Past Events
ASBTE Virtual catchup - 7th october 2021

A virtual catchup was held on Gather Town. Topics of discussion included:


  • General hangout lounge (students, ECRs, and academics)

  • Ask away: Mental health; maintaining your own and helping others

  • Ask away: International experience?  The double-edged sword.

  • Ask away: Finishing the PhD or postdoc. Now what…?

  • Ask away: Juggling a demanding career and family responsibilities

2020 World Biomaterials Congress  

The meeting was held virtually from 11-15th December. There were nearly 80 participants from Australia and New Zealand including 11 recipients of an ASBTE Travel Award.

ASBTE Pandemic Primetime Seminar Series

This zoom seminar series was held on Wednesdays at 3PM AEST from April 15 - July 22 via ZOOM. A fantastic selection of speakers presented their work and it was great for us to keep in touch with our community online whilst we were unable to meet in person.

Thanks to all those that shared their work:

  • 15 April

    • Brooke Farrugia from the University of Melbourne, "A Research Journey Down the Eastern Seaboard of Australia: From 3D printing skin in the lab, to the role that sugar polymers have in how our bodies heal."

  • April 22:

    • Khoon Lim, University of Otago Christchurch

  • April 29 :

    • Elena Juan Pardo, University of Western Australia: “Challenges and opportunities of melt electrowriting for tissue engineering and disease modelling”

  • May 6:

    • Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina, UNSW: "Biomimetic silk biomaterials in cardiovascular device development and tissue vascularisation"

  • May 13:

    • Mark Allenby, QUT: "Optimising biofabrication through image-guided computational modelling"

  • May 20:

    • Thomas Michl UniSA "Germs! Microbes! Bugs! - Don’t curse your foe, understand it instead; new approaches to fight human pathogens"  

    • Paul Joyce UniSA "Harnessing the potential of challenging therapeutics through nano-engineering approaches"

  • May 27:

    • Carmel O'Brien, Ash Murphy and Esther Lestrell-Firkin, CSIRO: "Ex vivo stem cell models for human neural systems"

  • June 3:

    • Kate Fox, RMIT: "Diamond as a biomaterial"

  • June 10:

    • Nathalie Bock QUT (QLD) "Bioengineering applied to Tissue Models: From Bone & Fat to Cancer"

  • June 17:

    • Kate Firipis, RMIT, ‘Agarose and GelMA for mechanical control of self-assembling peptide systems’ 

    • Sorel De Leon Vergara, Swinburne University of Technology/CSIRO ‘Real-time monitoring of 3D cultures: challenges and opportunities for impedance spectroscopy’

  • 24 June:

    • Bram Soliman, University of Otago Christchurch. ‘Controlled crosslinking of bioinks for micro- and macroscale biofabrication.’ Co-authors: Gabriella CJ Lindberg, Gary J Hooper, Tim BF Woodfield, Khoon S Lim  

    • Bradyn Parker, Monash University ‘Development of porous materials for peripheral nerve regeneration. Co-authors: Andrew E. Rodda, Carmel O'Brien, David I. Rhodes, Neil R. Cameron

  • 1 July: 

    • Gabriella Lindberg, University of Otago, Christchurch. ‘Structure to function relationships in Cartilage 3D-biofabrication.’ Co-authors: L Veenendaal, B. Soliman, G. Hooper, K. Lim and T. Woodfield. 

    • Steven Cui, University of Otago Christchurch. ‘Bioassembly Technique: A Powerful Tool in Cartilage Tissue Engineering.’ Co-authors: Gabriella Lindberg, Cesar Alcala-Orozco, Khoon Lim and Tim Woodfield.

  • 8 July: 

    • Lu Fu, UNSW. ‘The effects of heparin conjugated cerium oxide nanoparticles on angiogenesis.’ Co-authors: John Whitelock, Megan Lord;

    • Tao Huang, The University of Melbourne. ‘The effects of size and charge of selenium nanoparticles on their antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity.’ Co-authors: James Holden, Daniel Heath, Neil O'Brien-Simpson, Andrea O'Connor, Sushma Kumari, Heike Herold, Hendrik Bargel, Tamara Aigner, Thomas Scheibel. 

  • 15 July:

    • James Carthew, Monash. ‘Micro-fabricating the future of orthopedic implants." Co-authors: Jess Frith, Victor Cadarso Busto, Hazem.abdelmaksoud, Nicolas Voelcker and Helmut Thissen;

    • Sorel De Leon Vergara, Swinburne/CSIRO “Real-time monitoring of 3D cultures: challenges and opportunities for impedance spectroscopy.” co-authors: Sally McArthur and Paul Stoddart

  • 22 July:

    • Alvaro Sanchez Herrero, QUT. ‘Engineering an orthotopic humanised bone organ as a platform for multiple myeloma research.’ Co-authors: Elena de Juan Pardo, Andrew Nicol, Jacqui McGovern, Laura Bray, Felipe Prosper, Dietmar W. Hutmacher;

    • Cesar Alcala, University of Otago, Christchurch. Nanocomposite bioinks and biomaterial inks for hybrid biofabrication of skeletal regenerative scaffolds. Co-authors: G. Cidonio, I. Mutreja, X. Cui, G. Hooper, R. Oreffo, K. Lim, T. Woodfield ​

2019 Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society – AP Chapter and the 7th Asian Biomaterials Congress. 

