Year in review 2023/4

Dr Mick Horton FCGDent, Chair of Trustees, reviews the College’s achievements over the past twelve months.

It’s an honour for me to take on the role of Chair of Trustees, following Janet Clarke MBE FCGDent who stepped down in April 2023. Janet remains with us as a Trustee, so we continue to benefit from her wise counsel and breadth of experience.

The last twelve months started with the President, Dr Abhi Pal FCGDent, giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee on dental services in England, and drew to a close as the UK Government announced its “Dental Recovery Plan”. There’s no doubt that we live in febrile times, with the inadequacies and inequity of dental service provision ever more prominent in the public consciousness. The College is in a unique position to offer a constructive view: reflecting interests across the dental team, across the UK, and bridging private and NHS care provision. It is no surprise, then, that we find ourselves actively invited to contribute in the debate – and we seek to do so in a measured way, and with the independence, broad perspective and authority that you would expect. You will see more of our work in the year ahead to develop our policy thinking, with a new Parliament taking office later this year.

Core to our mission is dental education and training. The role of our College needs careful thought, in a rapidly evolving, diverse and confusing market: it is no longer enough for us to act as just another provider of training when others are better equipped for that role. But we are very clear that all dental professionals need support in making the right choices for their career progression and skills development. Building on the Career Pathways which we published in 2022, we have been working to develop our approach: helping dental professionals to make wise investment for their future. Certified Membership was opened to its first candidates early in 2023, providing mentored support. Later in the year, we added those qualifications which we judge to meet key requirements – “recognised qualifications” – to the CGDent Register of Members & Fellows. Watch out for further announcements as our longer-term plans fall into place.

It’s intimidating to be starting a career in dentistry these days, with so much choice of paths to follow, and pressure to follow the crowd. But there is help and support out there from committed and experienced members of the profession, and we think we can help. With the generous support of the Tom Bereznicki Foundation, in November we ran our first NextGen leadership event for dental students and Dental Foundation Trainees, in Manchester. Moving forward, we aim to build on this initiative.

Preventative care and advice is so obviously a long-term priority, and particularly for children; and yet the urgency of a lack of access to urgent treatment makes it difficult to keep prevention on the agenda. We are partnering with Haleon (formerly GSK) to develop our own thinking on the future role of dental practices, and the whole dental team, in this respect. A number of dental practices have generously hosted a series of discussions around the UK, and you will be hearing about the feedback and conclusions in the months ahead.

The Primary Dental Journal continues to grow as essential reading, and in 2023 we published three authoritative themed issues encompassing aesthetic dentistry, which spanned two issues, and dental trauma – essential references to have beside you. Beyond the themed issues, the PDJ is attracting an increasing number of exceptional papers, too, giving us two rich “General Dentistry” issues in the year. We are looking forward to themed issues in 2024/25 on Implant Dentistry and Oral Medicine.

Our Fellows’ Receptions are ever more eagerly awaited, and we filled the wonderful Cutlers’ Hall in June and in January – bringing together senior professionals to build new relationships and foster a community of leadership. We were honoured to recognise a number of achievements, including the admission of so many new Fellows of the College. We have plans to build on the Fellows Reception to offer more for our members and to strengthen bonds within the College.

Finally, our Honorary Founding President, Nairn Wilson CBE FCGDent, was recognised with a knighthood for his contribution to dentistry over a long and remarkable career – in which the formation of the College has surely been the particularly historic achievement (and highlighted in his citation). Sir Nairn continues to inspire us, as we work to build secure foundations for the future. The College’s own special recognition, the College Medal, was awarded to Andrew Hadden, who continues in his notable contribution to the College and profession as Editor of the College’s Clinical Examination & Record Keeping. Their service, and that of so many others, gives us hope for the future.

Thank you for your support.

Mick Horton

You may be interested in Janet Clarke’s blog reviewing the College’s second Annual Members’ Meeting in March 2023.

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CGDent and GC Award for Foundation Dentists

The College of General Dentistry and GC, in association with The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation, have launched a new competition for Foundation Dentists and Vocational Trainees.

The inaugural CGDent and GC Award for Foundation Dentists is open to all 2023/24 Foundation Dentists and Vocational Trainees in the UK. This is your opportunity to gain recognition for your aesthetic dentistry skills, and for the high standard of care you have provided to your patient.

The prize

Eligible entrants will receive a free GC composite kit worth around £250, while stocks last.

Judges will then select up to 14 winners, who will each receive a fully-funded place on a composite layering course held over two days at GC’s Education Campus in Leuven, Belgium, which takes place on Thursday 11 & Friday 12 July 2024. The costs of international travel, hotel accommodation, meals and subsistence will be covered by the prize*.

