Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models

An ECI Conference

June 5-9, 2017
Schloss Hernstein
Hernstein, Austria

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About This Conference

Biofabrication uses additive manufacturing principles to produce complex structures for biomedical applications. This ranges from in vitro models for the testing of drugs/therapies to the generation of potential medical implants and includes the use of hydrogels, degradable and non-degradable polymers. Biofabrication combines the additive manufacturing technologies with cells and bioactive materials for a designed arrangement of cells and materials in three dimensions. Through this production process, it thus allows for the generation of heterogeneous and hierarchical structures resembling native tissue morphologies. Biofabrication is a truly interdisciplinary research field embracing engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, biology and medicine.

The goal of this conference is to bring together experts working in the area of biofabrication, embracing the technological aspects of fabrication and printing, as well as the biological target structures and their application for in vitro screening and toxicity tissue models, cancer research and therapy.

Session topics and program

  1. Fabrication technologies (printing and assembling)
  2. Novel bio-inks
  3. Biofabrication of in vitro tissue models
  4. Biofabrication for cancer research
  5. Biofabrication for vascularization strategies
  6. Therapeutic approaches and translational aspects


The conference will be held according to the typical format of ECI. It will be held for 4.5 days, beginning on the Sunday evening and continuing until the following Friday afternoon. Morning and afternoon/evening sessions will be scheduled to provide a stimulating balance between formal presentations, small group interactions and informal discussions. Each session will have 1-2 invited keynote lectures, followed by several shorter presentations. The conference banquet is scheduled for Wednesday evening, so that all participants will attend. Attendance at the conference will be limited in order to encourage maximum interaction. All participants will stay at the conference site.

Conference Organization

Chair: Prof. Jürgen Groll
Chair of Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry
University of Würzburg, Germany

Co-Chair: Prof. Jos Malda
University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:             March 31, 2017

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         April 15, 2017

One-page abstracts (250 words max.) should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Submissions for oral presentations must indicate the session(s) for which they are being submitted.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Schloss Hernstein Seminar Hotel. The hotel is situated in the wonderful Triestingtal valley, surrounded by pine forests and a carp lake. Guests can enjoy sauna, steam and fitness rooms, as well as a large indoor swimming pool. There are also several signposted routes for jogging on forest tracks starting at the hotel.

Brochure describing the history of Schloss Hernstein:          Part I                     Part II

Hernstein Castle is situated at the fringe of the Viennese Basin, in the stepped footland of the Styrian and Lower Austrian limestone alps. Its history goes back to medieval times: once the castle safeguarded the street to Berndorf Village and the valley before it. In former times the building comprised a housing unit and a chapel. It would have been very difficult to expand the building; therefore a new castle – the core of today´s castle – was built in the valley at the foot of the mountain where the old castle had been built.

After the Turkish wars this new building was expanded and in the 18th century it got a uniform facade. For a long time the castle was owned by the Habsburgs and was used as domicile by Archduke Leopold Ludwig. The renowned architect Theophil Hansen designed the castle.

Hernstein Castle is one of the largest seminar hotels in Austria and is only available to seminar participants. Therefore it ensures a tranquil atmosphere of learning and working. Hernstein Castle has 74 modern bedrooms. Room amenities include sky and satellite TV, a minibar, work desk, and wireless internet.

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before June 5) or to stay after the conference (night of June 8), you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

Travel Information

If you are driving to the conference, map and directions are provided.  Your browser can translate the page into English.

If you are not renting a car, the easiest way to get to Schloss Hernstein is to take a taxi from the airport. You can also take a train from Vienna to Leobersdorf and then a taxi to Hernstein. Be certain to print out the map and directions in case the taxi driver in Vienna is not familiar with the rural area where Schloss Hernstein is location.

Address: Seminarhotel Schloss Hernstein, Berndorfer Strasse 32, 2560 Hernstein. Telephone: +43-2633 472510

Tentative Technical Schedule

Monday           Arrival, check-in and general welcome
(June 5)           Distribution of Abstract book

   Evening: opening lecture: Biofabrication: status quo

Tuesday          Technical sessions (morning, afternoon, evening)
(June 6)           Morning session: Fabrication technologies (printing and assembling)

  Afternoon: Bio-inks
Evening: posters/networking

Wednesday     Technical sessions (morning, evening)
(June 7)            Morning: Biofabrication for on-chip technologies

  Afternoon: networking
Evening: biofabrication of in vitro tissue models

Thursday         Technical sessions (morning, afternoon)
(June 8)            Morning: Biofabrication for vascularization strategies

  Afternoon: biofabrication for cancer research
Evening: posters/networking

Friday              Morning: therapeutic approaches and translational aspects
(June 9)            Closing discussion, review of the conference

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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