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News from the ESB Italian chapter

The VII ESB-ITA Annual Meeting was held in Rome (28-29 September). The meeting comprised a Thematic Symposium on Ocular Biomechanics (abstracts published on Journal for Modeling in Ophthalmology) and a General Session “Biomechanics in Italy”. The meeting has been a great success, with >80 presentations (oral and poster), 100 delegates and 30% of foreign authors. Some contributions will be selected for a full-length paper to be published on Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (ASME).


Four Prizes were awarded during the Annual Meeting:

– ESB-ITA Master Thesis Award 2017:

Martina Genta (Politecnico di Torino). Endothelial cells response to combined loading from flow and substrate deformation: a quantitative analysis

– ESB-ITA Young Researcher Award 2017 (best-oral thematic presentation):

Mariia Dvoriashyna (Università di Genoa). A mathematical model of fluid transport across the retinal pigment epithelium

– ESB-ITA Best Poster Presentation 2017:

Elisabetta Monaldo (Università Niccolò-Cusano). Computational multiscale modelling of fluid-structure interaction in arterial vessels

– ESB-ITA Best Oral Presentation 2017:

Dario Allegretti (Politecnico di Milano). Identification of NiTi stent material parameters through surrogate-assisted optimisation


During the General Assembly within the Annual Meeting, the executive board has been renewed. Michele Marino (Leibniz Universität Hannover) has been confirmed as President, while two new members enter the office: Simona Celi (Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Massa/Pisa) and Claudio Chiastra (Politecnico di Milano);


A session on “Theoretical and Applied Biomechanics for Cardiovascular Problems” has been organized under the auspices of ESB-ITA in the framework of the meeting of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA 2017, Salerno, 4-7 September 2017);


ESB-ITA has been appointed as co-organizer of the session in Biomechanics within the Sixth Meeting of the Italian National Group of Bioengineering (GNB 2018, Milan, 25-27 June 2018).


News from the ESB Spanish Chapter

The Spanish National Chapter meeting was embedded within the 23rd congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, which took place at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville, from the 2nd to the 5th of July 2017.

During the general assembly, elections took place and the former Executive Committee was re-elected Joaquín Ojeda from the Universidad de Sevilla, María José Rupérez from Universitat Politècnica de València, Josep Maria Font from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Joaquín Ojeda is the new president of the Spanish chapter.

Two special sessions took place during the meeting: the Spanish Chapter lunch and the Spanish best work award. During the Spanish Chapter lunch, the Spanish groups presented their groups to the audience as well as the projects in which they are currently involved. The best Spanish works, reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the ESB conference, were presented in a special session open to all the participants of the conference.

Regarding the current activities, the Spanish CAP_ESB is involved in the application of The Spanish Network of Research in Biomechanics, which includes10 PIs of the CAP-ESB from 10 different Spanish institutions. The roll of Network is fundamental for the Spanish CAP-ESB since the network has supported the different meeting of the CAP-ESB, funding the travel costs for many participants.


News from the ESB Austrian Chapter

The second general assembly of the Austrian National Chapter was held in Innsbruck, on September 15 2017. The minutes can be found here.

It is planned to hold a scientific symposium of the Austrian National Chapter of the ESB in 2018 in Salzburg at the PMU hosted by Peter Augat.

The ESB 2019 conference will take place from July 7-10 2019 at the University of Vienna located centrally in the first district.



Please note that any ESB active or student member in good standing and affiliated to an organization located in Austria/Italy/Spain is also a rightful member of the Austrian/Italian/Spanish National Chapter of the ESB. The same applies to corporate members whose legal site is located in Austria/Italy/Spain, and to honorary and senior members who are resident in Austria/Italy/Spain. ESB members of Austrian/Italian/Spanish nationality, but working or resident in other countries, can also join the Chapter by sending a request to the President of the Chapter.


David Mitton

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