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CISM course – Skeletal Tissue Engineering Mechanics

SEPTEMBER 2013 – KMM-VIN – Skeletal Tissue Engineering Mechanics, with Links to Biology, Chemistry and Medicine

September 23, 2013 — September 27, 2013


  • Christian Hellmich (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Tissue engineering is the use of cells and bio-chemical substances, in combination with engineering and materials methods, in order to restore, maintain, or improve the functioning of biological tissue. The material scientific and cell biological technologies used in contemporary tissue engineering have reached breathtaking sophistication. On the contrary, the current design process of tissue engineering (TE) scaffolds is still a pure trial and error approach. We propose that this conceptual weakness explains why reliable, safe TE solutions for the daily clinical use are the exception, rather than the rule. In fact, it is very complicated (if not impossible), even with tremendous input gained from sophisticated experimental work, to guess suitable combinations of the key design parameters (chemical composition, porosity, microstructural geometry, distribution of signalling factors and biological cells), which reflect a highly complex system of mutually coupled phenomena.
This is where the field of applied mechanics is expected to be of enormous help – and recent developments in latest years are planned to be disseminated to an interdisciplinary audience from civil and mechanical engineering, material science, biology, and biomedicine. In more detail, the lectures of the proposed course will cover topics concerning the key challenges of contemporary tissue engineering strategies, which result from (at least) two competing requirements: (i) the tissue engineering scaffolds must exhibit a sufficient mechanical competence, i.e. stiffness and strength comparable to natural bone. This relates to structural soundness; and (ii) within the living organism, it should be continuously resorbed and replaced by natural bone. This relates to the topic of bioresorbable scaffolds enabling internal growth of new tissue.
Thereby, bone tissue will be the key focus, since in this field, great progress has been made, not only in the fields of materials science and biology, but in particular in the field of applied and computational mechanics.
The course will gather experts from the fields of applied mechanics, biology, and chemistry, in order to give, in an unprecedented transdisciplinary fashion (normally, applied mechanicians are rather missing in the topic, than coordinating a joint educational effort), the cutting-edge view on what the up-to-date ingredients of tissue engineering for load-carrying organs are.
The course is addressed to all doctoral students, researchers, engineers, physicists, chemists, biologists, and medical doctors interested in a novel, comprehensive approach to the understanding and improvement of the tissue engineering field, with special emphasis on mechanics of tissue engineering scaffolds and on the effect of mechanics on biological systems.

New ESB Mobility Award for Young Researchers

Young researchers, take the chance to get to visit a foreign lab! The ESB Mobility Grant aims to provide ESB members with financial assistance to carry out collaborative research in a foreign country as part of their PhD or early postdoctoral research. A limited number of awards (3) to a value of €4000 are available 2013 as an initiative from the ESB on a competitive basis. Information about eligibility and application process is available ‘here’. The submission deadline is 31st of May.

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ESMAC2013 – 22nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children


Dear ESB member,

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming ESB-endorsed event:


ESMAC2013 – 22nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children

2-7 September 2013
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland, UK


The ESB members will have the same discount as the ESMAC members. 


3rd SIMBIO-M International Conference


Dear ESB member,

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming ESB-endorsed event:


3rd SIMBIO-M International Conference

16-18 September 2013

Coventry University, UK



There will be a discount of 15% on the registration fee for ESB members.


IMechE: ‘Knee surgery and rehabilitation in 2013: How engineering is driving improved treatment?’


Dear ESB member,

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming ESB-endorsed event:


IMechE: ‘Knee surgery and rehabilitation in 2013: How engineering is driving improved treatment?’

11-12November 2013
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
London, UK


There will be a discount of 20% on the registration fee for ESB members.


NSpine 2013 – The Comprehensive Spine Course


Dear ESB member,

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming ESB-endorsed event:


NSpine 2013 – The Comprehensive Spine Course

5-8 September 2013
Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery,
Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

There will be a discount of 15% on the registration fee for ESB members.


Call for Abstracts ESB2013 Patras-Greece

Call for Abstracts: Deadline January 31st, 2013


The European Society of Biomechanics cordially invites you to attend the 19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) which will be held in Patras, a beautiful commercial hub located in northern Peloponnese. The meeting will cover all the ESB’s core topics while including emerging research areas in which much new and exciting biomechanics research is taking place.

