18th International Symposium on Dental Morphology

3rd Congress of International Association of Paleodontology

We are planning the 18th ISDM together with the 3rd meeting of the International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO) as a face-to-face event at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 22-26, 2022.

After more than 50 years, starting with its first conference in 1965 in Fredensborg Denmark, the International Symposium on Dental Morphology (ISDM) is and shall remain an independent, interdisciplinary and integrative conference bringing together about 250 world specialists in the research fields of Anthropology and Palaeoanthropology, Palaeontology, Anatomy, Archaeology, Zoology, Biomechanics, Forensics, Dentistry, Molecular Biology to discuss intensively the latest findings and versatile current research perspectives on dental evolution, jaw system adaptations, tooth development, tooth growth, life history, functional morphology, evolutionary dentistry and dental forensics in a broad and integrative unique knowledge and discussion forum during three to four days.

Scientific Contributions

We would like to invite contributions (oral or poster) focusing mainly on the following topics related to the masticatory system and dental anatomy and morphology:

Origin and evolutionary history
Growth and ontogeny
Structures, form and function
Patterns and life history in teeth
Forensics and clinical aspects

All participants must have an institutional affiliation. As we cannot predict how the Corona measures will be in Frankfurt in August 2022, we ask everyone to be prepared for possible restrictions. Based on the volatile Corona situation, we anticipate that participation in the event will only be possible for fully vaccinated and/or recovered persons.

For registration please fill the registration form below and submit your title and abstract for an oral or poster presentation (if applicable)

Tentative program outline

Monday, 22 August                 

  • Arrival, Registration
  • Informal welcome, Dinosaur hall at the Senckenberg Museum

Tuesday, 23 August                 

  • Registration, opening
  • Scientific session – Dental evolution and phylogeny
  • Scientific session – Dental development and growth
  • Public lecture

Wednesday, 24 August           

  • Scientific session – Dental genetics and proteomics
  • Scientific session – Dental morphology and morphometrics
  • Scientific session – Dental life history and ecology
  • Poster session

Thursday, 25 August                 

  • Scientific session – Dental biomechanics
  • Scientific session – Dental occlusion and temporomandibular joint
  • Scientific session – Evolutionary Dentistry
  • Scientific session – Dental forensics
  • Conference Dinner

Friday, 26 August                       

  • Excursion to Messel Pit and Hesse State Museum Darmstadt

Saturday, 27 September        

  • Departure

Registration Details

Registration Deadline: 31 May 2022.

The conference will have limited seats available to accommodate participants in the lecture hall of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum during the scientific sessions. Therefore, we will accept participants in the sequence of their registration. After all audience seats are distributed, subsequent registrations will be added to a replacement list.

Conference Fee

The conference fee is € 195 (for students € 160), including conference abstract volume, coffee and lunch breaks from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th. The fees for the conference dinner (€ 65 per person) and the excursion (€ 50 per person) will be accounted separately.


Payment modalities will follow with the 2nd circular.