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The 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics

15–17 May 2024
Abstract Submission
16th January 2024
Acceptance Notification
29th February 2024
Early Bird Registration
18th March 2024
Registration Deadline
10th May 2024
Covering Author Registration
24th April 2024

Bioinspired Materials, Biomimetic Design, Bioinspired Surfaces, Bioinspired Robotics, Bioinspired Sensors
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

The 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics, with a focus on “Advances in bioinspired materials, biomimetic design and device, bioinspired surfaces and interfaces, bioinspired robotics and bioinspired sensors”, will be held from 15-17 May 2024. The main purpose of the conference is to promote biomimicry and bionics, and it is dedicated to research that relates to the most basic aspects of living organisms and the transfer of their properties to human applications and man-made devices.

This conference is an excellent opportunity for researchers and scientists in the field of biomimetics and bionics to interact with each other, communicate with colleagues, learn from each other, share ideas and experiences, jointly solve problems, and suggest alternative solutions for a better future in the bionics. A distinct advantage of this virtual international conference is that the participants are not required to travel and can simply attend the conference regardless of their location. Participants do not need to seek financial support for travel, nor do they need to leave the comfort of their home, office, and/or family to book a trip and, consequently, adjust to the corresponding time zone.

In the virtual conference setting, while the presenters can deliver live presentations simultaneously, the participants can contribute to the discussion and provide feedback orally and/or using the “Chat” and “Reaction” functions.

The main topics of this conference include:
Biomimetics of Materials and Structures
Biomimetic Design, Constructions, and Devices
Biomimetic Surfaces and Interfaces
Design and Control of Bioinspired Robotics
Bioinspired Sensorics, Information Processing, and Control

All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference’s website. Participants are expected to submit an abstract of 200 to 300 words and should refer to the abstract preparation guidelines at "Instructions for Authors".

After the conference, the participants may submit a full paper to MDPI’s Biomimetics journal. After the review process, the authors of the accepted papers will receive a 20% discount on the APC before the paper is published in Biomimetics.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I welcome your attendance to the 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics on, “Advances in bioinspired materials, biomimetic design and device, bioinspired surfaces and interfaces, bioinspired robotics and bioinspired sensors”.

Conference Chair:
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Carbone
Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

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Event Chairs

Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Dr. Giuseppe Carbone Giuseppe Carbone received the MSc Mechanical Engineering Degree on February 1998 and in February 2002 the Ph. D. degree in Advanced Production Systems at Politecnico di Bari (Italy). He is currently Full Professor of Applied Mechanics, Head of the Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management at Politecnico di Bari (IT) and President of the Italian Association of Tribology. In 2010 he founded the Tribology Lab at Politecnico di Bari (IT). He has been Visiting Scientist at the Juelich Research Center (D) and at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). He is currently permanent academic visitor at the Imperial College London and visiting scholar at University of North Texas. His scientific interests focus mainly on tribology, biomimetics, viscoelastic materials, contact mechanics, adhesion. Since 2015, he has been working on swarm intelligence and specifically on the mechanisms enabling the emergence of collective Intelligence in complex systems. His research has been funded over the years with more than € 8 million. He serves as Associate Editor of Chaos Solitons and Fractals (Elsevier), and of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology Section). He is member of the Editorial Board of (i) Tribology International, (ii) Biomimetics, (iii) ISRN Tribology. He also served as Guest Editor, of Biomimetics, Coatings, Lubricants, and Applied Science. His H-index is 39 (source: Scopus). He authored about 270 publications, of which more than 150 in archive journals indexed in Scopus and ISI Web of Science. Website:

Session Chair

Prof. Dr. Xu Hou

Institute of Electrochemical Science and Engineering; State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces; College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and College of Physical Science and Technology, Xiamen University, China

Session Name
Biomimetics of Materials and Structures
Xu Hou completed his Ph.D. (2011) at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China and did postdoctoral research at Harvard University (2012-2015). He joined Xiamen University in 2016 as the Principal Investigator of Bioinspired Smart Multi-Scale Pore/Channel Group at Xiamen University. He became a Chief Scientist of National Key R&D Program (Nanoscience) of China in 2018, and an awardee of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2020. His current research focus on liquid-based materials, liquid gating technology, bioinspired nanofluidic iontronics for energy, environmental, biomedical applications. Until now, Xu has published 2 Books as the editor-in-chief and more than 100 research papers such as Nature, Science, Nat. Rev. Mater., Nat. Comm., Sci. Adv., Chem. Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., etc. as the first or corresponding author. Due to his outstanding academic research achievements, he was awarded the 9th Chinese Chemical Society & UK Royal Society of Chemistry Young Chemist Award (2023), the XPLORER Prize (2022), the Membranes 2021 Young Investigator Award (2021), the National Scientific Innovation and Advancement Award (2020), Young Investigator Award of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (2019), Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist (2018), etc. and selected into the China Top Ten Emerging Technological Figures (2022). In 2020, his leading research field "liquid gating technology" was selected as the 2020 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Prof. Dr. Yongmei Zheng

Key Laboratory of Bio-inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry, Beihang University, Beijing, China

