Despite all difficulties, despite claims of instability and despite all obstacles, Alexandria Oral Implantology Association (AOIA) located in Alexandria, Egypt, managed to amaze the dental world again with yet another international congress, STARS MEETING 2014.

STARS MEETING 2014 held during April 2nd-4th, 2014 in Alexandria, is the third in a series of AOIA’s international congresses, namely STARS MEETING 2010 and STARS MEETING 2012, which have all proven to be the biggest dental congresses in the Middle East during the year they have been held.

However, 2014 topped them all with more than 3000 dentists joining from all over the world. It has been described by Dr. Scott Ganz, one of the main speakers, as “fabulous”. The congress was held in close collaboration with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). The gala dinner included a ceremony for presenting AOIA and ICOI credentials. Other international speakers included Dr. Alain Simonpieri and Dr. Carlos Sabrosa amongst others who have all added value to the scientific program.

Perhaps, there was an exceptionally special taste to this congress as Prof. M. Sherine El-Attar , AOIA’s president, has chosen to honor the female dentists in the gala dinner in recognition to their role and continuous giving to dentistry in Egypt. Along the same subject, this year’s congress secretary has been Dr. Nadia Gaama, who now holds the title of the first female congress secretary in the history of AOIA.

Furthermore, a tradeshow that incorporated many of the leading world dental companies has been held. The AOIA is a non-profit organization that continues to deliver the latest information and enhance education in the dental community in the Middle East by building communication and affiliation links with dental schools and associations worldwide.

It’s hard to know Egypt unless you’ve been there and it’s harder to feel the AOIA spirit unless you’ve met the AOIA team in person. To call STARS MEETING 2014 a great success would be by far much less than what it was worth in terms of science, organization and social activities. But you wouldn’t know that unless you’ve been there, and so the good news is it’s a biannual international congress, which means there’s always another one to wait for at AOIA.

Sara Beltagui
AOIA Coordinator
April – 2014