Dear Fellows and Guests,
It is an enormous pleasure and privilege for me to invite you all to come to Oporto for the 65th annual meeting of the European Section of the International College of Dentists.
Oporto was chosen as the place to hold the Annual Meeting this year because Portugal is definitely becoming a trendy destination and if there’s a city that reflects this tendency it is Oporto. The city has conquered the hearts of everyone who visits, winning each one of them with its cultural diversity and delightful hotels.
As you may know, Oporto is Portugal’s second largest city and one of its most important ports. It sits along the banks of the beautiful Douro River and, of course, is the home of the world famous Port wine. Consequently, the city boasts many wineries but also has many and varied restaurants where you can sample a delicious and assorted cuisine. Oporto is an ancient city and its most important cathedral (Sé do Porto) dates back to the XII century. As such, you will find numerous quaint streets which make for charming walks. The conference hotel is the Palácio do Freixo on the banks of the river near Central Oporto and where the welcome reception and scientific meeting will be held.
On Friday, while the Fellows are attending the Scientific Meeting, the accompanying persons will enjoy a city tour allowing them to explore the city’s shops ferried by the local tuk-tuk’s followed by lunch by the river with a tram ride on the way back to the city. On Friday evening, the conference dinner will be held at a winery - Caves Real Companhia Velha - where we will have the opportunity to tour the premises and sample the wine.
The Induction ceremony and Gala dinner will be held at Palácio da Bolsa in downtown Oporto.
On Sunday, we will have the post conference tour which consists of a bus ride to Pinhão, a town on the Douro River, where we will board a traditional boat used to ferry wine casks up and down the river. The boat will take us to a local winery - Quinta Nova - where we will be having lunch.
I hope you will enjoy your stay in this beautiful city.
President of the ICD-European Section