Meeting: Bio-inspire and bio-mimetic materials and devices in opto-mechatronics / Timisoara / 13/12/2023 - 14/12/2023

COST Working Group meeting, Action CA21159, Understanding interaction light – biological surfaces: possibility for new electronic materials and devices (PhoBioS).


Various biological surfaces are known to be covered by elaborated micro- and nano-structures, serving a number of functions (e.g. anti-reflective, structural coloration, anti-fouling, pro- or anti-adhesive, etc.) and inspiring numerous industrial applications. Recent years have witnessed a remarkable boost in research in this field. To a large extent, this boost owes to the increasing interdisciplinary of approaches being applied to the study of structured biosurfaces. Sciences as different as classical zoology and botany are inseminated with the advances in genetics and molecular biology; biologists collaborate more and more with nanotechnologists, materials scientists and engineers – all these contribute to the widening of the horizons of research on micro- and nano-structured biological surfaces, and to biomimetic and bioengineering applications of these surfaces in industry. We aim at ‘riding the wave’ of these developments with our proposal. The main goal of the COST Action “Understanding interaction light – biological surfaces: possibility for new electronic materials and devices” is to bring together scientists coming from distinct disciplines into this vibrant field of research, focusing on the photonic effects of nano-and micro-structuring of biological surfaces and their bionic applications. Our consortium will ensure cross-inspiration among the different participants coming from different research fields and will boost innovation in research and eventual industrial developments.


Meeting Programme:

Conference Host

Prof Nicolina POP – Romania

Politehnica University of Timisoara
V. Parvan Ave, No. 2

Venue & Travel



Conference Center of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara

2b Vasile Parvan Ave.
300223 Timisoara, Romania

Conference Center is situated in the very heart of the City, on the
banks of the river Bega, between two of the four universities of
Timisoara: The West and The Polytechnic University of Timisoara.

The City
Center is about 500 m away, with the beautiful Orthodox Cathedral and
the Opera House Square. During the month of December, the Christmas Fair
takes place here, in an enjoyable atmosphere.

is the largest city in the Western part of Romania, a vibrant center of
science and culture, as well as an industrial pole, together with the
city of Arad, 50 km to the North.

to the Conference may visit the historical center, with Unirii’s
Square, enjoy the local restaurants and cuisine, in a multi-cultural
environment that has led Timisoara to be elected as 2023 European Capital of Culture.

We wish you a delightful stay in this hospitable part of Romania!

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