European Federation of Periodontology Undergraduate Essay Competition 2022

Professor Philip Preshaw, EFP Undergraduate Education Committee Chairman, has launched the 2022 EFP Undergraduate Essay Competition for dental students and dental hygienist/therapist students currently studying at a dental school. The essay title is How can the clinical practise and science of periodontology be developed to ensure environmental sustainability? Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words (not including references and the applicant’s contact details). 

Prof. Preshaw explained that, "The 2022 undergraduate essay competition is an exciting opportunity for dental students and dental hygiene/therapy students to explore the topic of sustainability in periodontology (a core value of the EFP) and demonstrate innovation and imagination in how the environmental impact of periodontology can be reduced."

The essays will be marked by members of the EFP Undergraduate Education Committee according to the following criteria:

1. Demonstration of understanding and imagination in answering the question posed by the essay title (20 marks)

2. Quality of the writing (while accommodating the fact that English will not be the first language of all students) (10 marks)

3. Use (and correct citation) of references to support the concepts considered in the essay (10 marks).


Please send your entry (a single PDF document) to the email address shown below. Please note the following:

• Save the PDF with the filename: your last name_your first name_country.pdf

• Page 1 of the document should contain your name, email address, mobile phone number, the name, city and country of your dental school, the course you are studying (e.g. dentistry, hygiene/therapy), and the year of the course you are enrolled in.

• Page 1 must also contain a signed statement (with electronic signature) from a named member of staff at your dental school (e.g. head of periodontology department) confirming that you are an undergraduate student studying dentistry or dental hygiene/dental therapy, and you have permission to attend EuroPerio10.

• The essay should start on page 2 of the PDF, written in English, using Arial font size 11, 1.5 line spacing, with references formatted according to the Journal of Clinical Periodontology referencing style

• Essays should be submitted electronically in PDF format to Monica Guinea, EFP European Coordinator, at

The two winning essays will be published on the EFP website with full credit given to their authors. The deadline for essay submissions is 15 April 2022 and winners will be notified by 10 May 2022.

Two winners will each receive free registration for EuroPerio10 (Copenhagen, 15-18 June 2022) plus €500 to offset travel costs, together with a certificate of award. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the world’s premier conference in periodontology and learn from leaders in the field!