Bioengineering for Active Ageing

October 19th · Hotel Alimara, Barcelona

The 15th IBEC annual Symposium brings together high-profile international experts for an open forum for interdisciplinary discussions and networking. This year the symposium is dedicated to Bioengineering for Active Ageing, one of IBEC’s three major application areas.

Scientific community is invited to participate. Attendees from IBEC and abroad are welcome to present their research or projects in poster format. Moreover, some of these contributions will be selected by the scientific committee for an oral flash presentation.

Important deadlines 2022:

Registration deadline: 10th October 


Hotel Alimara
C. Carrer de Berruguete, 126
08035 Barcelona


josep Samitier

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

INVITED speakers

Andreas Herrmann

Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University

Michele Vendruscolo

University of Cambridge

Laia Arnal

Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR)

Damià Tormo

Columbus Venture Partners

Cecilia Persson

Uppsala University

Zaida Álvarez

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

Fiona M. Watt

EMBL Heidelberg
08:00 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:15Opening ceremony
09:15 – 09:45

Director’s presentation

IBEC’s Evolution and Scientific highlights.

Josep Samitier, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

09:45 – 10:20

Keynote speaker (chair: César Rodriguez-Emmenegger)

How to activate drugs, proteins and genes by ultrasound employing principles of mechanochemistry

Andreas Herrmann, Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University

10:20 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45

Flash poster presentation (chair: César Rodriguez-Emmenegger and Elena Garreta)

Session I

11:45 – 12:20

Keynote speaker (chair: Giuseppe Battaglia)

Targeting Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Michele Vendruscolo, University of Cambridge

12:20 – 12:50

Technology Transfer session (chair: Eduardo Salas)

Laia Arnal Arasa, Business development director, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR)

Damià Tormo, Columbus Venture Partners

13:00 – 14:30Lunch and poster session
14:30 – 15:25

Flash poster presentation (chair: Iris Batalha and Jordi Alcaraz)

Session II

15:25 – 16:00

Keynote speaker (chair: Samuel Sánchez)

Low-modulus bone cement – from vertebroplasty to discoplasty 

Cecilia Persson, Uppsala University

16:00 – 16:20

Alumni session (chair: Elisabeth Engel)

A Journey through Emerging Scaffold-based Strategies for Neural Regeneration

Zaida Álvarez, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

16:20 – 17:20Poster session
17:20 – 17:55

Keynote speaker (chair: Josep Samitier)

Integrating in vivo and in vitro data provides insights into dynamic regulation of human epidermal differentiation

Fiona M. Watt, EMBL Heidelberg

17:55 – 18:10Time for PhD Committee
Miquel Bosch
18:10 – 18:20Time for Postdoc Committee
Denitza Denkova, Aurora Dols, Juanma Fernández
18:20 – 18:30Awards and closing ceremony
18:30 – 18:45Toast to celebrate IBEC’s 15th anniversary