How to enter

Entrants must submit an aesthetic case that they have treated during Foundation/Vocational Training. The case must involve more than one tooth, including at least one anterior tooth, and include the use of composite to restore teeth.

4 steps:

  1. register a free account on our website or sign in to your existing account
  2. complete both parts of our online entry form and attach initial case photos
  3. receive your free GC composite kit (while stocks last) and carry out your aesthetic treatment
  4. submit your final case

Before selecting your case and entering the award, it is essential that you read the full entry guidance, which details types of eligible cases and how to present your case. The entry guidance was updated on 17 October 2023.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23 February 2024. The deadline for submitting your case is Friday 5 April 2024. Click the button below to enter and to also submit your final case.

If you have any queries about the CGDent and GC Award for Foundation Dentists, please email us at [email protected], with ‘CGDent and GC Award’ in the subject header.

Free GC composite kit

If your aesthetic case is eligible to enter the award, you will receive a free GC G-aenial A-CHORD Composite kit worth in the region of £250 to use in your case treatment, while stocks last.

Your free composite kit includes:

The winners

Up to 14 winners will be selected. The panel of judges comprises the Trustees of The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation and suitably qualified members of the College, and represent the College of General Dentistry and GC UK.

The winners will be announced by early June 2024 and they will be invited to attend the College’s Summer Fellows’ Reception in London to receive their award certificate.

Key dates

Entries closeFri 23 February 2024
Cases submitted by Fri 5 April 2024
Winners announced byEarly June 2024
Composite layering courseThur 11 – Fri 12 July 2024

Composite layering course

The award winners will each receive a fully-funded place on a composite layering course which takes place over two days at GC’s Education Campus in Leuven, Belgium. Travel costs, hotel accommodation, meals and subsistence are included in the prize.

The course will be carefully tailored to meet the experience and skills of the participants. Delivered through a combination of lectures, demos and hands-on sessions, the provisional course itinerary covers:

  • Using a detailed layering technique with only inside and outside shades in a Class IV
  • Dealing with the challenging situation of masking a strong discoloration with a direct veneer
  • Injection Moulding Technique (IMT) – principles, indications and clinical guideline
  • Treating posterior and anterior tooth wear with IMT
  • Extending the limits of a direct Cl II restoration with a fibre reinforced and a high-filled injectable composite

What course participants say:

“The hands on experience at the GC headquarters was beyond incredible! …this course was game changing in the way I assessed and treated my own patients.”

Dr Parveen Dehal BDS MFDS


“The team at GC were absolutely great. From providing top-notch lectures and a full spectrum of materials to providing us with meticulous hands-on training and easy to follow guides, ensuring techniques learnt were easy to implement in practice in a streamlined efficient manner, ensuring our patients get the best possible care.”

Dr Rohit Patel

Award organisers

The College of General Dentistry is the only professional body wholly dedicated to general dental practice – setting standards and supporting careers for the full dental team. Membership starts at £42 during your first year of registration.

GC is an oral health company which manufactures dental systems and products which are sold around the world, and has won awards for its products and innovations. It provides both online and in-person training covering many areas of dental practice.

The Tom Bereznicki Charitable Educational Foundation supports educational opportunities for early career dentists in the UK, and was founded by Dr Tom Bereznicki FCGDent, a general dental practitioner with a special interest in restorative dentistry.

For updates about the CGDent and GC Award for Foundation Dentists, sign up for the College’s monthly newsletter and follow us on Instagram @CGDentYoungDental

*Winners will be expected to travel to and from London St Pancras Station or their local airport at their own expense.

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2022-2023: the year in review

.Janet Clarke MBE FCGDent, Chair of Trustees, reviews the College’s achievements over the last twelve months.

The transfer of FGDP to the College of General Dentistry in July and August of 2021 was not the end of a process, but just the beginning for the new organisation…

The first few months were dominated by the immense task for the small staff team, of building the necessary infrastructure to support our members and embark on the broader mission that we have set for ourselves. That work continued into 2022 – not just in building a College for the future, but re-thinking our role as an independent professional body, in the modern, post-pandemic world.

The most significant keystone for the College’s future will undoubtedly prove to be the Career Pathways that we have been developing in this time, culminating in the publication of the underpinning Professional Framework in June. So why is this quite so significant?

