George Winter Award 2020

The George Winter award is established by the European Society for Biomaterials to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials. The nominee must have contributed significantly to the knowledge in the field of biomaterials through basic, experimental and/or clinical research. The award will be presented annually during the ESB conference.

Awardee George Winter Award 2020: Jo√£o Mano, Prof. Dr.

University of Aveiro, Department of Chemistry, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Aveiro, Portugal

Jo√£o F. Mano, PhD in Chemistry (1996, Technical Univ. Lisbon), D.Sc. in Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells (2012, Univ. Minho), is a full professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Aveiro (Portugal). During his career he has been teaching courses related to biomaterials science and technology, tissue engineering and physical chemistry of polymers and materials, in both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the director of both Master and Doctoral Degrees in Biotechnology at the Univ. of Aveiro. He has also an appointment as Invited Professor (classe exceptionelle, since 2014) at University of Lorraine (France), and Visiting Professor in KAIST (South Korea) – 2019.

He belongs to the associate laboratory CICECO ‚Äď Aveiro Institute of Materials where he is directing the COMPASS Research Group, founded in April 2016. His current research interests include the use of biomaterials and cells towards the development of transdisciplinary concepts especially aimed at being used in regenerative and personalised medicine. In particular, biomimetic and nano/micro-technology approaches have been applied to natural-derived biomaterials and surfaces in order to obtain biomedical devices with improved structural and (multi-)functional properties, or in the engineering of microenvironments to control cell behaviour and organization, to be used in therapies or in drug screening.

Jo√£o F. Mano is author of 630+ original research or review papers in international journals (26000+ citations, h=81 ‚Äď Web of Science) and about 40 book chapters. Jo√£o F. Mano co-edited 9 special issues in international journals and 3 books. Jo√£o F. Mano has been invited to review manuscripts from 275+ different international journals and to routinely evaluate projects from numerous private and state funding agencies from 18 different countries. Jo√£o F. Mano supervised or co-supervised 60 MSc, 22 PhD students, and 40+ post-doctoral fellows. He filed 6 patents as senior inventor.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Bio (Elsevier). He has been also part of a series of scientific societies and editorial boards of about 10 international journals. He has been coordinating or involved in many national and European research projects and participated in the organization of scientific events in the area of polymer/materials science and biomaterials/tissue engineering.

Professor Jo√£o F. Mano has been member of scientific committees, organizing committees, referee and chairman in different international meetings. He was invited to present more than 100 invited/keynote/plenary talks in international conferences including: EUROMAT, ESTAC, TERMIS (EU and AP chapters and World conferences), BIOMED, FBPS, NANOMED, COLAOB, ESB, SFB, World Biomaterials Conference, E-MRS, ESAO, EPF, ACS, CBECIMAT, NICE, Inter. HYMA, APME, APCChE, PPM, EPNOE, SELECTBIO.

João F. Mano has received different honours and awards: (i) fellow of the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) since 2004; (ii) the Stimulus to Excellence Award by the Portuguese Minister for Science and Technology in 2005; (iii) the Materials Science and Technology Prize, attributed by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) in 2007 (iv) UNESCO Chair on Biomaterials attributed in 2008 from the University of Havana (Cuba); (v) the major BES innovation award in 2010 (at that time, one of the most recognised innovation prize in Portugal); (vi) recipient an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC-AdG), in 2015; (vii) received the title of Professor@Lorraine from the University of Lorraine, France, in 2018; (viii) recipient a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC-PoC), in 2018; (ix) title of Doctor Honoris Causa, given by University of Lorraine, in 2019; (x) awarded with a Gutenberg Chair, supported  by the Great East Region of France, in 2020; (xi) recipient a second ERC-AdG, in 2020; (xii) recipient a second ERC-PoC, in 2020; (xiii) elected fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.

Jean Leray Award 2020

The Jean Leray award is established by the European Society for Biomaterials to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials by early-career scientists. The nominee must have contributed significantly to the knowledge in the field of biomaterials through basic, experimental and/or clinical research. The award will be presented annually during the ESB conference.

