Summer School
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Introduction to Biomechanics
On-Campus:14.8 - 25.8.20233 ECTS

max. 20 participants
Registration Deadline: July 17th, 2023

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TU Berlin Summer & Winter School
+49 30 4472 0230


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 & 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

Main course components

Introduction to the Biomechanics of the Human Movement

  • Human body kinematics
  • Human body kinetics
  • Analysis of human movement: numerical and experimental methods
  • Gait analysis
  • Biomechanics of joints and joint replacements
  • Biomechanics of fracture

Mechanics of Biological Tissues

  • Structure and function of biological tissues
  • Mechanical properties of biological tissues
  • Mechanical testing of biological tissues
  • Modelling and simulation of biological tissues


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.

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course and participants will be expected to attend lectures (18 hours of class per week) and complete independent study Monday through Friday. Additional study may also be required on weekends. The activities of the cultural program are also shown in the syllabus.

Target Audience

Student of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biotechnology, physical engineering, structural engineering.


Participants of the TU Berlin Summer School must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience.

Please list any additional requirements here:

  • Successful completion of courses in engineering mechanics and materials science
  • Knowledge on programming software

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.

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.

Course fees

Course fees for Introduction to Biomechanics are as follows:

  • Student: 950 Euro
  • Working professional/Non-student: 1140 Euro

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

Summer School On-Campus:14 August - 25 August, 20233 ECTS credit points