The event will open on Sunday, August 25th, with two pre ­courses of interest to graduate students, post-docs, and young researchers: Wavelet analysis of biological signals and Nanomechanics of cells-tissues-biomaterials. The main Congress programme will span from Monday, August 26th to Wednesday, August 28th and will feature different tracks of presentations from delegates. Plenary sessions are planned to address current challenges in biomechanics research, and to provide valuable insight into the ever-increasing importance of collaborative research. Confirmed plenary speakers include Prof. Reinhard Blickhan, Prof. Evan Evans, and Prof. Peter Kohl. Based on the previous editions, it is expected that the ESB2013 Congress will have a strong impact on the development of biomechanics, identifying emerging areas of research, promoting the collaboration between participants and industry members, providing information on interdisciplinary programs, EU funding opportunities and biomechanical education programs.

Key Dates

January 31st, 2013: Submission of abstracts
March 31st, 2013: Notification of abstracts
May 30th, 2013: Early registration deadline

Abstract submission

Authors are invited to submit their contirbutions on any of the congress topics. The submission of abstracts and congress registration should be performed via the website

Conference proceedings will be published online at the ESB webpage.

Registration fees

Early registration until the 30th of May is advised to benefit from the congress reduced fee. The registration fee covers admission to the scientific sessions, congress bag with proceedings, coffee breaks and light lunches, cheese & wine evenings, and welcome reception. The Congress registration fee also includes a One-year ESB membership, valid until the end of 2014 (for ESB members who have paid their 2013 membership fee) or the end of 2013 (for non-members willing to apply for ESB membership, under the condition that it is approved by the ESB Council); more information will be available during registration. More detailed information available at the Congress webpage.

Social Events

The opening ceremony, on Sunday evening will include a cultural event along with appropriate presentation and a nice reception.
Monday evening-night a “student event” with appropriate food-drinks-music-dancing will take place near the congress site, in the open.
Special excursions/tours, pre- and post-congress can be arranged by the professional organizers (details in the webpage).
The congress gala dinner is expected to be a “real” SYMPOSIUM.

ESB2013 Conference Organising Committee:

  • Yannis Missirlis (UPAT-BEL)
  • George Athanassiou (UPAT-BEL)
  • Despina Deligianni (UPAT-BEL)
  • Dimosthenis Mavrilas (UPAT-BEL)
  • Georgios Michanetzis (UPAT-BEL)
  • Elissavet Rousanoglou (HSB)
  • Paulo R. Fernandes, ESB Council member

Call for ESB Awards 2013

One way in which ESB promotes excellence in Biomechanics is by recognition of outstanding members with prestigious awards given at the ESB Congress. Further information is available at: For enquiries and award submission contact the chair of the Awards Committee: Dr. P. Zioupos:

All awards have a deadline of January 31st, 2013, unless otherwise stated.

Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics: The most prestigious award of the ESB, given to senior researchers, who have contributed significantly to biomechanics throughout their careers, nominated by at least two ESB members. The awardee will be presented with a medal and requested to provide an award keynote lecture at the ESB Congress.

ESB Clinical Biomechanics Award: Established by the ESB with the purpose of fostering the application of biomechanics to clinically oriented problems. Four award finalists will be selected from abstracts submitted to the 19th Congress and asked to present in a special session at the ESB Congress. The first author of the winning paper will receive a certificate and €1000 donated by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics: Candidates who have had their Ph.D. defence between December 1st 2011 and January 31st 2013 can submit an application. Candidates are requested to fill and submit a 2-page application template and an accompanying letter by their supervisor outlining their achievements and what they think makes the candidate stand out. The winner is selected from the list of 3-4 finalists on assessment of both a strong PhD dissertation (written in English) and the CV. The winner will present a keynote lecture at the ESB Congress and receive an honorarium of €2,000.

ESB Student Awards: One first prize and three runner-up awards will be given to students selected from eligible submitted abstracts. The award consists of a certificate for each winner, €1000 for the first prize and €250 for the runners-up donated by Elsevier Science Ltd.

