XLI Annual School 2022 – Biomedical Engineering for Sustainable Development

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pinpoints 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on the principle of “leaving no one behind”. In particular, SDG3 focuses on Good Health and Wellbeing, striving for worldwide access to equitable healthcare.

Medical technologies designers often fail to take into consideration the risks arising from the harsh conditions of resource-limited settings. This mismatch hinders the safety and efficiency of healthcare services, exposing patients and healthcare workers to further hazards.

The XLI GNB school offers students an alternative view to the problems and applications of biomedical engineering, based on a frugal and contextualized approach, key to fostering the accessibility to safe healthcare without borders. Indeed, the applications are not limited to low-middle income countries (LMICs), but extend to other contexts where resources may be lacking (e.g., natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics).

Benefitting from the on-field experience of lectures, mentors, and keynote speakers, the school will follow a “hands-on” teaching approach.

Students will collaboratively explore the salient steps for the development of safe, certifiable medical devices, thanks to the design framework offered by the UBORA platform.

They will go through the analysis of needs, the classification according to European Medical Device Regulation, and the identification of relevant standards to guide and support the design process. Appropriate and key enabling technologies, such as 3D printing, mobile technologies, artificial intelligence will be contextualized through cases of study and practical activities.

The school will be instrumental for nurturing a new generation of Biomedical Engineers, able to respond to the demographic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

The program is available below


  • Arti Ahluwalia – University of Pisa
  • Leandro Pecchia – University of Warwick
  • Stefano Severi – University of Bologna
  • Carmelo De Maria – University of Pisa


Bioengineering National Group (GNB)


PRAGMA Congressi, Pavia


Registration is open

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


Those not already registered can create an account (account creation is also possible for non-members). In the reserved area it is possible to register for the School by clicking on participation in the “XLI Annual School 2022” event.

Participation fees are available in the event brochure. Early Bird rates are available until June 30, 2022 July 29, 2022.

The school will be in hybrid format. Places for physical attendance are limited to 190 for PhD students + 30 for other participants (GNB members or non-members).


Event brochure

Event program

12.09.2022 - 09:00Introduction: program and objectives of the school. Overview on global health
Arti Ahluwalia, University of Pisa, Italy
12.09.2022 - 09:30Biomedical engineering and Sustainable development goals
Domenico Vito, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, San Diego State University, California
12.09.2022 - 11:00Life cycle of medical devices: regulations in a worldwide market
Carmelo De Maria (University of Pisa, Italy), Licia Di Pietro (1MED, Switzerland)
12.09.2022 - 12:30Keynote: Healthcare in low-resources settings and medicine of poverty
Angelo Stefanini, WHO consultant
12.09.2022 - 14:00Needs assessment in low resources settings and the role of biomedical engineers
Philippa Makobore, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, University of Calgary, Canada
12.09.2022 - 15:00Biomedical and clinical engineers’ contribution during pandemics toward global health
Leandro Pecchia, University Campus Bio-Medico, Italy
12.09.2022 - 16:30Case study: Medical technologies for combatting Malaria
Valentina Mangano, University of Pisa
12.09.2022 - 17:30Introduction to UBORA and formation of working groups
Carmelo De Maria, University of Pisa
13.09.2022 - 09:00Reverse and frugal innovation
Stefano Severi, University of Bologna
13.09.2022 - 09:30Case Study: start-up companies for accessible healthcare
Caterina Giuliani (Corax), Alan Fabbri (IBD)
13.09.2022 - 11:00Key enabling design and manufacturing technologies for open-source medical devices
Andrès Diaz Lantada, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
13.09.2022 - 12:00Group Work
13.09.2022 - 14:00Case Study: AI for Pneumonia detection in LMICs
Katy Stokes, University of Warwick
13.09.2022 - 15:00Case Study: Medical Device solution for Maternal Health
Maria Gabriella Signorini, Nicolò Pini, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
13.09.2022 - 16:00Case Study: BAMBI – Ballon Against (post-partum) Maternal BleedIng
Maria Laura Costantino, Politecnico di Milano
13.09.2022 - 17:00Group work
14.09.2022 - 09:00Use of smartphones for frugal innovation: guided hands on (Part 1)
Davide Piaggio, University of Warwick
14.09.2022 - 11:00Use of smartphones for frugal innovation: guided hands on (Part 2)
Davide Piaggio, University of Warwick
14.09.2022 - 12:30The right to the access to medical technologies
Valentina Calderai, University of Pisa
14.09.2022 - 14:00Implementing a clinical study in low resources settings
Daniel Atwine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
14.09.2022 - 15:00Safety and security in smartphone applications
Giuseppe Fico, Universidad Politenica de Madrid
14.09.2022 - 16:30Teamwork
15.09.2022 - 09:00Management and maintenance of medical technologies in low resources settings.
Ernesto Iadanza, University of Siena
15.09.2022 - 09:50AI for medical device maintenance and metrology in LMICs: the case of Bosnia and Herzegovinian
Dr Lejla Gurbeta Pokvic, International Burch University
15.09.2022 - 11:00GNB Award Ceremony
15.09.2022 - 12:30Keynote: Increase the access to medical devices
Adriana Velazquez Barumen, Daniela Rodriguez, WHO
15.09.2022 - 14:00The activities of EAMBES and IFMBE
Ratko Magjarevic (University of Zagreb) and Jari Hyttinen (Tampere University)
15.09.2022 - 14:15Group presentation
15.09.2022 - 16:30Closing ceremony and final remarks
16.09.2022 - 09:00GNB General Assembly