Graz University of Technology, Austria
Institute of Biomechanics

International Symposium in honor of
Professor Gerhard A. Holzapfel’s 60th birthday

Challenges of the Next Decade

Graz, July 1-2, 2021

The Symposium is postponed due to SARS-CoV-2
A more precise date will be announced in the near future

Symposium in honor of the 60th birthday of Professor Gerhard A. Holzapfel

This event will be held at Graz University of Technology, Austria, from July 1-2, 2021.
No registration fee is required for those invited to give oral presentations. For all others who wish to participate in the symposium there is a registration fee of € 250.00, which covers attendance at all lectures as well as light refreshments in the morning and afternoon breaks. Sessions will also be available, during the morning and afternoon breaks, for participants who would like to present their research as posters. It is then required to send the title of the poster, and the related authors and affiliations to as soon as possible but not later than May 31, 2021.
The online registration will be open until May 31, 2021. Details about registration and payment are available here.

Objectives of the symposium

Biomechanics is a challenging subject that studies living systems by means of the development, extension, and application of mechanics to better understand biological, engineering and medical phenomena. Nonlinear continuum mechanics, multiscale modeling, advanced 3D imaging techniques together with unprecedented predictive computational power allow us to solve cutting-edge biomechanics problems with rather complex patient-specific anatomies. 
Interdisciplinary approaches that address phenomena at the nano-, micro-, or macro-levels are often required to solve such problems. Mechanics, natural sciences such as biophysics, biochemistry, and mathematics, as well as biomedical-, tissue-, health care-, computer- and biomolecular engineering sciences need to be combined with medicine to tackle real-world problems. 
This symposium aims to gather the expertise of established and emerging scientists with backgrounds in the relevant areas of solid (bio)mechanics. It will highlight the state-of-the-art research in mathematical modeling, computational simulation, and experimental methods for testing of a range of biological tissues. In addition, it will highlight some major challenges of the next decade and how we can be better prepared for them. 

The Symposium is hosted at

Graz University of Technology
Stremayrgasse 16
Ground floor, Room BMTEG138

 venue BMT




Public Transport:

Tram number 6
Tramstop: "Neue Technik"
(University of Technology New Campus)


For more information about
public transport and tickets see:


Arrival to Graz

By plane:

Public busses bring you from Graz Airport to the city centre of Graz (Jakominiplatz). The bus stop is outside the passenger terminal, right next to the arrival area. The price for an one-hour-ticket is € 2.50 and is available at the bus driver.

A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about € 20.00-25.00 and takes approx. 25 minutes.


By Train:

From the main railway station take a taxi or a tram to the Summer School venue, which takes about 15 minutes.


  • Scientific Committee
  • Alain Goriely – University of Oxford, UK
  • Peter Hunter – The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ellen Kuhl – Stanford University, USA
  • Ralph Müller – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Ray W. Ogden – University of Glasgow, UK
  • Gerhard Sommer – Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Local Organizing Committee
  • Daniel Haspinger
  • Kewei Li
  • Selda Sherifova
  • Gerhard Sommer
  • Bettina Strametz
  • Stephan Teichtmeister

No registration fee is required for those invited to provide an oral presentation.

For all others who wish to participate and present a poster at the symposium the registration fee is € 250.00. The fee covers attendance at all lectures as well as light refreshments in the morning and afternoon breaks.
Payment is required by May 31, 2021.

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Gerhard Sommer
Phone: +43(0)316 873 35505

Bettina Strametz 
Phone: +43 (0)316 873 35501
Graz University of Technology
Institute of Biomechanics

Stremayrgasse 16/2
8010 Graz, Austria