The 17th Indian society of Periodontology (ISP) National PG convention 2018, was held at Chennai from 16th to 18th March 2018. A pre-conference course on “ Soft tissue expanders and management of flap during ridge augementation” was held at Saveetha dental college and Hopsitals on 16th march 2018 under the patronage of our honourable Chancellor Dr. N.M Veeraiyan and Director of Academics Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy. The pre-conference course was inaugurated by Dr. C.S Prasad who gave an inspiring talk and demonstrated few suturing techniques  to the budding young periodontists.  We had a total of 51 registrations for this course and had registrations from all states across the country. The course speaker Dr. Kaarthikeyan gave an elaborate lecture on soft tissue expanders and the surgical protocol to be followed for the surgery. This was followed by a live demonstration of a case in which soft tissue expander was placed on the patient. The course moderator Dr.N.D Jayakumar was actively interacting with the participants during the live surgery. We also had a second live demonstration of a case of ridge augmentation where a graft from the symphysis region was harvested and the flap management for this case was clearly demonstrated through this live video.  The valedictory function was presided over by our dean Dr.N.D Jayakumar and the ISP organising committee member Dr.  Ashok felicitated the course speaker Dr. Kaarthikeyan with a certificate of appreciation. Dr.Sheeja Varghese proposed the vote of thanks and congratulated all the delegates for their active participation as well as the organising team of the pre-conference course for contributing to the success of the conference. The online feed back from the delegates was very good and they were looking forward and willing to participate in the upcoming programs organised by our department.