Nonlinear Life

Important notice
Dear Students,
due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its uncertain evolution in the months to come, the summer school Nonlinear Life | 4th edition has been suspended and shall be rescheduled in 2021.

The website shall be updated accordingly in the upcoming winter. At this stage, all information about the summer school is left available below in order to provide key insights about the faculty and the organizational structure of the initiative.

Summer School | 4th edition > 18-28 August 2020 | Bergamo, Italy
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The summer school

Nonlinear Life  is the summer school with a converging sciences approach on engineering themes related to human health, launched in 2017 by the Riga Technical University (RTU), Latvia. This year the summer school reaches its 4th edition and it is organized by the University of Bergamo, Italy and RTU. A certificate of attendance and 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits will be awarded upon completion of the program.



Professors from Latvia, Germany, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and CERN will deliver lectures within the fields of biomedical engineering, life sciences and medical technologies. In particular, the focus will be on new technologies and materials for biomedical purposes, new technologies for medical diagnosis and treatment, and wearable wireless sensors and IoT systems.



The summer school is open to up to 25 undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students with a background in medicine, biology or engineering. A good command of the English language is essential. The summer school will combine frontal lectures, group work, several educational visits as well as a social program. Hands-on learning and multidisciplinary interactions will be fostered by means of group projects that participants will develop during the summer school.


The meeting point is on Tuesday, August 18, at 6 pm at the Central Hostel Bergamo for a first welcome by the Organizing Committee.

Scientific and organizing committees

Prof. Marina Cabrini, University of Bergamo (Scientific Committee)

Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar, Riga Technical University (Scientific Committee)

Mr. Eriks Badamsins, Riga Technical University (Organizing Committee)

Prof. Maria Sole Brioschi, University of Bergamo (Organizing Committee)

Sponsors and endorsers
Sponsors & Endorsers
How to apply

The participation fee covering tuition, accommodation, meals (breakfast and lunch), educational visits and the social program is EUR 700. Participants will have to cover their travel expenses and health insurance. Based on the evaluation of the application documents, the applicants with the most outstanding academic achievements will enjoy a reduction of EUR 200 from the participation fee.

To apply, please send the Application form and the required enclosed documents to The deadline for the application is 31 May 2020.

Applicants will be notified on the acceptance to the summer school by the first week of June and shall proceed with the payment of the (full or reduced) participation fee by the second week of June. No payment is required at the time of application.


The summer school will take place at the University of Bergamo | Campus of Sant'Agostino in Bergamo, Italy.

How to reach Bergamo

The closest airport to the venue is Bergamo Orio al Serio international airport (BGY). The Airport Bus (line 1) connects the airport terminal with downtown Bergamo (Porta Nuova bus stop) in 25 minutes. Additional options are the airports of Milano Linate (LIN) and Milano Malpensa (MPX), the latter providing a direct shuttle bus (Orio Shuttle) to downtown Bergamo with a route time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How to reach the student guesthouse

The student guesthouse is the Central Hostel Bergamo, located in Via Antonio Ghislanzoni 30 in downtown Bergamo, a short stroll from Porta Nuova bus stop. A former university student residence, the guesthouse is fully equipped and starts room check-in at 1 pm on Tuesday, 18 August. Upon arrival at the guesthouse, participants will be offered bus tickets for the entire duration of the summer school.

How to reach the University of Bergamo | Campus of Sant’Agostino

From the Porta Nuova bus stop, the Campus of Sant’Agostino may be reached by bus (line 1, Sant’Agostino bus stop) in about 10 minutes. The great church of the Campus, now Aula Magna of the University, was once part of the monastery of the Eremitani in Sant’Agostino, dating back to the thirteen century.

Unique offer: summer school and internship

We offer you a unique solution to engineer your upcoming summer holidays by combining the participation in the summer school with an internship in the research labs of the Engineering Departments of the University of Bergamo. Please find below the topics and the tutors of the proposed internships.

Digital human modelling and rehabilitation
Tutors: Prof. Daniele Regazzoni and Prof. Andrea Vitali

Chemical surface modification of magnesium alloys for resorbable metallic devices
Tutors: Prof. Hüsnü Gerengi (visiting professor at the University of Bergamo) and Prof. Marina Cabrini

Osteoconductive coatings for titanium alloys obtained by means of additive manufacturing
Tutors: Prof. Marina Cabrini and Prof. Sergio Lorenzi

Characterization of wearable sensors developed for monitoring environmental and physiological parameters
Tutor: Prof. Gianluca Traversi

Please contact for further information and ask the International Office of your University about the possibility to apply for Erasmus+ traineeship funds.