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8th WCB – Dublin (08-12.07.2018)

Ireland Welcomes You to the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. The Congress will take place from 8 – 12 July 2018 in the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland’s purpose built international conference and event venue situated in the very heart of Dublin city.

The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every 4 years and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field. Many of the main international biomechanics societies will fold their 2018 annual meetings into the 2018 World Congress, hence you can expect to meet many of your colleagues in Dublin…. read in full

We look forward to meeting you in Dublin in 2018 for a truly memorable World Congress of Biomechanics.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel J. Kelly & Fergal J. O’Brien, Co-chairs WCB 2018

BMT – DGBMT Conference

BMT 2018, the 52th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering – Aachen

The board of directors of the Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University will be the host of the BMT 2018, the 52th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT within VDE).

The mission of the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University is interdisciplinary basic research and development of personalised biomedical engineering solutions. The common objective of all initiated projects, activities and tasks is to create innovation for a better health care.

The conference topics will cover the entire field of Biomedical Engineering, as it is represented by the plurality of DGBMT expert committees. Special emphasis is put on the following topics:
• Biohybrid Medical Systems
• Cyber Medical Systems
• Patient Specific Model Guided Therapy
• Imaging
• Clinical Translation

Physicians, engineers and natural scientists are welcome to conduct an intensive dialogue on the exciting scientific achievements and to discover the best ways for translation from science to practice. Interdisciplinary communication, socializing and brainstorming are long standing traditions of these conferences.

We look forward to seeing you at the BMT 2018 in Aachen.

More Information

Basic Biomechanics and Experimental Methods for Joint Research – Ulm (13-15.11.2017)

The aim of this workshop is to train clinicians and engineers, who are especially interested in joint research. It will allow the participants to gain knowledge in planning and conducting biomechanical experiments by a balanced mixture of 6 lectures and 8 laboratories. The number of participants is limited to 20 in order to guarantee a maximum efficiency for the single attendee.

Please visit the website for more information.

Basic Biomechanics Workshop – Ulm

Workshop am Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Ulm: Basic Biomechanics and Experimental Methods for Joint Research

The aim of this workshop is to train clinicians, who are especially interested in joint research. It will allow the participants to gain knowledge in planning and conducting biomechanical experiments by a balanced mixture of 6 lectures and 8 laboratories. The number of participants is limited to 20 in order to guarantee a maximum efficiency for the single attendee.

When? Wed-Fri 26.-28.07.2017
How many participants? Max. 20
Language? English

Additional Information

Contact person

apl. Prof. Dr. Lutz Dürselen
Associate Director
Group head joint biomechanics
Phone: +49 731 500-55333
Fax: +49 731 500-55302


Please register by sending an email to:
Angelika Reindl
Med. Dokumentations-assistentin
Sekretariat Prof. Wilke
Vertretung Abteilungs-sekretariatTel.: +49 731 500-55317
Fax: +49 731 500-55302

17th Annual CAOS Meeting – Aachen


Abstract and Early Bird Deadline

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited by the number of good quality papers that have already been submitted.
Nevertheless, due to the continuous requests for an extension, especially related to the significantly increased field of conference topics, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to
February 12, 2017.
Do not miss this opportunity and send your paper via this link.

Short facts at a glance
Conference:  17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery

 June 14–17, 2017

Eurogress Aachen (Germany)

Early bird deadline: March 31, 2017
Save up to 23% by registering now!

Pre-conference educational workshops:
June 14, 2017 (further information)

Plenary key note speakers (further information):
Reinhart Poprawe, PhD
Laser Technology meets CAOS – Focus on the Human
RWTH Aachen University

Michael Skipper Andersen, PhD
Prediction of Subject-Specific Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Aalborg University

Wolfgang Fitz, MD
Rational and Clinical Results of Patient Specific Knee Implants
Harvard Medical School

Further information is available via the conference website.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via caos2017@conventus.de.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Aachen for CAOS2017!

Best regards,

Klaus Radermacher, PhD
President CAOS International 2017

DGFB 2017 – Reminder

Research Associate

The Laboratory of Biomechanics and Biomaterials of the Orthopaedic Department of the Hannover Medical University is offering a

Research Associate

position with an emphasis on the

Optimization-based musculoskeletal
simulation of pathological gait

The position is being offered for two years with the option for a performance based extension to three years. The salary is commensurate with the qualification of the applicant (TV-L).

