Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models

An ECI Conference

June 5-9, 2017
Schloss Hernstein
Hernstein, Austria

Tentative Technical Schedule                   Call for Poster Abstracts

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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. Bio-inks
  3. Biofabrication for on-chip technologies
  4. Biofabrication of in vitro tissue models
  5. Biofabrication for vascularization strategies
  6. Biofabrication for cancer research
  7. Therapeutic approaches and translational aspects

Invited Speakers

Aldo Boccaccini, University of Erlangen-Nüremberg, Germany
Boris Chichkov, Laser Zentrum Hannover eV, Germany
Paul Dalton, University of Würzburg, Germany
Brian Derby, University of Manchester, UK
Michael Gelinsky, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Jürgen Groll, University of Würzburg, Germany
Jos Malda, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Vladimir Mironov, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Moscow, Russia
Aleksander Ovsianikov, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Thomas Scheibel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Wojciech Swieszkowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Sandra Van Vlierberghe, Ghent University, Belgium


The conference will be held according to the typical format of ECI. It will be held for 4.5 days, beginning on Monday 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:             Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         May 29, 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.

Wiley-VCH (Advanced Healthcare Materials and Advanced Biosystems) will sponsor an award for the Best Poster Presentation.

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.17AU pool

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

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals and breaks, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Monday through breakfast on Thursday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before May 26, 2017 Register after May 26, 2017
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,625.00 US 1,825.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,580.00 US $1,780.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,170.00 US $1,270.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals) US $660.00 US $660.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

Pre- and Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to arrive early (before June 5) or to stay after the conference (after June 9) you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before May 15, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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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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