At the beginning of the summer, when France came out of lockdown, we could reasonably envisage holding the Congrès de l'ADF in the last week of November 2020. Today, this is no longer the case.
Following the publication on 13 August 2020 of the French decree forbidding, for the time being until 31 October, events that bring together more than 5,000 people, and in the current context of force majeure brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the 49th ADF Annual Dental Meeting to next year. It will take place from 23 until 27 November 2021.
There are several reasons for our decision:
– Paris is currently considered as an active coronavirus circulation area, as are its immediate suburbs and over 50 other French départements. In these circumstances, it is our duty, as healthcare professionals, to carry out all the precautionary measures required to protect the health of our Meeting delegates, our exhibitors, our partners, and our teams.
– The imposed rules of social distancing restrict much too considerably the possible number of visitors per level inside the Palais des Congrès as well as in the lecture halls and on the exhibition stands. Respecting these legitimate protocols means jeopardising the convivial spirit and human dimension of our event. No way can the Congrès de l'ADF not be like a Congrès de l'ADF! If it cannot be the wonderful and unique professional meeting place it normally is, then better to postpone it to ensure that it remains intact and in line with its standards of quality.
– Several of our international exhibitors and speakers no longer plan to come to Paris because of the 14-day quarantine they may be submitted to on returning to their country. Others have informed us that their companies may in the coming days forbid them from travelling, to Paris in particular.
You can imagine the immense disappointment of our teams and our partners at the announcement of this postponement, unprecedented in the history of the biggest meeting of our profession. We have spent nearly a whole year imagining and preparing this exceptional event. Half-measures and incompleteness cannot satisfy us. Today, we are following the path of wisdom. We could not wait any longer to make this decision because organising such an event leaves no room for improvisation.
Although we are resigned to not welcoming you in 2020, we are also determined, starting from tomorrow, to start preparing the 2021 ADF Meeting. We very much look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you for your trust. Take care and stay safe.
Dr Joël Trouillet & Dr Julien Laupie