UQ to host Major International NanoBio Conference

18 Jun 2014

July is shaping up to be a big month as The University of Queensland prepares to host two of the world’s biggest nanobio conferences.

Between July 6 and July 10, international leaders in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology will gather at UQ’s St Lucia campus for the fifth International NanoBio Conference and the third International Conference on BioNano Innovation.

Register now for the opportunity to be a part of this prominent international event.

This year, the two conferences are being combined under the banner NanoBio Australia 2014, which is being co-chaired by UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) Deputy Director Professor Matt Trau and CSIRO biomedical materials expert Dr Keith McLean.

Professor Trau said the conference would feature a diverse array of multi-disciplinary science designed to connect world-leading scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs working in biology, nanoscience and nanotechnology.

“We’ve secured six international plenary speakers, including award-winning biologist Dr Leroy Hood from Seattle, who invented automated DNA sequencing, Harvard biochemist Professor Pamela Silver and UK biomedical materials expert Professor Molly Steven,” he said

“With about 500 participants expected on campus, it will be a high-level gathering of scientists aiming to make improvements in areas as diverse as stem cells, human tissue regeneration, nanotechnology-based vaccine and drug development and portable diagnostics.

“There will also be discussions about innovative nanotechnologies for energy and the environmental needs of the future.”

The conference will also feature a one day Industries of the Future Symposium with speakers including CSO and Cochlear Ltd founder Dr Jim Patrick, CSO and Pacific Biosciences founder Dr Steve Turner and a second lecture by Dr Hood, who will reflect on his experiences of founding 15 successful international companies including Amgen and Applied Biosystems.  

The conference will feature a dedicated one-day Early Career Symposium to encourage early-career researchers and engineers in this rapidly evolving area.  Abstract submissions are now closed for conference oral or poster presentations.