The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement

UPDATE:  As a result of recent updates concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition and related ADEA events—including the ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event and Gies Awards Gala—planned for March 14-17, 2020 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. In the coming days, you will receive additional information about governance, elections, refunds and other associated topics that must be addressed.

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Founded in 2007, the annual William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards) are a catalyst for change—to encourage new ideas, generate opportunities and tackle issues facing the not-so-distant future of dental education. Named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., the Gies Awards recognizes the work of modern-day trailblazers who are leading academic dentistry forward. Together, let's honor the legacy of Dr. Gies, promote the work of future-ready leaders and celebrate the innovation and achievement of visionaries in our community.

More than 650 attendees representing dental education in the United States and Canada—plus our many corporate and nonprofit partners—will join us at the gala in celebration of our outstanding Gies Awards winners.


All ticket sales, donations and sponsorships help bring to scale important innovations of future awardees, researchers and educators through Foundation funding. To date, the ADEAGies Foundation® has funded more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships to meet the evolving needs of academic dentistry.