Welcome Address


Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the virtual 30th annual congress of the European College of Gerodontology (ECG) to be held on October 9-10th 2020, organised by the Discipline of Gerodontology, School of Dentistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

The ageing of the population poses significant challenges to health and welfare systems. The World Health Organisation considers oral health as a crucial element of “healthy ageing” that is often neglected because of a number of barriers, including multimorbidity, care dependency, limited access to dental care, poor oral health literacy, lack of effective oral health policies, lack of professional support and limited interprofessional collaboration. The main congress theme “healthy smiles, longer lives” highlights the importance of oral health for general health and quality of life during older age.

We regret that due to the Covid-19 pandemic we will not be able to welcome you in Athens as originally planned, but instead, we are very excited to organise a virtual global event. The digital format will allow for live interaction and include our keynote speakers, oral and e-poster communications, discussion sessions, the prestigious ECG research award competition, and many other events. We will still have the opportunity to meet online old and new friends, exchange ideas and build international networks, while protecting the health and safety of all congress participants. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance and the abstracts will be published in a digital abstract book.

The virtual conference offers tremendous opportunities to welcome participants not only from Europe but also from around the Globe, as there are no time, cost and distance barriers. To include those who will now be able to participate from their own home, we have extended the abstract submission dates for oral and poster communications.

On behalf of the ECG Council and the local Organising Committee I look forward to welcoming you online!

Professor Anastassia Kossioni, DDS, MSc (Gerodontics), PGCeODL, PhD
President of the ECG


  • Get the latest knowledge in Gerodontology.
  • Present your work and ideas.
  • Connect with old and new friends.
  • Build international networks.