November 23

The 56th Annual Scientific Congress of the Korean Association of Orthodontists (KAO)

November 23, 2023

The 56th Annual Scientific Congress of the Korean Association of Orthodontists (KAO) was successfully held in Jeju Island from Oct 25th to 27th, under the theme of "Goal-driven Excellence - Embracing Orthodontic World." 

Figure 1. Opening ceremony and Speech by the president of the APOS (Dr. Tan)

The annual scientific congress of the KAO (President, Dr. Seung-Hak Baek) took place at the Jeju International Convention Center from October 25th to 27th. It saw a substantial turnout, with 1,629 participants hailing from 35 different countries, solidifying its status as a globally recognized academic conference. In addition to the scholarly proceedings, attendees had the opportunity to savor the picturesque autumn landscapes of Jeju Island, enhancing the overall experience.

Figure 2. Pre-congress with hands-on courses.

The Pre-Congress event, led by Dr. Jason B. Cope and Professor Ki-Jun Lee, included interactive hands-on courses that facilitated a deeper understanding of the lectures through engaging discussions between presenters and audience members. This format garnered an enthusiastic response, with over 150 participants actively engaging in these sessions.

The distinguished guest speakers who delivered special lectures included Dr. Ravindra Nana, Dr. Jae Hyun Park, Dr. Jason Cope, and Dr. Michael Chaffee. The well-known speaker, Professor Hee-Moon Kyung, delivered a presentation during the veterans' session.

Figure 4. Main Lecture Hall and electronic poster exhibition

Furthermore, the congress featured clinical oral presentations, research and clinical discussions, as well as e-poster presentations, enriching the diversity of the meeting. Alongside the academic conference, a commercial exhibition was held, attracting participation from 41 companies and hosting a total of 164 booths. This exhibition provided orthodontists from all over the world with convenient access to exploring the latest technologies and devices in their field.

Looking ahead, the next annual scientific congress of KAO is scheduled to take place at Coex in Seoul from October 9th to 11th, 2024, under the overarching theme of "Big Change, Big Chance!" We eagerly anticipate your presence at the event in Seoul next year.


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