WBC 2012

The Society For Biomaterials is preparing to participate in the 2012 World Biomaterials Congress being held in Chengdu, China June 1-5, 2012. As a member of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterial Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) the Society is committed to supporting this quadrennial event as the international forum for collaboration, networking and dissemination of knowledge.

Click here for the Call for Abstracts & Preliminary Program.

Important dates:

May 15, 2011 Abstract submission website online
September 1, 2011 Hotel and Congress registration open
September 30, 2011 Abstract submission deadline
December, 2011 Communication to authors on approved/rejected abstracts
March 20, 2012 Deadline for early registration discount
April 16, 2012 Pre-registration / Cancellation deadline
April 20, 2012 Issue of the final program

At the Society For Biomaterials' 2011 Annual Meeting the 2012 WBC Organizing Committee delivered a brief presentation on preparations to date for the event. A brief synopsis of that presentation is available here.

If you are planning to attend, or even considering it at this point, you may find the following information helpful for planning purposes.

Travel to China requires a visa. Visa applicants are required to submit:

  1. One completely filled out Visa Application Form of the P. R. China (Q-1).
  2. One recent 2" x 2" photo showing entire face and without a hat on.
  3. Original passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of application with at least 2 blank pages for the visa.
  4. Other documents in accordance with your application (letter of invitation).

Single-entry visas are generally valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. You are suggested to apply for the visa 2 months before your departure date. (Cost $140)

Visa applications may not be done through mail or any express delivery service such as UPS, FedEx. Visa applications should be submitted and picked up by the applicant or someone else entrusted. The embassies and consulates do not offer a service to mail your visa back and do not accept any applications via email or through Internet. (Additional content available on the New York Consulate's FAQ website: http://www.nyconsulate.prchina.org/eng/lsqz/VisasforChina/t42211.htm)

A geographic breakdown of Embassy and Consulate service areas is provided here:


Members of the Society For Biomaterials who do not have easy access to an embassy or consulate may consider using a free service which will be provided the Society For Biomaterials. In the spring of 2012 interested members may send their passports, photos, fees, and visa applications to SFB headquarters. Dan Lemyre, SFB Executive Director, will secure letters of invitation from the Congress organizers on your behalf and will bring all materials to the Chinese consulate in New York. This will qualify as a group application, and will reduce the cost of the visa application by $20, which will cover FedEx charges to return of your passport. If you are interested in using this service, please contact Dan Lemyre directly at dlemyre@ahint.com or 856-642-4201.

Airline tickets: A brief search conducted in May 2011 for airline tickets to Chengdu, China (CTU) showed the following fares:

New York (LGA) $1,700 - $2,000
Philadelphia (PHL) $1,500 - $2,100
Chicago (ORD) $1,400 - $2,700
Los Angeles (LAX) $1,100 - $1,800

Hotels: The Congress organizers have secured excellent hotel rates in Chengdu, with eight hotels available priced between $85 and $200 per night.

Health & Safety: Information on vaccinations and other health related issues is available from the Centers for Disease Control: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.htm.

Weather: The weather in Chengdu, China in early June is usually mild. The average temperature is around 77-86°F (25-30 °C). To learn more weather information you can browse the Congress website (www.wbc2012.com)

Electricity Supply: Electricity in China is supplied at 220V - 50Hz AC.

Currency: The Chinese currency is called Ren-Min-Bi (RMB) and the unit is called YUAN or CNY (Chinese Yuan). You can find 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Yuan banknotes. Cash dispensers and money exchangers are available at the airport and hotels. Cash is most commonly used in China. Credit cards can be used at major hotels, restaurants or shopping malls. There are many ATMs in most cities of China accepting foreign bank cards such as Master or Visa Cards. All ATMs will remit RMB (Chinese currency) notes. Remember that if you want to exchange your RMB back to your home currency on the way out (e.g. at the airport), you'll need to keep the ATM or bank receipt or the exchange won't be accepted. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in China but you can't always depend on being able to pay with them. Certainly at international-standard hotels, upscale restaurants and shops and tourist offices you will be able to use them.

You are cordially invited to participate in BBB, a forum that is organized as part of the World Biomaterials Congress. Click here for more information.