Welcome to the Institute for Biomechanics (IfB)

The Institute’s interests lie in characterizing the material properties of the tissues, the quantification of their adaptation from birth to death, with disease, and due to mechanical demands, as well as comparing the kinetics and kinematics of the functional and dysfunctional system. To be able to monitor risk at an early stage of pathological development, and to quantify the optimal treatment and rehabilitation are crucial for the health and welfare of society. 

News & Events


New practical course for HEST MSc students successfully launched

In spring 2015, the laboratory course “Practical Methods in Tissue Engineering” (376-1622-00L) premiered at the Department of Health Science and Technology (D-HEST). Read more 


Mini Symposium: Strength Training

Stregth Training

The aim of this Mini Symposium is to bridge the cap between scientists and practice. It will take place on June 25th in 2015. Read more 


Election as EAMBES Fellow

It is our pleasure to inform you that Prof. Ralph Müller has been elected a Fellow of the EAMBES (European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science). Read more 


Scholarship for the Winter School on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)

We are pleased to inform you that Olga Krupkova, PhD student of the Institute for Biomechanics, received a scholarship of 1000 CHF for the Winter School on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), which will take place in February 2015 in Monte Verità. Read more 


National Future Day

Biology Station

On November 13th 2014, the Laboratory for Orthopaedic Technologies in Aging, headed by Prof. Dr. Stephen Ferguson, opened its doors and gave 12 youngsters aged 9 to 13 the ability to experience a typical day of a researcher.   Read more 



Dr. Xiang Li - Venture Leaders Prize 2015

More success from Dr. Xiang Li  - an ETH Pioneer Fellow, and CEO of the Balgrist Spinoff  ZuriMED technologies. Read more 


ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigator Award

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Patrik Christen was selected for an ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigator Award for attending the AIMM-ASBMR Young Investigator Meeting, which will take place 6-10 April 2015 in Snowmass, Colorado. Read more 


Best Oral Presentation Award


Mischa Müller won the Best Oral Presentation Award at the Internation Society for Biofabrication annual meeting hosted by POSTECH. Read more 


S.M. Perren Research Award

European Society of Biomechanics S.M. Perren Award 2014: Safety factor of the proximal femur during gait: A population-based finite element study. Read more 


2014 ESB Mobility Award

Niklas König won the ESB Mobility Awasd 2014 with his paper: ‘Understanding variation during repetitive movements – the good and the bad in gait variability’ Read more 

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