Join us for the 8th Unconventional Conventions Antarctica conference. For the first time ever, we will be extending the cruise to visit the Falkland Islands and down to cross the Antarctic Circle. Plus, join us on the Post-Conference Tour of Patagonia.
Be inspired by the pristine beauty of Antarctica – massive sparkling blue icebergs; sweeping ice sheets; towering mountains; spectacular sunsets. Be thrilled by the glorious abundance of wildlife – cute penguins waddling; plump seals basking; magnificent whales breaching; and millions of seabirds soaring.
This remote stretch of the Antarctic Peninsula is visited for just a few short months each year. From January onwards, seasonal ice conditions give us our best chance of achieving our objective – crossing the Antarctic Circle. Here we witness expansive landscapes, sizable Adelie penguin rookeries and we hope to see the large tabular icebergs that have drifted north from the Bellingshausen Sea. We always anticipate exciting ice navigation on this expedition. Detaille Island, below the Circle is a spectacular location. The snowy peaks which surround us, soar more than 2,000 meters above the ice-strewn waters. We aim to cross 66 degrees, 33 minutes south of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle on the global map. We then return north, along the heavily glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing through the Argentine, Fish and Yalour Island archipelagos along the way and into the Gerlache Strait and Danco coast region. Several locations in the South Shetland Islands provide yet more fascinating places to explore.
Over the course of the voyage, there is an exciting selection of activities to choose from each and every day – including short or long hikes ashore, visits to historic points of interest and wildlife colonies, Zodiac cruising looking for whales and seals or simply photographing the incredible icebergs. Such activities are enjoyed in the company of our onboard team of wilderness guides, naturalists and photographers.
Join us for this remarkable expedition to Antarctica – the ideal way to combine high quality continuing medical and dental education with travel to the last frontier.
The dental conference program is being hosted in collaboration with ADA NSW.
Dental Conference Program Topics
Topics by Prof Ian Meyers OAM
Topics by Dr Peter Cathro
Topics by Dr Luke Villata
Pre Conference Tour (21-25 Feb 2020)
Extend your experience before joining the main conference group - join the optional pre-conference tour. Follow the ticket booking link to the provider website for more details.
Day 1: Australia to Santiago - Chile(Tuesday 25 Feb, 2020)
Day 2: Santiago to Stanley - Falkland Islands (Wednesday 26 Feb, 2020)
Day 3: Towards Antarctica (Thursday 27 Feb, 2020)
We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. The Drake Passage is rich in bio-diversity and showcases a great abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques.
Day 4: Continue Towards Antarctica (Friday 28 Feb, 2020)
Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern expedition vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. As we approach the coastline of Antarctica, we start to encounter icebergs and anticipate our first whale sightings.
Day 5: South Shetland Islands (Saturday 29 Feb, 2020)
Day 6: Antarctic Peninsula Exploration (Sunday 01 Mar, 2020)
Day 7: Antarctic Circle Crossing (Monday 02 Mar, 2020)
Day 8: Southern Gerlache Coastline (Tuesday 03 Mar, 2020)
Day 9 : Southern Gerlache Coastline (Wednesday 04 Mar, 2020)
Day 10: Aitcho Islands (Thursday 05 Mar, 2020)
Day 11: Drake Passage (Friday 06 Mar, 2020)
Day 12: Return to Stanley and the Falkland Islands (Saturday 07 Mar, 2020)
Day 13 : Arrive Stanley – Fly back to Chile (Sunday 08 Mar, 2020)
Day 14 : Monday 09 Mar, 2020
Post Conference Tour - Patagonia (09-13 Mar 2020)
Our Academic Advisory Committees, comprised of practitioners from a range of fields of practice, endeavour to source the best possible speakers to provide a series of presentations, workshops, case studies and panel discussions for each conference.
Unconventional Conventions’ director for the past 20 years is a practising doctor who takes great pride in offering a comprehensive, stimulating and appropriate academic program. Unconventional Conventions aims to ensure that the combination of lectures, workshops, hospital visits, training activities and clinic in the community make up more than 50% of daily activities during the main conference tour.
Many of our travel destinations provide an opportunity for local professional contribution and cultural exchange through workshops and structured visits to local clinics.
Our conference programs are prepared over a 12 month period and full details are available 3 months prior to the conference. Unconventional Conventions is an accredited education provider for RACGP. Application for ACRRM points is made for each conference. Dental programs are certifiable with the Dental Board of Australia. Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.
Please refer to the Unconventional Conventions website for their terms and conditions.
Tue, 25 February 2020
South Shetland Islands,
Dr Peter Cathro
MDS, PGCert Tert T., PhD
Upon completion of his specialist training in Endodontics (1994), Peter worked as an endodontist in full time private practice in Melbourne and then in Auckland. Peter has returned to Otago University and is an Associate Dean (Clinical) and Head of General Practice. In addition to teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students, Peter has lectured extensively at international conferences and given numerous endodontic hands-on courses throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Peter completed his PhD in microbiology and his current research interests are in microbial adaptation and endodontic applications of hydroxyapatite. Peter is a reviewer for five peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Luke Villata
Luke Villata graduated in dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1984. Luke worked in private practice in Hobart, Tasmania, for 2 years before heading to London. He worked in London until 1993 when he moved to Aarhus Denmark to study Periodontics. Luke graduated in 1996 and obtained his specialist registration in NSW in 1997.
Luke has worked in specialist practice since 1997. Luke has also been involved in teaching at the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University since 1997 and 2010 respectively. Luke is currently head of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry course which is run from Charles Sturt University. Luke was granted membership of the Royal Australian Society of Dental Surgeon in 2010.
Prof Ian Meyers OAM
BDSc, FRACDS, FICD, FADI, FPFA
Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner in Brisbane Australia, and an honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He has extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, and has a special interest in diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dental materials, fibre-reinforced composites, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry. In 2017 he received the Order of Australia Medal for services to dentistry, to professional associations, and to tertiary education.