28th Annual Meeting at Empa, St. Gallen
“Complex materials and in vitro tissue models”
4th-5th September, 2024

The 2024 annual meeting is dedicated to “Complex Materials and in vitro tissue models”, with keynote and invited speakers providing an overview and insights into latest developments in these fields. The conference is open to everybody interested in the scientific and medical aspects of biomaterial-related topics and targets scientists and engineers from academia and industry, as well as healthcare professionals dealing with biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We invite abstract submission for late poster presentation (submission deadline: 09.08.2024) related to these topics as well as to all other aspects of biomaterials science and regenerative medicine. In the morning of September 4th, there will additionally be a career-related Young Scientists (YS) event.

Don’t miss out on an exciting meeting with excellent speakers, many opportunities to contribute (including prizes), to interact and to network.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Empa, St. Gallen at the 28th annual meeting.


Wednesday, September 4th 2024


Registration & Welcome Coffee
Please mention dietary restrictions during registration


Young Scientists (YS) Event



Session I: Latest Technologies & Breakthroughs on Classic Biomaterials
Chairperson: tba


Invited Speakers: Ardemis Boghossian (EPFL, Switzerland)

13:55 Talks selected from abstracts

Rapid fire posters presentations


Poster Session and Coffee Break

16:20 Keynote Speaker: Dominique Pioletti, (EPFL, Switzerland)
Thermomechanobiology: the next frontier for treating osteoarthritis
16:55 Talks selected from abstracts
17:40 30th General Assembly
18:45 Social Dinner at Restaurant «netts»

Thursday, September 5th 2024

Session 2: Regenerative Medicine Approaches
Chairperson: tba


Keynote Speakers: Patricia Dankers (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Complex tissue-inspired materials based on supramolecular polymers

09:05 Talks selected from abstracts
09:50 Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: Mark Tibbitt (ETHZ, Switzerland)


Talks selected from abstracts

11:50 Rapid fire poster presentations
12:05 Poster Session and Lunch Break

Session 3: Advanced in vitro Tissue Models
Chairperson: tba


Keynote Speakers: Florian Gröber-Becker (Würzburg, Germany)
Advancements in in vitro Human Barrier Modelling


Talks selected from abstracts


Coffee Break


Talks selected from abstracts


Invited speaker: Laura Suter-Dick (FHNW, Switzerland)


Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Conference Fees

in CHF Early Bird (until July 15th) Late Registration
On Site Registration
Students 200 300 400
+ YS Event (incl. Lunchbox) 10 20 30
Regular 300 400 500
Exhibitors 300 300
EC + Honorary Members 300 300 300
Sponsors free free free

Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract for late poster presentation here using this template.
Late poster abstract submission deadline: 09.08.2024
Notification on acceptance:

(Note! Only single page .docx files will be accepted!)


Please use public transportation. Only limited parking available.
Public transport timetable and ticket ordering check public transportation timetable

From the main station:
Bus line 1 (every 12 minutes) towards direction «Winkeln» until bus stop «Lerchenfeld»
Bus line 2 (every 12 minutes) towards direction «Wolfganghof» until bus stop «Lerchenfeld»
Bus line 3 (every 15 minutes) towards direction «Abtwil/St. Josefen» until bus stop «Moos»
Bus line 4 (every 15 minutes) towards direction «Säntispark» until bus stop «Moos»

Access coming from Zürich:
Motorway exit «St. Gallen-Winkeln» towards direction «Abtwil, St. Gallen»

Access coming from St. Margarethen:
Motorway exit «St. Gallen-Kreuzbleiche» towards direction «Engelburg St. Gallen-West»

Staying in St. Gallen

Information to follow.

Social Dinner

Venue: «netts», St. Jakob-Strasse 35, 9000 St.Gallen

From the main station:
Bus line 6 towards direction «St. Gallen, Heiligenkreuz» until bus stop «Schützengarten»
Bus line 3/4 towards direction «Wittenbach, Bahnhof» until bus stop «Schützengarten»
Bus line 5 towards direction «St. Gallen, Rotmonten» until bus stop «Dierauerstrasse»

From Empa:
Bus line 1 towards direction «St. Gallen, Stephanshorn» until bus stop «Marktplatz Bohl»
Bus line 2 towards direction «St. Gallen, Guggeien» until bus stop «Marktplatz Bohl»
Bus line 3/4 towards direction «Wittenbach, Bahnhof» until bus stop «Schützengarten»


Meeting chairs:
Dr. Markus Rottmar (Empa)
Prof. Maartje Bestings (EPFL)
PD Dr. Anna Marsano (University Basel)

Local organizing committee:
Dr. Markus Rottmar (Empa)
Dr. Martina Viola (Empa)
Dr. Max Urbanzcyk (Empa)

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