ESB Poster Award: All the original paper submitted and accepted for poster presentation at an ESB Congress are eligible. The award consists of a certificate for the winner and an amount of 300 € donated by Bertec Corporation.

ESB Travel Awards: For ESB student members or who have not more than 5 years post doctoral experience and have a paper accepted for the ESB Congress. The award consists of a certificate and an amount of 400 € to be used for travel to attend the ESB Congress. Deadline: April 14th 2013.

11th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

Dear ESB member,

I should like to attract your attention to the upcoming ESB-endorsed event:


2nd Call for Abstracts

11th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

April 3-6, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah  USA

Chair:  Jeffrey Weiss, University of Utah

Co-Chair:  Gerard Ateshian, Columbia University

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS – December 14th, 2012

ACCEPTANCE OF ABSTRACTS – January 14th, 2013

Abstracts will be reviewed on a continuous basis to speed up the acceptance process.

We invite both new and previous participants of the CMBBE Symposia series to submit abstracts to the 2013 Symposium, which will be held in the United States for the first time!  We welcome submissions that focus on the topics listed below, as well as innovative developments in both theoretical and applied biosimulation.





We have programmed 14 Special Sessions and 3 Workshops as part of the Symposium.



  • 3 Plenary Talks and 27 Invited Talks by renowned international speakers
  • Oral and poster presentations by Contributing Authors
  • Special Sessions on emerging topics
  • Workshops
  • Software and medical technology exhibits by leading organizations
  • Substantial cash prizes for overall best research papers and posters
  • Students are strongly encouraged to attend, with a reduced student fee and 6 cash prizes for best student posters and presentations.
  • Free time in schedule on Thursday April 4 for skiing or to enjoy other local attractions.



We are pleased to announce that Professors Scott Delp from Stanford University, Suvranu De from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Andrew McCulloch from UC San Diego will be giving Plenary Talks at the Symposium.



Don Anderson (USA), Lynne E. Bilston (Australia), Tom Brown (USA), Estevam de las Casas (Brazil), Tim David (New Zealand), Suvranu De (Plenary Speaker, USA), Scott Delp (Plenary Speaker, USA), Manuel Doblare (Spain), Gabriele Dubini (Italy), Ahmet Erdemir (USA), Sam Evans (U.K.), Paulo R. Fernandes (Portugal), Thomas Franz (South Africa), Amit Gefen (Israel), Weiyong Gu (USA), Edward Guo (USA), Chris Jacobs (USA), Ellen Kuhl (USA), Jia Lu (USA), Andrew McCulloch (Plenary Speaker, USA), John Middleton (U.K.), James Moore (UK), Ralph Mueller (Switzerland), Glen Niebur (USA), Cees Oomens (Netherlands), Chris Peters (USA), Dominque P. Pioletti (Switzerland), Nigel Shrive (Canada), Wafa Skalli (France), Jos van der Sloten (Belgium), Marc Thiriet (France), Jonathan Vande Geest (USA), Pascal Verdonck (Belgium), Philippe K. Zysset (Switzerland)



The meeting will be held at the Marriott City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA:

We have negotiated substantially reduced rates for the symposium participants.  Rates for both single and double rooms are $139/night.



Student: $350

Regular/Presenter: $500

Late Fee (after February 17, 2013): $80

Accompanying person fee for Wednesday Reception and Friday Banquet: $250 total

There will be a discount of 10% on the registration fee for students and regular ESB members.


The symposium fees include admission to all sessions, Buffet Reception on the evening of April 3rd, the Symposium Banquet on the evening of April 6th, breakfast and lunch on 3 days and coffee breaks on 4 days, and an electronic copy of the Proceedings.



The proceedings of the previous symposium can be found here:

ESB call for Bids 2016


The ESB invites proposals for the organization of its annual congress in 2016.

The European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) holds an Annual international scientific congress to provide the most up to date research in biomechanics and to provide a forum of discussion. (ESB congresses).

If you would like to host and organize the 2016 main ESB congress and wish to prepare and submit a bid, please read the conference rules following the link Conferences-Bid Rules General 2013 in the ESB website.

Interested members can contact or send a proposal/bid to Prof. Paulo Fernandes, Chair of the meetings Committee (

The deadline for bid submission to organize the ESB2016 is 31st March 2013.