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e.Newsletter November Edition

From the Chairman:

Dear Delegate,

Thank you for registering for the 7th International Orthodontic Congress in Sydney.  Your invaluable support will ensure the success of this truly International Congress.
I am also writing to encourage you, as this is a once every 5 year event, to remind your colleagues, if they have not already registered, to join us and make this the best International Orthodontic Congress ever. 

By registering now they too will benefit from the excellent global scientific program highlighting the very latest in orthodontic research. There are also wonderful social and accompanying persons programs designed specifically to make the very best of Sydney’s spectacular highlights during the very best of the Australian summer.

What better time is there to arrange a holiday and see what Australia has on offer.
Just six weeks ago there were several hundred delegates from 48 countries registered to come down to Sydney and then, like you, delegates from around the globe acknowledged the importance of this Congress, and have shown their support.  Registrations skyrocketed to more than 2,200 delegates from 85 countries before the early bird cutoff date of October 2 and we now have in excess of 2,500 registered to attend the Congress in Sydney from February 6 – 9, 2010.

The interest has been worldwide with sizable contingents coming from the USA, Canada, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and many groups from Asian, European and Middle Eastern countries.
See you in Sydney.

Dr Rick Olive
Chairman
Sydney International Orthodontic Congress Committee


From the WFO President:

I am delighted that so many of our colleagues from around the globe have embraced the 7th International Orthodontic Congress, which promises to be a truly enlightening scientific and technological journey.

This Congress, hosted by the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), is only held once every five years and brings together the very "best of the best" from all over the world.
The WFO has united with the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society to host the 7th IOC for the first time ever in Australia.

Sydney is a spectacular and cosmopolitan city with its beautiful beaches and relaxed, friendly and fun loving people. It has excellent shopping with both internationally renowned shops and local markets within walking distance from your city hotel.
Anyone who has visited Australia will tell you it is one of their most memorable adventures.  The Australian summer will make a welcome change for all orthodontists, particularly those living in the Northern Hemisphere, and we look forward to seeing you all in Sydney

Athanasios E. Athanasiou, D.D.S., M.S.D., Dr. Dent.
WFO President
Greece


Spread the Word:
If you have colleagues that are considering whether or not they should make the trip down under then you can recommend they visit the internet site www.wfosydney.com or simply forward them this e.Newsletter and ask them to click on the Register Now button situated on the home page.


Scientific Update:
Abstract acceptances have now been finalised and I am pleased to say that universally those whose abstracts were accepted are all coming to present in Sydney – a huge endorsement for our Congress.

The success of any congress is principally based upon the calibre of the Scientific Programme. I have been fortunate to have had Professor Francesca Miotti, Professor Ali Darendeliler, Dr Michael Harkness and Dr Rick Olive to join me as the Scientific  Executive. We have put together a team of very highly respected orthodontists from around the world and in particular from Asian-Pacific region, especially orthodontists from Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.

The Scientific Programme will be exciting and delegates will find it a challenge deciding which lectures they would most like to attend, due to the outstanding quality and variety of the lectures. This is particularly the case during the World Village Day Programme, where the best from different regions around the world will be highlighted. Similarly it will be difficult to choose between the two outstanding Pre-Congress Courses.

The members of the Scientific Programme Committee look forward to your attendance and enjoyment of their work.

"Everyone should visit Sydney at least once in their lifetime". Be there!

Dr Ian Watson
Chair, Scientific Program Committee


Congress Exhibition:
The interest in this Congress is so great, from delegates and industry alike, that Congress organisers can already determine that based on current acceptances the 2800 m2 Exhibition Space should be sold out.

ICMS Managing Director, Barrie Markey said: “We have had a tremendous response for the sponsors and exhibitors as there is clearly a feeling throughout the profession that this Congress will be an enormous success.

“We still have some limited sponsor opportunities and a small amount of exhibitor space left but given the response to date if companies want to get on board they should be moving quickly.”

If you know a company that is hoping to become part of the sponsor team or to exhibit they will need to reserve their space online through the conference website: http://www.icms.com.au or http://www.wfosydney.com/exhibition.asp


Location:
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour is the largest and most technologically advanced facility in Australia. It has been purpose built to host events such as ours.

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is unique because of its ideal location within the Darling Harbour convention area. It is only five minutes from Sydney's city centre and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and a range of accommodation and entertainment facilities.


Visas:
A further reminder for delegates coming from overseas that you do need a visa to enter Australia (except for New Zealanders who require a valid passport only), and as you need to apply for visas well in advance of travel, applications need to be finalised right now as processing can take up to six weeks.


Tours:
The Congress will provide a wonderful opportunity for participants to experience some of the fantastic city and country tours on offer. http://www.wfosydney.com/tours.asp

To ensure that all registered Accompanying Persons have an opportunity to meet together and enjoy the delights that Sydney has to offer the Committee has a selection of day trips which will allow participants to spend part of the day in a social and touring atmosphere and at the same time ensuring their return for evening functions.

As Sydney is centrally placed on the eastern seaboard it will allow delegates to take a well earned break by extending their visit to travel to other cities like Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth or to explore some of the iconic Australian destinations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, the Tasmanian wilderness (great during the hot summer months in Australia) or if you are a wine buff the wonderful grape growing regions of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Yarra Valley in Victoria.


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Congress Organiser: ICMS Pty Ltd, 84 Queensbridge Street, Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia
Telephone:+61 2 9290 3366 | Fax:+61 2 9475 0364 | Email: wfosydney@icms.com.au

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