Northern Lights 2020 - Dental Conference


Seeing the Northern Lights, is on many a bucket list.

We have put together a unique program with 7 nights high in the Arctic Circle to give you an excellent chance of witnessing the mesmerising swirl of the Aurora Borealis.

First we stay in the Lofoten Islands, a place of staggering beauty, with peaceful fjords and handsome mountains and minimal human habitation. Then the Arctic Express train takes us on a scenic journey to Swedish Lapland, an intensely beautiful landscape of snow-bound forests, frozen lakes and vast expanses of tundra.

In these northern reaches of the world, each day can bring an almost magical stillness, and though the sun barely skims the horizon, for a few hours a day the sky glows deep blue and the snow seems almost luminous in the oblique light. After dark, with luck, you will be awed by the green and pink radiance arcing above you.

Pre Conference Tour (21-25 Jan 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: Fly Australia - DXB - Oslo - Thursday 23 Jan, 2020 

  • Depart Australia in the evening for a flight via Dubai with Emirates

Day 2: Oslo Airport Hotel - Friday 24 Jan, 2020 

  • Arrive in Oslo from Australia and stay overnight at the airport hotel.

Day 3: Fly Oslo to Bodo Trans Lofoten - Saturday 25 Jan, 2020 

  • This morning we join delegates from the optional pre-conference tour in Oslo to fly to Evenes and take a scenic coach trip to the Lofoten Islands. This spectacular archipelago is draped across the Norwegian Sea, west of mainland Norway. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains and deep fjords and long, surf-swept beaches. For the next three nights stay in traditional fishermen’s cabins by the sea with snow-covered mountains forming the perfect backdrop. This evening join fellow delegates for a special local dinner and your first chance to see the northern lights, with tips on photography techniques from a local professional.

Day 4: Lofoten - Sunday 26 Jan, 2020 

  • Morning conference session. 
  • This afternoon don some snow shoes and set out with our guides to experience the silent beauty of nature. Enjoy stories about the Vikings and other local legends. Take in the mountain vistas and breathe in the pure air that can only be found in the Arctic. Return to the hotel for a warming hot tub and sauna– you don’t have to dive into the ocean like the crazy Norwegians do!
  • This evening we take a short bus ride to Gimsøy village for a delicious dinner at a local farm where the owner will explain his family history and describe their life-style. The long beach on the fjord there should provide a great spot for northern lights viewing (fingers crossed!)

Day 5: Lofoten - Monday 27 Jan, 2020 

  • Morning conference session. 
  • Travel the short distance to Solvaer for some free time for lunch, then travel by zodiacs into some of the Lofoten Islands’ most dramatic fjords. Be awed by the largest Sea Eagles in the world circling above you. Return to the hotel and then you have free time to walk to the nearby town to visit the museum, aquarium and art gallery.
  • Enjoy a special dinner at the hotel restaurant finishing with a drink up on deck to see the skyline of Lofoten luminous with nature’s spectacular light show (hopefully).

Day 6: Narvik - Tuesday 28 Jan, 2020 

  • Today our coach takes us on a scenic route through mountains, fjords, picturesque fishing villages and bridges to Narvik, on the Norwegian mainland. Arrive at our hotel in time for lunch, while admiring the spectacular views – islands to the west and mountains in every other direction, while spectacular fjords stretch north and south.
  • Afternoon conference session.
  • This evening, a special treat as we take a cable car ride to a luxurious mountaintop lodge for a delightful dinner followed by Aurora viewing and photography opportunities.

Day 7: Train to Ice Hotel - Wednesday 29 Jan, 2020 

  • This morning we board the Arctic Circle Express, the world’s northern-most train ride. Zig-zag out of Narvik and then relax as you pass by spectacular scenery and pop in and out of tunnels. Arrive in Kiruna and transfer to the small village of Jukkasjarvi, next to the mighty glacial River Torne, and arrive at the original ICE HOTEL. The hotel is crafted into a unique incarnation each winter, and filled with imaginative artworks created by artists from around the world. 
  • After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel, finishing with a drink in the fabulously sculpted ICE BAR. Of course, your drink will be nice and cold – served up in a glass made of ice!
  • This evening dinner is at the Old Homestead, a cosy timber building which was once a school. After dinner, spend the night in an individually themed and hand carved ice room, snuggled up on reindeer hide – a surreal experience.

Day 8: Ice Hotel - Thursday 30 Jan, 2020 

  • Wake up early with a hot chocolate, coffee or tea before having a warm sauna – Scandinavians are crazy about saunas, but you don’t have to roll in the snow first 
  • This morning channel your own artistic talents, creating your own ice sculpture under the guidance of an expert. You never know, you may be able to give up your day job.
  • Afternoon conference session.
  • Tonight dinner is at Väkkäräjärvi Wilderness Lodge where your cockles are warmed by a drink of mulled wine around an open fire. Enjoy a very special dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 9: Ice Hotel - Friday 31 Jan, 2020 

  • Wake up early with a hot chocolate, coffee or tea before having a warm sauna – Scandinavians are crazy about saunas, but you don’t have to roll in the snow first. 
  • Then travel to a small village to meet the Sami people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Scandinavian Arctic. Learn of their traditional way of life – coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding. Let them teach you how to throw a lasso. The Sami are renowned as reindeer herders and they will take you on a reindeer sled ride, the quietest and most magical way to enjoy the forest and snowscape. Look out, Rudolf. Have a traditional lunch in a Tipi – don’t be surprised if there is reindeer on the menu.
  • Afternoon conference session.
  • Tonight enjoy your final night in Lapland with a special farewell dinner.

