ESF Research Conferences

ESF-UB Conference in Biomedicine


Chaired by

University of LisbonFaculty of PharmacyPharmaceutical TechnologyLisbonPortugal


19-24 September 2008


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (195 KB)

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

The European Science Foundation (ESF) in 2003-2005 undertook a Forward Look on Nanomedicine, defining the current status and future prospects in this new and important emerging field (report published in December 2005, available from

The 2006 Nanomedicine Conference was the first in a series of biannual in-depth meetings that brought together academic and industrial scientists, regulators and policy makers to foster cross-fertilization in this emerging multi-disciplinary field.

The 2008 Nanomedicine Conference is the natural evolution of that road bringing together a diversified public in order to integrate converging science in the biomedical applications using nanotechnology. Nanomedicine in its consensus definition established by a broad group of experts within the ESF initiatives brings together different areas that will be reflected in the Conference Sessions covering the following topics:

  • Molecular and Patient Imaging
  • Regulation of Medicines, Diagnostics & Devices
  • Innovation in Materials Science
  • Nanotoxicology & Cellular Fate
  • Characterisation of Nanostructures & Surfaces
  • Nanopharmaceuticals in Research & Development
  • Diagnostics, Biosensors & Surgical Tools
  • Ethical Issues
  • Clinical Applications.

This meeting series has been established to encourage interdisciplinary exchange at the leading edge of all aspects of nanomedicine research and its development into clinical practice. Participation is limited to 150 delegates and applications to attend are particularly welcome from academics, clinicians and industrialists working in, or wishing to enter, this new and exciting field. Participation of those interested in the regulation of nanomedicine development and use, and the ethical and societal issues, are also welcome. To ensure lively cross-discipline discussion all delegates and speakers are requested to attend the whole meeting. There will be no publication of abstracts to enable exchange of the very latest data.

The plenary and main lecture sessions will be held in the mornings and evenings. This will leave afternoons free for networking and poster sessions.

Final ProgrammePDF (513 KB) Last updated 16-September-2008
List of Invited Speakers & Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme. All other abstracts are accepted for poster presentation.

Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide (above under Location Information). Please read it fully and carefully...

Three buses will be arranged on arrival day from Barcelona airport to Sant Feliu. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Bus departure times – Friday 19 September: 15.30, 17.00 and 18.30

Airport departure point: the buses will wait in the special bus parking area located just before the A terminal. Each bus has been requested to be at the meeting point 20-30 minutes before scheduled departure. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.

Group transportation back to Barcelona airport will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Bus departure times – Wednesday 24 September: 14.30

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on the waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 17 August 2008

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 520

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

EUR 730

conference, meals and twin OR double room

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 08-218 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the University of Barcelona.