XL Annual School 2021 – Biofabrication: an integrated bioengineering approach for the automated fabrication of biological structures for clinical and research applications

Biofabrication is the automated robotic layer-by-layer additive fabrication of 3D tissue and organ constructs, from tissue spheroids, or bioinks, including cell suspensions and cellularised hydrogels, following a digital model. Rapidly emerging 3D bioprinting technologies have been identified as the result of a “third industrial revolution”, with the ambition to engineer even complex organs, such as kidneys and heart. Such technology could potentially address the current shortage of organ donors, providing immune-compatible tissues/organs. Further applications include the design of reproducible and scalable biofabricated in vitro tissue models for preclinical studies, in agreement with the 3Rs principle.

Full exploitation of the potentialities of biofabrication technologies requires the contribution of scientists with complementary expertise, including expert bioengineers in biomaterial design, rapid prototypying technologies, robotics, bioinformatics, computational modelling, bioimaging, nanotechnologies, biosensors, etc. The XL Annual GNB School aims at providing Ph.D students with interdisciplinary knowledge and hand-on-training from experts belonging to the Italian bioengineering community, as well as international scientists and industrial leaders. New knowledge and critical discussion with eminent scientists and industrial leaders will contribute to inspire the new generation of young researchers in committing towards continuous advances in biofabrication technologies.


Valeria Chiono, Politecnico di Torino

Silvia Farè, Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Netti, Università di Napoli “Federico II”

Giovanni Vozzi, Università di Pisa


Bioengineering National Group (GNB)


PRAGMA Congressi, Pavia


For registration, you need to access the reserved area of the GNB website, at the following link:


Those you are not already registered can create an account: account creation is also possible for non-members. Within the reserved are it is possible to register for the School by cliking on participation in the “XL Annual School 2021” event. Participation fees are available in the brochure. Early Bird rates are available until July 31, 2021.

Due to COVID limitations, the school will be in hybrid format. Places for physical attendance are limited to 100 for PhD students + 30 for other participants (GNB members or non members).


Event brochure

Event program

13.09.2021 - 09:00Presentation of the GNB School 2021
Prof. V. Chiono, Prof. S. Farè, Prof. P. Netti, Prof. G. Vozzi
13.09.2021 - 09:30The Basic Principles of Histogenesis, cell plasticity and tissue homeostasis
Monica Mattioli Belmonte Cima, Università Politecnica delle Marche
13.09.2021 - 11:00Mimicking the nature with biofabrication
Prof. Wojciech Swieszkowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
13.09.2021 - 11:45Methodological approaches for Biofabrication
Prof. Marcy Zenobi-Wang, ETH, Switzerland
13.09.2021 - 12:30Overview of industrial participants
13.09.2021 - 14:00Official opening
Prof. V. Chiono, Prof. S. Farè, Prof. P. Netti, Prof. G. Vozzi
13.09.2021 - 14:30Bottom-up design of bioinks as a tool to overcome current challenges in bioprinting
Prof. Gianluca Ciardelli, Politecnico di Torino
13.09.2021 - 15:30Material testing and mechanical modelling in bioprinting
Prof. Michele Conti, Università di Pavia
13.09.2021 - 17:00Attribution of case studies to students
14.09.2021 - 09:00Additive manufacturing technologies for biomedical applications
Dr. Nicola Contessi Negrini, Imperial College London, UK
14.09.2021 - 10:30Computer-Aided Design for Biofabrication: basic procedures and open challenges
Dr. Michele Marino, Università di Roma Tor Vergata
14.09.2021 - 11:30Students working to case studies
14.09.2021 - 12:30Industrial technologies – Part I
14.09.2021 - 14:30Development of Bioinks for 3D Bioprinting of Tissue Models
Dr. Itedale Namro Redwan, Chief Scientific Officer, Cellink, Sweden
14.09.2021 - 15:15Developing hyaluronic acid-based bioinks: an industrial approach
Dr. Riccardo Beninatto, Fidia, Italy
14.09.2021 - 16:00Next-Generation Bioprinting for Manufacturing Tissue-Engineered Products
Dr. Fabien Guillemot, Poietis, France
14.09.2021 - 16:45Advanced Non-animal Models in Biomedical Research: A new JRC models' collection
Dr. Laura Gribaldo, Joint Research Center-European Commission
14.09.2021 - 17:30Discussion
15.09.2021 - 09:00Physiology and Pathophysiology of bone: impact on preclinical models and traslational research
Dr. Milena Fini, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna
15.09.2021 - 09:30Electroconductive Melt-Electrowritten Biomaterial Scaffolds Replicating the Mechanical Anisotropy of Human Heart Tissue
Prof. Michael Monaghan, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
15.09.2021 - 10:00Brain-on-a-chips: engineered neuronal populations and microtransducer arrays
Prof. Sergio Martinoia, Università di Genova
15.09.2021 - 11:00Multiorgan-on-a-chip in vitro modelling for health: the challenge of brain disorders
Prof. Carmen Giordano, Politecnico di Milano
15.09.2021 - 11:45Multiorgan tissue on chip for wellness: Food, Safety, Environment and Cosmetics
Prof. Giorgia Imparato, Università di Napoli Federico II
15.09.2021 - 12:30Industrial technologies – Part II
15.09.2021 - 14:30Mathematical Cell Biology: insight into the dynamics of in silico models of cellular systems
Prof. Morten Gram Pedersen, Università di Padova
15.09.2021 - 15:15Computational modelling of molecular and cellular biology: new perspectives in tissue engineering
Prof. Francesca Cordero, Università di Torino
15.09.2021 - 16:00Celebration of 40 years of GNB
15.09.2021 - 16:15Award ceremony
15.09.2021 - 17:00Lectio Magistralis “Biofabrication: where we have been and where we are going"
Jürgen Groll, Würzburg University, Würzburg, Germany
16.09.2021 - 09:00Conformable electronics for imperceptible sensors
Prof. Annalisa Bonfiglio, Università di Cagliari
16.09.2021 - 09:454D bioprinting: smart materials, technologies and applications
Dr. Carmelo De Maria, Università di Pisa
16.09.2021 - 11:00In situ Bioprinting
Prof. Vladimir Mironov, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Russia
16.09.2021 - 11:453D printing of biomimetic and biohybrid systems
Prof. Alberto Rainer, Università Campus Biomedico, Roma
16.09.2021 - 14:00Rapid fire presentations from students with evaluation of students’ activity
16.09.2021 - 16:30End of the School and greetings
17.09.2021 - 08:30GNB General Assembly