The European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) was established in March 1976, thanks to the efforts of the scientists interested in this very novel, at that time, discipline – biomaterials science. Today, the ESB is a modern thriving organization gathering over 750 members from 33 different countries. The Statutes says that its objectives are:
The Polish Society for Biomaterials, due to the agreement of the statutes objectives, has been collaborating with the ESB for many years now, proudly bearing the title of an ‘Affiliated Society’. Cooperation between PSB and ESB has also expressed in the presence of the ESB Council members and other ESB scientists as plenary lecturers at the "Biomaterials in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine” conferences, organized in Rytro, Poland. For some years now, one of the important elements of the conference has been the Best Poster and Rapid-Fire competition organized under the auspices of the Young Scientists Forum of the ESB. The Springer publishing house, thanks to the efforts of YSF, sponsored book vouchers as prizes for the winners of the competition. In addition, the jubilee of the 25th anniversary of the PSB conferences coincided with the 40th anniversary of the European Society for Biomaterials and ESB funded a special "Best Poster" award. Of course, the cooperation between the associations has intensified when the 27th European Conference on Biomaterials was awarded to the Polish Society for Biomaterials. Recently, ESB has endorsed another initiative of PSB – the organization of the 4th International Conference on Biomedical Polymers & Polymeric Biomaterials. We hope that, in the years to come, partnership between European and Polish Societies for Biomaterials will remain as valuable as it has been.