The applicant will be expected to:

  • Independently participate in an international bilateral research group with the goal of establishing and comparatively investigating innovative simulation methods for use in a clinical context
  • Establish scaled patient specific models, as well as an interface between clinical gait analysis and a simulation platform
  • Analysis, statistically assess and compare captured and computed data as well as to prepare reports and publications in the English language
  • Support and cooperate with external partners and students working on the project

The following requirements should be fulfilled:

  • A university degree in engineering, physics or other similar discipline.
  • Experience in the programming and/or use of numerical simulation methods in at least one area of application (FEM, multibody simulation, dynamic systems control, or equivalent)
  • Basic knowledge in control theory
  • Good written and presentation skills. A systematic, analytical and goal-oriented approach, as well as the desire to accept responsibility and acquire new skills and qualifications.
  • Good team skills as well as the ability to work proactively, independently and creatively.
  • Spoken and written fluency in at least German or English. The willingness to attain German fluency.

Additional preferable qualifications:

  • The desire to solve new research questions and to learn and develop new methods
  • Knowledge in at least one Programming language
  • Experience in biomechanical studies

The Hannover Medical School aims to increase the proportion of women in its scientific personnel and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply for this position.  Equally qualified persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Please direct inquiries an applications including references and a curriculum vita to:

PD Dr.-Ing. Christof Hurschler (Ph.D.)
Labor für Biomechanik und Biomaterialien
Orthopädische Klinik der MHH
Anna-von-Borries-Str. 1-7
D-30625 Hannover

+49 511 5354 647 Voice
+49 511 5354 875 Fax
+49 172 5946 909 Mobile

Post-Doc in an interdisciplinary project involving human movement biomechanics

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm,

one of Europe’s leading technical universities, is looking for a

Postdoc to an interdisciplinary project in engineering and human movement biomechanics.

The candidate will work at the KTH BioMEx Center at the School of Engineering Sciences at KTH. S/he will also work closely with the Visualization group at the School of Computer Science and Communication, and as well as with an occupational therapist from Karolinska Institutet in a clinical setting for patients with upper extremity motor dysfunction.

This interdisciplinary project comprises expertise from computer science, biomechanics and occupational therapy. We work towards exciting new technologies to make the lifes of patients with motor disabilities easier. This project has a very high societal impact.

Project description

Ability-optimized design: The successful applicant will develop an approach to personalize everyday tools for people with motor disabilities. Patients with motor disabilities struggle with performing a large number of daily activities such as autonomously eating, washing, clothing, or walking. A large number of tools exist to aid with these daily activities. For example, different spoons and other silverware have been developed for patients with motor disabilities. However, these tools are generic in the sense that they have been designed for a larger group of patients. Hence, therapists often have to adapt them manually to work for a specific patient. This is a tedious trial-and-error task that often involves bending metal and other materials. The aim of this project is to develop methods that allow for a rapid production of a tool specifically designed for a single patient. Our methodology builds upon recording the preferred movements of a patient for specific tasks. A subsequent optimization step aims at adapting the geometry and other aspects of a tool to the motor abilities of the patient under the constraint of maintaining the tool’s utility. The result is fabricated using rapid production methods such as 3D printing. It is therefore readily available to the patient.


  • PhD in electrical engineering, computer science, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, physics, or a related science. We will also consider applicants who are about to finish their degree.
  • Good programming skills or high motivation to learn Familiarity with hardware projects based on Arduino (particularly using inertial sensors) or good motivation to learn
  • Social skills and motivation to meet patients and perform experiments
  • Good spoken and written English communicating skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Some knowledge of Swedish is desirable, but not required

The position is non-tenurable with initial appointment for one year and the possibility of one-year renewals subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


Apply according to the procedures laid out here:

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2016-10-15. Mark your application with reference number S-2016-0922.

About the scholarship

Period: One year with the possibility of a one-year renewal
Stipend compensation: 24 000 SEK per month
Extent: Full-time
Positions: 1
Location: Stockholm
Start date: Flexible, preferably during late 2016 or early 2017.


See https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/stipendier/postdoc-to-interdisciplinary-project-in-engineering-and-human-movement-biomechanics-1.671655 for details.

Biomechanics Summer Course 2016

19.-22. Juli 2016

Basic Biomechanics and Biomechanical Methods for Experimental Research
of the Musculoskeletal System

Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, University of Ulm

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