Professor DDr. Katja Schwenzer-Zimmerer, new head of the department of cranio maxillo facial surgery at the Medical University of Graz, hosted her inaugural lecture at the “face2face – Science meets Art” symposium, taking place on October 2nd and 3rd 2015 in Graz, Austria. I had the chance to present our cooperation-project “Closing the Celeft – A learning and Planning Tool for future Cleft Surgeons” there.
Close scientific cooperation exists between Craniomaxillofacial- (CMF-)surgery, the technical sciences and the arts, extending from academic projects to teaching to clinical day-to-day routine. For this reason, a multidisciplinary symposium, face2face including Medical University of Graz, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Montanuniversität Leoben and Graz University of Technology was established. It focuses on the individual; be it patient, doctor, therapist, caretaker, etc. in the hospital, where the three cultural and scientific academic fields interact against the backdrop of the biopsychosocial model of Medical University of Graz. The main medical topic is holistic craniomaxillofacial pediatric surgery.