The annual meeting of the German Society for Biomaterials took place from 8-10 November in the "Forum" of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig-Stöckheim. More than 220 registered participants took the opportunity to learn about research work in the field of biomaterials in 86 oral contributions and 107 poster contributions. The presentation of the contributions included a total of 13 oral sessions, which ran in parallel in two lecture halls. In addition, there were two poster sessions. The conference language was English. A lecture session and a preceding workshop "Complex Implants" were organized by the research group 2180 "Graded Implants". This workshop took place the day before the conference in the rooms of the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the TU Braunschweig. Nine young scientists heard short overview lectures on the topic and were able to experience practical implementation in laboratory tours. In addition to Professors Hoffmann, Lenarz and Menzel, the speakers were mainly doctoral students from the research group, who were also able to report specifically on the practical problems in research into the development of new biomaterials.
The main topic of the DGBM 2018 was "Biofilms, Implant Associated Infections and Concepts to Avoid Them." Other session topics included "Biomaterials," "Cell-Material Interaction," and "Clinical Applications and Translation." A session organized by Research Group 2180 was on "Implants for Tissue Transitions." The thematic blocks were introduced by invited plenary lectures by internationally renowned speakers, complemented by four keynote lectures by speakers from Germany. The invitations were possible thanks to the generous support of the German Research Foundation (three international speakers) and an industry sponsor (four national speakers). The topics of the sessions and the names of the speakers can be found in the attached overview. Special attention was also paid to the involvement of young scientists in the program design and, among other things, a plenary session was held as a Young Scientist Forum with Rapid Fire presentations. In the short, three-minute presentations, the young scientists were able to present their posters to a broad audience.
All posters were presented in two poster sessions, during which the posters were discussed intensively. The best posters were awarded with a total of 4 poster prizes. Three cash prizes were sponsored by the company Aesculap, another prize was provided by the open access journal "Applied Sciences" of the MDPI publishing house (waiver for the submission of a paper worth 1500 CHF). The selection was made by a jury of five. At the award ceremony, the DGBM promotional prizes for the two best PhD theses were also awarded.
The abstracts for the talks and posters have been published by the journal Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik:
The focus for the DGBM 2018 was received very positively throughout, because it is a clinically very important topic, as Prof. Alt showed vividly and impressively in his Keynote Lecture. Together with the plenary lectures by Prof. van der Mei on biofilms, which are the cause of infections, and the concepts presented by Prof. Thissen on how to prevent them, the whole complexity of this topic, which is so important for biomaterials, was presented. In a similar way, the other topics of the conference were introduced by plenary lectures or keynote lectures. However, not only the invited lectures, but also the contributions from the biomaterial community and especially from the members of the German Society for Biomaterials were of very high quality and showed that one can compete with the international experts in this field.
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the DGBM was again an excellent forum for discussion and exchange in the interdisciplinary field of biomaterials research. It was a varied, high-ranking and well-attended event, which was successful not least due to the financial support of the German Research Foundation. The organisational handling was carried out in a proven manner by Conventus Congressmanagement & Marketing GmbH.
On behalf of the German Society for Biomaterials, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the DFG for its financial support of our annual meeting.Kind regards
Conference Chair DGBM 2018