ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium


Chaired by


Chalmers University of TechnologyDepartment of Applied PhysicsGothenburgSweden


Max-Planck-Institut für MetallforschungUniversität HeidelbergStuttgartGermany


Chalmers University of TechnologyDepartment of Biological PhysicsGothenburgSweden
ETH ZurichZurichswSwitzerland


27 June - 2 July 2009


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (232 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

Interfaces between synthetic materials and biological systems – biointerfaces – constitute one of the most dynamic and expanding fields in science and technology. The field is driven both by a number of growing industrial and clinical applications – medical implants, biosensors and biochips, regenerative medicine, drug screening and targeting - and by the desire to understand biointerface processes at a fundamental level. It is by definition highly interdisciplinary, spanning across the disciplines of physics, materials science & engineering, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics and medicine. Education of today’s students in a stimulating environment and with an interdisciplinary approach is a key factor for propelling this field forward.

The main approach in biointerfacial science involves preparation and characterisation of functional surfaces for specific interactions with bio-systems, in vivo and in vitro, and studies of the molecular and kinetic processes occurring at such interfaces, ranging from small molecule and biomolecular interactions, to cell adhesion, differentiation and tissue formation at the interface. As such, this conference spans a wide range of topics including biomimetic surface platforms, biomembrane and supramolecular materials, nanotechnology, controlling cellular responses by designed surfaces with switchable properties, stem cells, cellular and molecular biomechanics, neural networks, optical, magnetic and mechanical detection systems with single molecule sensitivity, bioarrays and DNA, peptides, proteins, enzymes at interfaces.

The programme is organised into invited presentations by internationally renowned researchers, complemented by shorter contributed oral presentations and poster sessions by young scientists. Selected after-dinner keynote speakers have been invited to put the biointerface field in a larger scientific, clinical and social context. A small-group discussion session is planned to address social and ethical issues of the impact of the technologies and scientific knowledge being developed and used in this area. The conference will include short talks selected from the submitted abstracts as well as poster presentations.

Final Programme PDF (230 KB) Last Updated 22-June-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme. All other abstracts have been accepted as posters.

List of Accepted Posters

Session 1 (surname A-M)
Session 2 (surname N-Z)

Posters can be fixed with self-adhesive tape or blu-tack onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

A poster prize sponsored by EMBO as well as another poster prize sponsored by Nature Materials will be awarded at the end of the conference.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (232 KB)


Three buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Barcelona airport and Hotel Eden Roc. The journey takes approximately 2 hours.  

Bus departure times on Saturday, 27 June
16.30 and 17.30 and 18.30
Bus departure times on Thursday, 2 July
8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Anne Blondeel-Oman.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for registration & fee payment: 31 May 2009

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 17 May
700 €
Registration and payment between 18 May and 31 May800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after 31 May
Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-290 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

With Support from