Online registration is now closed.

The Congress registration desk will open on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30am. The registration area is located on the 200 level in Viger Hall (Palais des congrès de Montréal).

If you want to purchase social event tickets, you may do so at the New Registration / Ticket Sales desk. If you have not registered prior to the Congress, please proceed to the Self Registration desk and enter your registration information. The Congress staff will then print your name tag.


Plan to register early as some activities have limited capacity! It takes approx. 10 minutes to complete the registration process.

  1. Registration Fees and Benefits
  2. Pre-Congress Workshops
  3. Social Events
  4. Congress Policies
  5. Visa and eTA (all countries)
  6. FAQ
  7. Important Information to Consider before Registering
  8. Currency Converter

Registration Fees and Benefits

Registration Fees are in CAN dollars. Fees are tax-exempt.

Up to January 21, 2016
January 22, 2016 to March 21, 2016
As of March 22, 2016
Member Delegate/Post-Doc * $850 $1,050 $1,250
Non-member Delegate/Post-Doc $1,050 $1,250 $1,450
Full-time Student
Member **
$550 $650 $750
Full-time Student
Non-member **
$650 $750 $850
Workshops 1, 2, 3, 6 $100 $100 $100
Workshops 4, 5 Fees may apply. Fees may apply. Fees may apply.
Companion*** $450 $450 $450
Lunch & Learns (1 per person) $20 $20 $20
Congress Party -
Reservation Fee
$20 $20 $20
Congress Party -
Additional Tickets
$100 $100 $100
"Forget Science for Once" Student Dance Party**** $10 $10 $10

*Member rate applies to members of all IUS-BSE Constituent Societies, as well as members of the Swiss Biomaterials Society, MRS and Termis. We will validate your membership with the respective societies.

** Students (master trainees, doctorate trainees or clinical resident trainees): You must upload a letter from your supervisor validating your status when you register online. Undergraduate students can upload a copy of their student ID in PDF. This rate does not apply to post-doctoral fellows.

*** A companion is considered a spouse who accompanies the registered delegate to social functions. This person does not have access to sessions but to the exhibit hall, lunches, coffee breaks and all social events.

**** This party is open to all participants but is primarily geared towards students/trainees.


Registration fees for ALL delegates and all types of students/trainees include access to all sessions and the Exhibit Hall, the Welcome Reception, coffee breaks, lunches, Poster sessions, Congress Party ($20 reservation fee applies) and online delegate materials. The student/trainee events offered by local universities are free of charge for students / trainees of all types.

Registration fees for companions include access to the Exhibit Hall including lunches and coffee breaks, the Welcome Reception, Congress Party, welcome kit, and a walking tour of Old Montreal.

Pre-Congress Workshops

Workshops 1, 2, 3, 6

To register for a workshop, there is an additional fee of $100 CA per workshop. Limits for Workshop places will be indicated on the registration form. Seats will be limited.

Workshops 4 & 5

These workshops are only open to Undergraduate Students, Master Trainees, Doctorate Trainees (PhD, DVM, MD, DDS), Post-Doctoral Trainees (less than 5 years post-PhD) or Clinical Resident Trainees. Please visit the Student Activities section for more details.

Social Events

Congress Party (Friday, May 20)

There is a reservation fee of $20 CAN to secure your ticket to the congress party. Additional tickets may be purchased at $100 CAN.

“Forget Science for Once” Party (Saturday, May 21)

This event will take place at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), located in the heart of the city. Enjoy the evening at your convenience between the dance floor, a bar with Karaoke and a quiet outside terrace. One drink is included in the fee ($10). There is room for 1000 people. Priority is given to students, but postdocs and investigators young at heart are welcome too!

Congress Policies

Policy on Respectful Dialogue

The 10th World Biomaterials Congress welcomes a wide diversity of researchers, scientists, trainees as well as policy makers and industry leaders every four years. Participants are encouraged to keep criticism constructive, and avoid personal attacks in sessions, in online discussion boards and in social media. Debate of ideas is encouraged, allowing delegates to enjoy a lively and stimulating congress.

Policy on Social Media Use and Congress mobile app

We encourage the use of social media and the congress mobile app before, during, and after the congress in order to share information and to network with others. However, we ask all congress participants to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Blog or tweet about what you are hearing and learning, but refrain from sharing information when the speaker explicitly requests this. Talks are tweetable and shareable by default, but speakers can request that specific details or slides not be shared.
  • Whenever possible, use the hashtag #biomaterials16 to discuss the congress.
  • Converse and network with other attendees before, during, and after the congress.
  • Provide feedback to the congress committees, we encourage participants to post and discuss topics of interest as well as ideas for future meetings.
  • Communicate with respect and consideration for others, keeping criticism constructive.
  • Do not engage in rudeness or personal attacks.

Policy on Gender Equality

The 10th World Biomaterials Congress strives to achieve gender representation in line with the gender balance in our scientific community at varying career stages. The congress aims to achieve this by gender balance throughout the organization of the scientific program planning process.

Expected Gender Statistics




Local Committee

80% (4)

20% (1)

Scientific Committee

64% (7)

36% (4)

Speakers – Plenary

80% (4)

20% (1)

New Frontier Chairs/Co-chairs



New Frontier Keyotes



Abstract Presenters



Session Chairs



All Delegates



Refund Policy

Substitution with a colleague is always possible. A fee of $75 is applicable. In case of cancellation, the following policy applies:


Cancellation before February 29, 2016

$250 cancellation fee

Cancellation between March 1 and April 1, 2016

$500 cancellation fee

Cancellation after April 1, 2016

no refund

All approved refunds will be issued after the WBC2016 Congress on or before September 30, 2016.

