Dental Academy for Continuing Professional Development

It resulted from a scholarly  initiative by Professor George Zarb, whose vision for a global educational forum for YPE created the biennial format and event. He sought the partnership of the late Professor Dr. Michael Heners of the Akademie in Karlsruhe to promote principles of evidence-based dentistry and case-based learning in a spirit of social interaction and development of professional networks. The two close friends and clinical scholars wove together the threads of a vision that was reflected in a short yet intense program that reconciled applied clinical sciences with humanitarian concerns throughout the first five Workshops.

Academy Karlsruhe - Welcome
Tradition and Inovation

The Dental Academy Karlsruhe combines clinical institution and postgraduate education for dentists. It is very important for us to stay updated with the progress of dentistry and to share expertise through worldwide contacts.

Young Prosthodontic Educators Workshop 2018 October 07 - 10

A very warm welcome to Karlsruhe. Our town was formed in 1715 as a carefully planned cosmopolitan  city. Its streets radiate from the central castle like ribs of a fan, leading into many directions. This has become symbolic for the Young Prosthodontic Educators Workshop. The composition of our international expertise and the philosophy of enthusiasm for quality in dentistry made this workshop unique like the Karlsruhe castle.

The YPE Workshop is an international 4 day meeting with interesting presentations, tutorials and group discussions. The workshop participants will gain new experiences, enriched academic views and enhanced didactic skills while making new friends.

Karlsruhe Workshop for YPE

Following Professor Heners’ untimely death, his co-leadership role was undertaken by Professor Winfried Walther who ensured the necessary continuum of the Workshop’s original  ethos. The current program maintains the original pedagogic approach and blends specific morning presentations from the Faculty, with assigned case history small group discussions in the afternoons, over three and a half days. The selected 36 Participants from diverse continents are assigned to 6 seminar groups which are presided over by 2-3 faculty members. Problem-based learning principles are then recruited to debate both patient, and dentist-mediated concerns so as to be able to determine optimal management of the selected, highly relevant case histories.

Recent Workshops have also included a special introductory session on critical appraisal of the literature as a reflection of the entire Faculty’s editorial engagement with the International Journal of Prosthodontics. This part of the program includes a seminar group manuscript review discussion on the first afternoon. The Workshop’s final morning on the fourth day, features presentations from elected representatives from each of the six seminar groups who present and defend their choice of patient management strategies.

Virtually all of the original Faculty continue to participate –  reassuring proof of their commitment to the Workshop’s ethos and inter-personal relationships. Furthermore, as part of the ongoing mentoring of YPE participants, past attendees have been encouraged to return and prepare themselves for future Faculty responsibilities and provide ongoing academic leadership development for YPE.

Concept and Location

The first IJP / Karlsruhe Workshop for young Prosthodontic educators (YPE) was held in 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Journal Affiliaton

George Zarb, in his capacity as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics (IJP), recruited a top-notch Workshop Faculty from the Journal’s Editorial Board for all of the Workshops to date. This arrangement also resulted in published IJP summaries of the Faculty’s Workshop presentations.


Organizational Affiliation: The International College of Prosthodontists (ICP) endorsed the Workshop initiative from its inception. It also provided direct organizational support as well as travel grants for Participants from educational locations which could not provide attendance sponsorship.  Furthermore, the ICP graciously provides a specific time frame at their biennial Meetings to encourage reunions of past YPE participants; while the Workshop organizing committee encourages all participants to join the ICP. Since the Faculty invariably includes current ICP officers, a close relationship with the College’s educational mandate has always been prioritized.


Financial sponsorship has been provided for the first four Karlsruhe workshops (KI-KIV) by Nobel Biocare, a corporate for-profit company.  The fifth Karlsruhe workshop’s (KV) sponsorship was provided by the Foundation of Oral Rehabilitation (FOR) which is a putatively independent educational Foundation founded by Nobel Biocare. The October 2016 Workshop will once again be funded by Nobel Biocare with additional support forthcoming from the ICP, the Australian Prosthodontic Society and Quintessence Publishing Company in Chicago.