Keynote Speakers

Professor Kristi Anseth

University of Boulder, Colorado, USA

Topic: Gels in action: Self-Assembly, Responsivity and Sensing

Recently her research focused on the study on how cells respond to physiological and synthetic matrix environment. The tool box used for this studies includes the most advanced approaches of the polymer networks chemistry and physics.

Professor Rachel Auzely

CERMAV, Université J. Fourier, Grenoble, France

Topic: Nano- Micro- and Macro- Gels in Biomedicine

Crosslinked biopolymers have huge potentials in several applications. The structural and dynamical properties of biopolymer hydrogels are used by Prof. Auzely to promote cell interactions.

Prof. David Diaz Diaz

Universidad de La Laguna, Spain and Universität Regensburg, Germany

Topic: Miscellaneous

His main research interests are in the development of advanced functional materials, through bio-inspired synthetic approaches, for biomedical, catalytic, sensing, coatings and energy applications.

Prof. Bruce Eichinger

University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Topic: Network dynamics, mechanics and simulations

His main activity concerns theoretical aspects of macromolecular science with a genuine and authentic approach to pivotal questions. He will report on the most recent results on sulfur polymerization.

Prof. Ferenc Horkay

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Topic: Nano- Micro- and Macro- Gels in Biomedicine

His research interests involve several physical and chemical aspects of polyelectrolyte gels, in connection with the modeling of the extracellular matrix and other bio-soft matter systems.

Prof. Bela Ivan

Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre For Natural Sciences, Hungary

Topic: Networking methods and structure design

He will highlight the main aspects of novel polymer conetworks as brand new results of his activity in the field of polymers and networks synthetic and characterization methods.