conducted in the city. During Midsummer week, the Mucins in Health and Disease Conference will be held at Quality Hotel 11. The congress is about proteins found in mucous membranes, how they function, and their role in health and disease. Carolyn Bertozzi, Nobel laureate in chemistry from Stanford University, is the keynote speaker at the congress.

“June is traditionally a good month for large meetings and conferences. This year, Gothenburg is hosting meetings on various subjects such as medicine, technology, social work, and sustainable innovations. Several of the conferences held so far have attracted more participants than expected, which is very exciting,” says Fredrik Lundgren, project manager at Gothenburg Convention Bureau.

Calendar of upcoming meetings in Gothenburg can be found here.