Day 10: Flight Kiruna to Stockholm Airport Hotel Stockholm - Saturday 01 Feb, 2020 

  • This morning, meet your team of huskies who will whisk you across the snowy tundra in your sled. This is a fast and exhilarating way to travel; you will be every bit as excited as your canine friends whose happy barks ring across the white landscape. 
  • Morning conference session
  • After lunch depart for your flight to Stockholm.

Day 11: Flight Stockholm to Australia - Sunday 02 Feb, 2020 

  • Fly from Stockholm in the afternoon, arriving in Australia on Monday 3rd February 


  • Join the optional Post Conference Tour

Day 12: Arrive Australia - Monday 03 Feb, 2020

Post Conference Tour - 01-05 Feb 2020 

  • Continue your experience before returning to Australia - join the optional post conference tour. Follow the ticket booking link to the provider website for more details. 
  • End of arrangements. Please note this program may be subject to change

Highlights include:

  • Northern Lights
  • 7 nights in the Arctic Circle
  • Famous original ICE hotel
  • Fascinating Sami culture
  • Wilderness Dog sledding
  • Creative Ice sculpting
  • Special Reindeer sledding
  • Economy flights from Australia via Dubai to Oslo and return from Stockholm with Emirates Airways
  • SAS Go flights from Oslo to Evenes and Kiruna to Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines


  • Dental Implant basics- materials or marketing?
  • Implant Treatment Planning
  • Aesthetic Diagnosis in Dentistry
  • Occlusion and Biomechanics
  • Dentures in Modern practice
  • Digital Dentistry- where are we at?

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

  • Contemporary radiology in dentistry: What else is there apart from the cone-beam CT?
  • Prescription of diagnostic imaging: What, why and when?
  • Interpretive radiology: What is it? Does it influence anything?
  • Imaging the temporomandibular joint.


  • The clinical assessment process and clinical decision making in patient centred care (includes informed consent)
  • The assessment and management of salivary gland function and dysfunction
  • Management of the medically complex patient in general dental practice
  • ONJ-BRONJ-MRONJ. What’s new?
  • Infection Control – What’s new?

Each of our professional development programs is designed to address topics of interest and relevance to our delegates and their practices. 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 practicing 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 Dental Board of Australia. Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

Providers Terms

Please refer to the Unconventional Conventions website for their detailed terms and conditions. 

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Contact Hours:

20.0 hrs


Thu, 23 January 2020

Start Time:

9:00 AM


12 Days






Lofoten Island

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8314 Gimsøysand,
Gimsøysand, Northern Norway,

Unconventional Conventions
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Dr Tom Giblin

After graduating from Sydney University, Dr Giblin was accepted into a 3-year Advanced Prosthodontics Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Centre in San Antonio, regarded as one of the top programs in the USA. In his time there, Dr Giblin gained a broad education in all aspects of dentistry, including implant, fixed and removable prosthodontics as well as sleep dentistry, occlusion and TMD.

Dr Giblin has established Northern Dental Specialties as a centre of dental excellence on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He lectures extensively both in Australia and internationally. He teaches regular courses at his facility in Mona Vale where dentists from all over Australia visit to learn about Dentures, Occlusion, Dental Implants and Advanced reconstructive Dentistry.

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Clinical Prof Bernard Koong

Bernard is a founding partner of Envision Medical Imaging in Western Australia.He is Clinical Professor at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Sydney (USyd). He has a long history of teaching oral and maxillofacial radiology at several universities, including UWA, USyd, The University of Hong Kong and Griffith University and contributes to training the Western Australian radiology registrars of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).

As an invited speaker, Bernard has presented more than 130 lectures to the dental and medical professions around the world. Bernard is the author of the Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). He is also the author of the radiology chapter of the 6th edition of Lindhe and Lang’s Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Bernard is the President of the Australian Academy of Dento-maxillofacial Radiology.

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A/Prof Sharon Liberali

A/Professor Liberali is the Director and Senior Consultant of the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, SA Dental Service, and holds an honorary Associate Dental Consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is the Program Director of the specialist training program in Special Needs Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide and is the Principal Dentist at Health Partners Dental.

A/Professor Liberali is a past President of the SA Branch of the Australian Dental Association and also the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry. A/Professor Liberali currently Chairs the national ADA Infection Control Committee and is the ADA representative on the HE-023 committee for Standards Australia and the NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Advisory committee.

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