The first online academic forum on “Frontiers in Bionic Engineering” organizedby the ISBE, and sponsored by Wuhan University and the Key Laboratory of Bionic Engineering of Jilin University, was held on 27August 2020 via VooVMeeting (outside China) (within China) and Tencent Meeting simultaneously. The forum was co-hosted by Professor LongjianXue from Wuhan University and Professor ZhihuiQian fromJilin University.Professor Jianqiao Li, The GeneralSecretary of the ISBE delivered a speechat the opening. ProfessorZhiguang Guo, the chairman of the Youth Commissionof the Society, also presented atthe forum.
Professor Hao Bai fromthe State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering of Zhejiang University,one of the winners of Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, was invited to share his team's latest research results and experience. As we all know, to achieve multifunctionality,biological materials mainly depend onbuilding sophisticated multiscale architecture, while synthetic materials rely mainlyon the diversity of constituents. Professor Bai’s team organically combined these two strategiesand developed new materialswith multifunctionality throughgreen fabrication approaches. Professor Bai specifically demonstrated a series of bionic multifunctional materials with excellent performance produced by the ice-templating technique.
More than 280 scholars and postgraduates from over 40 universities and research institutions around the world participated in this online academic exchange, including Wuhan University, Jilin University, Zhejiang University, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics of CAS, Tsinghua University, Beihang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sun Yat-Sen University, Dalian University of Technology, Tianjin University, University of Salford at UK, Polytechnic University of Milan at Italy, Mpumalanga Black Aces University at South Africa, etc. The presentationwas so attractive that it aroused heated discussions among the attendees.
The “Frontiers in Bionic Engineering” online academic forum is a series of academic exchange activities initiated by the YouthCommission of the ISBE. The forum has obtained most support ofthe scholars and postgraduates,and showedthe latest research highlights and progress in the field of functional biomimetic materials. It received warm responses from the participants and played an important role in expanding the exchange and cooperation among the presented scholars.