National Biofilms Innovation Centre

NBIC Biofilm Management Workshop

by National Biofilms Innovation Centre
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NBIC are hosting a third workshop, on Biofilm Management, after the success of previous workshops on Biofilm Detection and Biofilm Engineering, to explore the challenges, opportunities and advances in Biofilm Management.

The workshop on Biofilm Management will take place on Tuesday 25th February 2020 in Nottingham, and is the third of four workshops NBIC are hosting across four strategic themes in tackling biofilms: Prevent, Detect, Manage and Engineer.

What are biofilms?

Biofilms are formed by groups of microorganisms when cells stick to each other or adhere to a surface. They can occur in a multitude of situations across the built and natural environment, and can have effects across multiple sectors and supply chains, including manufacturing, food, medical devices and transport. In fact, biofilms are part of everyday life – from the plaque that builds up on our teeth to the biofouling on ships’ hulls.

Biofilm Management

This will be an essential session for anyone in an industrial or academic setting with an interest in killing and/or removing established biofilms or in controlling them via exploiting their life cycle dynamics. This could be across multiple sectors, for example, from marine biofouling to wound infection and dental plaque to industrial cleaning/hygiene control. This could involve multiple a range of scientific fields from the study of biofilm dynamics and laboratory model development to targeted interventions via novel physical, chemical or biological means.

This event is open to all commercial/industrial concerns with an interest in the subject and to UK academics whose institution is currently, or plans to be, a member of NBIC. There will be an initial plenary session led by NBIC summarising and discussing an outline scope of the needs, followed by cross industry/academia group sessions, and an opportunity for short pitches of ideas or problems.

Outputs will be:

  • New connections and new collaboration opportunities
  • Additions to our evolving NBIC map of the biofilm scientific needs landscape
  • Agreed priorities and opportunities for translational projects and research investment to influence funders and drive NBIC activities

“This will be a highly relevant session for those partners in Industry or Research with an interest in the killing, removing or controlling of established biofilms. This could be in many sectors and fields. For example, from marine biofouling to wound infection and oral health to cleaning and hygiene control.  

I think this will involve a range of scientific fields, for example, the study of biofilm dynamics and development, or relevant lab models to targeted interventions via novel physical, chemical or biological means. We expect this to be an area of great interest so request people express an early interest to secure a place.”


– Dr Mark Richardson, CEO of NBIC

Register your interest

Please email to express your interest in participating in this workshop.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 25th February 2020 (10:00 – 16:00) at the Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Please note that as we expect this event to be popular we may need to limit the number of attendees from each Partner Research Institution and companies to allow a wide breadth of attendees. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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Date And Time

25/02/2020 @ 10:00 AM
@ 04:00 PM




Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, NG7 2TU

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