The Scope

The focus of this 4th biennial conference is on the design of functional materials and systems inspired by principles found in living nature. The main aim is to establish an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists from a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, physics and medicine to discuss current research and to identify future research directions in the field of bioinspired materials. Main topics include the formation, hierarchical structure and the properties of complex-shaped biological materials. Furthermore, contributions are invited dealing with propulsion and movement of biological objects.

The transfer of biological principles onto functional materials and systems made of organic and/or inorganic components represents a further main area, which is covered by this conference. Beside materials synthesis and formation, the conference topics also include research on the functional and mechanical properties thereof. Both experimental studies and theoretical modelling shall be considered. Furthermore, the interaction of bioinspired materials with living environments, e. g. tissues and organs, related to medical aspects and applications fit within the scope of this conference.


In addition to invited plenary lectures, the conference encompasses oral and poster presentations. Moreover, contributions related to the Priority Program 1569 (Generation of Multifunctional Inorganic Materials by Molecular Bionics) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will be included.

Joachim Bill
Chairman of the Conference,
University of Stuttgart, Germany 

Peter Fratzl
Co-Chairman of the Conference, 
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Thomas Scheibel
Co-Chairman of the Conference, 
University of Bayreuth, Germany