Refresh. Refocus. Renew.


Abstract submission opens

1 October 2024

Registration & accommodation bookings open

1 October 2024

Abstract submission closes

18 April 2025

Notification to abstract presenters

2 June 2025

Early bird registration closes

30 June 2025

A word of Welcome


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) and the South African Association of Paediatric Dentistry (SAAPD), we take great pleasure in inviting you to join us for the 30th IAPD Congress - taking place for the first time on the African continent - from 22-25 October 2025 in Cape Town, South Africa.

We're immensely excited to host you in our beautiful country, as we explore new frontiers in Paediatric Dentistry under the theme "Refresh - Refocus - Renew"

Refresh - Refocus - Renew

Paediatric Dentistry as part of holistic, patient-centred health care.

The golden thread through this congress theme and slogan is how we as paediatric dentists should refresh, refocus and renew our approach to providing patient-centred, holistic oral health care. This theme also links to focused research in Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) which is a multi-dimensional construct that includes a subjective evaluation of the individual's oral health, functional well-being, emotional well-being, expectations and satisfaction with care and sense of self.

Especially in children, impaired oral health and function can affect growth and development- not only physical but also emotional, social and psychological. Decisions made and treatment done on a child can have life-long consequences.

It is, therefore, our duty to step up to the challenges of paediatric dentistry, to consult and collaborate with each other, different specialists and medical professionals to make sure we care for the 'whole child' and not only the child's teeth. The 3-day scientific program will be comprehensive, catering for all special interests pertaining to paediatric dentistry:

Day 1, focusing on Diagnosis & Behaviour Management will Refresh your knowledge on the aetiology and diagnosis of disease and pathology, Refocus you on the well-being of your patient and yourself through behaviour management techniques, and Renew your approach to providing inter- or multidisciplinary oral health care.

Day 2, with a special focus on Holistic Oral Health care, will Refresh your understanding of caries, Refocus your care plans on holistic health care and Renew your approach to patient-specific oral rehabilitation with the newest technology and advances.

Day 3 will Refresh your knowledge of modern dentistry and available technology, Refocus on tooth preservation and Renew your approach to providing care as a paediatric dentist.

Paediatric dentistry requires a balance of knowledge, skills, patience and personality! The social program will create opportunities for interaction, relaxation, collaboration and just some plain African fun under the African sun!

The ultimate goal is for each attendee to leave feeling "refreshed, refocused and renewed" in order to support each other, across local and International borders, in making paediatric dentistry a cornerstone of providing holistic healthcare to our children.

We can't wait to see you in Cape Town!

Marietjie-Weakly 2
Dr Marietjie Weakley

IAPD 2025 Congress Chair

Nicoline-Potgieter 2
Dr Nicoline Potgieter

IAPD 2025 Scientific Chair

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We warmly welcome you to the 30th IAPD Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. This landmark event, organized by the IAPD and SAAPD, marks the first-ever IAPD congress on the African Continent!

The IAPD Congress brings together practitioners and academics from various disciplines, providing a platform for knowledge exchange, research exploration, and networking on a multidisciplinary level. This year's congress theme, "Refresh, Refocus, Renew," emphasizes the transformative power of pediatric dentistry in improving individuals' quality of life and promoting holistic healthcare.

Cape Town, nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. From the iconic Cape Point to the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the city provides a range of experiences for exploration and immersion. It is also the gateway to wildlife adventures, including unforgettable safaris where you can witness African wildlife in their natural habitat.

We anticipate over 1,200 delegates from over 70 countries, fostering collaborations and inspiring advancements in paediatric dentistry. Join us in Cape Town to be part of this unforgettable event, where we will refresh our perspectives, refocus our efforts, and renew our commitment to improving children's oral health globally.

We look forward to meeting you in Cape Town, where the wonders of dentistry and the charm of this remarkable city converge!

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Figen Seymen

President, International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD)

Dr. Anna Maria Vierrou

Interim Secretary General

"This landmark event, organized by the IAPD and SAAPD, marks the first-ever IAPD congress on the African Continent!"

Prof. Figen Seymen

Meet the Committees

In Africa, it is said that "It takes a village to raise a child". The meaning behind this proverb is that an entire community of people must provide for and interact positively with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

According to Wikipedia, "The proverb has been attributed to African cultures. In 2016, the USA's National Public Radio (NPR) researched the origins of the proverb but was unable to pinpoint them, although academics said the proverb embodies the spirit of several African cultures".

Similarly, it takes a proverbial "village" to organise a Congress. This is a group of carefully selected individuals with training, skills and knowledge to add to the collective experience of creating the best IAPD Congress for you - our delegate!

Meet the incredible individuals that are selflessly giving their time and expertise to making IAPD 2025 a reality.

