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Several workshop series will be offered, online, in the week preceding the conference. These workshops series, which cover timely topics and areas in the field of microfluidics, are of educational purposes. They will be given each by 3-4 experienced researchers active in these fields.

We are currently working on a detailed description of each workshop and they will be visible shortly. We understand that many of you would like to register for the conference before the fees increase so please know that there will be an option to add workshops to your existing registration at any time before the conference.

All lectures will be pre-recorded and accessible on-demand through a unique code. To foster interactions between instructors and attendees, live Q&A sessions will be organized on the Saturday or the Sunday before the conference (October 3 - 4, 2020). During these live sessions, questions asked by the attendees will be answered by the instructors in the form of a panel discussion.

On or Before
28-SEP-2020

After
28-SEP-2020

Workshop Fee $70 $85

Fees include one time access to each lecture in a workshop series, the course material, and attendance to the live Q&A session on the Saturday or the Sunday before the conference (October 3 - 4, 2020).

To add a course/workshop to an existing registration, please visit this link.



Workshop 1

PLUG AND PLAY: FLUIDS DELIVERY AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION

How to build a reliable, reproducible, and functional microfluidic chip? From a PDMS or thermoplastic chip to a complete integrated system, experts from academia, RTO's and industry will present new tools and developments and cover a wide range of design rules, techniques and tips to help attendees speed their development cycle and focus on application optimization.

Presenters:
Nicolas Verplanck, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission - CEA, France
Leanna Levine, ALine, Inc, USA
Masumi Yamada, Chiba University, Japan­
Edmond Young, University of Toronto, Canada



Workshop 2

SENSOR INTEGRATION IN MICROFLUIDICS

This workshop focuses on the coupling of sensors with microfluidics, which offers unprecedented opportunities for diagnostics and life science applications. We will also introduce the basic principles of mass transport, i.e. advection and diffusion, and reaction kinetics, and discuss their interplay to determine the sensor performance.

Presenters:
Federico Paratore, IBM, Switzerland
Federica Caselli, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Chii-Wann Lin, National Taiwan University, Taiwan



Workshop 3

OPEN SPACE MICROFLUIDIC

Open microfluidics is an emerging branch of microfluidics, which challenges the position of the closed channel as the basic unit of microfluidic systems. Rather, open microfluidicists seek to control flow against an open surface such as those typically found in biological or pharmaceutical research, the Petri dish, the well plate, or the glass slide, or even against an air/water interface. In this workshop you will learn about the basic concepts of open-space microfluidics, the basic hydrodynamics and mass transport laws underpinning their design, the democratic fabrication techniques they employ (including free 3D printing CAD files for you to test), and the range of applications that they cover.

Presenters:
Jean Berthier, University of Washington, USA
Thomas Gervais, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
Mohammad Qasaimeh, New York University Abu Dhabi



Workshop 4

ADVANCED MICROSCOPY TECHNIQUES FOR CELL IMAGING IN 3D

This workshop focuses on different advanced microscopy techniques, including confocal microscopy, 2photon microscopy, light sheet fluorescence microscopy, up to super resolution techniques and lensfree imaging to the functional genomics screening of organoid. The sample pre-processing techniques and data post processing methods (clearing and labeling) will also be presented.

Presenters:
Petra Paiè, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, Milano, Italy
Nebulum Technologies, Taiwan
Vincent Haguet, CEA, Grenoble, France



Workshop 5

FLOW MODELING AND VISUALIZATION IN MICROFLUIDICS

The aim of this workshop is to introduce some of the most popular flow visualization and modeling tools, particularly Particle image velocimetry (PIV), particle tracking velocimetry (PTV), and multi-physics simulation with finite element method (FEM). The participants will learn the fundamental knowledge and tools for performing 2D PIV and 2D/3D PTV analyses on their own microfluidic systems. Here, free tools such as PIVLab and DefocusTracker will be used to help the participants to gain hand-on experiences. For modeling, the participants will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of theoretical microfluidics as well as to popular commercial or free software packages, which will be introduced with practical examples.

