Conference Organization

2019 Biological Surfaces and Interfaces Conference

Plans are in place for the 2019 Biological Surfaces and Interfaces Conference.
June 30, 2019 - July 5, 2019, Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain.
Mark your calendars!


Blood-biomaterial interface: where medicine and biology meet physical sciences and engineering.
The conference took place September 17 - 20, 2017, Madren Conference Center, Clemson, SC, USA.
Thanks for an excellent meeting, everyone!

FEBS Workshop – Biological Surfaces and Interfaces: Interface Dynamics

The conference took place July 2 – 7, 2017, Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, Spain.
Thanks everyone - invited speakers, contributors, attendees, and sponsors – for an excellent conference!
Conference Photos are available for download here.

Workshop Focus on the Blood-Biomaterial Interface: Surface Analysis meets Blood Compatibility, November 3 - 7, 2014, at La Villa Clythia, Fréjus, France.

Co-organizers: Anouk Galtayries (ParisTech/France), Giacomo Ceccone (EU-JRC, Italy), Miguel Manso (Madrid, Spain), Morgan Alexander (Nottingham, UK).

This meeting brought together scientists from the clinical and the physicochemical side of the blood-biomaterial interface in order to examine the current state of affairs and explore promising new research directions in the field of blood compatibility, where some half a century of research has not yielded an understanding of the blood-biomaterial interactions at the level required for the design of a hemocompatibile material.

The result of this meeting was a special issue of Biointerphases on blood-biomaterial interactions and a review article in Blood Reviews: Stirred, shaken, or stagnant: what goes on at the blood-biomaterial interface.

Physics Meets Biology at the Cell Membrane: the Iberian Membrane Biophysics Colloquium.

Co-organizer: Marisela Velez (CSIC, Institute of Catalysis, Madrid, Spain).

The aim of this meeting was to bring together physicists and biologists working on cell membranes. The meeting featured renown international researchers. It took place at CIC biomaGUNE in September 2013. Sponsors included Foundacion Ramon Areces, Department of Education of the Basque Government, and industrial partners.

FEBS international combined practical and lecture courses on the Physical Chemistry of Biointerfaces, PhysChemBio - 2010 and 2012.

Co-organizers: Ralf Richter (CIC biomaGUNE), Marisela Velez (CSIC, Institute of Catalysis, Madrid, Spain).

These two workshops provided the attendants (graduate students working in the broadly defined area of soft interfaces) with a thorough overview of basic concepts from physics, chemistry, and biology that form the foundations of the interdisciplinary field of biointerfaces and illustrated how these concepts are applied in everyday research.

Both workshops took place at CIC biomaGUNE, S. Sebastian, Spain, featured an eclectic mix of senior and young international researchers, and were supported by the (Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), Department of Education of the Basque Government, Max Planck Society, and a number of industrial sponsors.



I was involved at various levels in the organization of the ECIS 2012: 26th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society and the NIB2009: Neutrons in Biology meeting.