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The 1st International Online Conference on Biomimetics

15–17 May 2024
Abstract Submission Deadline
29th February 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
20th March 2024

Registration Deadline
10th May 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
Biomimetic Application of Insect Functional Morphology

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.

Prof. Dr. Joseph Ayers

Marine and Environmental Sciences, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, USA

Session Name
S4. Design and Control of Bioinspired Robotics
Joseph Ayers has been Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences and Biology in the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University from 1978 to the present. His research focuses on the neuroethology of motor systems in invertebrates and lower vertebrates. These studies have led to the biomimetic of ambulatory lobster-based and undulatory lamprey-based underwater robots. The robots are based on myomorphic actuators, neuromorphic sensors, and biomimetic controlles based on established neuronal circuits. His team has developed these electronic nervous systems based on discrete-time map-based instantiations of nonlinear dynamical models of the neurons he studied electrophysiologically . He has recently published these studies in the book “Biological Intelligence for Biomimetic Robots”:

Professor Si-Qin Ge

Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Session Name
S7. Biomimetic Application of Insect Functional Morphology
Professor Siqin Ge is the Principal Investigator of the Functional Morphology and Evolution group at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. Her primary research areas encompass the analysis of insect structure and function, the development of bio-inspired robots, and the practical applications of insect biomimicry. She has undertaken extensive projects, including the Basic Resources Survey Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Leading A Program, as well as the project of significant international collaboration. Her notable research achievements include the establishment of a multidimensional structure and foundational biomimetic platform for insects, the revelation of mechanisms and neurobiological foundations governing the olfaction and vision of key insects, an analysis of the structure and function of crucial insect organs involved in activities like jumping and flying, and the identification of phenotypic differences and variations across different stages of insect development. These findings not only serve as essential foundations and data support for integrating insect structure and function analysis into biomimetic applications but also provide critical support for original research and the development of bio-inspired robots and biomimetic devices. Professor Siqin Ge has authored six books and published over a hundred papers in SCI journals. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Young Scientist Award from the China Entomological Society, the Second Prize of the Zhou Yao Classification Award Fund, a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, the Third Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress in Gansu Province, and the Second Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress in Chongqing City. Keywords: Functional Morphology, Insect

Dr. Ming-Xia Sun

Tianjin Normal University, China

Session Name
S7. Biomimetic Application of Insect Functional Morphology
Mingxia Sun completed her Ph.D., postdoctoral research and professor assistant at Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2012-2021. She joined Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Animal Diversity, Tianjin Normal University in 2021. Her research interests are focused on the effects of various micron and nano structures and chemical substances on physiological function and physical properties of insects and their possible bionic applications. She has published more than 20 research papers related with the wettability, adhesion and optical properties of insect cuticle in Acta Mater., J. Exp. Biol., and Bioinspir. Biomim., etc. She visited University of Kiel, Germany as a visiting scholar from 2015-2016. She is a Member of the Chinese Zoological Society, and a Member of the Youth Committee of the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE). Keywords: micro/nano structure, chemistry, wettability, adhesion, optics, insect cuticle, bionics

Prof. Cheng-Quan Cao

Leshan Normal University, China

Session Name
S7. Biomimetic Application of Insect Functional Morphology
Chengquan Cao mainly engaged in the artificial breeding and industrialization of aquatic insects such as fireflies and hellgrammites (the larva of Megaloptera), focusing on the biomimetic value of the special morphological structure and behavior of some insects, particularly the adhesion force and its bionic value of aquatic fireflies and hellgrammites, and the special morphological structure and good jumping behavior of Tridactylidae. Published more than 100 papers and 10 monographs, and obtained more than 50 patents.

Dr. Chu-Chu Li

Kiel University, Germany

Session Name
S7. Biomimetic Application of Insect Functional Morphology
Chuchu Li is postdoctoral researcher at the Functional Morphology and Biomechanics at the Zoological Institute of the Kiel University, Germany. She received her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at Zoological Institute of the Kiel University (Germany). Li’s research focuses on functional morphology, structure, biomechanics, mechanical characterization of biological nanocomposite, insect cuticle, and the development of biologically inspired systems. Li is an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher, trained as both engineer and biologist, as well as have collaborated with many researchers from other fields such as physics, chemical and material science. She has published more than 10 SCI papers in high quality journals including Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Bionic Engineering. Li has received International Bionic Innovation Competition Award (2022) from International Society of Bionic Engineering, Best Oral Award at The 7th International Conference of Bionic Engineering (2023), and the Acta Student Award (2021, sixteen worldwide). Keywords: Functional morphology, Biomechanics, Insect cuticle, Mechanical characterization, Microstructure

Event Committee

Key Laboratory of Mechanism Theory and Equipment Design of Ministry of Education, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2-CSIC), Campus UAB – Edifici ICN2, Barcelona, Spain

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany

Plant Biomechanics Group, Botanic Garden, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany

School of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, China

Department of Adaptive Structures, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italy

Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Italy

College of Aerospace Engineering, Chongqing University, China

Division of Bio-based Materials and Fiber Composites, Biofuels Institute, Jiangsu University, China

Invited Speakers

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

From fish scales to dynamic ice removal mechanisms

University College London, The United Kingdom

Engineering Biomimetic osteochondral scaffold for early intervention of osteoarthritis

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Chemomechanics of dynamic “living” polymers

Harvard Medical School, USA

Biofabrication of Human Tissue-Mimetics

The Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPC-CAS)

Bio-inspired ice controlling materials for cryopreservation

Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Bioinspired growth and decay - A new paradigm for materials science

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain

Department of Adaptive Structures, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italy

Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Lab School of Engineering University of Guelph Canada

Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Zoological Institute, Kiel University, 24118 Kiel, Germany

From the insect adhesion to snake slithering: tribology and contact mechanics aspects of biological surfaces

London South Bank University, UK

Mechanical Intelligence in Insect Wings: The Role of the Basal Complex in Wing Shape Morphing

Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Synergy in Nature: Exploring Bee-Flower Interactions and Biomimetic Innovations

Tianjin Normal University, China

Wettability, Adhesion and Optics of Insect Wings and Biomimetic Application


The registration includes attendance to all conference sessions.

When registering with 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.

The number of participants is limited: once the number of registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unfinished registrations will be cancelled.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 10 May 2024.

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 29 February 2024.
2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 13 February 2024 20 March 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 structured 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. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.
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 submission guidelines are as follows:

a. Your submission should include the title, authors, contact details, and main research findings, as well as tables, figures, and graphs where necessary.
b. File format: PDF (.pdf).
c. Size in cm: 60 width x 80 height–portrait orientation.
d. Font size: ≥20.
e. Maximum size: 250 M

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 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.

2. Proceeding Paper Publication

You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (3-6 pages) to Materials Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2673-4605) 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:

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

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.

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