Conference Overview

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), in collaboration with the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), is pleased to announce an international workshop titled “A Global Perspective on Leading Change and Innovation in Dental Education.”


This workshop, scheduled for September 14, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, offers a unique opportunity for dental educators and practitioners worldwide to share and gain insight into strategies for a range of areas, including curricular change, faculty development and policy change.


ADEA established the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation (ADEA CCI) in 2005 to facilitate transformation in the education of dental professionals so they graduate with the competences required to meet the oral health needs of the public throughout the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through a systemic, collaborative and continuous process of consensus building among all stakeholders in dental education, research and practice.


Although focused in the United States, ADEA CCI has sparked interest from around the world. This international workshop represents the first opportunity for ADEA to engage a global audience in discussions around change and innovation. For the first time, leaders in dental education from around the globe will convene to discuss change and innovation on local and global levels.


The target audience for this conference is dental educators and practitioners worldwide. Workshop attendees will hear presentations and participate in small group discussions that will allow them to:

  • Discuss the successes and challenges that dental educators worldwide have experienced in trying to implement curricular change.
  • Gain insight into the implementation of innovative models of curriculum globally, such as evidence-based dentistry and technology.
  • Describe various institutional efforts to understand and embrace standards from around the world.
  • Develop an understanding of how the global education community can work together to change and innovate dental education.