Strategic Workshop on Principles and Development of Bio-Inspired Materials

BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Tuesday 13th April 2010 - Thursday 15th April 2010, Vienna, Austria

Local Organizer

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Department für Materialwissenschaften und Prozesstechnik
H892 Institut für Physik und Materialwissenschaft (IPM)
Univ.-Prof. Stefanie Tschegg
Peter-Jordan-Straße 82
1190 Wien
Tel: +43 1 47654 5160
Fax: +43 1 47654 5159
E-Mail: biomat(at)


Pictures from the conference


Bio-inspired materials are becoming of increasing interest in many fields of practical applications. In contrast to man-made materials natural materials such as wood, bone and shells are composed of only limited number of basic components. They gain their diversity in mechanical properties by hierarchical structuring which allows them to fulfil a variety of functions e.g. self-healing, mechanical stability, high toughness. Due to the quickly advancing physical characterisation techniques our knowledge of the hierarchical structures has increased significantly in recent years and the secrets of form-function relationships are slowly unveiled. But combining the knowledge of natural materials with modern techniques of simulation and fabrication is still the exception due to the lack of communication between bio- and material scientists. This workshop funded by the COST office aims to be the direct interface between the biological and the processing side to unfold the full potential of bio-inspired materials The aim of the COST Strategic Workshop is to provide a forum to stimulate interactions between relevant disciplines including biology, materials science, biomimetics, engineering and physics.

The workshop will be organised along three main themes:

  • Material Design Strategies of Nature
  • Implementation of Biological Concepts (Abstraction and Translation)
  • Applications

Invited Plenary and Keynote Talks


Conference Programme

Conference programme: Final_Programme.pdf



    Workshop Chair

    Steering Committee

    • Stefanie Tschegg: BOKU, Austria
    • Robin Seidel: University of Freiburg, Germany
    • Thomas Speck: University of Freiburg, Germany
    • George Jeronimidis: University of Reading, United Kingdom
    • Francesca Cosmi: Università di Trieste, Italy
    • Sybrand van der Zwaag: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    • Julián Martínez Fernández: Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
    • Lennart Salmen: STFI, Sweden
    • Rainer Erb: BIOKON, Germany Thomas Rosenau: BOKU, Austria

    COST Science Officer




  • Conference Flyer as pdf: BioMat_fly_22102009.pdf
  • Abstract template for invited speakers: BioMat_AbstractTemplatefor_invited_sp_2010.doc
  • Abstract template for posters (max 2 pages): BioMat_AbstractTemplatefor_Posters_20012010.doc
  • Credit Card Fax Tepmplate: Biomat_CreditCard_Fax_template.pdf
  • Conference programme: Final_Programme.pdf
  • Conferrence Proceedings: Booklet_BioInspired_Materials_BOKU.pdf
  • For speaker authorized presentations see Talks

Press releases


Funding Bodies