The American Dental Association (ADA) announced that it and several other dental organizations are collaborating to combine three dental conventions in 2019 and two in 2020.

The ADA, FDI World Dental Federation (FDI), California Dental Association (CDA), and San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS) will host a joint meeting in San Francisco in early September 2019. In addition, the ADA and Florida Dental Association (FDA) are consolidating meetings in 2020.

The ADA is also exploring additional similar arrangements for the future.

“Because of the willingness to partner, a number of dental tradeshows will be combined,” states ADA President Dr Gary Roberts. “This approach makes great sense because it saves everyone time and money. Rather than wonder which meeting to attend or exhibit at, the choice is now easy!”

According to a press release from the association, the ADA has a long-standing policy that encourages state and local societies to work with the ADA as its meeting rotates around the country. The ADA recently added another optional model to that policy that it says is “already showing positive results.”

The ADA will hold its 2017 and 2018 annual meetings in Atlanta and Honolulu, working in collaboration with the Georgia and Hawaii Dental Associations.

In 2019, the ADA will collaborate with the World Dental Federation, California Dental Association, and the San Francisco Dental Society to host the FDI World Dental Congress along with ADA 2019. The joint meeting will mark the ADA’s 160th Anniversary and Dr Kathy Kell’s term as FDI president.

Dr. Patrick Hescot, current FDI president, noted “the long and fruitful working relationship with the ADA” and “FDI is excited to combine organizational expertise to produce an engaging scientific program, as well as host what should be one of the largest exhibitions ever seen at FDI’s World Dental Congress.”

Collaborations will continue in 2020 as the ADA and FDA will host a joint meeting together in Orlando, Fla, from October 15 to 18. “The Florida Dental Association is thrilled to partner with the American Dental Association to host ADA 2020 in Orlando,” said Dr Bill D’Aiuto, president of the FDA and a practicing dentist in Orlando. “This will be a great opportunity to shine a light on our state, and we look forward to working together to make this an impactful event.”