This year our annual conference will be hosted by Ulster University in Belfast. This is set to be an amazing event, with great science, an lively conference dinner at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, and lots of fun with a traditional Irish band! Please ensure to save the date!

20-21st June 2023 Ulster University Belfast City Centre Campus, York Road.

Abstract submissions were invited for oral, rapid-fire, and poster presentations in any area of biomaterials (and related research). In particular, abstract submissions were encouraged from postgraduate students and early career researchers (ECR) as this meeting is an excellent opportunity to present to a supportive and enthusiastic audience.

Please help to advertise this event using the downloadable info sheet, travel info document, final programme, and abstract book.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission is now closed.
  • Early Bird Registration is now closed.
  • All conference registrations are now closed.
  • Applications for Larry Hench Award are now closed.
  • Applications for travel awards are now closed.

Information for Presenters

For those presenting at this year’s event please use the details below to help with oral and poster preparation

  • Oral presentations are 8 minutes with 2 minutes for questions
  • Rapid Fire presentations are 4 minutes with no questions. Please also bring a printed poster which will be supported by the rapid fire presentation.
  • Posters can be prepared up to A0 size (portrait orientation only). A1 size is acceptable. These will be put on standard poster boards for the duration of the conference. Please print and bring along your poster.
  • ALL oral and rapid fire presenters are asked to see your session chair in the break before your session starts. Please aim to have your talks uploaded onto the podium computer well in advance of your session


Prizes will be awarded for the best postgraduate poster, rapid-fire and oral presentations along with the Presidents Prize, the Alan Wilson Memorial Prize and the Larry Hench Young Investigators Award. The Presidents Prize aims to recognise outstanding contributions to the UK Biomaterials field. The Alan Wilson Memorial Prize recognises an individual researcher who has contributed significantly to the field of biomaterials science in dentistry (including maxillo-facial repair). The Larry Hench Young Investigators Award is given to a promising young research scientist in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of biomaterials research, and in remembrance of such a key figure of this field, Prof Larry Hench (1938-2015). If you are interested to apply for the Larry Hench award please see details here.

Conference Accommodation and Travel Info

The Belfast campus of Ulster University is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. Although traditionally associated with art, the campus spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including computing, engineering, business, politics, policy, law, communication, sports, architecture, hospitality, event management, photography and digital animation. The conference venue is in the city (Address – Ulster University, 2-24 York Street, Belfast. BT15 1AP) with the conference dinner being held at the Europa Hotel.

A downloadable document with more information can be found here.

The #UKSB2023 Conference will be held at the Ulster University’s new campus in Belfast City Centre. For further details: Belfast campus – Ulster University Ulster University (Belfast Campus) Address: York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED. Tel: 028 7012 3456

The conference dinner will be held in the Europa Hotel, Belfast starting at 7pm on the 20th June 2023. Web: https://www.europahotelbelfast.com/

For a selection of local hotels in the Belfast area please check here for info.

Getting to and around Belfast

The main meeting will start around 10am on 21st June, with an early career mixer event on the evening of the 19th June in the University – all very welcome. The event will close at around 4pm on 21st June.

Flying into Belfast

Northern Ireland has two airports Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Belfast International Airport (BFS)

The George Best Belfast City Airport is 5.6 km from Belfast City Centre and Belfast International Airport is 28 km from the City Centre. Taxis can be picked up at both airports. There is also a bus service between the airports and Belfast City Centre (Europa Bus Station, Great Victoria Street) operated by Translink. Service numbers for airport buses: Belfast International airport (Airport Express 300), George Best Belfast City Airport (Airport Express 600).
Translink Airport Bus Services: Airport Services (translink.co.uk)

Taxi Companies in Belfast

Value Cabs: Belfast Taxis | Value Cabs Ltd 028 90809080
Fona-Cab: https://www.fonacab.com/ 028 9033 3333

General Information about getting around Belfast: Getting Around Belfast | Visit Belfast

Accessible Belfast: Accessible Belfast | Visit Belfast

Belfast Bikes: Bikes are available for hire in Belfast City Centre: www.belfastbikes.co.uk

All Public Transport in Northern Ireland is operated by Translink. Web: Translink

Translink Services:
Train Services: Northern Ireland Railways
Buses (beyond greater Belfast): Ulsterbus
Buses (greater Belfast area): Metro
The Great Victoria Street train station and the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast City Centre are linked to one another.

Nearest Train Station: The nearest train stations to Ulster University are York Street, Laganside and Belfast Great Victoria Street (all around 15 minutes’ walk). The train services in Northern Ireland are operated by Northern Ireland Railways. Web: Translink

Nearest Bus Station: The nearest bus stations to Ulster University are Laganside or the Europa Bus Centre, Great Victoria Street (5 minutes and 15 minutes’ walk, respectively). The bus services in Northern Ireland are operated by Ulsterbus and Metro Services. Journey Planner: Translink

Conference Contact Details

Conference Chair: Dr Adrian Boyd
Room BC-05-216,
School of Engineering, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus
York Street, Belfast. Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland. (UK). BT15 1ED.

Tel: 028 95 365751 E-mail: ar.boyd@ulster.ac.uk Web: Adrian Boyd — Ulster University

Conference Co-Chairs: Dr Jonathan Acheson (j.acheson@ulster.ac.uk) and Dr Joanna Ward (je.ward@ulster.ac.uk)

Local Organising Committee: Prof Brian J Meenan, Dr Ming-Wei Chang, Dr Patrick Lemoine, Dr Krzysztof Rodzen, Dr Mary Josephine McIvor, Miss Aoife McFerran, Miss Kirsty Muldoon, Miss Reshma McMullan, Miss Frances Hasson, Miss Eiméar O’Donnell.

Exhibitor/ Sponsors

We have a range of exhibitor/sponsorship packages, so if you are interested to help support this event please do get in touch.

Please direct any queries to: ar.boyd@ulster.ac.uk with the subject heading #UKSB2023

Conference Sponsors