7th BioMAT 2023: A Successful Hybrid Symposium on Biomaterials and Related Areas in Weimar, Germany and online

The 7th Euro BioMAT 2023 symposium, held on 03 – 04 May 2023, recently concluded in Weimar, Germany, and online. The event addressed the growing interest of science and industry in various aspects of biomaterials creation, characterization, testing, and application. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) organized this highly interdisciplinary and cutting-edge conference, which aimed to serve the European biomaterials community with a compact two-day meeting.

Group photo of the participants of BioMAT 2023

We would like to extend our gratitude to the chairpersons of the symposium, Prof. Dr. Klaus D. Jandt of Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Dr.-Ing. Thomas F. Keller of Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, as well as the program committee for their excellent work in organizing the event. The symposium successfully brought together experts from various fields, including materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, industrial R&D, and medical professionals. 

The plenary speakers at BioMAT 2023 provided fascinating insights into their respective research areas: 

  •  Conrado Aparicio, PhD, from UIC Barcelona - Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, spoke on "Bioinspired solutions at surfaces and interfaces to prevent transepithelial implant infections."  
  • Dipankar Koley, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, discussed "Electrochemical sensors: new insights into studying biomaterials."  
  • Anna Mitraki, PhD, from the University of Crete, presented on "Novel protein and peptide fibrous biomaterials."  
  • Prof. Dr. Meike Stiesch from Hannover Medical School addressed the topic of "Safety integrated implants." 

The symposium also featured a poster session, where researchers showcased their innovative work. We congratulate the poster award winners: 
place: Savvini Gkouma from KTH, Stockholm (Sweden) for her poster "Recombinant spider silk supports a vascularized bi-layered skin model."  

  1. place: Maja Struczynska from Friedrich Schiller University Jena for her poster "Crystallographic orientation-dependent fibrinogen conformation and its' effect on platelets adhesion and activation."  
  2. place: Jessica Wittmann from the Institute for Materials Science at Hof University for her poster "Natural Raw Materials such e.g. as Chitosan as Additive for Antimicrobial Coatings for Industrial Use." 

In this context, we would like to thank BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), which provided poster prizes. We would also like to give special thanks to our online exhibitor MDPI. MDPI is a pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms across all disciplines. 

The 7th Euro BioMAT 2023 symposium proved to be an engaging and informative event, fostering discussions on the current state of progress and novel trends in biomaterials development, characterization, evaluation and regulation, application, testing, and modeling. The event also provided an excellent opportunity for experts in related areas, such as biomimetics, biomineralization, and biopolymers, to network and collaborate. 

We extend our thanks to the organizers, the chairpersons, the program committee, the plenary speakers, the poster award winners, and all participants for making BioMAT 2023 a successful and memorable event. 

We look forward to the continued growth and development of the biomaterials community in Europe and beyond.

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