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The aim of the BDSA is to promote unity and build relationships between UK dental students.

To support this goal, the BDSA has an annual tradition of organising two national student events: the Sports Day and Conference.

 BDA student members get over £30 discounted off tickets for both BDSA Sports Day and BDSA Conference.

BDSA Conference 2024

In March 2023, the British Dental Students' Association (BDSA) celebrated its two-day annual conference in Plymouth. The event saw over 300 dental students from across the UK gather in Plymouth for an unforgettable weekend of unique educational and networking opportunities, tailored specifically to the next generation of dentists.

The next BDSA Conference will strive to uphold this standard and allow dental students from all over the UK to integrate and network with professionals in the field, whilst still being extremely fun and memorable. The BDSA Conference will be held at King’s College London on 24 and 25 February 2024. Follow the BDSA Conference 2024 Instagram page for updates at @bdsa.kings

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BDSA Annual Research Summit

BDSA Annual Research Summit will take place at the Conference on 23 - 25 February 2024.

Submission Criteria

Submit your Abstract Paper of a maximum words before the deadline! The winner will present their research in front of judges at the BDSA Conference 2024.

  • All participants will have their research published on the BDSA website 'Book of Abstracts' and receive a certificate of participation accredited by the BDSA.
  • Open to all dental undergraduate students (BDS)
  • Open to all dental related research.


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BDSA Sports Day

Since 2003, the BDSA has been proud to organise the annual Sports Day, with the ambition of fostering connections amongst students and strengthening our community. Through the spirit of physical competition, the BDSA Sports Day promotes integration amongst the student dental community from all UK schools with over 500 students attending each year.

BDSA Sports Day 2024 Birmingham

Date: 15–16 June 2024

For more information, please follow @bdsa.birmingham on Instagram.

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Get discounted tickets

Join the BDA today to save over £30 on your Sports Day ticket.
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Future locations

The location of these events is decided by vote at the BDSA annual conference every spring. Candidates usually prepare a short presentation to deliver to delegates at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Any UK dental student can choose to run one of these events. Students do not have to have been a BDA representative beforehand to put themselves forward for this role.

 If you are interested in hosting an event at your dental school, please contact the current BDSA President for more details.

Behaviour policy

The BDSA Sports Day and Annual Conference are both popular events involving a large number of students and they pride themselves on the professional behaviour of delegates, please see the BDSA Behaviour Policy.