Welcome to the ABSTD

The Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry (ABSTD) is a professional association dedicated to the teaching of basic sciences in dentistry.


Keep up to date with our latest news and developments throughout the year. 

Breaking News

Oral Bioscience Essay Prize

Details of the first  ‘Oral Bioscience Essay Prize’, together with the title and competition regulations are now available. The competition is open to undergraduate dental students at UK or European dental schools, or to those enrolled on approved degree programmes in related dental professions such as Dental Technology or Dental Therapy and Hygiene. Details may be obtained by following these links.

‘Oral Bioscience Essay Prize’ Competition Notice 

‘Oral Bioscience Essay Prize’ Competition Regulations 


Autumn Meeting ***NEW***

The Autumn half-day meeting of the Association entitled Biomedical Sciences in Dentistry: Current and Future Challenges  will take place at the University of Plymouth on the afternoon of  Tuesday September 5th, to immediately precede the annual meeting of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research, also in Plymouth.

Full details will be posted shortly.


Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Draft Curriculum in the Biomedical Sciences for Dental Programmes – August 2016

This document may be viewed by following this link . It was discussed at a Special Interest Group (SIGT-02: ‘Biomedical Sciences in Dentistry: Developing a Contemporary Core Curriculum’)  held at the ADEE meeting in Barcelona in August 2016  and any further comments would still be most welcome. These should be submitted electronically to the President of the Association.



Join us

The Association welcomes applications for membership from clinicians, basic scientists and others interested in the role and delivery of basic science education in the dental curriculum.

We welcome your questions and feedback – please get in touch.