ESBiomech24 Congress in Edinburgh

ESB Student Awards


The ESB Student Awards were instituted by Professor Marie-Christine Ho Ba Tho at the 1998 Congress in Toulouse, France, with the purpose to honor excellence in biomechanics and/or biomechanics already at a relatively young age. At every ESB Congress one first prize Student Award and three runner up Awards will be given to four students based on the recommendation of the Awards Committee selecting the four best proceeding abstracts for a final presentation in a special Awards session at the ESB Congress on a secret ballot to select the first place, which will be held amongst the meeting delegates attending the award lectures.

The award consists of a certificate for each winner and 1000 € for the first place and 400 € for the runners, by the European Society of Biomechanics.

For consideration, the candidate must submit electronically an abstract through the portal of the yearly Congress, together with the required documents. Nominations must be presented from an ESB member, who must also be first author of the abstract.  Please check your membership and payment status before applying for this award. For detailed information on eligibility and the selection procedure, please refer to the Awards Regulations.  If you need clarifications, you may contact the Awards Committee Chair.

Instructions for 2024 Yearly Congress:

Deadline for receipt of applications for 2024 ESB Student award coincides with the closing date for abstract submission for the yearly ESB Congress, January 31st, 2024. In order to enter the competition, applicants must apply in the online Congress submission portal by clicking the ESB Student Award box and submitting all of the required files. In addition to the Congress Abstract, a brief curriculum vitae and an electronically signed letter by the student’s supervisor including an award nomination and a statement that the student is officially enrolled in a University program should be included in the submission in the portal. If the abstract is accepted for the 2024 Congress, the application will automatically be taken into consideration and abstracts will enter the reviewing phase for the award.

To qualify for the award, the conference management team will need to check your eligibility against the ESB membership database, and may share information you provide to the conference with the ESB, in order to do this.

In 2023, the excellence of the research and the talks led us to choose two winners! CONGRATULATIONS!!



Runners up: Maria Segarra-Queralt, Apeksha Shapeti

PAST WINNERS of the ESB Student Award

2022 Alexandra Tits (University of Liège, Belgium) “The biomechanics and mechanobiology of mineralized fibrocartilage at the tendon-bone attachment”

Runners up: Sara Bridio, Connor Cross & Maurizio Lodi Rizzini

2021 Karol Calò (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) “In vivo aortic hemodynamic analysis combining complex networks theory and 4D flow MRI”

2021 Anna Corti (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) “A Finite Element – agent-based coupled model of restenosis: linking tissue damage to cellular dynamics”

2020 Jorge Barrasa-Fano (KU Leuven, Belgium) “Novel and accessible 3D Traction Force Microscopy applied to an in vitro vascular disease model”

2019 Alix Whelan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) “Bovine pericardium leaflet failure: investigating the relationship between damage and calcification”

2018 Duncan Betts (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) “A three-dimensional multiscale model of fracture healing in mice: Sensitivity of callus microstructure to osteoblast polarization and initial MSC density

2017 Pim Oomen (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) “The interplay of growth and remodeling in human heart valves during somatic growth”

2016 Emiel van Disseldorp, Niels Petterson, Marcel Rutten, Frans van de Vosse, Marc van Sambeek, Richard Lopata (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) “Wall stress analysis and mechanical characterization of abdominal aortic aneurysms using 4D ultrasound”

2016 Zhao Ying Cui, Nele Famaey, Garcia Umuhire Musigazi, Markos Kapeliotis, Bart Deperitere, Jan Ivens, Jos Vander Sloten (KU Leuven, Belgium) “Two rail shear test on human bridging veins”

2015 Janna Tenenbaum-Katan Respiratory flows during early childhood: In-silico and in-vitro biomemetic models of inhalation therapy in the developing airways

2014 Mario Giorgi, A. Carriero, S.J. Shefelbine, N.C. Nowlan. Mechanobiological simulations of prenatal joint morphogenesis

2013 Hajar Razi, A. Birkhold, G. Duda, B. Willie, S. Checa (Germany) “Cortical bone in adult mice exhibits lower strain levels at remodelling sites compared to young mice”  

2013 Orestis G. Andriotis, D. Smart, S.P. Robins, W. Manuyakorn, O.L. Katsamenis, P.H. Howarth, D.E. Davies, P.J. Thurner (UK) “Cross-link density and type are strong determinants of collagen fibril nanoelasticity”  

2012 Carlier Aurélie, Liesbet Geris, Hans Van Oosterwyck (Leuven, Belgium) “Tip cells at the top: a multiscale model of sprouting angiogenesis” 

2010 Schulte, F.A., Lambers, F.M., Webster, D.J., Kuhn, G., Müller, R. (Zürich, Switzerland) “Strain energy density predicts sites of local trabecular bone formation and resorption”

2008 Schneider, P., Voide, R., Donahue, L.R., Stampanoni, M., Müller, R. (Zürich, Switzerland) “The influence of the cortical canal network on murine bone mechanics”

2006 Geris Liesbet, Vander Sloten, J., Van Oosterwyck, H. (Leuven, Belgium) “Mathematical modeling of bone regeneration including the angiogenic process”

2004 Bomzon, Z., Knight, M.M., Sharma, A.M., Lee, D.A., Kimmel, E., Bader, D.L. (London, UK) “Intracellular strain fields in compressed chondrocytes exhibit strain amplification associated with cytoskeletal networks”

2002 McNamara , L.M., Van der Linden, J.C., Weinans, H., Prendergast, P.J. (Dublin, Ireland) “High stresses occur in bone trabeculae under low loads ! A study using micro-serial sectioning techniques and finite element analysis”

2000 Fridez, P.,Makino, A., Miyazaki, H., Meister, J.-J., Hayashi, K., Stergiopulos, N. (Lausanne, Switzerland) “Biomechanical adaptation of vascular smooth muscle tone and myogenic response to acute hypertension in conduit vessels”

1998 Heigele, C.E., Claes, L.E. (Ulm, Germany) “Magnitudes of local stress and strain along bony surfaces predict the course and type of fracture healing”

1998 Tieschky, M., Faber, S., Haubner, M., Eckstein, F. (Munich, Germany) “Determination of in vivo cartilage thickness and volume changes following physical exercise with magnetic resonance imaging”

1998 Lacroix Damien, Prendergast, P.J. (Dublin, Ireland) “3D finite element analysis of glenoid prostheses for total shoulder arthroplasty”

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