Workshops / Courses

Important Information

Standard Registration:
28 September 2016

A variety of 3-hour workshops will be offered on Sunday, 11 November 2018 and will be held at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Morning sessions will begin at 09:00 and the afternoon sessions will begin at 14:00.

Workshop/Conference Location

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
No.39, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen Dist.
Kaohsiung 806, Taiwan, ROC

Workshop Fee
Advanced On or Before 1-SEP-2016

Half Day Workshop: €49.20
Two Half Day Workshops: €73.80

Standard After 1-SEP-2016

Half Day Workshop: €61.50
Two Half Day Workshops: €92.25

(includes 23% VAT)

Attendees must choose the Workshop they would like to attend at the time of registration as there will be no in and out privileges and material (if any) will only be prepared for those who sign up. Early registration is encouraged as seating is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Onsite registration may be limited. Workshop material will be available for downloading prior to the Workshop. Attendees will be responsible for bringing any requisite material, including the downloaded material, with them to the Workshop. The Executive Committee reserves the right to amend the Workshops if necessary.

If a particular workshop is FULL, please contact to be added to the waiting list.

  1. 1
    Workshop 1 (Morning 9:00 - 12:00) (FULL)

    Title: Paper Microfluidics: Integration Challenges And Solutions For Point-Of Need Testing

    Barry Lutz – University of Washington
    Caitlin E. Anderson – University of Washington, USA
    Joshua R. Buser – University of Washington, USA
    Samantha A. Byrnes – University of Washington, USA
    Kamal G. Shah – University of Washington, USA
    Shichu Huang – University of Washington, USA
    Koji Abe – University of Washington, USA

    Target Audience: Presentations will include introductory background appropriate for newcomers with a general knowledge of microfluidics and bioanalytical chemistry (immunoassays, NAAT). More in-depth material will aid existing users of paper devices who wish to develop integrated devices, but this material should also be accessible to newcomers.

    Learning Objectives: The workshop will frame the needs and challenges of integrated paper devices for point-of-need testing with a focus on health diagnostics, present specific components with a focus on immunoassays and nucleic acid tests (fluidic automation, reagent storage, sample processing, detection), discuss usability requirements, and provide examples of integrated protein and NAAT diagnostics. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute their own integration challenges for discussion and input.
    Attendees will gain answers to the questions: Why is integration needed? What are the challenges? What solutions are available?

  2. 2
    Workshop 2 (Morning 9:00 - 12:00) (FULL)

    Title: Organ-on-a-Chip

    Paul Vulto – Mimetas B.V., THE NETHERLANDS (Group Leader)
    Katia Kraals – Emulate, USA
    Olivier Frey – ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND
    Tobias Hasenberg – TissUse, GmbH, GERMANY

    Target Audience: Professors, PostDocs and PhD students who want to get a complete overview of the field, both from biology and engineering background. Scientists from pharma- and biotech companies that are considering adopting the technology and specialists in the field that want to contribute to a lively debate.

    Learning Objectives: Organ-on-a-Chip went through a massive growth in the last six years. Where is the field standing now? What are the successes what are the challenges? What is the contribution of microengineering, and what of biology? What are the commercial initiatives and who are their customers? Leaders in the field give their perspective on successes and challenges, as well as the future of the technology.

  3. 3
    Workshop 3 (Morning 9:00 - 12:00) (FULL)

    Title: Commercialization of Microfluidic Devices and Systems

    Presenter: Holger Becker – microfluidic ChipShop GmbH

    Target Audience: The workshop is geared towards attendees with an interest in the industrial or commercial side of microfluidics.

    Learning Objectives: The attendees should take away a general overview of the markets for microfluidics, challenges in the commercialization of microfluidics-enabled products, examples of successful and unsuccessful products, and product development strategies.

  4. 4
    Workshop 4 (Morning 9:00 - 12:00) (FULL)

    Title: Microfluidic Large-Scale Integration

    Presenter: Sebastian Maerkl – École Polytchnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL)

    Target Audience: The workshop will be of interest to microengineers, biologists, chemists and physicists interested in microfluidic large-scale integration and its application to pertinent problems in current biological research.

    Learning Objectives: This workshop covers the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices containing thousands of micromechanical valves fabricated by multilayer soft-lithography. The discussion will focus on their application in biology including single cell studies, protein biochemistry, synthetic biology, and molecular diagnostics.