Presenters:
Henrik Bruus, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Wei-Hsin Tien, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Rune Barnkob, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Yuki Minamoto, Flowsquare+/Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan



Workshop 6

SURFACE FUNCTIONALIZATION IN MICROFLUIDICS

This workshop will cover the challenges that lie in the surface modification of microfluidic chips, functional polymer films, biomolecules or biomimetic materials supramolecular architecture. In this workshop, we are exploiting the possibility of the functional polymer coatings to develop next-generation engineering devices. The rationale and the importance of universal materials design strategy to promote multivalency of surface coated antibody molecules with the membrane receptors of target cells will be discussed too.

Presenters:
Sung Gap Im, KAIST, Korea
Ying-Chih Chang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan / Stanford University, USA



Workshop 7

SMALL-SCALE BIOREACTORS

This workshop covers the basic principles of chemical and biological process development with small-scale (bio)reactors. Central topics are the characterization and development of novel micro(bio)reactors. The unique opportunities and challenges arising from miniaturized reactors are considered and discussed for a wide range of biological and chemical application examples. Furthermore, the basic principle and the practical tips of chemical process development in commercial reactors are presented.

Presenters:
Krist V Gernaey, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Wim De Malsche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Pei-Chen Chiang, Corning Research Center, Taiwan
Katrin Rosenthal, Technical University Dortmund, Germany



Workshop 8

BIO / 3D-PRINTING

Bio / 3D-printing offers great versatility in the fabrication of biomimetic volumetric tissues that are structurally and functionally relevant. The technology enables precise control over the composition, spatial distribution, and architecture of printed constructs facilitating the recapitulation of the delicate shapes and structures of target organs and tissues. This workshop will highlight the cutting-edge 3D-printing and bioprinting technologies employed in building three-dimensional microfluidic devices for mimicking in vivo tissue microenvironment and growth, which is critical for precision therapeutic development, including effective drug delivery, immunity medication, and tissue regeneration.

Presenters:
Shrike Zhang, Harvard Medical School, USA
Mei He, University of Florida, USA
Oni Basu, University of Chicago, USA
Hong Kai Wu, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong



Workshop 9

LIQUID BIOPSY - LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN THE CTC, EXOSOME AND FREE-FLOATING DNA FOR DIAGNOSIS

This workshop will summarize the recent development of technologies for the isolation and characterization of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), extracellular vesicles and free-floating DNA. The workshop will discuss use of liquid biopsy beyond novel biomarker, including topics such as latest developments in isolation technologies including in vivo CTC isolation, expansion techniques, genomic analysis, and single cell analysis.

Presenters:
Sunitha Nagrath, University of Michigan, USA
Valérie Taly, Université de Paris, France
Chih-Chen Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Leon Terstappen, University of Twente, The Netherlands



Workshop 10

ORGAN ON CHIP AND MICROFLUIDIC-BASED TISSUE ENGINEERING

Organ on chips aim at recapitulating on chip the main features of an organ (or organs combination). In this workshop different aspects related to this field will be presented and discussed, such as general concepts of Organ-on-a-chip (Motivation, challenges, and potential) and different approaches to mimic specific features of an organ. In addition, different organ on chips as disease models will be discussed.

Presenters:
Stephanie Descroix, Institut Curie - CNRS, France
Deok-Ho Kim, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Rebecca Pompano, University of Virginia, USA
Anna Herland, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden



Workshop 11

DROPLET MICROFLUIDICS

Droplet-based microfluidics offers the feasibility of handling discrete miniature volumes (µl to fl) of fluids in a highly controlled manner. In this workshop we will be discussing the factors that affect wetting and we will focus on some droplet manipulation techniques on surfaces as well as showing some examples from the literature. We will discuss different operations, such as mixing, encapsulation (of, e.g., cells or other objects), sorting, sensing and provide examples that are suitable for high throughput applications.

Presenters:
Yegan Erdem, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Håkan Jönsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Charles Baroud, Institut Pasteur, France



Workshop 12

POINT OF CARE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

This workshop will give a general overview on microfluidic technologies developed for portable and connected point-of-care diagnostics. Design and fabrication of microfluidic chips using materials and processes compatible with high-volume manufacturing will be discussed. The workshop will also cover some of the techniques our teams have developed for efficient integration of reagents to microfluidics chips towards "sample-in-result-out" detection.

Presenters:
Fernando Benito Lopez, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
Yuksel Temiz, IBM, Switzerland
Jacqueline Linnes, Purdue University, USA
Konstantinos Mitsakakis, University of Freiburg - IMTEK, Germany