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SIG: Sustainability in Dental Education

Friday, 26th August 2022 - 11:00 to 13:00
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CEST (Madrid, Paris, Berlin)

Sustainability within the Graduating European Dentist Curriculum
Room Allocation: Menorca 1
Session synopsis: 

The SIG for sustainability will aim to provide delegates with an update on the SIG activity to date, including the development of learning outcomes for each domain of the Graduating European Dentist curriculum. Delegates will be reminded of the value and importance of educating our students about sustainability and sustainable development goals in relation to oral health care. They will also have the opportunity to discuss how they might utilise the suggested learning outcomes, embed them in their local curricula, and set up assessment opportunities within the spirit of constructive alignment.


The session is co-chaired by Dr Brett Duane, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and Dr James Field, Cardiff University, UK.

11:00 Welcome and intro, aims of the session
11:10 Update: Sustainability and Dentistry
11:20 Update: Sustainability and Dental Education 
11:30 Case Study 1: Sheffield
11:45 Case Study 2: WHO
12:00 Open discussion about educational strategy and implementation
12:45 Next steps and close

Brett Duane

Associate Professor in Dental Public Health
Dublin Dental University Hospital, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Brett Duane graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with a degree in dentistry. He has a Masters in Management in Health (University of Newcastle, Australia), a Master’s in Public Health (University of Glasgow) and a PHD in Dentistry (Finland). From 2001-2005 he worked as Senior Dental Officer in an Aboriginal health service. In 2006-2010 he was Assistant Clinical Director (Oral Health Improvement), Scotland. From 2014-2015 he was Consultant in Dental Public Health in Public Health England and is currently Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, at Trinity College, Dublin. His main interests and research are ensuring that the delivery of oral health services are environmentally sustainable. Brett has published ten papers within the area of sustainable dentistry, with a series of seven papers in this area accepted by the British Dental Journal. He has given presentations on the subject to BASCD, to Manchester University, and was keynote speaker at the IADH conference (2017) ADEE (2019) and has run a workshop at AMEE.

James Field

Professor in Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education
Cardiff University

Prof James Field is currently a Professor in Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education and also the Cardiff University School of Dentistry's Director of Digital Education. He is a long-term active member of ADEE having most recently co-chaired the very successful Bridging the Clinical Gap special interest group and workshop.

James is academic lead for the ADEE European DigEdDent (Digital Education in Dentistry) portal, was lead author for the ADEE's Graduating European Dentist Curriculum Taskforce and Global lead for Shaping The Future of Dental Education: Interprofessional Education stream. He also represents Cardiff University as the trans-national partner in O-Health-Edu, an Erasmus+ K2 project to harmonise dental education across Europe.

Learning Outcomes: 

Participation will provide delegates with:

  • Insight into the development of learning outcomes for inclusion of sustainability in the undergraduate curriculum
  • Understand the growing importance of inclusion of sustainability and sustainable practices within the curriculum 
  • Opportunity to network and discuss with like minded professionals 

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