Numerous individuals and research groups applied for the DGAO sponsorship prize, which is endowed with 30.000 euros, with as yet unpublished scientific projects in the field of aligner orthodontics. This was now awarded to three groups on March 6, 2021 at the 1st virtual DGAO scientific congress for aligner orthodontics.

After the DGAO was forced with a heavy heart to cancel its 6th scientific congress in Cologne last November, the award ceremony for the DGAO Science Prize 2020 also had to be postponed; it now also took place virtually as part of the digital congress. The prize, which has been awarded for the fifth time, is enjoying increasing popularity, which is reflected in an increasing number of submissions. The overall high standard of the work persuaded the prize committee to split the funding amount between three prizes.

The first prize went to the project group led by Prof. Dr. Anna Konermann from the University Hospital Bonn for her excellent work on the topic "Effects of bilateral distalization of upper jaw molars using aligners on the anchoring and movement unit with different staging of the distalization section". In addition to Prof. Dr. Konermann, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bourauel, Dentist Hannah Muders, Dr. Ludger Keilig and Dr. Jörg Schwarze over €15.000 for her study, which promises significant, clinically relevant findings.

Also from the University Hospital Bonn, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bourauel and his team are delighted with the second prize of €10.000. The topic of their study was: "Influence of Attachment Abrasion on the Force Transfer of Different Composite Materials and Attachment Sizes - A µCT and Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis". Prof. Bourauel's comrades-in-arms include Dentist Agnes Jedig, Dr. medical dent. Mareike Niederwärenbrock and Dr. re. of course Dipl. Math. Ludger Keilig.

Finally, third place with €5.000 went to DDr. Michael Nemec, Dr. Christian Behm, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oleh Andrukhov and Univ. Prof. DDr. Erwin Jonke from the University of Vienna for her work "Changes in the oral microbiome and the immunogenicity of saliva during orthodontic treatment with aligners and multi-bracket therapy".

Conference President Dr. At the award ceremony, Julia Haubrich was delighted with the numerous and high-quality submissions and encouraged everyone to apply for the DGAO Science Prize again in the future. This will be presented next time at the DGAO Congress from November 18th to 19th, 2022 in Cologne. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2022.

The sponsorship prize is awarded every two years by the German Society for Aligner Orthodontics (DGAO) on the occasion of the scientific congress for aligner orthodontics. The award committee consists of three external, academic dentists specializing in orthodontics, who make their decisions to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Interested parties should apply to the office of the DGAO eV, Lindenfühlstraße 30c, 2022 Stuttgart by March 29, 70176 (postmark).