The Art of Failure

„I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.“ Thomas Edison

Nowadays, many key players in science call for an open approach to failure and propose embracing it to learn and improve. We have therefore dedicated the BSRT Symposium 2018 to the ‘Art of Failure’ in the field of Regenerative Therapy research.

Science often shines like a masterpiece. However, in this unique Symposium we draw attention to the ‘smears’ in the scientific ‘paintings’. By covering aspects of body failure, its limited ability to regenerate and how to address this failure by therapeutic approaches, we warmly encourage our keynote speakers and participants to discuss the failures behind their results.

This Symposium will explore failure in Regenerative Therapy research from two different perspectives.

Scientists‘ Perspective
The omnipresent pressure on scientists to quickly publish their research results is widely known. However, scientific research often encounters failure and achieving the successful final masterpiece becomes a frustrating time-consuming process. During this Symposium, we will explore how these two conflicting realities influence scientists and the quality of science. We will question and debate our fears of failure in order to understand and embrace them as essential elements of research and as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Science Perspective
Causes of failure in regeneration will be discussed, highlighting natural influences of cellular aging and microbial infections. The inherent potential of the body to deal with failure will be illustrated by focusing on immune reactions, as well as on cellular and tissue regeneration. Moreover, a colorful palette of strategies that support regeneration will be displayed, from nature- to technology-inspired solutions. Lastly, the critical steps of translating promising therapies into clinical applications will be portrayed.


So, join us from 28th to 30th November 2018 in Berlin!