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Biomedical Engineering


With more than 2,600 members the German Society for
Biomedical Engineering within VDE (DGBMT) is the largest
scientific technical association of biomedical engineering in
Germany. It was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 1961 and has
been part of the VDE since 2002.
The DGBMT is a non-profit society which promotes the
development of biomedical technology in Germany by
• interdisciplinary knowledge transfer from research to
clinical application,
• d 
eveloping statements, analyses and recommendations
on topical issues of medical engineering and
• n 
etworking engineers, computer scientists, natural scientists and physicians from academia, industry and clinics.

Current major topics of the DGBMT are:
• Diagnostic imaging
• Innovative therapeutic systems
• Intelligent assistance systems
• Interventional techniques
• In vitro technologies
• Medical information systems and telemedicine
• Prostheses and implants
• Cross-cutting issues and key technologies

Events and publications
The DGBMT organizes and supports a large number of
events such as expert talks, workshops and conferences.
The focus is on the full range of issues related to innovative biomedical engineering from research to clinical
application. The biggest event is the BMT - Biomedical
Technology Congress - the annual conference of the
DGBMT which is the most important research conference
for biomedical engineering in the German-speaking area
with about 800 participants.

The scientific journal of the DGBMT is “Biomedical
Engineering/Biomedical Technology”. In addition, the
DGBMT issues studies and position papers on a regular
basis. The aim is to identify important issues of medical
engineering and develop recommendations for improving
the environment for research and development in the field
of medical technology.


Automation of technical procedures
for medical engineering
Biosignal processing and
magnetic methods in medicine

BMT – annual conference

Surgery for engineers

Dresdener Palaisgespräch

Medical implants

Munich medical technology forum

VDE MedTech

Publications (in German)

Biomedical Engineering/Biomedical Technology
Innovation report on patient customized
medical engineering

Position paper on biological implants

Position paper on innovation in
medical engineering in Germany
Position paper on risk management
for medical networks

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Position paper on temperature measurement

Position paper on theranostic implants

Position paper on vocational training and
further education in German-speaking countries

Projects, prizes and commitment
The DGBMT office deals with major topical issues in the
framework of projects. In particular, these include projects
in accompanying research and networking to accelerate the
transfer of ideas from research to patient care.
Examples are:
• S 
upporting research on mobile diagnostic systems
(supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and
• Accompanying research on intelligent implants

(supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and
• Cluster MedizinTechnik.NRW
(engl. Cluster Medical Engineering, supported by the
Federal Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and
Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

To honor notable work and projects in the field of biomedical engineering, the DGBMT regularly awards prizes:
• D 
GBMT prize of the Klee family foundation for the
promotion of young scientists
(endowed with EUR 5,000)
• DGBMT student competition
(endowed with a total of EUR 2,000)
• Prize for patient safety in medical engineering

(endowed with a total of EUR 6,500; together with the Alliance for Patient Safety (APS); donated by Dr. Hans Haindl)
The Young Forum BMT addresses its initiative to students,
doctoral candidates and young professionals interested in
biomedical technology and invites them regularly to take part in
an exchange of information on the occasion of the BMT annual

• OR.NET – Safe dynamic networking in
operating room and clinic
(supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and


Experts of the DGBMT
The experts of the DGBMT are organized in various committees. The board of directors is elected by the members for a
period of three years and is the main decision-making body
of the technical society. The council of the DGBMT advises
the board with respect to the performance of its duties and
represents in particular over 20 technical committees of the
The committees deal with key research and innovation
topics of biomedical engineering. It is here that the ideas for
“medical engineering of the future” are born. The committees play a key role in shaping the technical content of the
DGBMT annual conference. They also organize professional
events and issue publications on a regular basis.

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DGBMT tech n ica l committ ees

Assistance systems and services for
autonomous living

Automation of technical procedures
for medical engineering

Biomaterials and medical implants

Biosignals – Information technology in medicine
and life sciences

Business models for intelligent assistance systems

Education and training

Endoscopy, surgical instruments and
tele manipulators

Image-based navigated intervention

Implantable assistance systems

Information management in medicine

Magnetic methods in medicine

Medical engineering in MRT

Medical engineering in hospital

Medical engineering and society

Methodology of patient monitoring

Micro- and nanosystems

Mobile diagnostic and therapeutic systems - mHealth

Neuroprosthetics and intelligent implants

Rehabilitation technology

Ultrasound in medicine

Usability for medical engineering

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VDE – Networking the future
VDE, the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information
Technologies, is one of the largest technical and scientific
associations in Europe. We are a partner of industry, science
and politics and are committed to new technologies and
their applications. Our members are our capital: the leading
experts of the electrical engineering and IT sector from
science and industry. The full range of our industry meets at
VDE – from research, development and application to sales
and marketing.

Exploiting synergies
VDE stands for teamwork: Five technical societies, including
the DGBMT, work together – with the standardization and
product testing sectors – towards a common goal for the
transfer of knowledge and information in the key technologies such as information and communication technology,
micro and nano system technology and automation technology.
From standardization to product certification – the DKE
German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information
Technologies of DIN and VDE is responsible for the standardization of information technology systems and devices
among others. The VDE Institute carries out the testing of
information technology and other electrotechnical components and systems. Their results provide development
engineers with valuable information for product design. At
the same time their ideas are directly used in the ongoing
development of product standards.

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