The Hellenic Society of Periodontology was founded in 1982 from Professor Fotis Mitsis and 20 founding members. Initially its headquarters was the department of Periodontology, Dental School, University of Athens. Later on under the presidency of Professor Anthoula Kipioti-Diamanti, during the year 1992, the Hellenic Society of Periodontology bought its own private premises. The premises comprise offices, a small auditorium and a library.
The Hellenic Society of Periodontology became a full member of the European Federation of Periodontology in 1993. Professor Alki Andronikaki was the first Greek president of the European Federation of Periodontology in 1999. Dr Ioanna Kamma became president of the European Federation of Periodontology in 2005.
The aims of the Hellenic Society of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry include the improvement of science of dentistry in general and more specifically the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases in order to improve the oral health oh the population. Specific aims are:
The Hellenic Society of Periodontology seeks fulfillment of its purposes with every legal mean and more specific with:
The headquarters of the Hellenic Society of Periodontology is in Ilidos 54-56, Athens, Hellas. The premises of the Society comprise offices, a small auditorium and a library.
President: Lazaros Tsalikis
Vice President: William Papaioannou
Past President: Charalampos Kalaitzakis
Secretary General: Leonidas Batas
Treasurer: Xanthippi Dereka
Members: Spiros Vasilopoulos, Sotiris Zisopoulos, Danae Apatzidou
Non-voting board members: Nikolaos Markou, Georgios Charalampakis
Active membership is open to individuals who have distinguished themshelves by their contribution to the advancement of dentistry, whose ethics and conduct are a benefit to science, who are capable of advancing and promoting the society’s objectives, and who fully abide by the society’s constitution and by-laws.
Active membership is open to qualified dentists that have had, for two years or longer, a relevant degree from a Greek university or other equivalent overseas institution (recognized from the Greek state), who can demonstrate their specialization in periodontology or that their professional activity is principally related to periodontology, or who are genuinely interested to periodontology and can demonstrate such by their scientific activity (such as research interests and the announcement or publication of scientific papers).
Applicants for active membership must be nominated by two current active members, and submit a short cv to the board. At the first General Assembly, the board proposes the admission of new members, which should then be approved by a two thirds majority vote ( 2/3 ) of the members present.
Associate membership is open to any qualified dentist who has a relevant degree from a Greek university or other equivalent overseas institution recognized by the Greek state, whose specialization is not necessarily periodontology but who has a special interest to periodontology. Application for associate membership is the same as that for active membership. If associate members wish to upgrade to active membership, they should fulfill the requirements of active membership as set out above, stating the reasons why they should become active members, and submit their application to the board. At the first subsequent ordinary or extraordinary General Assembly, the board proposes the admission of new members, which should be approved by a two thirds majority vote ( 2/3 ) of the members present.
Honorary membership may be conferred on individuals of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to society, science and periodontology, as well as on those individuals who have promoted the objectives of the society in a significant way.
Honorary members are elected by an absolute majority of the members present at the General Assembly, on a motion of the board or of one third ( 1/3 ) of the society’s members. Similarly, the board may propose to bestow the title of Honorary President (see article 26).
Overseas fellow membership is open to any individual of foreign nationality working in the field of periodontology who has contributed to the promotion of the society’s objectives.
Overseas fellows are elected by absolute majority of members present at the General Assembly, on a motion of the board or of one third ( 1/3 ) of the society’s members.
On a motion of the board, active or associate members may be designated inactive members by majority decision of the members at the General Assembly. Inactive members are those members who once took an active part in the society, where founding members, or have contributed to the society, but are no longer involved in the society’s activities, have not paid their dues or have failed to attend more than two consecutive Annual General Assemblies without reasonable justification.
Life membership is available, upon application or by decision of the board, to any member of the society who is unable to take an active part in the society’s activities because of advanced age or his or her health.