Supporting higher education and continuous learning in Periodontology: the exciting cycle of Periocampus webinars

Periocampus is not a simple periodontology course, but rather a full-immersion campus that encourages its participants to expand their theoretical knowledge, develop practical skills and clinical judgment together, alongside teachers, in an inspirational and passionate environment. Started in 2013 following an idea by Filippo Graziani, visionary Professor of periodontology at the University of Pisa and former President of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), the courses are organised in Pisa in three formats: Foundation, Advanced and the Alumni, an exclusive 1-day format targeted at former participants.

COMMpla has been working with Periocampus on its communications strategy and social media channels since 2018, and the month of April 2020 marked an example of collaborative success in difficult times.

As physical events and courses were being canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Periocampus decided to offer two cycles of weekly webinars to its community throughout the month of April. One cycle in Italian, specifically targeted at the Periocampus Alumni, people who had already participated in previous physical editions of Periocampus. One public cycle in English, involving the larger periodontology community.

These webinars featured two top experts, who had already taught at the physical Periocampus courses: Professor Filippo Graziani (University of Pisa), former President of the European Federation of Periodontology, and Professor Cristiano Tomasi, (University of Gothenburg). The main topic of the webinars was the new classification of periodontitis, based on the conclusions from the World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions, held in Chicago in November 2017, officially presented at the EuroPerio9 congress in Amsterdam in June 2018.

The initiative was met with enthusiasm and an impressive turnout, as the alumni - periodontists and dental professionals - quickly filled up all the available seats in the Italian-language webinars, and the international periodontology community responded with even more excitement to the public ones in English, also streamed live via the official Periocampus Facebook channels for hundreds of viewers. More than 840 attendees from 90 different countries followed the cycle of webinars over the whole month of April and many joined the community on the social networks channels.

The webinars also timely offered the opportunity to launch Periocampus Herald, the new editorial project, bringing together research, practice, and community in the world of periodontology.