FEBS Workshop – Biological Surfaces and Interfaces: Interface Dynamics

Provisional Programme Abstract Submission, Fees & Registration Grants Venue Partner & Sponsors Biointerphases In Focus – special issue on Biointerface Dynamics


02 July – 07 July 2017 – Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, Spain
Chairs: Manuel Salmerón-Sánchez, University of Glasgow, UK | Ilya Reviakine, University of Washington, USA
Co-Chair:   Marta Bally, Chalmers University of Technology

This conference covers research into the dynamics of biological interfaces. The goal of the meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines who are actively working on this topic and to engage young scientists at the doctoral and postdoctoral level, nucleating new ideas and new directions.

The concept of biological interfaces is at the cornerstone of research areas as diverse as implant design and control of stem cell differentiation, biocatalysis, nanomedicine, cancer, drug delivery and systems biology. In applications that range from precision medicine to biotechnology and bioengineering, the future is behind systems that interact with the biological environment in a specific manner at the molecular and cellular level, engaging well-defined signalling pathways and responses. In view of the complexity and dynamic nature of biological processes, artificial interfaces themselves have to become dynamic and highly adaptative to external stimuli.


Invited Speakers

Thomas BARKER – Dynamic molecular complexes in cell interaction with the ECM
Timo BETZ – Activity at the border: How active cytoskeleton-membrane interaction control cell mechanics
Matthew J. DALBY – Nanoscale control of stem cell differentiation
Aranzazu DEL CAMPO – Light-triggered dynamic biointerfaces
Reinhard FÄSSLER – Mechanosensing via cell-matrix adhesions
Andres J. GARCIA – Biofunctional dynamic hydrogels for tissue repair
Maria GARCIA-PARAJO – The role of nanoclustering and diffusion on integrin activation in the immune system
Delphine GOURDON – Fibronectin mechanobiology regulates tumorigenesis
Pamela HABIBOVIC – Design-driven biomaterials development: decoupling and recombining individual material properties
Peter JÖNSSON – Studying intermolecular interactions between membrane-anchored proteins using hydrodynamic forces
Laura MACHESKYIUBMB Lecturer – Role of the actin cytoskeleton, matrix and stiffness in cancer invasion and metastasis
Yukiko MATSUNAGA – Actin cytoskeleton and cell migration in cancer
Catherine PICART  – Engineered biomaterials coatings for the control of cell fate: from molecular mechanisms to regenerative medicine
Ralf RICHTER –  Many weak interactions make a difference – from superselective targeting of cells to macromolecular transport across the nuclear envelope
Kevin SHAKESHEFF – Thermoresponsive materials as injectable matrices for regenerative medicine
Molly STEVENS – Exploring and engineering the cell/material interface
Masaru TANAKA – Interfacial water at the cell/protein/material interface
Xavier TREPAT– Collective guidance of cell migration and invasion
Viola VOGEL – Mechanobiology: the art of forming and forcing bonds to break
Tobias WEIDNER – Protein control of hard and soft tissue – a molecular view

After dinner Lectures (45 min + 15 min discussions) will put the biointerface field in the larger scientific and social context, covering historical and ethical aspects of the field, general principles that govern biointeractions in nature, and scientific and economical perspectives of the field for the future.

Invited Lectures (40+10 min discussion) will be given by young and established scientists who made significant conceptual advances in the field of biointerfaces.

Contributed talks selected from the pool of abstracts submitted by early stage researcher participants (7 talks in total, 20+10 min each). These talks will be selected among the early stage researcher participants, based on the abstract scientific quality, interdisciplinarity, and scope will be given priority while gender and geographical balance, will be considered in the selection process.

The invited speakers, together with the other speakers and the organizers, will be asked to actively participate in a “Forward Look” plenary discussion (60 min), dedicated to grand challenges in science, society and economy to which the biointerface community could contribute.

Strong emphasis is put on creating an atmosphere conducive to informal interactions. Poster Sessions will be held every day, in the evening (after the ‘After Dinner Lecture’). Posters will be on display throughout the Workshop, in the conference room, such that they are easily accessible during breaks.

For more information check the Conference Programme here.

List of accepted posters will be soon updated here.

Application & Abstract Submission

Application opened in January 2017. Application deadline extended to 14th April 2017.

If you would like to submit a late application, please contact the Conference Coordinator here.

There will be “Biointerphases Student Awards” – poster prizes sponsored by the AVS Journal Biointerphases.

Fees & Registration

Registration will open in early April. Fees includes access to all talks, side events, full board and accommodation for the duration of the conference.

  • £540 (about 600€) for PhD students and postdocs
  • £800 (about 900€) for senior researchers and other participants

Abstract submission / application to attend the workshop is now open. Please submit your abstract/application now (deadline extended to 14th March 2017) but do not register till you receive confirmation of acceptance (April)

Link to Abstract submission / registration platform.


Grants have been generously provided by FEBS. Grant applicants must be a member of a FEBS Constituent Society. If you are interested in being considered for any of these grants please state it clearly and justify eligibility when you submit your abstract (use the for field where you have to describe your research area).

We have 5 FEBS Youth Travel Fund grants to be awarded with this criteria. Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

We have one trans-Youth Travel Fund Fellowship (trans-YTF) to facilitate the participation from outside the FEBS area. The chosen participant has to fulfill the eligibility criteria listed here (section “For YTF awardees from outside the FEBS area”). Transcontinental YTF awards may be a maximum of 1500 USD per person and covers the full registration fee (or partially the registration fee where it is higher than 1500 USD) including accommodation and meals. It may also cover travel costs. Applicants need to provide evidence of their actual travel costs for trans-YTF. All other regulations according to YTFs and trans-YTFs are included in the FEBS Advanced Courses guidelines.

Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph “Grant application” of the application form.

Venue & Practical Information

Location : With its remote location at the Mediterranean Sea and its park style, the Hotel Eden Roc in San Feliu de Guixols (Catalonia, Spain) is ideal for a workshop of this format. Since 2003, Biological Surfaces and Interfaces conferences have been held at Eden Roc. All participants can be accommodated in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be shared on site by all participants.

Transport : We will arrange for buses from and to the airport the 2nd and 7th of July respectively. You will be able to book them when confirming your registration.

Partner & Sponsors


The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) is one of the largest organizations in European life sciences. FEBS seeks to promote, encourage and support biochemistry, molecular cell biology, molecular biophysics and related areas, particularly in Europe and neighbouring regions. It publishes four scientific journals and funds an Annual Congress, Medals and Prizes, Research Fellowships, Advanced Courses, Workshops, Special Meetings and Travel Grants. FEBS also promotes scientific aid to disadvantaged economies, and action on education, women in science, science and society, and research funding.


avsThe meeting is endorsed by the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Biomaterial Interfaces Division of the AVS – the home of biological interfaces research!



The meeting is endorsed by the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA). IUVSTA is a Union of 33 science and technology national member societies whose role is to stimulate international collaboration in the fields of vacuum science, technique and applications and related multi-disciplinary topics.


Conference Contact
If you have any questions regarding the event itself (including letters of invitation or programme content), please email Andres.AlbaPerez@glasgow.ac.uk

If you have any questions regarding your registration, or the registration process, please email cvso-registration@glasgow.ac.uk.