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Summerschool 2017 of Helmholtz Graduate School "Macromolecular Bioscience"

Summerschool 2017 of Helmholtz Graduate School "Macromolecular Bioscience"

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Scholarly exchange between guest speakers and students

From 18 to 20 September this year’s Summer School of the Helmholtz-Graduate School Macromolecular Bioscience of the HZG Institute of Biomaterial Science was held in Potsdam-Golm. Under the motto Multifunctional Biomaterials – From Basic Principles to Applications scientists and PhD students came together at the University of Potsdam for scientific exchange on the recent research progress of macromolecular biomaterials. Along guest speakers from the partner institutions of the Graduate School acclaimed international experts from Japan (Prof. Mitsuhiro Ebara), China (Prof. Jun Wang), and the USA (Prof. Jianping Fu) gave keynote lectures on selected topics of the multidisciplinary research fields of the Graduate School.

Piloting approaches in modern medical therapies often require innovative multifunctional biomaterials. Thus the Summer School 2017 concentrated on the design and synthesis of polymer-based functional materials and strategies to increase the number of functions implemented into these materials. Multifunctionality of polymers is one of the preconditions to control regenerative processes, ideally to achieve full tissue restoration.

Other aspects of the program were functionalization of polymer-based materials by polymer
processing or evaluation of functions like the compatibility of the newly developed materials within biological environments. Within this context, the Summer School also enlightened the complex interface processes that are crucial to design biomaterials for future applications in medicine and biotechnology.