ASBTE supported the 7th Asian Biomaterials Congress joint meeting with TERMIS-AP. Co-chairs Yin Xiao and Justin Cooper-White organised a great meeting with well over 800 attendees in Brisbane 14-17 October 2019.

2019 ASBTE Conference 101 Workshop

With TERMIS-AP/ABMC fast approaching, the Victorian ASBTE E/MCR Representatives invited all PhDs and ECRs to a 'Conference 101' morning to help prepare and make the most of the conference!  The workshop was held on Tue., 24 September 2019 at RMIT University

2019 ASBTE ECR Workshop and Society Strategy Day.

This inaugural event to help shape the future of the ASBTE!  The first day focused on Early Career Researchers, with a workshop and opportunity to present research. The second day focused on strategy for the society moving forward, and included our Annual General Meeting.  Thanks to all who attended.  Some photos from the event are at the top of this page.

ASBTE Conference 2018

The 2018 ASBTE Annual Conference was held in Western Australia on 3-5 April 2018. This was the first time that our society held a meeting in WA and provided a fantastic opportunity to establish closer links with the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering community in WA, to visit a range of facilities and to learn more about the capabilities and research interests of our WA friends and colleagues.

Thank you to Killugudi Swaminatha Iyer and the rest of the organising committee for putting together a great meeting!


Please visit the 2018 ASBTE Conference web page, for all of the details on the conference.


ASBTE Conference 2017

The 25th Annual conference of the society was held in Canberra from 18-20 April 2017, where multiple researchers from India also attended for the jointly held 7th Indo-Australian Conference on Bio-materials, Implants, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. More than 170 delegates participated and presented their work spanning from basic research to translational technologies and commercial developments. International visitor Professor Kevin Healy from the University of California at Berkeley presented an outstanding plenary addressing challenges and future impacts of organs on a chip as well as the future of precision medicine. Keynote presenters included both international guests, such as Dr C. Yoshikawa (Japan), Dr H.K. Varma (India), Dr N. Rajendran (India), Dr W. Paul (India) and Dr J. Rangasamy (India) as well as local presenters including Prof S. Iyer, Prof M. Aguilar and Dr A. Johnston, all of which highlighted advances in their fields of research. These encompassed biofabrication, stem cells, hydrogel production, antimicrobial materials, polymers in therapies, orthopaedic materials, neural systems and nanomaterials.

A special thanks to the conference organisers, Veronica Glattauer, Richard Williams, and David Nisbet, for organising an excellent conference.

World Biomaterials Congress 2016

The World Biomaterials Congress (WBC) 2016 took place on May 17-22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Over 4,000 people from around the world attended this exciting event! The ASBTE presence was strong, making an excellent contribution to the congress. If you attended and would like to share some photos from the conference on this website, please contact Travis Klein.  The 2020 WBC will be in Glasgow, Scotland... and for those of you who really want to plan ahead, the 2024 WBC will be in Seoul, Korea. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisbeth Grøndahl, Keith McLean and Tony Weiss, who were awarded the honorary status of "Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering" (FBSE) at the recent World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal. The Fellows are considered highly accomplished members and role models in the field of biomaterials science and engineering. The honorary status of FBSE was established in 1992 after the constituent biomaterials societies of the World Biomaterials Congress, now the IUSBSE, recognised the need for the public recognition of those of their members who have gained a status of excellent professional standing and high achievements in the field of biomaterials science and engineering.

Lisbeth Grondahl
Lisbeth Grondahl

A/Prof. Lisbeth Grøndahl is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland.

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Keith McLean
Keith McLean

Dr. Keith McLean is currently the Director of the CSIRO Manufacturing business unit, with responsibility for more than 400 scientists working in chemical, biomedical and advanced manufacturing.

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Tony Weiss
Tony Weiss

Prof. Tony Weiss is currently Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Sydney. His research group at the University of Sydney is leading research internationally related to tropoelastin and synthetic elastin biomaterials.

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ASBTE Conference 2015

The I5th International Symposium of Surface and Interface of Biomaterials was held in conjunction with the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE) in Sydney, Australia on April 7-10, 2015. 


All details can be found at the conference website -


Enjoy the photos from the conference, below!  A big thanks to Kumar Bishwajit for the photos!