Welcome to Biosensors 2014 and welcome to Melbourne, ranked as the world's most liveable city!
This is the 24th anniversary edition of the World Congress on Biosensors and we continue to evolve, adapt and grow into new roles to serve the analytical needs of a rapidly changing society. Advances in telecommunications, expert systems and distributed diagnostics are prompting us to question the conventional ways we deliver healthcare, while robust industrial sensors are facilitating new paradigms in R&D and production. Personalisation of everything from medicine to environmental control, is giving new impetus to consumer choice and ownership of information, and will inevitably generate new payment structures and business models. Moreover, a deeper understanding of the bio/electronic interface leads us towards new horizons in areas such as bionics, power generation and computing. Wearable, mobile and integrated sensors are becoming common place, but most current products have taken the easy path of incorporating physical sensors for parameters such as temperature, pressure, orientation or position. There is still a glaring absence of suitably robust and convenient commercial biosensors for body chemistries and ecosystems, and therein lies the real opportunities for progress. We are a still-emerging technology that is fuelling scientific discovery and underpinning new products to enhance the length and quality of life.
Always in a new country and always with fresh plenary speakers, we aim to reflect the latest and the best in Biosensors. This three-day event, organised by Elsevier in association with Biosensors & Bioelectronics, consists of two daily plenary presentations from leading figures in the field, followed by four parallel sessions, comprising a rigorously refereed selection of submitted papers. This year, we received 1,156 submissions of which 124 with be presented as regular Oral papers, with an additional 20 singled out as Invited talks and a further 12 selected for extended Keynote talks. The Keynote speakers have also been invited to submit full papers for consideration for the Biosensors and Bioelectronics Prize for the most original contribution to the Congress and the winners will be announced at the conference banquet on Thursday night. There will also be poster awards and you will find voting slips for each of the three days in your delegate bags. The winners of these awards and a prize draw, sponsored by Linköping University and Acreo Swedish ICT, will be announced at the closing ceremony on Friday. In order to enhance the valued medium of poster presentation, this year we have introduced a new Poster in my Pocket Ap. Poster presenters have been able to upload a PDF of their poster prior to the conference to help increase the exposure of their work. This compliments the other new Ap introduced this year to place the full programme at your fingertips. Selected oral presentations will also have the opportunity to upload their talks online for future viewing.
The academic programme, as usual, is enhanced by a fine collection of commercial exhibits and in addition to browsing their stands; you will be able to hear short elevator pitches during the breaks. We must thank our main commercial sponsor, Ercon for their generous and continued support of our congress. Thanks also to New Tools for Health for sponsoring the pre-congress Networking Event. Now a regular feature for Biosensors, we have a pre-congress school, this year on Optical Biosensors, which is brought to you by Profs Fran Ligler and Tanya Monro. Last, but not least I must thank our marvellous Local Organising Committee chaired by Prof Justin Gooding, our hard working main Organising Committee, all the speakers and delegates, and the Elsevier team for all their support.
Our delegates come from the four corners of the globe to hear the science, to grasp the opportunities and to meet the people; it’s going to be the best meeting yet. Enjoy and don’t forget to join us again in Gothenburg, Sweden, 24-27 May for Biosensor 2016!
24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors – Biosensors 2014, 27-30 May 2014, Melbourne, Australia.