Biointerfaces International Pre-Conference Seminar 2018 (BIS-2018), August 13, 2018, University of Zurich


The Seminar will provide participants with introductory lectures on selected major scientific and technological topics covered by the BIC-2018.

We aim at providing participants with not only a successful introduction into the conference, but also with a long-lasting educational and more personal experience in the field of the conference and beyond.

Additional seminar slots will address hurdles and opportunities in the translation of scientific discovery to clinics and market, as well as interactions with editorial members of scientific journals, providing personal support and getting helpful tips and tricks.

The seminar contributions will be workshop-like in the sense of providing some kind of personalized, less formal engagement and interactions with lecturers. Also, lectures will NOT be “standard conference overview talks” but be designed to address the specific needs of the younger, less experienced attendees, by carefully selecting few topics and addressing them from different aspects. The latter will cover background fundamentals and key insights, the important unmet needs and approaches how to deal with the vexing problems that prevent breakthroughs and translation to clinics and/or industry.

We invite students and early career researchers to attend in particular but not exclusively. Senior scientists and participants from non-academic institutions including industry and government are equally welcome. 

To make this a successful, interactive seminar, we will limit the number of participants to 80 max. and allow for ample time for each lecture slot (typically 60 min with two lecturers per slot).

We are extremely fortunate in having a committed great team of lecturers with both international reputation in science & technology and having great skills in and commitment to education. Most of them are also keynote / invited speakers at BIC-2018

Online-Registration is open.

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On behalf of the Seminar Organizing Committee 

Sally McArthur, Fredrik Höök, David W. Grainger, Matthias Lutolf, Katharina Maniura, Janos Vörös, Marcus Textor



Biointerfaces International Pre-Conference Seminar 2018 - Monday, 13 August 2018, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Provisional Session Plan 


Topic (provisional text)




09:00 - 09:15

Welcome & Introduction


Marcus Textor, ETH Zurich, CH


09:15 - 10:00

Critical Overview of Biointerfacial Challenges and Unmet Needs


David W. Grainger, U of Utah, USA


10:00 - 11:00

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Technology


Molly Shoichet, U of Toronto, CA
David J. Mooney, Harvard U, USA


11:00 - 11:30





11:30 - 12:30

Bioinspired/Responsive Surfaces and Interfaces


Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard U, USA
André Studart, ETH Zurich, CH


12:30 - 14:00

Lunch, special group interaction program “Ask Anything”


Sally McArthur, Swinburne U., AU (concept and chair)


14:00 - 15:00

Bioanalytics, Micro/Nanofabrication, Lab-on-Chip


Orane Guillaume-Gentil, ETH Zurich, CH
Fredrik Höök
, Chalmers UoT, SE


15:00 - 16:00

Advanced (Drug) Delivery Systems


Tanja Weil, MPI, Mainz, DE
David W. Grainger, U Utah, USA


16:00 - 16:30





16:30 - 17:30

Lost in Translation: hurdles and opportunities in the translation of scientific discovery to clinics and market


Sally McArthur, Swinburne U, AU
Eliav Haskal, Adolphe Merkle Institute, U of Fribourg, CH


17:30 - 18:00

Publishing: Interactions with Editors


Katharina Maniura, Empa, CH (concept and chair)


> 18 h

BIC-2018 Welcome Aperitif


Jörg Güttinger (NTN IS and Chair LOC)