The 30th IAPD 2023 Congress is organized by the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, and hosted in South Africa by the South African Association of Paediatric Dentistry (SAAPD).

  • Marietjie-Weakly 2
    Dr Marietjie Weakley


    BChD (Pret); DipOdont Implantology UWC

    Working with children is not my job - it's my absolute passion!

    To me, the best part about our awesome country is the amazing, friendly, heartwarming people - our Rainbow Nation.

    We come together, from different backgrounds and all, and show the world what unity can do.

    Add to this our stunning landscapes - this makes South Africa an extra special place to visit.

  • Dr Mark Bowes
    Dr Mark Bowes


    BDS (Wits) Aesthetic Dentist

     Interdisciplinary dentistry is my strength.

    I feel privileged in South Africa with the depth and knowledge in our profession. 

  • Nicoline-Potgieter 2
    Dr Nicoline Potgieter


    President of the South African Association of Paediatric Dentistry

    BChD, PGDip: Paedo, PGDipDent: Endo, MSc Paediatric Dentistry - University of the Western Cape

    My favourite thing about paediatric dentistry is the interaction with the kids - and that it is never boring!

    My favourite thing about South Africa is definitely the great food and hospitality of our people!

  • Dr Tshepiso Mfolo


    BChD (UWC), PG Dip Dent (Aesthetic Dent), PG Dip Dent (Comm Dent) ,MSc Dent (UP)

    I love pediatric dentistry because no single day at work is the same - I love the unpredictable nature of children and being part of giving them a positive dental experience.

    My favourite thing about South Africa - I love the cultural diversity and the unity through sports, food, and great music!

  • Dr Meenakshi Iyer
    Dr Meenakshi Lyer


    BChD (UP), PGDip (Comm Dent), PGDip (Paeds)

    My favourite thing about paediatric dentistry is the chance we get to change the mindset about dentistry.
    My favourite thing about SA is Food! Places! People! Spirit! So, everything 🙂

  • Dr Daniella Botha
    Dr Daniella Botha


    BDS (WITS) Sport Sciences (Stellenbosch University)

    My favourite thing about pediatric dentistry is that treating children is a rewarding profession like no other - to leave them with a positive perception of the dentist and their oral health is what paves the way for change in our oral health status in South Africa.

  • Dr Helen Bowes


Dr Nicoline Potgieter

Dr Nadine Moelich

Dr Nadia Mohamed

Dr Naeemah Noordien

Dr Craig Peck

Dr Morenike Ukpong

"This landmark event, organized by the IAPD and SAAPD, marks the first-ever IAPD congress on the African Continent!"

Prof. Figen Seymen


Congress Venue

Against the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain, and but a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is the perfect venue for an international conference.

Located in the Cape Town Foreshore, the venue is easily accessible and in close proximity to many of the city's top hotels, amenities, restaurants, and attractions, including the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Aside from world-class conference and exhibition facilities, the CTICC boasts a variety of visitor facilities, including free wifi, ATM's, a business centre, prayer facilities, and onsite medical facilities

The CTICC has been designed to cater for the disabled, to ensure that the building is an inclusive venue for all delegates and visitors.

Parking facilities are available at the CTICC in P1 & P3 (closest to the side where the conference will be).  Kindly note that parking is charged for and is for the delegate’s own account.

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Getting to the Venue

  • Address

    Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001

  • GPS Co-Ordinates

    -33.915141°, 18.425657°

Explore Cape Town

At the Southern tip of Africa, Cape Town - or the Mother City as it is known - is a destination like no other. Make the most of your time in our incredible city and explore some of our awe-inspiring and diverse attractions. From Table Mountain, blue-flag beaches, and African wildlife to world-class wine farms and gastronomy, we have something to suit every level of adventure and taste.

Things to Know

South Africa is situated on the Southern tip of the African Continent. It shares neighbouring borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. South Africa encloses both Swaziland and Lesotho. South Africa has over 2700 km of coastline shared between the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast and the warm Indian Ocean on the east coast.

South Africa's three major international airports are O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg); Cape Town International Airport; and King Shaka International Airport (Durban).

Cape Town International Airport is located 20km (12 miles) from the Cape Town city centre. It has a direct link to the city via the N2 freeway.

  • Airlink
  • Air France
  • Air Mauritius
  • Austrian
  • British Airways
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Ethiopian
  • Emirates
  • KLM
  • Kenya Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar
  • RwandAir
  • Singapore Airlines
  • TAAG
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United
  • Virgin Atlantic


The MyCiTi bus rapid transit system offers regular shuttle services to and from the airport. The service operates from the Civic Centre bus station in the city centre on weekdays, weekends, and public holidays. Travel on the service requires a myconnect card, which can be purchased from MyCiTi station kiosks and participating retailers.

