Social and cultural events

During the congress, you will gather with other participants in the traditional social events (welcome cocktail, coffee breaks, and social dinner). In addition, on Thursday afternoon (June 22nd, 2023), you will have the opportunity to visit some of the bioengineering laboratories from different Departments or some cultural sites such as Palazzo del Bo, Sala dei Giganti, and Botanical Garden of the University of Padua (one or more at your choice).
You will be asked to indicate your preferences when registering, if any. We will take care of booking your visit and organizing the tours. You will be only required to bring with you the congress card to show at the beginning of the selected tour.

Social dinner

The social dinner will be held at Caffè Pedrocchi, with an additional cost of 85 Euros that can be reserved in the registration procedure ( Caffè Pedrocchi is the oldest and most famous historical café in the city of Padua.
A unique place for coffee tasting and cuisine, it is recognized as the most exclusive venue in the center for the most important and spectacular events and celebrations. It is one of the few surviving among the ancient Italian cafes, and stands in the central square of the city of Padua (

Cultural sites

Here are the discounted prices for congress participants:
Sala dei Giganti a Palazzo Liviano (guide included in the cost of the ticket) € 2.00 per participant;
Palazzo Bo - historical tour (guide included in the cost of the ticket) € 3.00 per participant; duration of the visit 45 minutes;
Botanical Garden only admission € 5.00 per participant; guided tour € 70.00 for each group of max 30 participants; duration of the visit 90 minutes.

Palazzo Bo - Aula Magna

Palazzo Liviano - Sala dei Giganti

Botanical Garden

Food For Good

GNB 2023 is a supportive and eco-friendly event. During the Conference we contributed to the reduction of food waste by recovering surplus food from catering services through the Banco Alimentare del Veneto who donated it to the Association BEATI I COSTRUTTORI DI PACE ONLUS.

Bioengineering laboratories

Laboratory of Mechanics of Biological Materials
Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) (Via Venezia 1 - Google Maps)

Computational modeling based on mathematical and physical rules for the biomechanical evaluation of anatomical districts, in order to forecast surgical outputs or to mimic their interaction with clinical devices and prostheses. In parallel with in silico methods, experimental activities are carried out for the mechanical characterization of biological tissues from micro to macroscale, as well as for materials applied in protheses.

Laboratory of Sports & Rehabilitation Engineering
Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) (Via Venezia 1 - Google Maps)

The Sports & Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory is equipped with a BTS Smart DX motion capture system with four force platforms for the analysis of gait and running, after disposition of a Technogym Skillrun treadmill over the platforms. At the Lab, we develop systems and methods for the analysis of olympic and paralympic athletes, by means of wearable load and motion sensors applied to running prostheses: the recent installation at Padova Palaindoor of a set of 9 force platforms synchronized with 10 Vicon cameras opens new perspective of track measurement of elite athletes. At the Machine Design Lab, prosthetic components like feet and sockets are tested to evaluate their elastic and fatigue properties, with servo- hydraulic and servo-pneumatic controlled test benches. Ongoing research focuses also on the development of biofidelic human head, knee and foot surrogates for the analysis of helmets, knee-braces and footwear properties, including outdoor and ski- touring boots.

Human Movement Bioengineering (BiomovLab)
Department of Information Engineering (DEI) (Via Gradenigo 6/a - Google Maps)

Markerbased and AI driven markerless motion capture applied to gait and posture analysis of healthy and pathological individuals (i.e. diabetic foot, Parkinson’s disease, Fragile X syndrome, foot deformities, sport injuries with special focus on anterior cruciate ligament injury). Sport biomechanics applied to injury prevention and performance assessment while performing different tasks on the field (i.e. cutting maneuver, landing, jumping, running, sport specific task such as tackling) applied to a large variety of sports: rugby, soccer, ice skating, field hockey, running, basketball, volleyball. Musculoskeletal modeling (i.e. Opensim) applied to multisegment foot biomechanics, and knee biomechanics, Electromyogram -informed neuromusculoskeletal modeling applied to Parkinson’s disease. Instruments: 12 cameras Smart DX and 8 cameras Smart E BTS stereophotogrammetric systems, 8 cameras Vicon Vero stereophotogrammetric system, 2 Bertec force plates, 16 channels Pocket EMG (BTS) system and 8 channels Free EMG system, Novel Pedar X plantar pressure insoles, inertial measurement systems (IMU) and MIMU (magneto-IMU).

Laboratory of Bioengineering and Clinical Movement Analysis
Department of Neuroscience (DNS) (Via Giustiniani 3, Palazzina di Ortopedia - Google Maps)

The Laboratory mission is to foster a multidisciplinary, dynamic research-oriented environment to bring together neurophisiological and movement analysis knowledge with the aim of using technologies to tailor personalised rehabilititative programs.
What we do: Kinematic and dynamic analysis of human movement, analysis of upper and lower limb movements, stabilometric analysis, baropodometric analysis of patients with spine deformities, tendon and joint diseases, osteoarthritis, pain, rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, sports injuries, neurologic disorders.
Which Systems & Sensors we use: Stereophotogrammetric systems (10-camera, Vicon, UK), force plates (Bertec 4060-10, Bertec Corporation, Columbus, Ohio, United States), pressure plate (Novel GmbH, Germany), pressure insoles (Novel GmbH, Germany), treadmill, inertial measurement units (IMU, Cometa srl, Milan, Italy), electromyography (EMG, MiniWave, Cometa srl, Milan, Italy), bioimpedance analyzer (Akern, Firenze, Italy), electroencephalography (EEG, 32-channels, BrainProducts GmbH, Germany – 64 channels eego™ sports mobile, ANT Neuro, The Netherlands).