Dentistry, alongside so many other healthcare professions, faces immense challenges in attracting and retaining the talented people that will define the character of the profession for a generation, and inspiring the best from them. Yet dentistry in the UK faces a greater challenge than other healthcare professions, in lacking the structure and support of a national structure for progression, outside the Specialist Dentist pathway. Our Career Pathways provide a concrete, but adaptable framework, across the entire dental team, upon which we and others can now build the opportunities and recognition that dental professionals crave. It starts with College membership: we now have a clear point of reference for defining the ways in which your membership can reflect your capabilities and experience in dentistry.

Early this year (2023) we opened our Certified Membership scheme to a first group of candidates: a modern approach in supporting dental professionals to find their way and build a career in a fast-moving and confusing world. A chance to fully recognise their commitment and capability. It has been gratifying to see the immense level of interest in Certified Membership across so many organisations that are grappling with the workforce challenges we have been working to address, including regulators, policy makers, and dental corporates.

In April 2022, we launched our new Fellowship by experience, bringing new opportunity for highly accomplished dental practitioners, across our community, to be recognised. We have been delighted with the response, with a significant number submitting applications. The eligibility criteria are being further developed to embrace the great diversity of senior professionals. Feedback has been so positive: at last, we are told, their work can be properly acknowledged.

The College aims to build an authoritative community of leadership in dentistry, enabling the professional team to engage constructively with the challenges for all. In January, we hosted our first Fellows’ Winter Reception in Manchester, to complement the Summer Reception which has attracted an impressive group in the past two years. This is an inspiring occasion in itself; but important, too, in our ambitions to attract active support from those with the influence to make a positive difference in dentistry – harnessing their energy in a common cause. In the same vein, we also hosted our first meeting of the 1992 Circle in Manchester: nurturing the community of outstanding dental professionals in retirement, many of whom have so much more to give to support the profession that has been central to their lives. 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of the foundation of FGDP, and the 1992 Circle celebrates that anniversary in its title, providing the opportunity to reflect on all that the Faculty achieved, and inspiring us in our continuing mission today.

CGDent is now the authoritative body for standards in dentistry, building on the highly respected work of FGDP and reflecting our commitment to setting standards, supporting careers. We continue to revise and update our standards to serve the profession, but also to extend into other areas where we see a need to support the profession. In 2022, we published our Implant Dentistry Mentoring Guidelines, and plan to do more in the arena of implant dentistry in 2023.

One of the major areas of interest for FGDP under Ian Mills’ leadership was diversity in the profession, and we have continued that work in CGDent. Most notably, we are pleased to host the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group, previously hosted by the CDO for England. We have hosted a number of important webinars on the subject, all of which are available to members online.

We have continued the FGDP partnership with Dental Protection to offer a significant discount for Full Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows – but now, with our wider remit, we are delighted that Dental Protection have been able to extend their offer to all dental professionals. All our work aims to address the needs of the whole team, and this is a welcome step in line with our overall philosophy and mission.

Twelve months after the opening of the College for business, we were pleased to publish a special issue of the Primary Dental Journal to mark our own special anniversary: a year since the activation of CGDent. The journal continues to thrive, with a number of notable issues in this past year. The number of high-quality articles submitted to the journal has also increased, as illustrated by the special back-to-back “general issues” that were published in 2022.

Your College depends on the support of its members. These are historic times, as we seek to fulfil the long-held ambition in dentistry for our own Royal College, but that goal cannot be achieved without a strong membership. Help us build that support – which translates into a richer offer for all members, greater authority in the profession generally, and ultimately better advocacy for our patients.

Your membership helps to secure our future: we must not let this opportunity pass us by.
Do tell friends and colleagues!

Sadly this will be my last blog as I stand down as Chair of Trustees at the end of March. I have very much enjoyed my time as Chair and am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. I am delighted to be handing over the role to Mick Horton, so I know the College’s Trustee Board is in safe hands!

You may be interested in Janet’s blog reviewing the College’s inaugural Annual Members’ Meeting in March 2022…

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CGDent-Quintessence International Conference: speakers

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED (NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED IN DUE COURSE)**

The first biennial CGDent-Quintessence International Conference, boasts an impressive two-day programme of lectures across four theatres, delivered by some of the biggest names in the international dental community and from across the UK.

