European Summit on Dental Education - Digitalization

March 2024


EDSE - The congress

The new resolution from the World Health Organization on oral health has brought to light the need to provide an improved setting for dentistry pre- and post-graduate students to get acquainted and educated from the very beginning within the new technological advances, while also exposing the necessity of shifting from the current research topics to a research methodology more focused on progressing the scientific and clinical knowledge in digital dentistry.

The European Academy of Digital Dentistry (EADD) is constituted by public deed as an international non-profit association of scientific and professional nature with full legal capacity to be subject of rights and obligations and represent the Digital Dentistry field of expertise in Europe, counted as one of the most influential dental organizations in the world with its presence spread over 85 countries, comprising in its social bodies and as general members many of the most well-known and respected Dentists, Dental Technicians and Researchers in the world.

Universities are assumed to have the essential roles of leading, guiding, and overseeing the development of digital dentistry, but also to grant their students the possibility of getting acquainted and well-versed in the technology they will find in the future while working and prepare them to have an open mind for novel advancements.

Digital dentistry should be all about "thinking digitally" rather than "showing digital" or "buying digital" and to accomplish that, Universities, the houses of knowledge and cradles of the mind and spirit, must set the tone.

Within this panorama, EADD invites you to a groundbreaking event that will bring together high representatives from a significant number of European and worldwide dental schools/universities to discuss the path to be followed by Universities in the present and future by issuing clear officially published recommendations that shall change dentistry education at a pre- and post-graduate level.

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Why Coimbra?

The city of Coimbra is primarily known for its famous monuments, churches, libraries, museums, parks, nightlife, healthcare and shopping facilities. Above all, Coimbra evolved into a major cultural center, largely helped by the establishment of the first Portuguese university in 1290, making it the oldest university of the country and one of the oldest in the world.

Apart from attracting many European and international students, the university is visited by many tourists for its monuments and history. Its historical buildings were classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages. In fact, Coimbra has been called A cidade dos estudantes (The city of the students) or Lusa-Atenas (Lusitan-Athens, as the University buildings occupy the hilltop overlooking the Mondego river, like an acropolis).


The inseparable bond between Coimbra and education makes it the perfect city to receive ESDE!

The University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra is certainly one of the most prestigious and traditional universities in Europe and the most important cultural center in Portugal. The richness of its long History of seven centuries, its unique tradition and the quality and variety of its architecture have no equal. The University of Coimbra has been able to conciliate the past with both the present and future and it is also a "modern" university, very well equipped with up-to-date technology in the various fields of knowledge, and where science and technology are considered to play an essential role. 
The University of Coimbra

The Venue

The ESDE will be held at the Convento São Francisco (São Francisco Convent), which has a set of unique spaces with the capacity to welcome small, medium and large events.

Convento São Francisco portrays an extraordinary building, located in the center of the city, with an architecture that harmoniously and singularly combines historical heritage and contemporaneity. The expansion and renovation projects for the convent building and the recovery of the old church surprises by the magnificent dialogue between the conventual architecture of the 17th century and the contemporary aesthetic language.

Endowed with a range of appealing interior and exterior multifunctional spaces and an extraordinary beauty, the convent offers the best material, technical and organizational conditions for hosting scientific conferences, social, corporate and artistic events.

With a brilliant cultural agenda, the venue is positioned as a reference Cultural and Congress Center in the city.

Important rooms are:

    • D. Afonso Henriques (Conference room)
    • Aeminium (Exposition Hall)

You can virtually visit and explore the venue here.

  • ESDE

    Unforgettable Conference Room

    The ESDE conferences will be held in an emblematic and unique space (room D. Afonso Henriques), which used to serve as the convent’s church. It is the second largest room in the event center, with a total area of 490 m2. The room D. Afonso Henriques was thus named to honor the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques, whose famous tomb is located in Coimbra, and to promote Coimbra as the first capital of Portugal, from 1139 to 1385.
  • ESDE

    Unforgettable Conference Room

    The ESDE conferences will be held in an emblematic and unique space (room D. Afonso Henriques), which used to serve as the convent’s church. It is the second largest room in the event center, with a total area of 490 m2. The room D. Afonso Henriques was thus named to honor the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques, whose famous tomb is located in Coimbra, and to promote Coimbra as the first capital of Portugal, from 1139 to 1385.

