Italian National Chapter

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The Italian National Chapter of the ESB was created on 14th March 2011, after approval by the Italian members of the ESB through electronic ballot.

The by-laws of the Italian National Chapter can be found here.

The website of the Italian Chapter of the ESB is here.

The Italian Chapter of the ESB is also on Facebook,  Linkedin and Twitter

Members of the Italian Chapter of the ESB

Any ESB active or student member affiliated to an organization located in Italy is also a rightful member of the Italian National Chapter of the ESB.  The same applies to corporate members located in Italy, and to honorary and senior members who are resident in Italy.  ESB members of Italian nationality, but working or resident in other countries, can  join the Chapter by sending a request to the President of the Chapter.

Executive Board of the Italian Chapter of the ESB

The Executive Board of the Italian Chapter is elected every 2 years by the General Assembly.

Current Executive Board:

  • Michele Marino (Leibniz Universität Hannover), president
  • Simona Celi (Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Massa/Pisa)
  • Claudio Chiastra (Politenico di Milano)
  • Luca Cristofolini (Università di Bologna), ex officio
  • Enrico Dall’Ara (University of Sheffield), ex officio


The Italian Chapter has a Newsletter, with info about people and activities. The Newsletter can be downloaded from the website.


Upcoming Meetings and Activities:
 -) IX ESB-ITA Annual Meeting:
The Annual meeting of the Italian Chapter of the ESB in 2019 will take place in Bologna on 30th September and 1st October.
The event will be organised by Luca Cristofolini, Rita Stagni, Maria Cristina Bisi and Marco Palanca.
The Meeting will be held in the monumental context of the rooms and cloister of San Giovanni in Monte monastery, in the historical heart of Bologna and will include a thematic symposium on In Silico Clinical Trials. with three invited outstanding international keynotes.  
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30th April 2019.
The best studies will be published in a special issue of Medical Engineering and Physics. Moreover, there will be awards for the best in silico model, the best oral presentation and the best poster presentation.
The early registration to the congress can be done until 20th July 2019.


Recent Meetings of the Italian Chapter of the ESB

-) III Thematic Symposium ESB-ITA: ESB-ITA oganized in collaboration with IDBN – Italian Digital Biomanufacturing Network- the Symposium: “3D Printing and Biomechanics”. The Symposium was held on 5th to 7th September 2018 in Pavia and was organized by Ferdinando Auricchio, Michele Conti e Stefania Marconi. The meeting has been an interesting opportunity of exchanging ideas in a multidisciplinary context on a relatively new area with a string clinical impact. The meeting has counted 115 participants and 49 contributions (of which 10 biomodels). Moreover, the event included 4 tutorials (involving lectures from medical, engineering and pharmacological science, as well as an industrial partner), 4 industrial workshops and 1 workshop organized by Fondazione Bassetti, and 7 sponsors.    

-) VIII ESB-ITA Annual Meeting: ESB-ITA co-organized the session “Biomechanics and mechanobiology” within the 6th Italian National Congress of Bioengineering, held in Milan on 25-27 June 2018. The event was of major national relevance in the bioengineering community.    

-) VII ESB-ITA Annual Meeting: The meeting, held in Rome on 28-29 September 2017 was organized by Giuseppe Vairo (Università di Roma Tor Vergata). The meeting comprised the II Thematic Symposium ESB-ITA on Ocular Biomechanics” and a General Session “Biomechanics in Italy”. The meeting has been a great success, with moe than 80 presentations (oral and poster), 100 delegates and 30% of foreign authors. The abstracts of the thematic symposium have been published on Journal for Modeling in Ophthalmology. Moreover, some contributions from the general session have been selected for a full-length paper to be published on Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (ASME).

More information on past and next meetings of the ESB-ITA can be found here.