Metered taxis, car rentals, and ride-hailing services (such as Uber) are also available at the airport.

At Cape Town International Airport there are short-term, long-term and valet parking options available, as well as designated drop-off and pick-up zones.


South Africa is known for its long sunny days throughout the year. Most of the country experiences rain in summer, however the Cape Town and Western Cape has predominantly winter rainfall. October is well into spring-time, so weather should be warm and sunny. Bring a light jersey or jacket in case of a few chilly days.

We have 11 official languages. Yes, 11! And we've recently recognised sign language as an additional official language - bringing it up to 12!

Although English is the most widely spoken language in the province, you're sure to hear the locals conversing in a few more, like Afrikaans or Xhosa.

Brush up on a few colloquialisms to really fit in with the locals - like baie dankie (thank you very much) or lekker (used to describe anything - from food to experiences - that are enjoyable). You may be greeted with more than one "Howzit!" - a greeting that embodies a 'hello' with a 'how are you', all in one!

South Africa is home to a multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.

South Africa has a well-developed healthcare system. There are both public and private hospitals throughout South Africa. Be sure to top up on medical insurance before leaving home. Well-qualified doctors, dentists (naturally), and specialists can be found easily, but it is advisable to make an appointment unless it is an emergency. Medics are available onsite during the Congress.

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions electricity is available almost everywhere.

You may have heard of the Cape Town water crisis and "Day Zero"- the day that taps in the city could potentially have run dry. The drought is thankfully over, but we still treat our water as a scarce and valuable resource. On your visit you'll probably notice water saving tips and initiatives in hotels and restaurants. Our tap water in Cape Town is safe to drink but you can purchase bottled spring water at almost any location you visit.

Uber, the MyCiti bus system and car rentals are widely available in the Western Cape. A fast-growing cycle culture in the province also adds an alternative and fun way to enjoy the outdoors.

You can also walk to the Waterfront and many great restaurants and attractions within the city but it is advisable to do so in a group. Avoid walking alone at night. Keep your valuables and belongings safely tucked away out of sight.

South Africa uses the Rand as currency. Keep in mind that you can only use the Rand to shop, dine and experience the province, so you'll have to exchange to the local currency - luckily this can be done quickly and easily at the airport. Most shopping malls also have a Bureau de Change that will assist you.

As we've mentioned you can only pay in Rands in South Africa. But it's super easy to swap your foreign currency for rands. Money can be exchanged at the airport, commercial banks, Rennies Travel and American Express. These can be found in most shopping centres in Cape Town. You may also find exchange facilities in some hotels.

Banking hours are: 9am - 3.30pm (weekdays) and 8.30am - 11am (Saturdays) and are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

If you don't have any cash on you, no worries. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments in Cape Town, as well as payment methods like Apple Pay and Samsung Wallet.

Certain visitors to South Africa require a visa to enter the country. 

It is very important that you apply early for your visa to make sure that you have it in time for travel. 

The organisers have no control over the processing of visas nor the length of time that it takes to process.

Please contact your local South African consulate to check processing times.

For more information about visas and countries that require visas please visit

To request a visa letter from the organisers please email  Kindly note that registration and accommodation fees will need to be paid in full before a visa letter is issued.

Keeping you safe in Cape Town and the Western Cape is a top priority for us.

Unfortunately, like many other places in the world, some areas grapple with the unacceptable impact of crime. To counteract this sad occurrence, we continually invest in and work with initiatives such as increased law enforcement deployment, technology expansion, and safety awareness at work to provide a safe environment for all.

We want you to leave our beautiful region with nothing but happy memories. To ensure a pleasurable trip, please keep in mind a few precautions that you can employ on all your travels across the world:

Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night

Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATM / cash machines.

At night, park in a secure and well-lit area with street guards.

Keep photocopies and all valuable documents in a safe place.

Accidents happen, it's part of life. Be prepared for any scenario by saving these numbers on your phone before your trip:

  • For all emergency services from your mobile dial 112
  • For all emergencies from a landline, dial 107
  • To call the South African Police Service, dial 10111

All stores charge the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% levied on the purchase of most goods in South Africa. This is generally already included in the price you pay for any item. As a foreign visitor, you may apply for a refund of the VAT you pay while in the country provided you apply before you depart.

Ensure that you receive your tax receipts for all purchases made. To claim your VAT refund, present all your tax receipts to the VAT administrator at your point of departure.

Since we've opened our borders to welcome all travellers to our beautiful country again, your health and safety is our top priority. All South African airports are fully equipped to ensure the safety of all travellers entering and leaving the country, and strictly adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Remember to travel with hand sanitiser and a face mask (optional) if you want to take extra precautions.

The South African Health Minister repealed all COVID-19 related restrictions on 22 June 2022.

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