Dr Srikrishna Chalasani
Executive Committee Member, APOS
President Elect - Indian Orthodontic Society (IOS)
The year 2020 has certainly been a tumultuous year for all orthodontists around the world. As we close the year of 2020, the last month of this unique year was certainly an eventful one for the Indian Orthodontic Society (IOS).
The 54th Annual Indian Orthodontic Conference was supposed to be held in physical form but due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, the IOS converted it to an online event. Therefore, the IOS held its first virtual Orthodontic Conference this year.
ORTHOBYTE 2020, the title for the virtual orthodontic conference was broadcasted between 3rd to 6th December 2020. It was the first in many ways as the planning committee was tasked to maintain the variety of programmes including local and international speakers via a web-based interface.
The event was inaugurated by the Chief of Guests of Honour, Dr Harsha Vardhan, Honorary Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Minister of Earth Sciences, Government of India and Chairperson of Executive Board of World Health Organisation. Dr. Nikhilesh Vaid, president World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) was also present as Guest of Honour. The event was hosted by President of IOS Dr. Silju Mathew and the rest of his committee members.
The first ever IOS virtual orthodontic conference “Orthobyte 2020” was a great success with more than 2000 registrations and a programme line-up which included many local and international speakers.
We look forward to welcoming all our friends of APOS to the 55th Indian Orthodontic Conference on 24th -26th September 2021. The conference is now in its planning stage and the details are available here.