The Biointerfaces International 2020 Conference committees follow the situation created by worldwide Corona virus pandemic with great attention.
After due consideration regarding the health and safety of all participants, the BIC2020 committees have now jointly decided to postpone the Biointerfaces International Conference Zurich 2020 to August 2021 instead!
New dates for BIC2021:
Scientific conference: August 17-19, 2021
Pre-conference seminar: August 16, 2021
ETH Zurich, Main Building
We thank the participants, speakers and supporters of our BIC2020 Conference in advance for your understanding and invite you all to again participate in the coming BIC2021 conference in 2021!
Biological surfaces and interfaces: where synthetic materials and biological systems interact with and engage each other - one of the most innovative and expanding areas of science and technology over the last two decades.
Biointerfaces International 2021 Conference follows a special format: Programming aims to build bridges across relevant application areas, between science & engineering, innovation & technology, industry and academic partners and between senior scientists & early-career researchers. Both internationally highly renowned and young scientists from academia, industry and clinics present their latest, often unpublished scientific findings and technological breakthroughs to a diverse audience.
An additional conference focus is education across the many fields of relevance to biological surfaces and interfaces. All conference speakers begin their talks with a general introduction to challenges and strategies that does not require specialized knowledge to follow. Moreover, the Biointerfaces International Seminar 2021 taking place the day before the conference starts (August 16, 2021) covers educational lectures on science, technology and translation to application by speakers both internationally renowned and respected for their contributions to both science, education, translation and outreach to society.
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Mark the week of August 16-19, 2021 in your agendas! Feel free to drop us your email address
Contributed talks (20 min) will be assigned on the basis of submitted abstracts. There will be a large poster session, space for an industry exhibition, and many occasions for participants to meet, discuss, exchange ideas and find partners for future collaborations.
Given recent scientific, technological and translational progress across a range of fields likely to impact future societies, we have revisited the session topics for the 3rd BIC conference in 2021. (full list of topics: see below at the end):
Organoids, organs-on-chips and the growing understanding of how to physically interface biomaterials with various cell types hold great technological and societal promise, with applications in fields including tissue engineering, drug development and human toxicology. Important progress has been made most recently in approaches that are key to future translation and application of organ-like in vitro systems, such as cell sources, stem cell technology, 3D cell printing, and 3D high resolution imaging. Speakers will address status and future directions in these fields, also related to personalized medicine, and will also highlight the importance of involving all stakeholders - from academia, clinics, (pharmaceutical) companies and society at large – in translating personalized organs-on-chips to precision medicine.
These technologies also have the potential to reduce animal testing needs, but require further research, continued innovation and discussion in our society as clinical validation and translational maturity for many of these in vitro approaches remains unverified.
Neuronal Interfaces also hold great promise, given recent progress in identifying the intrinsic control architecture of brain networks. This will likely contribute to providing a fundamental basis for the exogenous control of brain networks and future progress in the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning field. Human-machine Interfacing is a key buzzword in this field, and biointerface technology a critical topic to enable its future progress.
Sessions topics BIC-2021
Stem Cell Technology & Regenerative Medicine, Personalized Health, Gene Editing Technologies (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9)
Organoids, Organ-on-Chip, Lab-on-Chip, 3D Imaging, Verification and Validation
3D Cell & Matrix Printing, Tissue Engineering
Nanoparticulate Systems for Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy incl. (Drug) Delivery Systems and Precision Medicine
Neuronal Interfaces, Bioelectronics and Biosensors
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computational Modelling Approaches to Biomaterials,
Functional Material-Biology Interfaces (to Tissue, Cells, Bacteria, Enzymes/Proteins, …),
Progress in Surface & Interface Characterization and Imaging (static/dynamic, in-situ and ex-situ),
Translational Challenges, Medical (MDR) & Regulatory Challenges