Session Name
Biomimetic Surfaces and Interfaces
PhD, is a professor at worked at Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry, Beihang University. Research interests are focused on bioinspired surfaces with gradient micro- and nanostructures to control dynamic wettability, and develop the surfaces and materials with characteristics of fog-harvesting, tiny droplet transport, water collection, water harvesting, water repellency, anti-icing/ice-phobicity and so on. Her work was highlight on News of Royal Society of Chemistry, ChemistryWorld, NewScientist, etc.. She was invited to be a peer reviewer of top journals, e.g., Nature, Nature Chem., Nature commun., etc.. She is a senior member of Chinese Composite Materials Society (CSCM), senior member of Chinese Chemistry Society (CCS), American Chemistry Society (ACS), International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE), International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Editorial board member of Scientific Report in Nature, Biomimetics, etc.. She won an ISBE outstanding contribution award in 2016, due to “Recognition of Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Bionic Engineering”, and also an IAAM award Medal in 2016, in Sweden, due to the notable and outstanding contribution in field of “Advanced Materials Science and Technology". She is selected as a foreign full member of European Academy of Natural Sciences (Europaische Akademie der Natunwissenschaften (EANS) ) in 2022. Her publications are more than 140 SCI papers in Nature, Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater., Small, Chem. Eng. J., etc., with 15 Cover stories and above 11214 times cited, H index of 47, by world top journals such as Nature, Nature Materials and Science, etc.. Books are published, e.g., “Bio-inspired wettability surfaces: Development in micro- and nanostructures” by Pan Standard Publishing in 2015, and “Bioinspired Design of Materials Surfaces” by Elsevier in 2019, etc.

Prof. Dr. Marc Weissburg

Brook Byers Professor of Sustainability and Co-Director of the Center of Biologically Inspired Design, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Session Name
Biomimetic Design, Constructions and Devices
Professor Weissburg is a founding member and co-director of the Center for Biologically Inspired Design at GA Tech (founded 2005), and has been engaged in biologically inspired design pedagogy and research for nearly two decades. He has taught BID for audiences ranging from high school students to industry professionals to career scientists and developed curriculum and best teaching practices at all of those levels. His early research helped understand how animal sensing strategies may be translated into effective methods for chemical plume tracking by autonomous vehicles. His current research examines how the organization of human infrastructure may be informed by ecological systems. Using Ecological Network Analysis, Professor Weissburg and colleagues have examined the organization and performance of human systems at scales ranging from single industries to coupled human natural systems, developed design rules for more resilient and sustainable human systems derived from analysis of ecological systems, and examined how these design rules can improve the efficiency of and fault tolerance of human industrial networks. Professor Weissburg is an executive member of the of the International Society of Bionic Engineering, and an editor for leading journals in the field of biomimicry, including Biomimetics.


The registration fee includes attendance to all conference sessions.

When registering as an "Academic", please register with your academic email address, as this will accelerate the registration process. If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Participation in the conference is only considered final once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited: once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.

Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as the Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. The “Covering Author” registration deadline is 17 April 2024. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not completed by this date.

Early Bird Regular Supported documents
Student 30.00 CHF 50.00 CHF Scanned copy or photograph of your student ID is required.
Authors, Reviewers, Topical Advisory Panel Members, Editorial Board Members, Review Board Members, Guest Editors 30.00 CHF 50.00 CHF Screenshot of the webpage proved you are one of the Authors, Reviewers, Topical Advisory Panel Members, Review Board Members or Guest Editors
Academic 40.00 CHF 60.00 CHF
Non-Academic 50.00 CHF 80.00 CHF
Chairs, Invited Speaker, Committee Member of the conference Free Free
Early bird valid until: 18/03/2024  

Active discounts

Group of 3: 5% discount
Group of 5: 10% discount
Group of 10: 15% discount

Note: Group size refers to the number of registered attendees in the same registration order.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:
> 2 weeks before the conference Full refund
< 2 weeks before the conference No refund


We will endeavor to present the program advertised. However, MDPI and its partners reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, arrangements, timetables, plans, or other items relating directly or indirectly to the 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics. MDPI and its partners are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such cancellation.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration

Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to IOCB2024. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.


The organizers do not accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property incurred as a result of participation in the event.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference

By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this event

US Dollar, Euro, Swiss franc, Singapore dollar

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission

The 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadlines

  1. Deadline for abstract submission: 16 January 2024.
  2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 13 February 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

  1. The structure abstract should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
  2. All accepted abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900). If you wish to publish a full-length proceedings paper, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
  3. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
  4. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

Detailed Requirements:

  1. Please note that the submitting author will receive all correspondence relating to the abstract. Thus, the submitting author must be the presenting author.
  2. The presenting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
  3. The presenting author must be listed as the first author for this conference.

Note: We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission

The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.

Poster Presentation

If the abstract is accepted for a poster presentation, the author will be invited to submit a poster presentation file (PDF). The slot for the poster presentation lasts 10 mins (5 min presentation and 5 min Q&A). The submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Your submission should include the title, authors, contact details and main research findings, as well as tables, figures, and graphs where necessary.
  • File format: PDF (.pdf).
  • Size in pixel: 1,080 width x 1,536 height–portrait orientation.
  • Size in cm: 38.1 width x 54.2 height–portrait orientation.
  • Font size: ≥16.

Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)

You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded here.

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.
We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.

Certificates of Participation are available in your logged-in area on, under "My Certificates" after the conference.

Publication Opportunities

  1. Biomimetics Journal Publication

Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the Special Issue published in Biomimetics (ISSN: 2313-7673, IF 4.5), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Details of the special issue will be announced here later. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

  1. Proceeding Paper Publication

You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (3-6 pages) to Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900) after the conference. Publication of the proceedings will be free of charge.

Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IOCB2024 conference paper in their cover letter. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Proceedings paper submission deadline: 1 July 2024.

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:

  • Title.
  • Full author names.
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Introduction.
  • Methods.
  • Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusions.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • References.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 4 awards including Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award and Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 4

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be four winners selected for this award. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

Sponsors and Partners



Media Partners

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Eunice Zhang
Ms. Joyce Yang
Dr. Victor Liao
Email: [email protected]

For inquiries regarding submissions and sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact us.