The 2021 Program Committee is requesting input from all SFB members about sessions they would like to see at the 2021 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit is June 30, 2020.
This year, the Committee is especially interested in sessions that are pertinent to our industry members and those that are focused on patient outcomes, as well, we will explore the very latest new and emerging field of biomaterials research as it pertains to the many disciplines that participate in the SFB Annual Meeting. This includes topics that involve research, breakthroughs, and applications that have been applied to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with the Novel Coronavirus, relaxing the definition of biomaterials to include PPE as well. Special Interest Groups are encouraged to submit ideas jointly with other SIGs or with industry partners in order to create the most stimulating and interesting sessions for all attendees.
A two-stage proposal process will be used to select session topics for the 2021 meeting. First, the Program Committee will review the submitted idea sheets. Then, those in accord with the overall program objectives will be invited to submit full proposals. The Program Committee may suggest that organizers with similar ideas work together to submit a single proposal. These proposals will be due in early August. Full proposals will then be reviewed by the Program Committee and those accepted will be included in the call for abstracts. The abstract deadline will be late October. Only after the abstracts have been reviewed can the Program Committee make the final determination that any one particular session will be included in the final program. Session selection for the final program will be based on the overall quality of abstracts submitted to the session. Some sessions with fewer submissions may be combined to improve the overall quality of the meeting.