A Report on the Sorrento Workshop on Peptide Materials 2023

Workshop: Sorrento 2013 – Sorrento 2023 A decade of Peptide Materials
Sorrento, Italy, 26-28 October 2023

After exactly ten years from the first meeting on Peptide Materials and following the PepMat Workshops organized in Barcelona in 2016 by Carlos Aleman and in 2018 in London by Ian Hamley we have organized a new event on Peptide Materials. The Workshop: Sorrento 2013 – Sorrento 2023 A decade of Peptide Materials has been held at the Hotel Tramontano in Sorrento (Naples) on October 26-28, 2023; the same location and venue and the same week of October of ten years ago. The event has had a high attendance of over 90 scientists of different countries from all over the world. The workshop was held under the auspices of the European Peptide Society (EPS) and of the Italian Peptide Society (ItPS) and has been organized by a joint effort of the Interuniversity Research Center on Bioactive Peptides (CIRPEB) at University of Naples ‘Federico II’, by the Dept. of Chemical Science and Technologies University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Chairmen of the workshop were Antonella Accardo, Francesca Cavalieri, Carlo Diaferia, Gianfranco Bocchinfuso, Giancarlo Morelli and Mariano Venanzi

Group Photo in the Hotel Tramontano Garden

The topics of the workshop were:

  • Peptide Self-Assembly and Material Design
  • Peptide Interactions with Materials
  • Peptide Hydrogels and Hydrogel nanoparticles
  • Peptide Biomaterials & Tissue Regeneration
  • Peptide Materials for Opto/Electronic Applications

The theme of the workshop concerning the state of the art in Peptide Materials was covered by seven plenary lectures, Twentynine oral presentations, ten short communications and two poster sessions. Three intense days were completely dedicated to the peptide materials science.

The scientific committee during the opening ceremony

The following plenary lectures were presented by distinguished scientists coming from all over the world:

  • Frank Caruso (University of Melbourne Australia) “Bio-Nano Science – Insights for Nanomedicine”
  • Carlos Aleman (Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) “Peptide Interactions with Materials”
  • Nurit Ashkenasy (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel) “Peptide-Based Electronic Material”
  • Ian Hamley (University of Reading, United Kingdom) “Bioactive Self-Assembling Peptides and Lipopeptides”
  • Hiroshi Matsui (Hunter-Weill Medical College of Cornell University, United States) “Control of Intracellular Biological Activities and Exosome Biogenesis by Peptide Self-Assembly for Future Cancer Treatments”
  • Alberto Saiani (The University of Manchester, United Kingdom) “β-Sheet Forming Peptides: from Molecular Self-Assembly to Biomedical Materials Design”
  • Rein Ulijn (University of New York, United States) “Directed Discovery of Functional Peptide Materials and Systems”

All were extremely interesting and stimulated a great participation from all the audience.

Due to terrible situation in Israel and Palestine, the participation of four Israeli scientists was assure by on-line presentations.

The workshop was sponsored by few companies and by The Royal Society of Chemistry. The Royal Society of Chemistry awarded 3 winners among authors with a prize of a £100 book voucher and a free 1-year RSC membership. The scientific committee selected one winner among the oral presentations (Tilmann J. Neubert, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany), one among the short communication (Valeria Gomes, Universituy of Minho, Portugal) and the last one among the poster presentations (Hu Kaiyue, Politecnico di Milano, Italy).

The scientific committee award Tilmann J. Neubert

At the end of the scientific sessions, the gala dinner, was also much appreciated by the participants. Finally, on Sunday 29th, was organized a special trip in Pompei with visit of famous ruins.

The Sorrento workshop has been a highly successful forum for the exchange of ideas on hot subjects and trends in peptide material science and an important and decisive stimulus for future work in the area. The pleasant weather of Sorrento, offered to participants, beside science, the occasion of enjoying the city and its coast with its natural beauty.

Contributed by Giancarlo Morelli