ESB 2021 to be held in Porto, Portugal, on September 5-9, 2021


Dear colleagues, dear friends! 

It is our pleasure to already invite you to the 31th Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2021) which will take place in Porto, Portugal, from September 5 to 9, 2021.

Conference Topics

ESB 2021 will focus on “Futuring Biomaterials”, as a challenge to our community to explore biomaterials in conjunction with advanced technologies, such as Nanotechnology, Biofabrication, Microfluidics and Bioimaging to develop the clinical combination products and functionalities of the future. 
Other topics of the conference include:

– Additive manufacturing (including Biofabrication and 4D (bio)printing)
– Biomaterials characterization
– Biomaterials development (including smart biomaterials)
– Biomaterials for specific medical applications
– Biomaterials for tissue engineering
– Cell-biomaterial interactions (including mechanosensing)
– Clinical applications of biomaterials (including precision medicine)
– Commercialisation of biomaterials and biomaterial-based devices
– Key enabling technologies (including lab-on-a-chip, robotics and artificial intelligence)
– Legal, ethical and regulatory aspects
– Nanobiomaterials
– Surface modifications
– Tissue and organ models (including organoids and organ-on-a-chip)
– Virus-biomaterial interactions (including new corona virus)

Call for Abstracts

Submission of abstracts will be possible starting from 4th January 2021. Submission deadline is 14th March 2021. There will also be a call for last-minute abstracts for poster presentations only, which will close on 9 May 2021. The Call for Abstracts will be published in late 2020. 
Conference status with respect to the Coronavirus pandemic

ESB 2021 is being planned to be held as a face-to-face-conference, while assuring all the necessary safety precautions regarding COVID-19 pandemic. However, as you know, over the last few months the COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses and society as a whole to adapt at a fast and innovative pace. Thus, in the event large public gatherings are still not feasible in the spring of 2021, we will not postpone the conference but will move ESB 2021 into a digital space so our members can still get the expected quality of education,networking and shared knowledge, we are working hard to bring to you.


On the conference website www.esb2021.orgyou can always find updated information on all related topics, such as main conference topics, plenary speakers, venue and exhibition. In case of further questions, ideas or suggestions about the conference, its programme or organisation please contact the conference secretary. 
ESB 2021 Conference Organisation
c/o K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden  ǀ  Anja Binning
Phone: +49 (0)351 65573-135
On behalf of the whole Organizing Committee, we thank you very much in advance for your contribution and support. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 31thESB Conference!
Best regards,

Ana Paula Pêgo (Chair), M. Cristina L. Martins (Co-Chair) and Pedro L. Granja (Co-Chair)
Welcome to the Top European City 

Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal along the Douro river estuary. The 900-year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is among the oldest European centres.
The Conference will take place at Porto‘s former Customs House, now the Alfândega Congress Center, located in the historical part of the city, facing the Douro River. Porto is one of Europe‘s oldest tourist destinations and is globally renowned for the charm of its Historical Centre classified as World Heritage Site in 1996, for its famous Porto wine, for the generosity of its cuisine and the hospitality of its people.
Porto is easily reachable by plane. Porto airport Francisco Sá Carneiro airport is a very well-connected international airport with daily flights to the major European cities and a few intercontinental direct connections. Therefore, getting to Porto is generally at most a two hops flight.

2021 ESB Conference  ǀ  Website 

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