BIOKON - Das Bionik-Kompetenznetz


Veranstaltungen // 23. September 2019

ICBE 2019 │ Changchun, China


The 6th International Conference of Bionic Engineering (ICBE 2019) hosted by International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) will be held at Jilin University in Changchun on September 23-26, 2019. It will be sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.


This conference aims to establish a closer relationship between scientists and engineers worldwide in the field of bionic engineering. The theme of ICBE 2019 is Higher, Holier, Healthier, which is geared towards exploring new ideas and accomplishments for the practice of bio-inspired design and manufacture, while offering innovative solutions. Attendees of this conference are invited to present papers related to the combination of biological information and mechanical engineering, materials science, agriculture engineering, rehabilitation engineering, and robotics etc. A broad range of topics and application areas will be devised to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of ICBE.



Abstract deadline: February 28, 2019

Acceptance notification: March 15, 2019

Full paper deadline: April 15, 2019

Early bird deadline: July 10, 2019

Registration: Until September 6, 2019


For further information please refer to the conference website >>


Veranstaltungen // 01. September 2019

EUROMAT 2019 │ Stockholm, Sweden


*** Call for abstracts ***


EUROMAT is the premier international congress in the field of materials science and technology in Europe. It will be held in Stockholm (Sweden) from September 1st to 5th. 

At the EUROMAT conference our BIOKON members Marc Thielen, Georg Bold and Thomas Speck from the Plant Biomechanics Group in Freiburg, Germany, are organizing the symposium I3 “Bio-Inspired Materials”


Whilst humans have been using materials for thousands of years, Nature has had a significant head start, with over a billion years of successful research and development (i.e. evolution through natural selection). During this time Nature has created materials with a huge spectrum of properties which often outperform their industrial counterparts, from various types of self-repair in plant and animals to the incredibly tough silk of an orb weaving spider. Making them more industrially appealing, all natural materials are built hierarchically from the nanoscale-up and show a high potential for the development sustainable bio-inspired materials systems, being aqueously and efficiently processed and within a narrow range of temperatures and pressures.


This symposium will focus on what can be learnt from natural materials and how they can be used to help solve challenges in the 21st Century. Covering the most exciting and recent developments from across the fields of bio-inspiration and biomimetics, the scope of this symposium will be as broad as Nature itself. 


Invited are contributions from people working on natural and bio-inspired materials from fundamentals through to application, i.e. evolution to engineering. Specific topics may include, but are certainly not limited to: Plant-based materials and structures (cellulose, photosynthesis), animal-based materials and structures (collagen, resilin, nacre), bioinspired fabrication of materials (self-assembly, growth and spinning), biomimetic surfaces and their application (i.e. Lotus effect, photonic surfacres), and bio-inspired application of materials (i.e. smart responsive materials, materials for soft robotics, biomimetic engineering).



Conference website >>

Submit your abstract here >>  Deadline: January 31, 2019



Veranstaltungen // 02. Juli 2019

SEB Annual Meeting │ Seville, Spain


*** Call for abstracts ***


The Society for Experimental Biology, SEB inspires extraordinary connections in science and its Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to share learning and experience, build contacts and foster experimentation amongst biologists from all over the world. In 2019 sessions and satellite meetings are taking place in Seville. 


At the meeting our BIOKON-colleagues Stanislav Gorb and Vladimir Katanaev are organizing the session “Functional micro- and nano-structures in biology”:

Various biological surfaces are known to be covered by elaborated micro- and nano-structures, serving a number of functions (e.g. anti-reflective, structural coloration, antifouling, pro- or anti-adhesive, etc.) and inspiring numerous industrial applications. The field of micro- and nano-structured biological surfaces and their applications in biomimetics exists for several decades. Yet recent years have witnessed a remarkable development in research in this field. Largely, this boost owes to the increasing interdisciplinary of approaches being applied to the study of structured bio-surfaces. Sciences as different as classical zoology and botany are inseminated with the advances in genetics and molecular biology; biologists collaborate more and more with nanotechnologists, materials scientists and engineers - all these contribute to the widening of the horizons of research on micro- and nano-structured biological surfaces, and to biomimetic and bioengineering applications of these surfaces in industry. The main goal of our session is to bring together scientists coming from distinct disciplines into this vibrant field of research. This session will ensure cross-inspiration among the different participants coming from different research fields and will boost innovation in research and eventual industrial developments.


  • Silvia Vignolini (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Uwe Erb (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Bodo Wilts (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Di Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)


Whole Programme >>

Abstract submission (Deadline March 15, 2019) >>


Veranstaltungen // 17. Juni 2019

4th Intelligent Materials 2019 │ Kiel, Germany


*** Call for abstracts ***



Intelligent materials integrate novel functionalities into materials. Examples include self-responsive materials, switchable materials and biofunctional materials, to name a few. In the biomedical context such materials are highly relevant, starting from biomagnetic sensing to brain implants. If intelligent materials are used in devices they can often be made more energy efficient and autonomous. Also in sensor and actuator systems intelligent materials can lead to significantly increased sensitivity. 

Such intelligent materials typically have complex internal structures: they can be composites of different material classes such as multiferroics or hybrid materials; they might be nanostructured or hierarchically built-up; they could be bioinspired and possess functional elements ranging from single molecules to the macroscale; they might have adaptive properties and thus become self-responsive. 

All those materials and their design and development have to be accompanied by high-resolution analytical tools that are able to characterize the materials on all scales and, moreover, track and reveal their function-structure relations in situ or in operando.

Abstracts are solicited on the basic principles, modelling and simulation, synthesis, characterization, and applications of intelligent materials, especially of:

•    smart materials (piezoelectrics, magnetostrictors, shape memory alloys),
•    multiferroic materials and composites,
•    multifunctional materials and composites,
•    memristive materials,
•    biofunctional materials,
•    bioinspired materials
•    biohybrid materials.


Conference website >>

Submit your abstract here >> Deadline November 30, 2018


Veranstaltungen // 08. Mai 2019

Euro BioMAT 2019 │ Weimar, Germany


The European Symposium and Exhibition on Biomaterials and Related Areas addresses the growing interest of science and industry in the different aspects of the creation, characterization, testing and application of biomaterials and closely related areas. The motivation is not only the recent scientific progress and new challenges in this exciting, strongly interdisciplinary field of science and engineering. Materials scientists, physicists, chemists, biologists in industrial R&D as well as medical professionals are increasingly facing situations, where materials are confronted with high performance requirements and a challenging biological environment at the same time.


Euro BioMAT 2019 will present and discuss the current state of progress and novel trends in development, characterization, application, testing and modelling of biomaterials in basic science and industry. In addition, this symposium will bring together experts in closely related areas, such as biomimetics, biomineralization and biopolymers.

The organizers at the DGM feel a need to serve the European biomaterials community beyond other European and world biomaterials congresses with a compact two-day meeting which brings together fascinating science and stimulating people in a delightful setting in historic Weimar in the very heart of Europe.


Conference website >> 


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