  5. 5
    Workshop 5 (Morning 9:00 - 12:00) (FULL)

    Title:3D Printing for Microfluidics

    Dr. Michael Breadmore – University of Tasmania, Australia
    Dr. Rosanne Guijt – University of Tasmania, Australia
    Mr. Feng Li – University of Tasmania, Australia

    Target Audience: The workshop will be useful for those interested in understanding what 3D printing can offer microfluidics, which 3D printer is most useful for specific applications, and for those who are actively 3D printing and wish to improve their designs and applications.

    Learning Objectives: This tutorial will provide a brief introduction to 3D printing and the four most frequently used printers in microfluidics. The advantages, disadvantages, and applications of each will be discussed.

  6. 6
    Workshop 6 (Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00) (FULL)

    Title: Introduction to Digital Microfluidics (DMF)

    Aaron Wheeler – University of Toronto
    Ryan Fobel – University of Toronto
    Christian Fobel – University of Toronto
    Darius Rackus – University of Toronto

    Target Audience: The workshop is targeted to a wide audience, and is well-suited to those interested in small volume liquid handling in general. Digital microfluidics is a general purpose, dynamic liquid handling technology suitable for many purposes. Many diverse applications have been demonstrated using DMF including cell culture/analysis, clinical applications, electroanalysis, digital extraction, and more. No prior experience using digital microfluidics is required.

    Learning Objectives: The workshop will start with a lecture covering background material related to digital microfluidics, including theory, chip fabrication, and applications. Attendees will then be split into groups of 2-3 to perform hands-on activities moving droplets of liquid using the Dropbot DMF system. Attendees will leave with a general understanding of DMF fundamentals and practical liquid handling experience using the Dropbot DMF system.

  7. 7
    Workshop 7 (Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00) (FULL)

    Title: Point-Of-Care Diagnostics

    Aman Russom – KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Group Leader)
    Yoon-Kyoung Cho – Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), SOUTH KOREA
    Stéphanie Descroix – Institut Curie, FRANCE
    Victor M. Ugaz – Texas A&M University, USA
    Joan Bienvenue – University of Virginia, USA

    Target Audience: This workshop is aimed at graduate students and postdocs, as well as R&D scientists and engineers interested in microsystems technology and applications in point-of-care diagnostics.

    Learning Objectives: Point-of-Care (PoC) devices are poised to reshape the delivery of healthcare system in both developed and developing countries. In this workshop, a leading interdisciplinary panel of presenters will give an overview of this rapidly growing field with focus on molecular PoC diagnostics.

  8. 8
    Workshop 8 (Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00) (FULL)

    Title: On-Chip Cell Culture and Analysis

    Petra Dittrich – ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND
    Felix Kurth – ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND

    Target Audience: The workshop is targeted to a wide audience. Postdocs, PhD students as well as industrial researchers are welcome to get an overview of microfluidic cell handling and learn about the potential and limitations of microfluidic approaches for cell biology.

    Learning Objectives: Microfluidic technology offers a great toolbox for research with living cells and opens new strategies for cell monitoring and analysis. The workshop will give a comprehensive overview about current microfluidic approaches to cell capture, cultivation, separation, sorting and analysis. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss current challenges and the future developments in the field.

  9. 9
    Workshop 9 (Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00) (FULL)

    Title: Nanofluidics: Principles and Applications

    Presenter: Jan C. T. Ejikel – University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

    Target Audience: People working with membranes, gels, nanoparticles, nanopores, colloidal systems, electrochemical systems, separation devices, who are either interested in a fundamental understanding or in adding new dimensions to their systems.

    Learning Objectives: This workshop covers the basics and applications of nanofluidics. In contrast to microfluidic systems, a solid surface is always at nanometer distance in a nanofluidic system, influencing both the composition of the solution and its dynamic properties. This causes a multitude of nanofluidics-specific phenomena, which will be discussed. Also, these exceptional properties and phenomena have found numerous applications, which are discussed with an eye on future developments.

  10. 10
    Workshop 10 (Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00) (FULL)

    Title: Inertial Microfluidics

    Ian Papautsky – University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
    Jian Zhou – University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

    Target Audience: This workshop is aimed at students, post-docs and faculty, as well as R&D scientists and engineers with interest in inertial microfluidic phenomena and their biomedical applications.

    Learning Objectives: Inertial phenomena in microfluidic systems are of growing interest due to their ability to manipulate bioparticles. Recent studies demonstrated these effects in microchannels of various geometries, including straight, spiral, and serpentine channels. This workshop aims to expose the inertial microfluidic phenomena for applications in bioparticle separation, enrichment, and ordering. Attendees will gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals governing the inertial microfluidics, the approaches used to study these phenomena, and new ways they can be exploited. This workshop is aimed at students, post-docs, faculty, as well as R&D scientists and engineers with interest in inertial microfluidic phenomena and their biomedical applications.