Membership of BSODR offers many advantages and opportunities, these include:
All meetings of the BSODR have an international flavour, but members of BSODR are also members of the IADR and have the opportunity to attend the annual IADR meeting at discount rates. More than 5000 dental researchers attend these meetings providing unrivalled opportunities to meet colleagues from other disciplines and other countries. This is an ideal networking opportunity to develop international research collaborations and even to seek job opportunities abroad.
A unique aspect of BSODR meetings is that they are multi- and interdisciplinary. Clinical and non-clinical scientists attend in equal numbers and all areas of research are represented. The meetings attract and welcome researchers from all backgrounds, including scientists from many disciplines, dentists, DCPs, technicians and nurses. This provides an opportunity, unique in the UK, to hear of research advances in other disciplines and to learn of other methodologies and approaches which may inform and improve your own research. The opportunity to meet people from other disciplines enables you to share experiences and develop collaborations.
The BSODR also has research groups. These are also interdisciplinary, and bring together clinical and nonclinical researchers with a common interest. For example, groups include the Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) and the Periodontal Research Group. The groups oversee presentations in their areas of interest, and also organise expert symposia.
Links with industry
The BSODR is generously supported by industry and many companies showcase new products at the meetings. Researchers from industry also present their work at BSODR meetings and R&D directors often attend, looking for new collaborations and seeking new talent to recruit to their research teams.
A highlight of each meeting is the keynote invited lectures and the annual Graham Embery memorial lecture. These are presented by leading national and international experts and are often from outside mainstream oral and dental research. Recent lectures for example have covered aspects of immunology, research governance and robotics.
Each meeting has two or three symposia. These are often organised by the research groups and are presented by senior researchers and experts in the field. Most symposia include international speakers. They provide excellent state-of-the-art updates on key topical issues.
A showcase for emerging talent
The majority of presentations at BSODR and IADR meetings are short abstract presentations, often presented by junior researchers, post-doctoral researchers and even by students. The programmes offer a great breadth of research and act as a shop window for UK oral and dental research. Many young researchers present their research for the first time at our meetings. The meetings therefore provide a great showcase for new and emerging talented researchers, who are often keenly watched by potential collaborators and employers.