Aldo R. Boccaccini 60th Birthday Symposium held on 6th October 2022

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The “Aldo R. Boccaccini 60th Birthday Symposium” organized by the FAU Institute of Biomaterials was successfully held on 6th October 2022. The scientific symposium celebrated the 60th birthday of the Head of Institute, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, and his contributions to materials science and biomaterials. The symposium was a hybrid event with more than 70 participants attending in-presence in Erlangen (H14, Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and more than 80 participants connected on-line via zoom. The program of the symposium included a scientific session with talks by Prof. Xhantippi Chatzistavrou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Prof. Raymund Horch (University Hospital Erlangen, FAU), Prof. Delia Brauer (Univ. of Jena), Prof. Leena Hupa (Abo Akademie University Turku, Finland) and Prof.Showan Nazhat (Mc Gill University, Canada). The personal talk to mark the highlihts of Prof. Boccaccini’s career was  presented by Dr. Liliana Liverani (DGS S.p.A., Rome, Italy), a previous long standing, key member of our Institute. There were then in presence and online speeches /greetings as well as a series of video messages sent by Prof. Boccaccini’s former colleagues, students and collaborators from around the world, 36 nationalities were present. The event finalised with a dinner and party attended by 80+ guests. Closing the event, Prof. Boccaccini said: “I thank the organisers, specially Ms Zoya Hadzhieva and Ms Marcela Arango-Ospina for their superb job as “masters of ceremony” that made this symposium a success, I thank also all current and former members of my group, colleagues and collaborators, and all former and current students who attended the event in presence and online and those who sent video messages, thanks a lot for your warm words and for sharing anecdotes and memories, it has been a very special occasion to me, which will remain for ever in my memory”.