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

ABSTD is pleased to announce a new essay competition which will be open to undergraduate or equivalent students in programmes leading to a University Degree in Dentistry, Dental Therapy and Hygiene, Dental Technology or equivalent disciplines in recognised dental schools. The competition will be run bi-annually. The rules can be seen by following this link.  The title of the essay for the first competition together with further details will be posted on this website at the start of the forthcoming academic year in September.


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 will be tabled for discussion at a Special Interest Group (SIGT-02: ‘Biomedical Sciences in Dentistry: Developing a Contemporary Core Curriculum’) to be held at the forthcoming ADEE meeting in Barcelona and any comments would be most welcome. These may be submitted either electronically in advance of, or verbally at the meeting. Correspondence details are given in the document and some introductory notes for those attending SIGT -02 are also available.


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.



Other Meetings

Enamel 9 – Harrogate:  October 30th – Nov 3rd 2016

Further details:  http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/2750/enamel_symposium_2016-enamel9


11th European Symposium on Saliva – Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands: May 17th – 20th 2017

Further information: a copy of the Preliminary Notice can be obtained  by following this link