AO Open Door Day 2018

13. September 2018

Celebrating 60 Years of Transforming Surgery, Changing Lives

The AO Foundation in Davos welcomed visitors on Saturday, September 1, to its Open Door Day. Despite the grey skies and drizzle, over 750 people came to find out more about what the AO Foundation does in Davos and around the world. 

Guests enjoyed the range of information stations explaining the work that the AO does today and its history. They were able to take part in quizzes related to the AO's work, and gain a greater insight into the kind of employment opportunities the AO offers, from administrative and HR support roles to apprenticeships and high-end research openings.

Food and live musical entertainment were available in the AO's headquarters, the AO Center, at a barbeque station situated near the bouncy castle – which was just one of the attractions designed to interest the AO's younger visitors.

Interactive information stations explored the AO's innovations​ and impact on patient care and outcomes in fracture treatment, helping visitors understand the global impact AO innovations have had on patient outcomes, and how they have saved health care systems millions of Swiss Francs.

There was a popcorn machine and a photo-booth – as this Open Door Day was held in the year that the AO marks its 60th anniversary, the AO wanted to invite locals and visitors to join in the celebration.

The day also saw the opening of a new feature in the Davos landscape – the AO's Science Path. A series of signs exploring different aspects of the AO's history and work have been erected near the AO Center. These Science Path signs aim to bring the AO's story to the general public, and so are written in accessible English and German, targeted at a local audience and visitors to Davos.