Science Sessions, Tuesday August 17 until Thursday August 19


Preliminary program and session overview


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.

As the program for the day is still under development, we will provide more information about the translational session in the future. For the time being, suggestions and further questions are welcome: please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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
  • Mechanobiology
  • 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, Biointerfaces and Biomedical Processes
  • Functional Material-Biology Interfaces (to Tissue, Cells, Bacteria, Enzymes/Proteins, …), Bioinspired Responsive Surfaces, immuno-Modulatory Biointerfaces
  • Progress in Surface & Interface Characterization and Imaging (static/dynamic, in-situ and ex-situ), Bio-Tribology 
  • Translational Challenges, Medical (MDR) & Regulatory Challenges