A word from this session’s President, Josephine Weir

I am truly honoured to have been invited to be President of the Glasgow Odontological Society for the 2021-22 season. It is a wonderful society, with a rich history. The Society has evolved over its near six score years to become a vibrant organisation, with a diverse membership. The Society has enjoyed growth in member numbers, drawing from all spheres of dentistry, including general dental practice, specialist practice and academic practice.

As we are all fully aware, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on our lives. The Society has been less affected than many but we have had to adjust to a new set of circumstances and in 2020-21 responded by postponing the lectures planned for the year of my planned presidency until 2021-22.

We owe our Past President Will McLean a huge thank you for continuing in his role for an extra 12 months. During this time we ran a series of online webinars and collaborated with our colleagues from BDA West of Scotland to deliver a programme of six events.

A core value of the Society is to provide high quality educational content of relevance to the membership. As such, one of my roles as President has been to invite speakers to address the Society at our six educational sessions for 2021-22. I believe that the lectures this season will present a very engaging programme with topics ranging from sleep and facial aesthetics to behavioural issues and dental trauma.

Covid-19 will continue to affect our programme for our lectures in October and November which as a result will be online but we are hopeful that, beginning with our social lecture in December, we can return to in-person events. Full details of all of our speakers and topics will be published on the website shortly.

There are six meetings over the season held on Tuesday evenings. Registration starts at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00pm and these timings will continue online to give members the opportunity to catch up with friends. Once we have the green light to meet in person again our December meeting will be held in the Anatomy Department and the remaining meetings will be held in the lecture theatres of the Dental Hospital and School. The website makes the booking process straight forward and the delivery of CPD certificates seamless.

We are delighted to say that plans to hold the annual dinner in February 2022 are now in full swing. The dinner will be held in the stunning surroundings offered by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  This evening never fails to entertain and impress the palate.

The committee and I look forward to welcoming you to the first virtual meeting on the 19 October 2021. I do hope you can come along to join us and please encourage colleagues to do the same.

Josephine Weir

If you require any further information about the Society, please contact our new secretary, Lizzie Todd, at support@glasgowodonto.org.