21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics


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21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics

5 – 8 JULY 2015

Clarion Congress Hotel Prague****, Prague 9 – Vysočany, Czech Republic


The 21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics is held at Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Czech Republic, from 5 to 8 July 2015. The location of the venue is just 10 minutes by metro from the historical center. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, lies in the heart of Europe and ranks amongst the most impressive historical cities in the world.

The congress programme consists of a precourse on the first day, followed by 3 days of scientific sessions.

The precourses are: Short Course on Tissue Engineering, Combined experimental and modelling approach to clinical applications, Evaluation of implant stability, Custom made implants design and clinical application .

Plenary lectures will be delivered by Jacob Klein (Weizmann Institute of Science), Jeffrey A. Weiss (University of Utah) and Richard M Hall (University of Leeds).

The scientific programme is accompanied by a social programme, which cannot be missed. The most remarkable will be the “Night in town”, aimed at young colleagues, and the Congress Dinner, which will allow you to enjoy the Prague’s picturesque atmosphere.

Please find out more information about the congress and scientific programme at http://www.esbiomech2015.org.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Prague next year!




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7th World Congress on Biomechanics


7th World Congress of Biomechanics7th World Congress on Biomechanics
July 6 – 11, 2014, Boston, USA

The World Congress of Biomechanics is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas.  This, the 7th WCB, will once again bring together engineers, scientists from various disciplines including biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties. Applications range from basic biology to medical devices to the latest technologies.  Researchers, engineers from industry, medical doctors, academics, and students are all welcome.  Vendor exhibitions will highlight the latest technologies, publications, and medical devices.

The ESB strongly supports the WCB, by its representation on the organising committee, and the ESB community is strongly integrated, with European scientists participating as keynote lecturers,  track and session chairs for the conference. The WCB aims to offer nearly 400 individual scientific sessions, therefore the congress provides a unique opportunity to experience the full breadth and depth of global biomechanics research. Traditional ESB activities will be given a specific focus at the congress, with plenary sessions dedicated to our awards program and our bi-annual General Assembly. Boston is convenient to reach from all major European airports and offers a unique venue for the WCB. We hope to see a strong support from the European biomechanics community and look forward to a stimulating 5 days of in-depth discussions and presentations.

For more information consult the congress website (http://www.wcb2014.com) contact eileen@wcb2014.com or andrea@wcb2014.com.

WCB REGISTRATION: When you register for WCB remember to state that you are a member of the European Society of Biomechanics. Select European Society of Biomechanics from the dropdown menu on the section of the form that asks ‘Primary Professional Society Affiliation’.  WCB only has one registration fee for all participants, regardless of any membership. For that reason, ESB is not able to offer any discount on the registration fee. The good news is that for ESB members who participate to the congress and who are in good standing (i.e. they have already paid their membership for 2014, either by having participated to ESB2013 in Patras, or by paying the membership fee by the end of this year), the membership fee up to the end of 2015 will be included in the congress registration fee.

Important dates:

November 15, 2013 – January 29, 2014 (Extended!)
Online abstract submission is open. Podium Presentations will be limited, so please submit early to the continuous review process.

February 15, 2014 – March 15, 2014
Review period for all podium papers and posters.

April 1, 2014
Last date for notification of acceptance for Podium or Poster  Presentation.


ESB Council Elections 2014: Candidates

Dear European Society of Biomechanics member,

We have received fourteen nominations for the four ESB council positions that will become vacant in July 2014.

A short biography of each candidate is now available to view here.

Voting will take place at the European Society of Biomechanics General Assembly at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston on Tuesday 8th July at 12:30, the event is listed in your programme as: 12:30 – 02:30 (Lunch and Posters; Society Committee Meetings)…..’

If you can not attend the GA it will also be possible to vote by proxy by prior arrangement with the secretary general. Please contact Gwen Reilly at secretary.general@esbiomech.org to arrange this ASAP, at the latest three weeks before the GA.

We look forward to seeing you at the GA,

The Council of the European Society of Biomechanics

ESB call for Bids 2017

The ESB invites proposals for the organization of its annual congress in 2017.

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 2017 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 (prfernan@dem.ist.utl.pt)

The deadline for bid submission to organize the ESB2017 is 31st March 2014.

3rd Meeting of the Spanish National Chapter, 23-24th October 2013, Barcelona

The third Meeting of the Spanish National Chapter will be held in Barcelona during the 23rd -24th October 2013 at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona. The meeting will gather the Spanish members of the ESB who will have the opportunity to present their research.

During the 23rd October several courses will be held and, the meeting will be the 24th, where a special session of technology transfer in biomechanics, prizes and the renovation of the Council will take place.

More information about the Third Meeting of the ESB Spanish National Chapter is available at this web page.

Full University Professorship Biomechanics Position


Full University Professorship Biomechanics, Human Locomotion and Loading of the Musculoskeletal System


The Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration within the CharitéCenter9 for Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery invites applications for the full university professorship position.


For more information please click on: JobOffer_W2-Biomechanik – englisch final

Deadline extended until the end of July

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.