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Introduction to Biomechanics

Summer University Online: August 16th - 27th, 2021

3 ECTS credit points, max. 24 participants

Registration is now closed

Details on the summer 2022 program will be published soon!





The 2022 summer program will be published soon!

Biomechanics, as a growing field of engineering, has many applications in the health and sport sectors. This broad field of study includes the design of artificial implants, the development of human tissues in the lab, the measurement of human movement and the detection and treatment of pathological conditions, the understanding of the performance of our muscles and how to employ it in sport, the diagnosis of injuries, the imaging of biological tissues and the detection of their pathological state, etc.

In this course, the fundamental principles of biomechanics and their application to real life situations will be covered including: basic understanding of the application of mechanical principles in biology, understanding of anatomical and biomechanical terminology, application of biomechanical principles to human movement, basic understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues and the techniques used to determine them, and more recent advanced topics such as mechanics of cells, tissue imaging and tissue engineering.

Learning Goals and Syllabus

Learning Goals:

  • Basic understanding of the application of mechanical principles in biology
  • Understanding of anatomical and biomechanical terminology
  • Application of biomechanical principles to human movement
  • Basic understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues such as bone, muscle, ligaments etc. and the techniques used to determine them
  • Learn to use engineering tools (hardware and software) to solve problems in biomechanics

Course Structure:

Reading week: August 9th - August 13th, 2021. Flexible, 5 hours preparatory work to be done on-demand.

Online course: August 16th – August 27th, 2021. Estimated session times are Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm CET for live lectures and group sessions, etc.

Please note that exact session times will be confirmed once registrations have closed (sessions will be scheduled according to the time zones of the registered course participants).

Should you have any questions regarding the course timetable, please contact us at summeruniversity@tubs.de

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course. Weeks 1 and 2 will involve approximately 30 hours of workload.


A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home university whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Target Audience

This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals interested in the field of biomechanics and artificial implants.

Prerequisites and Technical Requirements

Participants of the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience. Working professionals are also welcome to take part in the program.

Also participants should have completed courses in engineering mechanics and materials science.

Technical Requirements

We will ask participants to fulfill the following technical requirements:

  • Fully functional device (laptop, tablet, PC)
  • Stable internet connection
  • Software: Zoom (App installed on desktop or over browser. Participants are requested to use their real name as zoom account name)
  • Recommended: external headset for better sound quality


Dr.-Ing Melika Mohammadkhah is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Transport System at TU Berlin since 2017 with a focus on biomechanics of hard tissues. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) and a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) all at Amirkabir University of Tehran, Iran. She accomplished her PhD degree on soft tissue biomechanics in 2017 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has published several publications in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to different international and national conferences. She has over 5 years of professional teaching experience on many mechanical and biomechanical related courses such as introduction to biomechanics, mechanics of machines, numerical methods, experimental methods, statics and dynamics, etc.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sara Checa is Junior and Guest Professor on Biomechanics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and TU Berlin since 2017, respectively. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malaga and a PhD on Computational Biomechanics from the University of Southampton. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Trinity Center for Bioengineering in Ireland, at the Julius Wolff Institute in Germany and at Stanford University in the USA. She is currently a group leader at the Julius Wolff Institute, specializing in computer modeling of mechano-biological processes with a focus on bone healing and adaptation at the tissue and cellular scales. She is an author of more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters and more than 80 contributions to international and national conferences. She has over 10 years of experience at teaching biomechanical related topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Summer University Online: August 16th - 27th, 2021

Course fees

Registration for this course has now closed.

Course fees for Introduction to Biomechanics are as follows:

Student: 720 Euro

Working professional/Non-student: 1120 Euro

The early bird discount is available for all participants until April 1st 2021.

Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrollment information) during the registration process.

3 ECTS credit points

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