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The 2019 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, which will take place within the beautiful Pomeroy Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, July 28-July 30, immediately prior to the 2019 International Society of Biomechanics Congress continues to take shape. The full scientific and social program has been released and includes 4 keynote speakers (Thor Besier, Breanne Everett, Richard Kent and Rodger Kram), 4 invited speakers (Sarah Ridge, Isabel Sacco, Julie Steele and Helen Woo), and over 110 oral/poster presentations! Aside from presentations, the program includes many networking and social activities including a Welcome Reception, Conference Banquet and an Outdoor Activity of hiking or white-water rafting. The full scientific and social program is available at

The Footwear Biomechanics Symposium promotes research and the discussion of biomechanical issues related to functional footwear, including sport shoes, clinical/prescription footwear and footwear designed for special purposes. The conference not only includes many ground-breaking presentations within the realm of footwear science but is fortunate to have a large industry presence including scientists and representatives from many of the top footwear companies.

We would like to thank our conference sponsors: University of Calgary: Faculty of Kinesiology, Nike, Brooks, Novel, Xsensor, Gaitup, Fila, Li-Ning, Mizuno, Salomon and Under Armour. Registration for the conference remains open and we look forward to seeing everyone in July!

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Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG) Membership

Don’t forget to purchase or renew your FBG membership at!! The current membership is £90 GBP (regular) or £45 GBP (student) for two years and includes the following benefits:

  • A discount on your registration fee for the upcoming 14th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium (FBS) taking place in Kananaskis, Canada in July 2019
  • A two year subscription to Footwear Science, the official journal of the FBG
  • Eligibility to vote for Footwear Biomechanics Group Executive Board members
  • Eligibility to apply for Footwear Biomechanics Symposium Travel Grants to present at the FBS

Footwear Biomechanics Group Executive Board Elections

The FBG wishes to thank everyone who forwarded nominations to fulfill open positions on the Executive Board.

  • Chairperson Elect
  • Informatics Officer
  • Industry Representative
  • Student Representative

Several nominations were received and we’re currently processing them. Please check the FBG website for the most recent updates on the nominees and election information!!

Footwear Biomechanics Symposium 2019 – Student Travel Grants

To support the opportunity for students to present their outstanding work at FBS 2019, we offered travel grants ($500/$1000 USD) for the first time. Eligibility was dependent on:

  • FBG membership of the applicant
  • FBG membership of the applicant’s supervisor
  • Applicants must be first author and presenter of the paper
  • Not accepting an ISB travel grant in the same year

Amongst the eligible applicants, the students receiving travel grants this year are listed below. This was based on the quality of their abstracts and applications.


Pieter Van den Berghe

Ghent University

Title: Consolidation of the atypical rearfoot strike pattern in distance runners and linkage to tibial shocks

Supervisor: Prof em Dirk de Clercq


Ethan Steiner

University of Massachusetts

Title: Impact of variable stiffness shoes on medial knee contact forces

Supervisor: Dr Katherine Boyer


We wish to congratulate Pieter and Ethan on a job well done and we look forward to the presentation of their papers in Kananaskis!