International Society of Biomechanics
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With the summer in the Northern Hemisphere almost over, many of the conferences held by other organizations are also complete. I attended the American College of Sports Medicine, the World Congress of Biomechanics and the American Society of Biomechanics annual meeting. Now, I am on my way to Lanzhou, China to attend the Chinese Association of Sports Biomechanics meeting. Each of these symposia were excellent and as expected, presented biomechanics in a very favorable light.

At the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, ISB had a plenary session and sponsored several other sessions. Toni Arndt was the plenary speaker for ISB and gave an excellent presentation on tendon and ligament biomechanics. The talk was presented in a room that accommodated 900 and every seat in the room was filled. The other ISB sessions were likewise very well attended.

At the WCB, ISB had a conversation with the executive of the WCB to determine how we could work together to promote biomechanics worldwide. This meeting was very positive and ISB expects to have a prominent role in the next WCB congress in Taiwan in 2020.

The ASB meeting was held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Once again, many ISB members were present. The conference was interesting in that the oral presentations were 5 minutes long instead of the normal 10 minutes. It meant that the speakers had to be very organized to present all of their data.

I want to remind everyone that the next ISB Congress will be held in Calgary, Canada in 2019. This is the second time that the ISB Congress has been held in Calgary. The Congress executive, led by Walter Herzog and Benno Nigg, will, as usual, present an excellent congress. I urge all ISB members to try to make it to Calgary. It will certainly be an event worth attending.

Lastly, please take care keep well.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus
President, International Society of Biomechanics