The conference, chaired by microbiologist Professor Ipsita Roy, was a two day event designed to bring academics, industry and practitioners together to present and discuss the most cutting edge research in biomaterials and their applications. Professor Roy is a specialist in microbial biotechnology and natural biomaterials and has worked at the University of Westminster for over 20 years.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Alexandra Hughes and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Jane Lewis opened the conference and over the two days researchers from universities in the UK and around the world gave talks about different types of biomaterials. Academics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, King’s College London, Imperial College London, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, The University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland, the University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, as well as the University of Westminster delivered talks on their research into the field on biomaterials.
The annual UKSB Prizes 2016 were announced during the conference with Dr John Nicholson from the Bluefield Centre for Biomaterials receiving The UKSB President’s Award. Professor Richard van Noort from the University of Sheffield won the Alan Wilson Memorial Prize, and Dr Piergiorgio Gentile from Newcastle University won the Larry Hench Young Investigators Award.
Speaking about the event Professor Ipsita Roy said: “The objective of the conference was to bring researchers, clinicians and industry practitioners together to share knowledge and create networks in Biomaterials research and product development. There were presentations involving state of the art research by eminent leading scientists and postgraduate students.
“I included a session dedicated to the memory of Professor Larry Hench, a pioneer in the area of Biomaterials, who developed Bioglass, a unique biocompatible glass. There was also a cell oriented session and two Science for Industry sessions which allowed the translational side of Biomaterials to be highlighted. The Knowledge Transfer Network organised one of these sessions. The overall objective was to promote and nurture the upcoming area of Biomaterials.
The conference was hosted in the University of Westminster’s iconic Regent Street Cinema, which hosted the first screening of a moving image film.