How to Reach

Convento São Francisco

Convento São Francisco


Av. da Guarda Inglesa, nº 1 A | 3040-193 Coimbra | Portugal


Latitude 40º 12' 11'' N | Longitude 08º 26' 09'' W

Getting to Portugal

Getting to Portugal

Coimbra is located in the center of Portugal, approximately 100 km south of Porto and 200 km north of Lisbon. 

We recommend flying into one of the following two international airports
    • Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto International Airport) – 110 km away from Coimbra 
    • Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon International Airport) – 210 km away from Coimbra
Several airline companies, such as TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa, United, Emirates, British Airlines, KLM, Transavia, Ryanair, operate at Lisbon and Porto airports. Both airports have daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. You may also consider arriving through Faro International Airport, which is 540 kms away from Coimbra, if you would like to stay longer and explore the country.
When in Portugal

When in Portugal

There are regular shuttles from Lisbon and Porto to Coimbra. These small buses run almost every hour. This option is not available when traveling from Faro International Airport.

Fare range (one-way):

  • Lisbon Airport – Coimbra: 40 – 50€ ( ~ 2h duration)
  • Porto Airpot – Coimbra: 30 – 40€ ( ~ 1h30 duration)

For more detailed information and reservations please visit.

About 50 national trains, operated by CP (Portuguese Railways), arrive daily to Coimbra from Lisbon/Porto.

Train stations:

  • Coimbra-B terminal
  • Coimbra-A terminal (smaller, less train options, but slightly closer to the venue)

Fare range (one-way):

  • Lisbon – Coimbra: 15 – 35€
  • Porto – Coimbra: 10 – 25€

* Considerable variation of trip duration depending on train type *

For more detailed information on schedules, train types, prices and tickets acquisition please visit.

Regular bus services connect several cities, towns and main localities of the country to Coimbra. The main operators are Rede Expressos and FlixBus. There are about 25 daily bus services to Coimbra from Porto and about 15 daily bus services to Coimbra from Lisbon.

Fare range (one-way):

  • Lisbon – Coimbra: 5 – 15€ ( ~ 2h30’ duration)
  • Porto – Coimbra: 5 – 13€ ( ~ 1h30’ duration)

For more detailed information on schedules, prices and tickets acquisition please visit:

Take the A1 highway itinerary from Lisbon (South) or Porto (North) to Coimbra.

The car trip takes around 2h (Lisbon – Coimbra) and 1h25’ (Porto – Coimbra).

Using Google Maps or Waze apps can be very useful!

When in Coimbra

When in Coimbra

You can use the SMTUC urban buses, several bus lines stop near the venue. You can check the timetables here.

Lines: 6, 13, 31 (SMTUC)

Check prices here.

Tickets can be purchased at various points in the city (the Coimbra conVIDA ticket are the most affordable) or directly on the bus.

You can also download the Moovit app to get information on the bus lines and timetables.

There is a local taxi service available, with taxi stands spread all over the city.

Uber or Bolt taxis are also available in Coimbra, upon request using the respective app.

The city of Coimbra also has an electric scooters service, provided by:




The electric scooters can be used in a large part of the urban area. Bike paths make getting around easier.

* Note: In case of arriving by car, there is FREE parking on site! *



Social Program

ESDE Gala Dinner is included in the registration fee.

Scientific Program

Here you can take a look at the program for the event.

Each topic will be presented by the corresponding Workgroup Spokesperson (25 minutes), followed by an open discussion leading to the final consensus.

  • 14:00 - 18:30

    Workgroup Meetings

  • Workgroups Dinner

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Introduction to Digital Dentistry Education

  • 10:00 - 11:00

    Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics

  • 11:00 - 11:30

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 12:30


  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Opening Session

  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • 14:00 - 15:00


  • 15:00 - 16:00

    Pediatric Dentistry & Prevention

  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Coffee Break

  • 16:30 - 17:30

    Periodontics, Pathology, Oral Surgery & Implantology

  • 17:30 - 18:30

    Student's Perspective

  • 20:30 - São Marcos Palace

    Gala Dinner

  • 09:00 - 10:00

    Clinical, Laboratory & Translational Research

  • 10:00 - 11:00

    Data Management & Applications (for universities)

  • 11:00 - 11:30

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 13:30

    Industry Forum

  • 13:30 - 14:30


  • 14:30 - 15:30


  • 15:30 - 16:00

    Closing remarks

  • Social Program – Visit Coimbra


Registration includes:


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