Introducing the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials

The Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials (ScSB), a non-profit organization founded in May 2008, is on a mission to promote the advancement of Biomaterials research and applications in Scandinavian, Nordic, and Baltic states. The society focuses on fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among academic researchers, students, and industry members. Their objectives include encouraging progress in biomaterials research and development, promoting scientific information propagation, and stimulating interdisciplinary interactions within the field.

To achieve these goals, ScSB champions the organization of its Annual Meeting, providing a platform for members to showcase their research and development work. The society also focuses on organizing congresses, workshops, and advanced courses based on suggested themes, promoting young Biomaterials scientists, and establishing “ad hoc commissions” to address urgent problems in the area of Biomaterials. With these initiatives, the ScSB aims to drive progress in Biomaterials research and development, both within its member states and on an international level. ScSB is also an Official Society of European Cells & Materials (eCM Journal). It awards conference travel grants to students and grants for collaborative research exchanges within the region.

Membership to the Society is open to individuals involved or interested in biomaterials in the Nordic and Baltic area, Nordic and Baltic citizens living abroad and involved or interested in biomaterials, as well as academic or private institutions engaged in biomaterials research or testing. Membership commences upon payment of the membership fee or by attending the Annual Meeting, which includes the membership fee and is valid for the following year. The Annual Meeting and Annual General Assembly rotate between the Baltic states, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The location and date are decided by the Council. Whenever possible, the General Assembly must take place during the Annual Meeting.

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials will be held at the historic countryside mansion Vanajanlinna on the outskirts of Hämeenlinna in Southern Finland on 6–9 May 2025. The meeting will be hosted by the Finnish Centre of Excellence Body-On-Chip, Tampere University. The organising committee consists of Miina Björninen, Janne Koivisto, Minna Kellomäki, Vijay Parihar, Sweeta Akbari, Oommen P. Oommen and Nonappa Nonappa. The scientific programme for ScSB 2025 focuses on Biomaterials in Disease Modelling. The presentations will delve into the interactions between cells and biomaterials, as well as the properties of biomaterials used for tissue modelling.

Submit abstracts by 15 January 2025 and register by 28 February. Visit for more info.

Furthermore, to keep up-to-date with ScSB’s activities, please sign up for their occasional newsletter. You can also read the latest newsletter online.

Author: Sanna Turunen




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