Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June
SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.
The 11th edition of IDEM, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting, was originally scheduled to take place from 24 to 26 April 2020. However, concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the world prompted a change of plans.
Mathias Kuepper, managing director of Koelnmesse, addressed the issue in a press release, stating that “the health of all IDEM participants is of great importance to us and we are putting their well-being first by delaying the event”. “We have much gratitude for the understanding and ongoing commitment from our partners, sponsors, exhibitors and conference speakers, not to mention the participants and attendees that have enabled us to postpone IDEM,” he added.
“In light of the current situation, it is important for us to make decisions in the best interests of our attendees, and we will continue to listen to and work closely with our partners to create a successful event,” said Dr Lim Lii, president of the Singapore Dental Association. “We are optimistic that the current COVID-19 virus outbreak will be temporary and we believe that it is in the interests of the dental industry to resume businesses as quickly as possible after the present crisis has been addressed,” Lii continued.
COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family, and the current outbreak was first reported from Wuhan in China on 31 December 2019.