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Live Online Course – 1st Edition

Non-linear Finite Element Analysis Applied to Life Sciences

February 13th-15th, 2024

Live sessions will be recorded


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Course Overview & Programme

Finite element analysis (FEA) is an established technique within the virtual functional morphology toolkit in the fields of palaeontology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology.

Most basic FEA tools cover linear materials in static structural problems because they are computationally less expensive, and the error associated with these assumptions can be accepted.

Non-linearities can improve FEA models by widening the possible applications and topics in biomechanical models, especially when modelling soft tissues, establish contacts between separated bones or the inclusion of buckling.

This course will cover the theory and practice of non-linearities in FEA, using a combination of theoretical lectures and practical exercises.


  • Brief overview of Linear FEA in Life Science
  • Discovering all the FEA elements: solids, shells, plates, beams, springs, and trusses
  • Introduction to non-linear mechanics

Non-linearities in Life Sciences

  • Non-linearities in materials
    • Plasticity
    • Hyperelasticity
  • Non-linearities in geometry
  • Non-linearities in contacts

Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Life Sciences discipline. Participants are expected to understand the theory behind Finite Element Analysis and the basic practical steps of FEA.

(If you are not familiar with FEA we encourage you to take the course Finite Element Analysis Applied to Life Sciences)

All participants must have a personal computer. Webcam and headphones are needed during class, as well as a good internet connection.


Jordi Marce-Nogue instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jordi Marcé-Nogué
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Dates & Schedule

Online live sessions on 13th and 15th of February

14:00-16:00 & 16:30-18:30 (Madrid time zone)

Total course hours: 16

8 hours of live lessons, plus 8 hours of pre-recorded lessons and assignments to be done in between live sessions during the course.



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Haris Saslis instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until December 31st, 2023):
  • 176 €

    (140.80 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after December 31st, 2023):
  • 240 €

    (192 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Prices include VAT.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.