This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
The Gordon Research Seminar on Bioinspired Materials is a unique forum for graduate students and post-docs to not only present and discuss their unpublished cutting edge research but also network and build collaborations with colleagues with a shared interest in bioinspired materials. Additionally, this meeting serves as a great primer for the following GRC.
We invite all applications that are related to the design or application of synthetic or natural materials for diverse applications. We hope to attract a diverse, multidisciplinary field of presenters that addresses both fundamental understanding and practical applications of such biological and bioinspired materials. This year's meeting will consist of a presentation by a distinguished scientist followed by GRS attendee presentations and discussions on research in the field of bioinspired materials. The GRS also hosts informal poster sessions that facilitate stimulating discussions and exchange of ideas. To conclude the meeting, we will have a mentorship panel to give participants more insight into the potential career opportunities and diversity in research within this field of science.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 6, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.