Speakers

Dr Raman Aulakh
United Kingdom

Specialist orthodontist, postgraduate tutor and course director at King’s College London

Dr Gustavo Avilla-Ortiz
United States of America

Endowed Philip A. Lainson Professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry; associate editor for the Journal of Periodontology and co-editor for Clinical Advances in Periodontics

Prof Dr Avijit Banerjee FCGDent
United Kingdom

Professor of Cariology & Operative Dentistry at King’s College London, and Chair of the CGDent Career Pathways Programme Board

Dr Louise Belfield AssocFCGDent
United Kingdom

Dental nurse, associate professor in biomedical and oral health sciences, member of the Oral Microbiome Research Group at Peninsula Dental School; Council member at the College of General Dentistry

Dr Krzysztof Chmielewski
Poland

Specialist in implantology and aesthetic dentistry

Dr Mili Doshi
United Kingdom

Consultant in Special Care Dentistry with Surrey and Sussex NHS Health Care Trust and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability; former Clinical Lead for the Health Education England programme ‘Mouth Care Matters’

ZTM Vincent Fehmer
Switzerland

Dental Technician, Geneva; Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry

Dr Guillaume Jouanny
France

Endodontist, and Clinical Instructor at the University of Paris Descartes

Dr Shazia Kaka
United Kingdom
Specialist in Specialist Care Dentistry; Consultant, Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guys Hospital

Dr Bertrand Khayat
France
Endodontist and author of Microsurgical Endodontics

Dr Stefen Koubi
France
Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry, Marseille University

Dr Jason Leitch
United Kingdom
National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate of the Scottish Government; Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee; Ambassador of the College of General Dentistry

Dr Nick Lewis FCGDent
United Kingdom
Clinical Director of Maxillofacial surgery, Orthodontics & Restorative Dentistry at Royal Surrey Hospital; Course Director of the CGDent Postgraduate Diploma in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry

Dr Amit Patel FCGDent
United Kingdom
Associate Specialist in Periodontics and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham Dental School

Dr Shanon Patel
United Kingdom

Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Endodontics, King’s College London

Prof Dr Bjarni Pjetursson
Iceland
Professor and Chairman, Department of Reconstructive Dentistry, University of Iceland; Titular Professor, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials, University of Geneva

Dr Ana Poveda
United Kingdom

Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine, University of Birmingham Dental School

Dr Tif Qureshi
United Kingdom
Founder and Clinical Director of IAS Academy; special interest in orthodontics and minimally invasive dentistry

Dr Debbie Reed FCGDent
United Kingdom

Director of Studies of the MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare, Doctor of Education and Associate Professor at the University of Kent; chair of the Dental Nursing and Orthodontic Therapy group in CGDent’s Career Pathways programme

Prof Dr Irena Sailer
Switzerland

Chair, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials, University of Geneva; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Dr Werner Schupp
Germany

Specialist in orthodontics, Cologne; past President of the German Board of Orthodontics and Orofacial Orthopedics

Prof Dr Falk Schwendicke
Germany

Director of the Clinic for Oral Diagnostics, Digital Dentistry and Health Services Research at the Charité 

Dr Shaun Sellars AssocFCGDent
United Kingdom

General dental practitioner; published papers on evidence-based dentistry and consent, and conducted research into the importance of non-clinical skills in dentistry; columnist on ethical dilemmas for the British Dental Journal

Dr Nishma Sharma
United Kingdom

Chair of the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group; NHS England clinical advisor; advisory board member for Dentistry magazine; member of the ‘Balance the Dental Boards’ group

Deepak Simkhada FCGDent
United Kingdom

Dental hygienist therapist with a special interest in managing advanced periodontal problems in primary care settings through non-surgical periodontal treatments

Jackie Smallridge
United Kingdom

Paediatric dental consultant, Cambridge University Hospital – Addenbrookes.

Dr Wendy Thompson FCGDent
United Kingdom

Chair of the FDI-World Dental Federation working group on antibiotics; CGDent lead on antimicrobial stewardship

Dr Ulrike Uhlmann
Germany

Dentist with a special interest in paediatric dentistry, Leipzig; author of Dentistry for Kids: Rethinking Your Daily Practice

Dr Istvan Urban
Hungary

Lecturer in implant dentistry, Loma Linda University, California; Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan

Dr Otto Zuhr
Germany
Specialist in periodontology, Munich; Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, Goethe University, Frankfurt

Follow the links for full details about the conference programme, conference reception and dinner and the CGDent Primary Dental Care Research Poster Award, the winner of which will be announced at the conference.

For conference fees and to book your place, visit our main event page.

CGDent-Quintessence International Conference: programme

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED (NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED IN DUE COURSE)**

The first biennial CGDent-Quintessence International Conference, boasts an impressive two-day programme of lectures across four theatres, delivered by some of the biggest names in the international dental community and from across the UK.

The unique programme encompasses all aspects of the patient experience through a multidisciplinary holistic approach, from implantology to endodontics. The conference will help everyone in your practice deliver the most up-to-date and effective procedures and patient outcomes.