Awardee Jean Leray Award 2020: Jeroen Leijten, Dr., Associate Professor

Dept. Developmental BioEngineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Technical Medical Centre, University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Jeroen Leijten is currently an associate professor in the Developmental BioEngineering department in the Technical Medical Centre of University Twente. He earned his Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University in 2007, and his PhD degree in Tissue Engineering with Prof. Blitterswijk at University of Twente in 2012, where he continued to work as a postdoc for an additional year with Prof. Karperien. In 2013, he joined Prometheus, the division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering of the KU Leuven, to work with Prof. Luyten. As a self-funded postdoc, he worked on the development of microtechnological platforms to produce and investigate the potential of stem cell based micro-organoids and smart micromaterials. In 2014, he joined the Khademhosseini lab at Harvard-MIT as senior postdoctoral researcher where he worked on microfluidics, instructive biomaterials, and organ-on-chips. In 2016, he accepted a tenure track position at University Twente. His lab focuses on developing novel microtechnologies with a particular interest in microfluidics, micromaterials, and on-demand tunable biomaterials, which he leverages to create 3D spatiotemporal microenvironments to control (stem) cell behavior. He has published 59 peer reviewed papers in renowned journals including Cell Stem Cell, Nature Communications, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, and PNAS, resulting in >2100 citations and a H-index of 28. He received >7.5 million euro in funding including a Veni award, Vidi award, and ERC Starting grant, multiple presentation awards/honors including the best-idea-of-2018 by the Dutch academy of Engineers, and was twice selected as a top 10 Young Scientific Talent by New Scientist.

Klaas de Groot Award 2020

The Klaas de Groot award is a prestigious recognition by the European Society for Biomaterials of scientists who have shown a distinct ability to provide excellent mentorship and guidance to young researchers, helping them to establish their own independent career. We look for colleagues who have nurtured young talent, and who have selflessly invested in this talent, creating a next generation biomaterials scientists in Europe. The award will be presented annually during the ESB conference.

Awardee Klaas de Groot Award 2020: M√°rio Adolfo Barbosa, Prof. Dr.

Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
I3S Instituto de Investiga√ß√£o e Inova√ß√£o em Sa√ļde, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

M√°rio Barbosa took his PhD at Leeds University (UK). He is Full Professor at the Instituto de Ci√™ncias Biom√©dicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, where his area of lecturing is bioengineering.¬† From 2015 to December 2019, and following an application led by him, he was the Director of the I3S (Instituto de Investiga√ß√£o e Inova√ß√£o em Sa√ļde) of Porto University. I3S was evaluated by the FCT (Funda√ß√£o para a Ci√™ncia e a Tecnologia) with the highest marks (Outstanding in 2015 and Excellent in 2019). I3S is the largest R&D research institute in Portugal, with¬† >1300 investigators, 460 of them holding a PhD degree. M√°rio was a founding member of Instituto de Engenharia Biom√©dica (INEB) set up in 1989, which is part of the i3S consortium. M√°rio has taken leading positions in Portugal, namely as President of the national agency for research (1992 to 1994) and Chairman of its Engineering Sciences Scientific Council (2002 to 2005).

The main topic of Mário’s research is the modulation of inflammation in tissue repair/regeneration, namely through the design of immunomodulatory microenvironments. At i3S he leads the Microenvironments for New Therapies (MiNT) group. MiNT bioengineers microenvironments that promote tissue regeneration/functional restoration through modulation of the host response.

At the post-graduate level Mário has taken a leading role in launching undergraduate and post-doctoral programmes (e.g. the Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Engineering, in 1996, one of the first to operate in Portugal). He is the Director of the International Doctoral Programme on Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences (now in its 7th edition), that provides research training in bioengineering in top level institutions. Mário has been always strongly committed to advanced training in the area of biomaterials. For instance, from 1988 to 1992 he run a series of European Intensive Courses, funded by the European Commission, which resulted in the publication of four books published by Elsevier (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994).   During 10 years in a row (1999-2009), he organized Advanced Summer Course in Cell/Material Interactions, with an important hands-on component and a large number of international participants. After a short break in 2010, the Summer Schools re-emerged under the general topic of Interrogations at the Biointerface with the goal of bringing together different fields around one topic of interest. The 7th edition took place in 2019.

Among several awards is the George Winter Award of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), the ESB award for outstanding work of an established researcher, received in 2001. Mário is a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering.  From 2007 to 2016 he was the representative of the ESB for the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal award and from 2007 to 2013 the chairman of the awards committee of the ESB.  He was a member of the Directive Council of the ESB (1991-1995). Mário organized several international conferences, including the 12th European Conference on Biomaterials (1995) and Bioceramics 16 (2003). Recently, he has been elected Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE).

Former postdocs and students have leading positions in research institutes, both in Portugal and abroad (e.g. China, USA, Brazil and Spain). He has published more than 270 papers in refereed journals (Scopus data base), most of them in leading journals in biomaterials science. Associated to these are > 8000 citations and a h index of 49.


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Important Dates

Start Online Registration
1 December 2020

Abstract Submission
Start: 1 December 2020

15 March 2021, 23:55:00 CET

ESB 2021
5‚Äď9 September 2021
Porto, Portugal





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