Charles Bolender Award

Professor Charles Bolender from France was the founder of the European Federation of Orthodontic Specialist Associations in 1977 and a great teacher in the orthodontic field. The award in his name is awarded by the Council of EFOSA to a person who has interests and past achievements associated with postgraduate teaching. By installing this Award EFOSA wants to express its sincere wish to support NEBEOP and EOTF with their efforts for promoting quality in postgraduate education in orthodontics.


Charles Bolender







The Charles Bolender Award is an annual educational award and was presented for the first time during the 11th European Orthodontic Teachers’ Forum in Stockholm, Sweden, June 12th 2016.





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Jan Elen Birgitte Schoenmakers In 2021, the 4th Charles Bolender Award was shared between Professor Jan Elen KU Leuven (Belgium) and Professor Birgitte Schoenmakers KU Leuven (Belgium).

They each gave a presentation and chaired the breakout group discussion on the topic of ‘’Adult learning in orthodontics: Blended learning approach’’ during the 15th European Orthodontic Teachers Forum in a virtual setting (June 2021).


David Rice Timo Peltomäki In 2019, the 3rd Charles Bolender Award was shared between Professor David Rice, University of Helsinki (Finland) and Professor Timo Peltomäki, University of Tampere (Finland).

They gave a workshop, entitled ‘’Communication between postgraduate schools in Europe’’ during the 14th European Orthodontic Teachers Forum in Nice (June 2019).


Lia Fluit In 2018, the 2nd Charles Bolender Award was given to Professor Lia Fluit, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

She gave a workshop, entitled ‘’Inter Professional Collaboration and Education during the 13th European Orthodontic Teachers Forum in Edinburgh (June 2018).


Ben Lommelen In 2016, the 1st Charles Bolender Award was given to Ben Lommelen, MSc, who is an executive trainer for workplace learning at the Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven (Belgium) and a freelance people skills trainer.

He gave a workshop, entitled ‘’Teach the Teacher: Fostering Resident Authonomy by Adopting a Coaching Approach to Teaching’’ during the 11th European Orthodontic Teachers Forum in Stockholm (June 2016).