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FRACTODENT Research Fund 2024

The Fracto Forum International e.V. (FFI) announces the FRACTODENT Research Fund 2024.

This research fund aims to promote fractographic research into fracture mechanics of brittle dental materials including experimental and clinical research studies. It is further aimed to foster collaborations between research centers with expertise in dental fractography or individually trained dental fractographers.

The FRACTODENT research fund aims to fund one research person who is intending to perform an outlined fractographic study in a research laboratory of a different institution. The applicant must have either participated on one of the Fracto courses or connect his/her research to the upcoming Fracto course. The applicant should submit a two-page project description, a full CV, as well as one and letter of intention from the home supervisor and one letter of acceptance from the hosting institution to, The deadline for submission is July 31, 2024.

The hosting research institution must have expertise in dental fractography (former Fracto Course participation and continuing activity in the field of dental fractography or fracture mechanics or similar prove of expertise). The hosting supervisor need to be FFI members in good standing.

FRACTODENT covers travel costs between the applicant and the hosting institution, limited to a maximum of 5.000 Euro. This fund intends to cover the research stay of approximately two weeks in the hosting institution. Valid costs are flight ticket (economy fare), accommodation and a per diem for the applicant (according to BayRKG). No costs will be covered for the hosting institution. Combination with other types of funding are not applicable.

The submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel. The project needs to be concluded not later than December 31, 2025.

FFI expects the hosting institution of offer a free research stay for the applicant and free use of scientific instruments. The scientific outcome of this research collaboration needs to be acknowledged in upcoming publications.


Best-Fracto-Photo Award 2024

The Fracto Forum International e.V. (FFI) announces the Best Fracto-Photo Award Competition 2024.

This award is related to fracture mechanics of brittle materials and photo submissions are welcome from any field of clinical or experimental research in dental fractography.

FFI members in good standing are welcome to submit their photos by July 31, 2024. Photos must not be published, artificially modified or KI optimized. Only one submission per person is allowed. Applicant should submit to, including a short CV and brief outline of the photo history or caption of the subject. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2024.

The submissions will be reviewed by an independent award panel. The Best Fracto-Photo of the year will be published on the FFI Website. A certificate and a financial Award of 500 Euro is awarded to the applicant by the time of the FFI next business meeting.


Fracto Course

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Fracto course 2024

With fresh spirit we are now pleased to announce a new release of the Fracto Course in 2024. We are connected to the annual meeting of the Academy of Dental Materials. Our corse will take place between October 8-10 in the Piemont area, close to Torino, Italy. 

The focus of this 3 days course is on hands-on practical and clinical aspects related to in vitro and in vivo fractography.

Location Fracto course 2024

The venue is the Monastero di Cherasco and is located 50 km south of Torino, in the heart of the Piemont winegrowing region. The Hotel offers a variety of classic (129 Euro), Deluxe (149 Euro) and Junior Suite Rooms (169 Euro). In case of a successful registration, please contact the Hotel directly ( and refer to "Fracto Forum International e.V. - Dr. Lohbauer".

The venue is accessible by train from Torino to Bra. From there we can pick you up individually.


We are planning with a maximum of 15 participants and aim to present a balanced mix between basic knowledge into fractography, fracture mechanics, hands-on with stereo microscopes, and interactive case presentations in clincial fractography. Aiming to add fresh perspectives into advanced fractography, we invite world wide leaders in fractography to share and discuss their knowledge.

A tentative program schedule can be found here:

Program Fractocourse 2024

The program is spread over 3 days. The registration fee for the 2024 Fracto Course is 1000,00 € and includs the FFI membership fee for 2024, comprehensive course material (book and script) as well as food & beverages during the day and a social dinner on one of the course days.

Registration Procedure (For future courses):

Step 1.

Send an E-Mail to: The participants will be taken on a first come first serve basis. We will respond with acceptance as soon as possible!

Step 2.

After acceptance, please submit the Registration fee (1000,00 €uro).

(please notice our below cancellation and refund policy).

Via PayPal:

Your full name:

or by bank transfer:

Fracto Forum International
IBAN: DE53 7635 0000 0060 0556 24

Fracto Course Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Fracto Forum International e.V. (FFI) reserves the right to cancel, modify or delay the Fracto Course. In case of cancellation, all paid registration fees are refunded to the same source (person & method of payment) where it came from. In case of moving dates of the Fracto Course, individual regulations will be found by FFI in favor of the registrant.
Individual cancellations by an already registered person must be made in writing not later than six weeks prior to the Fracto Course (cancellation deadline). All paid registration fees are refunded to the same source (person & method of payment) where it came from. An administrative fee of 50 Euro applies upon cancellation.
In case of individual cancellations after the deadline, no refunds will be paid.
Further, no refunds will be paid upon late arrival, early departure or non-attendance of a registered person. The FFI is not responsible for any costs or losses associated with travel arrangements connected to the Fracto Course. Please make sure to adequately effect insurance of your travel.


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