Uncontrollable Events

In case it would become inadvisable, commercially impracticable, illegal or impossible to hold the Congress as planned for reasons that are beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to strikes or lockouts, riots, embargoes, boycott, power failures or prolonged shortage of energy supplies, fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, acts of state or governmental action, war, armed conflict or warlike conditions including actual or apprehended terrorism, disaster, curtailment of transportation facilities (including because of weather conditions) preventing or delaying attendance by a significant number of registered participants, disease or medical epidemics or outbreaks, or any other reasons that constitute force majeure, the following conditions will apply.

We may elect one of the following remedies: (a) to cancel the Congress; or (b) to suspend the Congress for the duration of the impending circumstances; or (c) to hold the Congress as planned. In either case, any registration fees that will have been paid to us will not be refunded and we will not be responsible for any loss, damage, injury, claims, costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever by reason of any cancellation, rescheduling, postponement or alteration of the Congress.

If we elect to cancel the Congress and we thereafter determine that we can cover our costs and expenses, we would to the extent possible affect the remaining funds (after accounting for a reserve fund to be determined by us) to reimburse pro rata those who would have paid registration fees. All such payments would be made after the WBC2016 Congress on or before May 1, 2017.

Photography and Privacy

The 10th World Biomaterials Congress will have an official congress photographer onsite. If you do not want to be on any public photos of the event, please email a photo of yourself to the Congress Secretariat by email to

Visa and eTA (all countries)

Visa Invitation Letters

Please note that invitation letters for Visa purposes can only be issued to delegates who have successfully paid their registration fees. You will be able to print your invitation letter from your profile dashboard once you successfully registered and paid your registration fees. Should your Visa be declined, we will refund you the registration fees you have paid (less $50 CAN administration charge) provided that you submit document proof of visa denial. The deadline to submit a written refund request due to visa refusal is May 13, 2016. Official paperwork must be faxed to +1-514-227-5083 or sent by email to

Delegates requesting a visa invitation letter to be sent to them by priority mail will be charged $100 per delivery address.


Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

For more information, please read here:

We encourage participants from countries that require a visa to apply as early as possible. Visa processing times vary by country. Please consult this website:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Congress?
In order to register for the Congress, please register online.

How can I pay the registration fees?
Payment of registration fees can be made by credit card (VISA or MasterCard), by cheque (drawn from a Canadian bank only) or by wire transfer ($30 CA fee applies). Please note that we do not accept AMEX.

Can I receive an invoice under the sponsoring Company / Hospital’s name?
Yes. If you require an invoice to be issued to the sponsoring company, you have the possibility to change the invoice address during the online registration process.

Can I register onsite?
Yes. Onsite registration is available during the conference days. Onsite fees will apply.

What do my registration fees include?
For detailed entitlements, please check the registration benefits.

Will I receive a confirmation letter after I have finished registering?
Yes. A detailed confirmation letter and receipt is provided upon completion of your registartion. The system allows you to print or email yourself a copy.

Important information to consider before registering

  1. Guest / Companion. Will you be accompanied or not at the Congress?
    If your companion/spouse will accompany you at the venue and exhibit hall (no access to session rooms) you will be required to purchase an accompanying person pass ($450 CA) which includes access to the venue/exhibit hall, breaks, lunches, Welcome Reception, Congress party and a walking tour of Montreal. Alternatively if your companion/spouse is just accompanying you to social events then you may simply purchase tickets to those events as individual items (except for the Montreal tour).
  2. Pre-Congress Workshops
    Review available pre-Congress workshops for purchase ($100 CA) at the following URL:
  3. Student Pre-Congress Workshops
    If you are registering as an Undergraduate Student, Master Trainee, Doctorate Trainee (PhD, DVM, MD, DDS), Post-Doctoral Trainee (less than 5 years post-PhD) or Clinical Resident Trainee you are eligible for student oriented pre-Congress workshops. Please visit the following URL for more details:
  4. Technical Forums
    We are offering three sponsored sessions which are offered at no charge but require pre-registration. See for more details.
  5. Lunch and Learn Roundtables
    Over 40 lunch and learn roundtables are available on Friday, May 20 or Saturday, May 21. Attendance is limited to one round-table per delegate and each round-table will be limited to 9 participants. Act quickly to reserve your spot ($20 CA and box lunch is provided). If the round-table you would like to attend is not visible on the registration form, then it is sold-out. Click here to see list of round-tables:
  6. Welcome Reception - Tuesday, May 17 - 17:00-19:00
    The welcome reception is included in your registration fee BUT we still require confirmation that you will attend. Additional tickets are available for $20 CA per person. If you registered an accompanying person already do not purchase an extra ticket as it is included in their package. No children under the age of 16 are allowed.
  7. Congress Party - Friday, May 20, 19:00
    The Congress Party requires a $20 CA reservation fee to ensure your attendance.  Additional tickets may be purchased for $100 CA. If you registered an accompanying person already do not purchase an extra ticket as it is included in their package. No children under the age of 16 are allowed.
  8. Forget Science for Once - Student Dance Party - Saturday, May 21, 20:00
    $10 CA entrance fee applies which includes one free drink.  There is room for 1,000 people. Priority is given to students. You must be 18 years or older to attend (no minors).
  9. Student Activities
    Open ONLY to Undergraduate Students, Master Trainees, Doctorate Trainees (PhD, DVM, MD, DDS), Post-Doctoral Trainees (less than 5 years post-PhD) or Clinical Resident Trainees.  See for more details.

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01 Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015 (now closed)
02 Extended Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2015 (now closed)
03 Notification Letters: December 10, 2015 (sent)
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