Summer school on "Mechanobiology and Tribology of the Skin - From Experimental Characterisation to Modelling"
June 24-28, 2019, International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM), Udine, Italy.

There are few spots left.

Dear colleagues,

This is the final announcement for the CISM course on "Mechanobiology and Tribology of the Skin - From Experimental Characterisation to Modelling" that will be held in Udine (Italy) on June 24-28, 2019.
Coordinated by Georges Limbert (University of Southampton, UK) and Marc Masen (Imperial College London, UK)

This course is not only addressed to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in biomedical/mechanical/civil engineering, biophysics and applied mathematics but also to more senior scientists and engineers in academia and industry, with a special interest in skin mechanobiology and tribology. The summer school will also be an excellent opportunity to foster discussions between young and more established researchers in a very conducive atmosphere, to encourage interactions between experts with different background and to educate the next generation of researchers.

Note that CISM is a non-profit organization, and that Udine offers reasonably priced accommodation.

TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE (on a first come first served basis): A limited number of participants from universities and research centres who are not supported by their own institutions can be offered lodging and/or board, if available, in a reasonably priced hotel or student guest house.

A summary of the objectives, topics and lecturers can be found below.
Information about the programme and registration is available at the following link:

Hope to see you there!

Georges Limbert and Marc Masen

Course dates:
June 24-28, 2019

Udine, Italy

Course objectives:
The ambition of the course is to provide a consistent and holistic introduction to modern research focussed on skin mechanobiology and biotribology whilst also covering advanced topics at the experimental and modelling levels.
The lectures will address in particular the fundamental aspects of skin mechanobiology (biology, physiology, structural organisation, damage and wound healing), characterisation techniques (mechanical properties, tribological properties, acoustic wave propagation techniques, experimental testing devices, numerically-based inverse identification techniques) as well as mathematical and numerical modelling approaches (basic foundations of non-linear continuum mechanics, constitutive modelling and associated finite element techniques, image-based modelling and analysis of skin surface instabilities).
Throughout the course the lecturers will point to future directions and challenges in research in the broad area of skin biophysics and also illustrate how the presented theories and techniques are used to solve practical problems of fundamental and industrial relevance.

Skin mechanobiology
Skin tribology
Experimental characterisation techniques
Constitutive modelling
Computational and experimental tribology
Skin surface instabilites/wrinkles

Michel Destrade, NUI Galway, Ireland
Amit Gefen, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel
Jakub Lengiewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Georges Limbert, University of Southampton, UK
Marc Masen, Imperial College London, UK
Edoardo Mazza, ETH Zurich, Switzerland