Bio-inspired Materials: First keynote speakers have been selected - Deadline for abstracts: 5th November 2013

The Conference “Bio-inspired Materials” 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.

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 
  • Professor Christine Ortiz, MIT, USA 
  • Professor André Studart, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

The conference will host additionally lectures, shortlectures as well as poster contributions. 

The deadline for abstracts: 5 November 2013.

In addition, this time two international workshops, so-called „Winter Schools“, regarding the Priority Programmes SPP 1420 and SPP 1569 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) will take place from 17-18 March. 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

Please find more conference information under: 

Join us and inform yourself on the latest rapidly developing bio-inspired materials science! We are looking forward to welcoming you in Potsdam!

Anja Mangold, Kristin Tonn

Bio-inspired Materials 2014 - Conference Office

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


Exhibition and Sponsorship! 

The Conference will be accompanied by an extensive, specialised industrial exhibition. Are you interested in supporting the Bio-inspired Materials Conference 2014 in presenting your company/institute? Please fell free to contact us for any questions or proposals regarding your companys presentation. 

Alexia Ploetz, INVENTUM GmbH,, P: +49-151-2122 7448