Programme

Friday 24 March 2023

Rutherford/Abbey Theatre

09:00-17:00 Hands-on Dental Photography Course – Dr Krzysztof Chmielewski

Whittle Theatre

09:00-09:30 Opening Ceremony

09:30-11:00 Endodontics… Making Teeth Great Again – Dr Shanon Patel

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-13:00 How far can we go in Endodontic Microsurgery? – Dr Bertrand Khayat, Dr Guillaume Jouanny

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 How far can we go in Endodontic Microsurgery? – Dr Bertrand Khayat, Dr Guillaume Jouanny

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-16:30 How far can we go in Endodontic Microsurgery? – Dr Bertrand Khayat, Dr Guillaume Jouanny

Fleming Theatre

09:00-09:30 Opening Ceremony

09:30-11:00 Cosmetic and Functional Dentistry: The Challenge of the Esthetic Zone – Dr Stefen Koubi

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-13:00 The Composition of the Peri-implant Mucosa and its Impact on Peri-Implant Disease Prevention – Dr Otto Zuhr

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 Detecting and Managing Peri-Implantitis in General Dental Practice – Dr Amit Patel

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-17:00 Therapeutic Strategies for Effective Management of the Extraction Site – Prof Dr Gustavo Avila Ortiz

St James Theatre

09:00-09:30 Opening Ceremony

09:30-11:00 AI for Caries Detection – Prof Dr Falk Schwendicke

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-12:15 New Technology in Minimally Invasive Dentistry – Prof Dr Avijit Banerjee

12:15- 13:00 The Ortho-Restorative Interface in the Digital Age – Dr Raman Aulakh

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 Digital Advances in Restorative Dentistry – Where we are in 2023 – Dr Nick Lewis

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-17:00 To be confirmed

Saturday 25 March 2023

Rutherford/Abbey Theatre

09:00-10:00 The Oral Microbiome and Links with Systemic Health and Disease – Dr Louise Belfield

10:00-11:00 Coming out of Covid – Dr Jason Leitch

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-13:00 How to be a dentist – the Importance of Non-Clinical Skills in Patient Care – Dr Shaun Sellars

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 Dental Trauma in Children, Managing Care to Optimise the Outcomes – Jackie Smallridge

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-17:00 How to Implement Paediatric Dentistry in a General Practice – Dr Ulrike Uhlmann

Whittle Theatre

09:00-11:00 Implementation of Individual Temporomandibular Joint Movement Data into Aligner Orthodontics, Part 1 – Dr Werner Schupp

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-13:00 Implementation of Individual Temporomandibular Joint Movement Data into Aligner Orthodontics, Part 2 – Dr Werner Schupp

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 An Ortho- Restorative Approach for the Lifetime Patient, Part 1 – Dr Tif Qureshi

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-17:00 An Ortho- Restorative Approach for the Lifetime Patient, Part 2 – Dr Tif Qureshi

Fleming Theatre

08:45-09:00 Welcome

09:00-11:00 Fixed Restorations: Everything from Diagnostic, to Minimal Invasive Dentistry, Decision Making, Survival rates and Trouble Shooting to Implant Dentistry, Part 1 – Prof Dr Irena Sailer, ZTM Vincent Fehmer, Prof Dr med dent Bjarni E Pjetursson

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-13:00 Fixed Restorations: Everything from Diagnostic, to Minimal Invasive Dentistry, Decision Making, Survival rates and Trouble Shooting to Implant Dentistry, Part 2 – Prof Dr Irena Sailer, ZTM Vincent Fehmer, Prof Dr med dent. Bjarni E Pjetursson

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 My Perspectives on Vertical and Horizontal Augmentation, Part1 – Dr Istvan Urban

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-17:00 My Perspectives on Vertical and Horizontal Augmentation, Part 2 – Dr Istvan Urban

St James Theatre

09:00-10:00 Early Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancer – Dr Ana Poveda

10:00-11:00 Update on Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy – Deepak Simkhada

11:00-11:30 Morning Break

11:30-12:15 Tackling Antibiotic Resistance – Dr Wendy Thompson

12:15-13:00 Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in Dentistry – Dr Nishma Sharma

13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

14:00-15:00 Managing the Medically Complex Patient in Practice – Dr Shazia Kaka

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break

15:30-16:15 Dental Care for the Older Population – Dr Mili Doshi

16:15-17:00 Challenges and Solutions to Dental Nursing Recruitment and Retention – Dr Debbie Reed

Follow the links for full details about the conference speakers, conference reception and dinner and the CGDent Primary Dental Care Research Poster Award, the winner of which will be announced at the conference.

For the conference fees and to book your place, visit our main event page.