The Antimicrobial Resistance on Biomaterials Workshop

25. October 2018, 8:30 - 16:30 , Empa in St.Gallen

The BEAT-AMR consortium

BEAT-AMR is the Partnership against Biofilm-associated Expression, Acquisition and Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance. We are a research consortium funded under the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance ( The consortium consists of teams from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), the University of Southampton, the University Medical Center Groningen, and the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).


The aim of the consortium is to understand the interplay between antimicrobial surface coatings, microbial biofilm formation, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) evolution. Specifically, we want to determine how bacteria adapt to antimicrobials during biofilm formation on surfaces, how AMR mutations are acquired and evolve within mature biofilms, and how population dynamics within biofilms affect the transmission of AMR in multi-drug environments.  


Scope and Background

The aim of the ‘The Antimicrobial Resistance on Biomaterials Workshop’ is to bring together leaders in science, medicine, and industry to discuss how antimicrobial surfaces can be used in a sensible way to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance evolution and spread on medical implants.


The one-day workshop will consist of 3 sessions in which current topics are discussed by invited keynote speakers, by members of the consortium, and by contributed talks. Each session will host speakers across the different target groups to foster interdisciplinary discussions. The sessions will be related to a specific medical indications, antimicrobial biomaterials, infectious bacteria, or antimicrobial resistance mechanisms.  



I.  Resistance to Antimicrobials 

II. Resistant Bacteria on Implants

III.Resistance Evolution in Biofilms


Confirmed Speakers

Academia: Alex O‘Neill, University of Leeds, Sebastian Zaat, AMC, Dan Andersson, Upsalla University, Rolf Kümmerli, University of Zürich

Clinicians: Werner Albrich, KSSG

Industry: Philipp Gruner, Medicoat, Samuele Tosatti, SuSoS


Organizing/Scientific Committee

Frank Schreiber, BAM, Germany

Henny van der Mei, UMCG, Netherlands

Jeremy Webb, University of Southampton, UK

Jules Valentin, Empa, Switzerland

Matthias Buhmann, Empa, Switzerland

Qun Ren, Empa, Switzerland


Target Audience

The target audience includes microbiologists working on biofilm formation and antimicrobial resistance, material scientists developing antimicrobial biomaterials, physicians dealing with biofilm infections on implanted materials, and material companies supplying biomaterials for clinical use.   


Oral and Poster Presentations

The official language of the conference is English. Depending on the number of oral and poster presentations the Organizing Committee will decide on the form of the presentation (oral or poster). Presenters should bring their talks along on USB memory stick. Posters should be no larger than DIN A0 (portrait format).


Please send your abstract to and indicate your contribution (poster or oral contribution). Abstract submission deadline is August 24th 2018.