Successful International Symposium at the FAU Institute of Biomaterials
The „10 Year Anniversary“ International Symposium to celebrate the 10 years of the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, was held on November 29th 2019 at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).
More than 120 participants attended the symposium, which featured a high quality scientific program of international invited speakers, all of them collaborators of the Institute, coming from many different countries. The symposium was opened by Prof. Guenter Leugering, Vice-president for Research, FAU, and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of Institute of Biomaterials.
In his introduction, Boccaccini highlighted the achievements of the Institute since its establishment in October 2009, including the publication of more than 500 research papers, many in collaboration with research groups worldwide, acquisition of substantial extramural funding and the high number of Bachelor and Master students who have completed their theses at the Institute (more than 350). He also remarked that 31 doctoral theses have been completed and more than 150 visiting students and researchers have carried out research at the Institute since 2009.
Several video messages from alumni from around the world were projected. The symposium included also the round table discussion „Biomaterials: Challenges for the Future“ with active contribution of the participants. The celebration finalized with a dinner attended by more than 100 guests, including alumni, friends, and collaborators, in addition to the current members of the Institute, all of which expressed their wish to come back to Erlangen to celebrate the next 10 years of the Biomaterials Institute !