Report on the 11th Workshop on Biosensors & Bioanalytical Techniques in Environmental, Food & Clinical Analysis
by Antje J. Baeumner, chair of the conference

The 11th Workshop on Biosensors & Bioanalytical Techniques in Environmental, Food & Clinical Analysis, BBMEC for short, was held at the University of Regensburg (Germany) on Sept. 26-30, 2015 and was organized under the aegis of the International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

The conference was organized by IAEAC member Antje Baeumner and, by all accounts, it was an outstanding success. There were 148 participants from 22 countries in attendance (Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Austria, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, and the USA), and included 26 conference talks, 15 talks by young scientists and 90 posters. From these posters, and based on attendee voting by ballot, 5 Poster Prizes were presented to young investigators, as well as 9 travel grants awarded.

There was a pre-conference on the first two days (Saturday and Sunday) devoted to young scientists who presented talks and socialized/networked at a welcome mixer and poster sessions. It was a unique new feature to BBMEC and very much appreciated by all young scientists as it increased their proactive conference participation and enter the main conference as a strengthened cohort.

On Sunday evening, the main conference began with two outstanding presentations. Leading off with the Keynote Lecture was Joseph Wang (UCSD, USA), who amazed everyone with his fantastic, jet-propelled, nanomotor-based biosensors. Prof. Wang was followed by Lisa Hall (University of Cambridge, UK) who described bioinspired semiconducting nanoparticles. After starting on this small (nano) note, the lectures during the remainder of the conference very well covered the subject matter of the conference title and were presented by invited experts from around the world.

The Roland-Frei-Poster Award was split between the top three poster winners, who were also enabled to present their research in a brief oral presentation on the last day of the conference. The awardees were (1) Monika Dubiak-Szepietowska from Jena presenting her research on “3D environment for live cell-based biosensors”; (2) Nahla Abdelshafi from Berlin convincing conference participants with her research on “Electrochemical immunosensor for drug monitoring”; and (3) Riikka Peltomaa from Madrid who was able to talk about her research on “Optical genosensors based on magnetic microbeads for the detection of mycotoxigenic Fusarium species”.

The conference was generously sponsored by the University of Regensburg Vielberth Foundation, CytoViva, Labor Friedle, PreSens, the Strategische Partnerschaft Sensorik and Thermo Fisher Scientific. In addition, BioNavis, CytoViva, Dynamic Biosensors, and EKT Technologies presented their newest bioanalytical sensor technologies during the conference.

The high profile scientific conference program was accompanied by ample time for networking, lunches, all-day lasting coffee sessions, Bavarian Gemutlichkeit and a conference dinner in the historic Salzstadl in the beautiful old city center of Regensburg directly at the Danube. At the end of the meeting all participants were invited to reconvene during the next BBMEC, which will be on September 26–30, 2017 in Rome organized by IAEAC vice-president Roberto Pilloton.


conference participants

IMG_0264young scientist speakers of the pre-conference



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