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Ladies and gentlemen, dear ORCA friends,

On behalf of the local Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 68th ORCA Congress which should have taken place in Zagreb, Croatia from July 7-10, 2021.

Unfortunately, because of current situation with the COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s ORCA Congress will once again take place in an online-only format without any in-person activities. Rest assured, this will certainly be a congress to remember!

ORCA always breaks new ground as the influential international hub for researchers, clinicians and dental industry suppliers who are committed to excellence in promotion of oral health through science and research in the field of cariology.

ORCA presents four days of thought-provoking, knowledge and skill-enhancing content from the world’s most eminent oral health professionals who come in pursuit of oral health excellence. Our Scientific Committee have invited 6 very distinguished international experts in the world of cariology to share with us the latest updates in the field with 3 keynote lectures. The program is comprised of an exciting combination of 114 poster presentations, panel discussions and symposia, presenting the latest results of research.

The congress kicks off on Wednesday, July 7 with the ORCA and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) exciting joint event which celebrates the 10th anniversary of European Cariology Core Curriculum. Another highlight of the program is the Saturday Afternoon Symposium (SAS), which is prepared in collaboration with the Croatian Society of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, and, as the name suggests, takes place on Saturday, July 10. Invited lecturers for SAS are 3 world renowned experts in minimally invasive restorative techniques for children.

The social aspect of ORCA congresses is always very important, but faced with imposed limitations and challenges, we are confident that this year’s congress will be as “live” as possible with special features such as the interactive Cooking school in Croatia on Thursday, July 8, and artistic Gala night comprised of special performances by ORCA participants on Friday, July 9. These are not to be missed!

ORCA2021 promises to be another stimulating, relevant and evidence-based event. It is a perfect opportunity for participants to update their knowledge, techniques and refine their skills.

Welcome to ORCA2021 online congress!

Yours sincerely,

Prof Hrvoje Jurić

Organizing Committee President and ORCA Co-President