The World Café isn’t for drinking coffee

01.03.2013 The World Café isn’t for drinking coffee

On 27 February, the partners in the EU-funded BIOMAT-IN project were invited to the third SIG event in the WRS Lounge at Messe Stuttgart. With SIG standing for Special Interest Group, the event was targeted at experts in the field of biomaterials, i.e. materials used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes in the medical sector. For the nearly 40 guests from across Europe, it was a welcome opportunity to establish international contacts. Representatives of all five partner regions – Eurasanté and Atlanpole Biotherapies from France, Medilink East Midlands from the UK, LIOF from the Netherlands and BioRegio STERN from Germany – were among those who travelled to the event to discuss international cooperation in the field of biomaterials.

In the World Café, they had an opportunity to talk about requirements and standardisations relating to multifunctional surfaces and biomaterials. Developed in the U.S., the World Café workshop method brings together people with a common interest and creates a forum where they can hold intensive discussions and spontaneously record any conclusions reached on paper tablecloths. These “creative works” are then put on display and discussed. The enthusiastic participation of those present confirmed the interactive approach of this BioRegio STERN event. “We consciously wanted to move away from the type of event where participants just watch one PowerPoint presentation after another,” says project member Dr. Margot Jehle. “That’s why we opted for just one very special speech.” The audience of entrepreneurs and researchers agreed that this opening address by Prof. Carsten Werner, head of the biofunctional polymer materials research department at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, gave a very fascinating insight into the current status of biomaterials research.

Source: BioRegio STERN Management GmbH

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Biomat-IN wird im Rahmen der Interreg IV B, ein Regionalprogramm der Europäischen Union (EU) zur Förderung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit gefördert.