Bio-inspired Materials | 18-21 March 2014 in Potsdam, Germany

We are extremely pleased with the huge interest in this conference. The programme will feature 5 Keynotes, 40 Lectures, 40 ShortLectures and more than 120 Posters. The Poster presentation will be a central feature of the conference with various occasions for poster discussions on each day and evening of the meeting.

The Program Committee is proud to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Carole Perry, Nottingham Trent University, UK 
  • Professor Stanislav Gorb, University of Kiel, Germany (Biomimetic Adhesive Microstructures as an Approach to Understand Functioning of Biological Systems)
  • Professor Christine Ortiz, MIT, USA (Kinematic Analysis and Geometric / Material Design Rules for "Human Fit" Flexible Protective Materials) 
  • Professor Christine Oxman, MIT, USA; James Weaver Harvard University Cambridge, USA (Material Ecology: Towards Bio-inspired Digital Design and Fabrication) 
  • Professor André Studart, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Translating Bioinspired Principles into Advanced Materials and Devices)

Programme Overview



This time two additional international workshops ("Winter Schools") will take place from 17 – 18 March regarding the Priority Programmes SPP 1420 and SPP 1569 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Conference Chair Prof. Peter Fratzl from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam looks forward to this add-on programme: "The Winter Schools are an ideal addition to the conference programme", says Fratzl. The workshop for the Priority Programme SPP 1420 is dedicated to the subject of "Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials". In the second workshop participants will learn more about the "Generation of Multifunctional Inorganic Materials by Molecular Bionics" (SPP 1569). Both workshops will provide fundamentals on the overlapping fields of science. Thus, even young researchers have the opportunity to quickly become acquainted with these new subjects.

For more information to the DFG-Programmes please visit:
SPP 1420:
SPP 1569:


About the conference

The Conference covers recent advances in all areas of biological materials science and, in particular, in the field of bio-inspired materials. Scientists with diverse backgrounds will discuss new results about structure and function of natural materials and the ways in which those may influence the bio-inspired design of engineering materials and systems. The meeting will cover experimental characterization and theoretical modeling of structure-property relations, as well as concepts and strategies for the fabrication of bio-inspired materials with unusual combinations of properties or capabilities to self-assemble, self repair and/or evolve. Because material properties can be critical for the biological function of molecules, tissues and organs, the conference will also address materials science approaches which contribute to some areas of biology or medicine.

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Exhibition and Sponsorship!

An exhibition will be run throughout the whole conference. Coffee breaks and poster sessions will be held close to the exhibition area. Are you interested in supporting the Euro Bio-inspired 2014 conference and in presenting your company/institute? Please feel free to contact us for any questions or proposals regarding your company’s presentation.

Exhibition Office
Alexia Ploetz, Coletta Drabke
Hensstraße 3
53173 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 151 2122 7448

Conference Office

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V.
Senckenberganlage 10
D-60325 Frankfurt
Phone: +49-69-75306 747
Fax: +49-69-75306 733