In a few days the 25th Annual Congress of the DGI (German Society for Implantology) begins in Dresden, Germany. The implantology community previously met in 2006 at a successful annual congress of our scientific society in this attractive city of culture, which is also justifiably described as “Florence on the Elbe”. The high number of participants was an endorsement of the concept and venue of the congress.
The president of the congress and DGI Professor Hendrik Terheyden placed the focus on a very interesting area of implantology with the congress theme of “60 years’ osseointegration – a sound basis for new areas of knowledge”. In my opinion the question of the status of a young scientific discipline is of great interest for all colleagues involved in implantology. Colleagues involved in daily practice would like to develop their treatment concepts on a broad, sound basis and colleagues working in the scientific sector would like to know more about the basis of future projects. The high number of applications confirms the topicality of the congress theme.
Despite this success, when setting the course for the future a scientific society must also critically examine what significance the “Congress” training format has in the training mix of the future and how the interest of colleagues in this format will possibly develop in future.
In times of changing communication behaviour, in particular amongst the younger generation, the importance of the internet and relevant online content increases. The acquisition of information and knowledge with the aid of this medium is becoming more important and is now even the preferred option of an increasing number of colleagues. E-learning is already used in many areas of education and has become established as a successful new medium for the transfer of knowledge. It enables the flexible generation of knowledge independent of time or place and saves both costs and time. The futurologist Professor Horst Opaschowski predicts: “The greatest luxury in the future will be the wealth of time.” In future the DGI will take into account this development and will provide the e-learning medium in the DGINET as a service for its members.
You can already evaluate the e-learning content in the DGI lounge in Dresden. I would like to make it clear that in future the DGI will use both formats of knowledge transfer, as both will be of interest. E-learning cannot replace personal discussion or friendly contacts. Future networks of collegial friends cannot be built up with e-learning and it does not provide the information content of an all-encompassing ImplantExpo trade fair.
Our aim is not only to continue providing you with proven, scientifically updated training formats, but also to enable innovative, flexible e-learning options.
For this reason I would like to invite you to another congress highlight of the DGI in Dresden and I look forward to seeing you there!
Vice President of the DGI