IFED World Challenge 23/24

A Groundbreaking Competition in Esthetic Dentistry


This fall, the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED) launches an unprecedented project: the IFED World Challenge. Drawing inspiration from tournament-style competitions, this event will see member societies and academies from around the globe compete in the field of Esthetic Dentistry.

The winner of this challenge will be determined during the next IFED World Congress and will receive the DAVID KLAFF IFED AWARD.

Concept and Background

Each participating academy will field two contestants, all under 40 years of age, to represent them in this sporting competition. The challenge, initially proposed by the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the late IFED Secretary-General Dr. David Klaff from London, will progress through elimination rounds, culminating in a grand finale. Following Dr. Klaff's passing, the event was postponed by a year, but now it's set to make its much-anticipated debut.

Participants and Schedule

Seven countries will compete over four rounds, including academies from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, South Africa, and Turkey. The first round is scheduled for late October/early November, with subsequent rounds in December and February. The grand finale is set for the IFED World Congress in Istanbul from April 25-27, 2024.

A dramatic finale between Italy and Germany, on equal footing and at the highest level, ended with a well-deserved draw and four radiant winners.

For Italy:
Dr. Ioana Datcu
Dr. Camilla Molinari 

For Germany:
Dr. Christian Leonhardt
Dr. Paul Schuh

The final challenge will not be streamed online, you'll have to attend the congress to see it.


Competition Format and Rules

  • Eligibility: Contestants must be under 40 years of age and members of an IFED-affiliated academy.
  • Team Composition: Each team consists of two active players and a reserve.
  • Match Duration: Each match lasts 30 minutes, with two matches per night. Each player presents for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute discussion and voting session.
  • Presentation Format: Presentations must be in 16:9 format, suitable for Zoom displays. There's no limit on the number of slides, but they must fit within the allotted time.


  • Judging Criteria: Judges will score based on the complexity of the case, quality of documentation, treatment rationale, and presentation style. The maximum score is 60 points, plus a bonus/malus of 10 points based on timing.
  • Judges: Three 'Master Clinicians' from neutral countries will serve as judges.
  • Advancement: Winners of each round progress to the next, culminating in a final challenge against Italy at the IFED Congress.



It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our esteemed Executive Committee Secretary and cherished friend, David Klaff. David's departure has left a deep void in the International Federation of 
Esthetic Dentistry (IFED) family.

David Klaff was not just a member of our committee; he was a visionary leader and a mentor to many. His contributions to the field and our organization were immense and transformative. David's legacy of excellence and dedication will continue to inspire us.

David will forever be remembered for his kindness, wisdom, and unwavering commitment to our community. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit and contributions will continue to guide us in our ongoing endeavors.

David Klaff IFED Award

In honor of his remarkable life and enduring impact, we are proud to introduce the David Klaff IFED Award. This newly established award, created in his name and memory, celebrates excellence and innovation in esthetic dentistry, values that David fervently championed.