2018 IBE Annual Conference

Convergence and Biological Engineering

April 5 - 7, 2018
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, Virgina
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Preliminary Agenda
Workshop: Advances in TransDisciplinary Approaches for Biological Engineering Education

Call for Abstracts for Papers and Poster Presentations

Submit your abstract (500 words or less) using IBE’s online form by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to submit.
Click here to submit your abstract
Download 2018 Call for Abstracts flyer [PDF]

Come for the Content. Stay for the Networking.

The IBE Annual Conference is a gathering of the world’s leading researchers and educators in biological engineering, who share a passion for building a better future.

The theme of the 2018 Annual Conference is Convergence and Biological Engineering that will include technical sessions in key areas such as biomaterials, bioenergy, biosensors, nanotechnology, and much more. Additionally, as a part of the Conference, IBE will offer a two-day workshop on “Advances in TransDisciplinary Approaches for Engineering Education”.

The intimate setting and diverse makeup of the Conference are catalysts for multidisciplinary interactions with attendees who actively participate in shaping the biological engineering profession.

Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates are encouraged to attend. The Conference is an excellent opportunity to develop professional skills and network with peers and professionals in the industry through activities such as poster sessions, bioethics essay competition and social activities.

As the 2018 Program Chair, I look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Conference.

Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden
University of Lethbridge
Chair, 2018 Program Committee

2018 Annual Conference Topics

General Technical Sessions
The IBE general technical sessions are held concurrently during the conference, making certain that similar topics are not at the same time. If you have questions about the applicability of your topic, please contact Viki Young at IBE Headquarters.

Algae-Based Systems
Biochemical Conversion
Biological Engineering Education
Biomedical Engineering
Drug and Nucleic Acid Delivery
Environmental Engineering
Metabolic Engineering
Synthetic Biology
Tissue Engineering
Transdisciplinary Approaches

Two-day Workshop
Participate in a two-day workshop on Advances in TransDisciplinary Approaches for Biological Engineering Education to re-imagine and produce a forward path with impactful actions for biological engineering education.

General Poster Session and Student Poster Session and Competition
Poster session presentations covering any topic within biological engineering are invited. A special poster session for student research projects or engineering design projects will be included within the poster session. The top three Undergraduate Student Posters and top three Graduate Student Posters will receive cash awards and certificates of merit.

All abstract submissions must be submitted online via the IBE website.

Please click here to access the submission form.
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 IBE Conference Workshop

Advances in TransDisciplinary Approaches for Biological Engineering Education

IBE has organized a two-day workshop as a part of its 2018 Annual Conference on April 6-7, 2018. The workshop will be open to all IBE Conference participants who have paid full conference registration fee. A single-day registration will also be available by paying for one-day Conference registration fee.

The primary goal of the workshop is to re-image and produce a forward path with impactful actions for biological engineering education. The workshop will bring together leading educators, researchers and practitioners, and industry and government agency representatives to:
  1. Examine the philosophy, evolution, core competencies and best practices of the current undergraduate programs;
  2. Explore best practices in graduate and postdoctoral training and internship experiences of biological engineers to frame complex emerging real-world problems, e.g., indeterminate forms for open, multi-variable food-health-energy-water systems through convergence;
  3. Identify unmet needs of BE stakeholders and employers of BE graduates, i.e., industry, state and federal regulators, vis a vis, emerging developments of smart systems, e.g., involving sensor fusion, UAVs, CRISPR; and
  4. Assess potentials of professional societies creating network structures and culture facilitating intentional efforts for promoting convergence in the education of biological engineers.
Why this workshop now?
As a whole, the incorporation of biology and biological principles into undergraduate and graduate curricula has been relatively slow and insular. In contrast, the practice of biological engineering has largely outpaced curricular reform. We believe that all “bio-“engineering curricula in the US evolved independently from the motivation for addressing problems of food, environmental or human health systems. While they offer transdisciplinary integration of biology, however, they lack a shared perspective that would define core character, content and competencies informed by broader concepts and practice of biological engineering.

Workshop Program
The workshop will primarily include keynote and lead presentations by leading educators from foreign and U.S academic institutions, industry, government agency and students. A limited number of abstracts will be accepted based on the content and relevance to the workshop objectives. Student presentations are highly encouraged and abstracts authored by students will receive preference to include their perspectives. Breakout sessions towards the end of the second day will be devoted to identifying future needs and action plan.

Submit Abstracts for the Workshop Topics
Email Viki Young to submit your Workshop topics
Deadline: January 15, 2018

Who to contact?
Send your inquiry about the Workshop to Lalit Verma, Brahm Verma, David Jones, or Viki Young.

Hotel & Regional Information

Join your IBE community April 5-7, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for the 23rd Annual Conference. Located in the heart of Norfolk’s downtown historical district, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott offers views of the Elizabeth River. You will also be just moments away from the USS Wisconsin and cruising on the Spirit of Norfolk. Norfolk’s premier shopping area, MacArthur Center is just a short walk from the host hotel. And Norfolk’s newest waterfront experience, the Waterside District, will be your resource of food and beverage experiences. Guest rooms offer contemporary rooms with high-speed internet access and helpful amenities.

Rooms are available at the hotel for $129 per night, plus tax. Reservations for the Annual Conference can be made with Marriott Reservations at 1.800.228.9290 or 757.627.4200. Be sure to mention you are attending the 2018 IBE Annual Conference to get the reduced room rate.

Plan your trip to Norfolk today. Click here to learn more about the area and its varied activities. Whether you are a history buff, foodie or beach fan - Norfolk has activities for you!

Mark your calendar, submit your abstract and book your room now for the IBE 2018 Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. There is plenty to discover in this beautiful, historic city!