It is our great pleasure to announce the 6th Belgian Symposium on Tissue Engineering 2018, themed ‘Next generation tissue engineering’. This event will be held on November 22-23 2018, at the Oude Vismijn, Gent.

This international symposium is locally organized by two interdisciplinary faculties at Ghent University. Co-organizers are KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Hasselt, Universiteit Antwerpen and Université de Liège.

The BSTE aims to bring scientists worldwide together to discuss their newest developments and latest findings in the rapidly expanding field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Additionally, this event is held to encourage initial contact and act as meeting platform to promote scientific networking and potential research collaborations at both national and international levels.

Tissue engineering is a promising life-science research field that has shown enormous potential for effective tissue/organ repair and regeneration. Significant advances in the tissue engineering field have resulted in engineered functional organs such as heart, liver, cartilage and bladder. Even more, since a few years tissue engineering has become a promising tool and found applications in cancer research, in vitro models for drug screening and disease modeling,…

However, multiple challenges remain to be addressed to produce tissue engineered products.  To overcome some of these challenges, next generation tissue engineering includes a plethorum of new approaches; among them are 3D (bio) printing, smart biomaterials, self assembling cellular systems, in silico modeling,… These new technologies will lead to generating tissue engineered organs and controlling cell behaviour.

We believe this meeting will serve as an excellent platform for scientific networking and provides numerous opportunities to set up new research collaborations at both national as well as international levels. The symposium will also include the kick-off of the VZW Belgian Society on Tissue Engineering.

Keywords: tissue engineering, regeneration, (stem) cells, microtissue, biomaterials, 3D printing, bioprinting, from bench to bedside, translational, in vitro models, in silico models

Abstract submission deadline: September 1st, 2018 September 21st, 2018
Early bird registration deadline: October 1st, 2018

New at BSTE 2018: visit the Bioprint Core Facility @ UZGent (Wednesday 21st November 2018 15.30h-19h). Welcome reception and guiding tours. Registration for this visit is free but required.