MultiSim/OATech+ Modelathon

Register for MultiSim/OATech+ Modelathon A one-day symposium followed by a three-day modelling competition on combining experimental and computational research on multi-scale approaches to patient-specific musculoskeletal and finite element modelling.

Dates: Monday -Thursday, 13-16 January 2020, Diamond Building, University of Sheffield.

Audience: Researchers in biomechanics, computational modelling or image based solutions.

Purpose: An opportunity to discuss, network and practise multi-scale research modelling skills with support from academics, industry software and modelling experts from Ansys, Dassault Systemes, Synopsys and Materialise, and compete to win prizes.

Register at our online store by 20 December 2019 to book your place.

We are pleased to announce that the Agenda for our day one Symposium, Experimental and computational approaches to optimise the treatment of osteoarthritis, have been confirmed:


Event Programme: AGENDA Day 1

Monday, 13 January 2020, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD

10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:30 Welcome Dr Enrico Dall’Ara

Modelathon Lead

10:35 Challenges in personalised musculoskeletal modelling: an insight from the MultiSim project Prof Claudia Mazzà,

Director of MULTISIM

11:05 A brief overview of the OATech+ Network and research updates about: Linking Biomechanics, Biology and Clinical measures to understand the effects of knee OA and responses to surgery. Professor Cathy Holt,

PI of OAtech+ network

11:35 Meeting safety requirements of personalised treatment using in silico trials Prof Richie Gill,

President of British Orthopaedic Research Society

12:15 Lunch
13:30 Subject specific finite element models in the application of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis Dr Shannon Li,


14:00 Mechanical interplay across the osteochondral junction Prof Andrew Pitsillides,

Lead in OAtech+ network

14:30 Round-table discussion: Evaluation and development of new treatments for osteoarthritic joints by combining computational modelling and experimental methods.
15:00 Refreshments
15:30 Flash presentations Participants will give a 3 minute summary of their research
17:30 End of day 1
18:30 Evening meal and drinks at the University Arms
(Day 1-4 competition participants only)

The symposium opens our four-day EPSRC funded ‘Modelathon’ event that brings together the very best of theory and practice in the area of multi-scale modelling.

This year it will focus on the role of multi-scale modelling for new treatments of osteoarthritic joints. This will be followed by a three-day multi-scale modelling competition. Our symposium may be attended as a standalone event or as a pre-session for our modelling competition.

Symposium programme

Our symposium on day 1 explores Experimental and computational approaches to optimise the treatment of osteoarthritis

Through expert keynotes, a round-table discussion, and three-minute-researcher presentations we will explore cutting-edge research on how new potential treatments are being tested, evaluated and optimised by using a combination of experimental and multi-scale computational, models and methods.

We hope that this event kick starts dialogues and collaborations across disciplines on the use of multi-scale modelling in research. To help us coordinate our round-table discussion, on registration, please let us know of any topics you would like covered. The discussion will be about the evaluation and development of new treatments for osteoarthritic joints by combining computational modelling and experimental methods.

Multi-scale Modelling competition

The competition is based on the concept of a hackathon where different teams work on a challenging problem to ‘hack’ computer code. This event, however, uses ‘modelling’ and ‘simulation’ rather than ‘hacking’.

Our multi-scale modelling competition on days 2-4 includes leading companies** such as:Ansys, Dassault Systemes, Synopsys, and Materialise  who will provide hands-on support by sending an expert for the duration of the event to ensure participants utilise their company’s software to its full potential in a competitive environment. Our event is powered by Google Cloud.


This event is endorsed by the European Society for Biomechanics (ESB), whose members will receive a 20% discount.

Find out more about our event and take a look at the agenda at

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Prof Claudia Mazzà, Director of MultiSim

& Dr Dall’Ara, Senior Lecturer in Multi-scale Imaging

Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine,

The University of Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK


The Modelathon is jointly hosted by EPSRC funded MultiSim and OATECH Network+ projects.

*MultiSim  *OATECH Network +

To take a look at an overview of last year’s Modelathon visit our Modelathon webpage.

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