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Biointerface Science
Gordon Research Conference

Surfaces and Compartments in Biology and Medicine


June 17-22, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Hagan P. Bayley

Vice Chair:
Jay Groves

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 GRC on Biointerface Science will bring together scientists and engineers, including students, post-docs, young investigators, and thought-leaders, in the rapidly moving field of biological interfaces, both natural and engineered. Biointerface Science encompasses the chemistry and physics of cellular membranes and their associated molecular assemblies, the creation and properties of biological compartments, the interactions of surfaces with cells and tissues, and more. The GRC will explore this fundamental science along with its applications in areas such as the fabrication of synthetic cells, the dynamics of communities of cells, and the development of tools for medicine. During the week, we will identify new scientific and technological opportunities associated with biointerfaces and provide an open forum to debate the best ways to tackle these emerging issues.

The 2018 GRC offers a broad cross-disciplinary program. Tentative sessions include (1) a keynote session featuring wide-ranging talks by two experienced researchers in the field; (2) news about emerging technologies for the characterization of biointerfaces; (3) talks by chemists contributing to the area; (4) new results on compartmentalization in biology; (5) reports on progress with synthetic cells; (6) talks on molecular assemblies on membranes; (7) recent findings on cell communities; and, (8) talks on the importance of biointerfaces in medicine. The final session (9) will be on Late-Breaking Topics selected shortly before the conference from the submitted abstracts. The GRC will promote active and open discussion that includes all participants, as we continue to build a vibrant Biointerface Science community.

The associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Biointerface Science will provide an intimate venue for junior investigators and young scientists to establish informal networks for long-term collaborations and a life-time of scientific citizenship.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Biointerface Science" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Surfaces and Compartments in Biology and Medicine
  • Characterization of Biointerfaces: Advances in Technology
  • Chemistry at Biointerfaces
  • Compartmentalization
  • Synthetic Cells
  • Molecular Assemblies on Membranes
  • Cell Colonies and Communities
  • Biointerfaces in Medicine
  • Late-Breaking Topics
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