International workshop on advanced materials for healthcare applications

Reykjavik, Iceland

May 22-23, 2018


Welcome message

Dear colleagues,

This international workshop will gather researchers from multidisciplinary domains on the use of advanced materials in distinct biomedical fields, including diagnosis/imaging, medical devices, nanobiomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, drug delivery or bioengineering applications.

The scientific program of this event will consist on invited lectures to be delivered by internationally world-distinguished scientists in their research domains. We invite all other attendees to present their works as posters. The participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasant and amazing atmosphere of Reykjavik and Iceland, and to exchange ideas, experiences and networking with their peers.

We cordially invite you to attend this stimulating advanced workshop and we hope to see you soon in Iceland!

João F. Mano
Már Másson


Organizing Committee
João F. Mano (co-chair)
University of Aveiro, Portugal

Már Másson (co-chair)
University of Iceland, Iceland
Inês C. Rosa
University of Aveiro, Portugal
Local Organizing committee
Már Másson
University of Iceland, Iceland

Bryndís Þóra Þórisdóttir
University of Iceland, Iceland

Ólafur Eysteinn Sigurjónsson
University of Iceland, Iceland

Berglind Eva Benedkitsdóttir
University of Iceland, Iceland


Registration Fees

Regular delegates (Academics, Company Employees, etc) [before and after early bird]: 250€/300€

Students/Postdoctorals Fellows [before and after early bird]: 100€/150€

Registration Form

Registraton form here

Transference details

Account holder: University of Iceland
VAT: 19133
IBAN: IS94 0137 3871 0001 6001 6920 39
Bank name: Landsbankinn hf
Bank address: Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland

Bank transfer must state the name, surname and “Workshop”.
Bank remittance slip should be sent to Inês C. Rosa with the subject: “REGISTRATION WORKSHOP REYKJAVIK”.

Payment with credit card

Regular delegates BEFORE early bird:
Regular delegates AFTER early bird:
Students/Postdoctorals Fellows BEFORE early bird:
Students/Postdoctorals Fellows AFTER early bird:

Payment confirmation should be sent to Inês C. Rosa with the subject: “REGISTRATION WORKSHOP REYKJAVIK”.

Important notes

If you need to receive the invoice before making the payment, please refer that in the registration form.
The receipts will be issued only if requested and amendments will not be accepted.
Currency exchanges or bank fees have to be paid by the registrant.


Abstract submission

Only poster submissions will be considered in the scope of this event. Your abstract will only be considered after registration has been made. Template of the abstract can be downloaded here. You should send you abstract according to the template to the secretariat until the 7th May. Abstracts received after this deadline will not be considered.

Book of Abstracts

Book of abstracts can be downloaded here (as a pdf file).

Key Dates

Deadline for early registration

7th May, 2018

Deadline for abstract submission

7th May, 2018


Thursday, March 21st
08h45-09h00 Registration
09h00-09h10 Welcome
Invited Keynote talk I – Session Chair T.B.A
6 FLASH Presentations (5 min talks +2 min for questions)
10h40h-11h20 Coffee Break and Posters
Invited Keynote talk II – Session Chair T.B.A
6 FLASH Presentations (5 min talks +2 min for questions)
13h00-14h30 Lunch Break– Opportunity to Network
Invited Keynote talk III – Session Chair T.B.A
6 FLASH Presentations (5 min talks +2 min for questions)
16h00-17h00 Beverage break and Posters
17h00-18h30 11 FLASH Presentations (5 min talks +2 min for questions) – Session Chair T.B.A
18h30-20h00 Sunset with Porto wine and Ovos Moles
20h00-23h00 Conference Dinner

Friday, March 22nd
09h30-10h30 MC Meeting
10h30-10h50 Coffee Break
10h50-13h00 MC Meeting concluded
13h00-14h30 Lunch Break
14h30-16h00 WGs Meetings
16h00-18h30 Networking

Invited speakers

Plenary sessions

Carlos Baleizão

I.S.T., University of Lisbon, Portugal
Chemical toolbox for advanced imaging nanoparticles

Harm-Anton Klok

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Cell and bacteria-mediated delivery of polymer nanomedicines

Helena Azevedo

Queen Mary University of London, UK
Combining supramolecular and magnetic forces to create hierarchical organization in soft biomaterials

Hélène L. Lauzon

Opportunities of chitosan in health care applications

Henrik Birkedal

University of Aarhus, Denmark
Self-healing mussel-inspired hydrogels

Janne E. Reseland

University of Oslo, Norway
In vivo performance of a highly porous titanium dioxide bone scaffold and its way to the medical device market

João Rocha

University of Aveiro, Portugal
Quo Vadis: Inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials

José Carlos Rodríguez-Cabello

University of Valladolid, Spain
“4D” hydrogels based on elastin-like recombinamers

José Paulo Farinha

I.S.T., University of Lisbon, Portugal
Hybrid nanocontainers for controlled release

Laura Cipolla

University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
New strategies towards material biofunctionalisation: case studies

Luís Carlos

University of Aveiro, Portugal
Luminescence thermometry: a new tool in bioimaging

Magnús K. Gislason

University of Iceland, Iceland
New directions in 3D modeling and rapid prototyping technologies for surgical planning

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez

University of Glasgow, UK
Engineering the cellular microenvironment – physics, growth factors and beyond

Ólafur Sigurjónsson

Reykjavik University, Iceland
The use of platelet lysate in biomaterial research

Paolo Netti

University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Engineered viable and competent human tissue in vitro for tissue-on-chip applications

Róisin Owens

University of Cambridge, UK
The world is not flat: 3D cell biology integrated with 3D conducting polymer devices

Thomas Groth

Martin Luther University Halle-Witenberg, Germany
Engineering of biomimetic surface coatings and hydrogels with polysaccharides
More details on these speakers can be seen here



  • Askja, Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavík
  • GPS coordinates: 64.1372449, -21.94582820000005
Where to stay

Iceland is currently a popular destination and hotels in Iceland are often fully booked some time in advance. It is advisable to book early. You can find all hotels and guest houses and other accommodations in Iceland through commonly used booking site such as, and aribnb.
However we have now reserved some accommodation with special price for the conference (available for booking in April):

SAGA RADISSON SAS HOTEL (located on the campus) - 29.900 ISK/pax (per night)

CABIN HOTEL (3.4 Km from venue, 42 minute walk, 8 min by taxi, buses also available) - Double room 24.100 ISK/pax; Single room 20.200 ISK/pax (per night)

ODDSON GUEST HOUSE (1.8 Km from venue, 22 minute walk, 5 min by taxi, buses also available) - 8 bed dorms 38.352 ISK/room/night; Double room (shared bathroom): 17850 ISK/room/night

How to get there

Askja is the earth sciences, biology and environmental science building of the University of Iceland. It can be reached by 20 minutes' walk from the city center along the Tjörnin pond through Hljómskálagarður park across Hringbraut avenue (over a pedestrian bridge) and along Sturlugata street. It can also be reach by bus no. 15 or by taxi.

More information on Askja here:
More information on Reikjavik here: