Congress President

Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Glasmacher

Institute for Multiphase Processes, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Congress Chairs

Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Vienken
TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. J. Schmitto
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Local Organizing Committee

Dr.-Ing. Marc Müller
Institute for Multiphase Processes, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
M. Sc. Michael Bode
Institute for Multiphase Processes, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Dr. rer. medic. Christina Feldmann
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Germany


ESAO President
Cécile Legallais (France)

ESAO Honorary President
Horst Klinkmann (Germany)

Klaus Affeld (Germany)

Angel Argiles (France)

Stephen Ash (USA)

Pedro Baptista (Spain)

Andrea Buscaroli (Italy)

Juan Canizo (Spain)

Gerardo Catapano (Italy)

Marek Darowski (Poland)

Charlotte Debbaut (Belgium)

Arianna Di Molfetta (Italy)

Sunny Eloot (Belgium)

Giuseppe Faggian (Italy)

Gianfranco Ferrari (Italy)

Gloria Gallego-Ferrer (Spain)

Birgit Glasmacher (Germany)

Thomas Groth (Germany)

Thordur Helgason (Iceland)

Jari Hyttinen (Finland)

Steven Jacobs (Belgium)

Joachim Jankowski (Germany)

Tim Kaufmann (Germany)

Ulrich Kertzscher (Germany)

Petar Kes (Croatia)

Ashraf W Khir (United Kingdom)

Suha Küçükaksu (Turkey)

Piotr Ladyzynski (Poland)

Steffen Leonhardt (Germany)

Thomas Lenarz (Germany)

Bengt Lindholm (Sweden)

Roos Masereeuw (The Netherlands)

Bart Meyns (Belgium)

Alessandra Molteni (United Kingdom)

Francesco Moscato (Austria)

Khosrow Mottaghy (Germany)

Marc Mueller (Germany)

Nuno Neves (Portugal)

Ruis Reis (Portugal)

Andrea Remuzzi (Italy)

Jacek Rozga (Poland)

Manuel Salmerón-Sánchez (United Kingdom)

Heinrich Schima (Austria)

Sergey Selishchev (Russian Federation)

Aleksander Sikole (R. Macedonia)

Simon Sonntag (Germany)

Dimitrios Stamatialis (The Netherlands)

Ulrich Steinseifer (Germany)

Yoshiyuki Taenaka (Japan)

Dmitry Telyshev (Russia)

Maria Trivella (Italy)

Tom Verbelen (Belgium)

Jörg Vienken (Germany)

Beat H. Walpoth (Switzerland)

Viktoria Weber (Austria)


15:3016:30Opening Ceremony
18:30Welcome Reception
8:309:30Session Slot  I
9:3010:00Plenary I
10:0011:00Poster Rapid Fire I
Coffee break
11:0012:30Session Slot  II
12:3014:00Lunch (Symposium)
14:0015:30Session Slot III
15:3016:30Poster Slot I
Coffee Break
16:3018:00Session Slot  IV
18:30Social Activity
8:309:30Session Slot V
9:3010:00Plenary II
10:0011:00Poster Rapid Fire II

Coffee break

11:0012:30Session Slot VI
12:3014:00Lunch (Symposium)
14:0015:30Session Slot VII
15:3016:30Poster Slot II

Coffee Break

16:3018:00Session Slot VIII
18:30General Assembly
20:00Gala Dinner
8:309:30Session Slot IX
9:3010:00Plenary III
10:0011:00Coffee Break (until 10:30)
11:0012:30Session Slot X (starting 10:30)
12:3014:00Closing Ceremony,

Poster Awards

Farewell Lunch


Info at the beginning of 2019


Special Symposia

Info at the beginning of 2019

ESAO Working Groups Symposia

Info at the beginning of 2019


The young ESAO (yESAO) is the young researchers’ initiative of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO). It was founded in 2010 and is an open intercultural and interdisciplinary network of young researchers driven by the passion for artificial organs to produce innovation and advancement in the field. The young investigators are engineers, scientists and clinicians, together with undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students coming from different university laboratories, hospitals and companies. yESAO aims to use innovative methods to provide scientific support and practice-oriented education to researchers of all disciplines in their early career stages. To exchange ideas and experiences, the yESAO organises a conference once a year on 2 days preceding the ESAO Congress. (A. Molteni, M. Mueller: Young ESAO challenges in artificial organs. Int J Artif Organs. 41(11):687-689, 2018)

Alessandra Molteni, Martin Maw and Marc Mueller
yESAO coordinators


Friday, September 7
Congress Dinner at the Gallery of the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen impresses with its baroque ornaments and its splendid fountains, as well as many botanical treasures, including a wonderful collection of orchids and other exotic plants in the glasshouses.

The Gallery

Today, the Gallery is the most impressive building in Herrenhausen. It was here that Electress Sophie, already 83 years old, opened a masked ball with a Polonaise on the hand of Czar Peter the Great. A winter quarter for the plants, this monumental orangery was built between 1694 and 1698. Hardly anything has been altered on the basic structure of the building since the time of the electress. The wall frescoes in the Gallery and the living quarters were painted by the Venetian Tomaso Giusti. A cycle depicting the Trojan War, they are an example of southern fresco art coming to full bloom in the north. Five mat gilded, extra-large chandeliers hang heavily from the ceiling, subdividing the room and giving it a distinctly festive character. Monograms of the elector and electress are displayed in artistic tendrils where the chandeliers are mounted on the ceiling.

For the three-hundredth anniversary of the Großer Garten in 1966 the Gallery was given a transparent glass foyer designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen.

photo by Christian Wyrwa


Three Poster Awards (500, 300 and 200 Euros respectively) will acknowledge the authors of the best posters. An ESAO Committee will select the awardees based on poster scientific content as well as oral and graphical presentation. The Awards will be notified during the ceremony closing the Congress which the awardees have to attend.