Bioinspired Materials

From understanding, through processing, to replication

Monte Verita, Switzerland
October 20-25th, 2019

Nature produces a wide range of materials with fascinating properties that are often taken as a source of inspiration to produce new manmade materials with superior properties. This international conference will focus on the fabrication and characterization of materials made by nature and feature examples that demonstrate how we can learn from nature to build bio-inspired materials. It aims at providing a venue for bringing research on the characterization of natural materials and investigation of the mechanisms by which they are produced together research performed on the fabrication of biomimetic materials.

  • Production and characterization of natural materials.
  • Bio-inspired hard materials.
  • Bio-inspired soft materials.
  • Bio-inspired materials for optical applications.
  • Bio-inspired functional materials.
  • Bio-inspired programmable materials.

The conference will be opened on Sunday (October 25th) by a plenary talk given by:

Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)

and contributions from the following invited speakers are confirmed:

Helmut Cölfen (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Costantino Creton (ESPCI Paris, France)
Laura De Laporte (DWI – Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien, Germany)
Matthew J. Harrington (McGill University, Canada)
Niels Holten-Andersen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Nicholas Kotov (University of Michigan, USA)
Sarah Köster (Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany)
Cecilia Leal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Phillip B. Messersmith (UC Berkley, USA)
Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University, USA)
Benjamin Palmer (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Thomas Speck (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Alyssa Y. Stark (Villanova University, USA)
Francesco Stellacci (EPFL, Switzerland)
Alison Sweeney (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Bodo Wilts (Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland)

The program will feature invited lectures, presentations by junior researchers, poster sessions and, most importantly, plenty of time between sessions and in the afternoons for interactions and inter-disciplinary discussions. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference. We are looking forward to welcoming you at this conference!

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcome you at Monte Verita,
Esther Amstad (EPFL, CH)
Eric Dufresne (ETH Zurich, CH)
Silvia Vignolini (Cambridge University, UK)
Stephen Schrettl (Adolphe Merkle Institute, CH)

This conference is supported by the following organizations: