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March 2021

Dear All,

A year ago my family and I had just returned from a skiing holiday in Austria and the Covid-19 virus was still something new, mysterious, scary but somehow fascinating and of course something that was going to disappear very quickly. A year later more than half my presidency has “disappeared” instead. Everyone of us has had to make personal sacrifices in one way or another. Now we are looking at possibly another year until we can travel normally again to meet family, friends and importantly for ISB; all our international biomechanics colleagues.

Many have actually had a very productive year due to an unexpected opportunity for data analysis and writing articles for projects already conducted. I feel many scientists have had a good year in terms of research dissemination. However, despite this (perhaps imaginary) surge in scientific productivity, there are some concerns concerning its longevity. Our digital world imposes difficulties in initiating new collaborative projects and in particular meeting new people, establishing new networks, being inspired by new ideas and learning new methods. All these exciting opportunities feel like they are in reaching distance, just on the other side of our zoom screens, but we just can’t quite get there. These possibilities only eventuate in real, real life. I sometimes fear what would happen if this continues much longer – a drying out of new productive, exciting collaborations? We can all contribute to ensuring this nightmare does not occur. Let’s persevere just a little bit longer, let’s all listen to what the science says. Then we will meet again soon!

We often hear that social interaction is critical and needs to be incorporated in the programs for everything from short meetings, symposia and full congresses. These social interludes were previously maybe regarded as a means for legitimising the inclusion of some fun and maybe a beer or a glass of wine in the program. However, this last year has taught us that possibilities of social interaction are perhaps the absolutely most prioritised aspect of scientific meetings. Without them the science risks stagnation. With that said, we will presumably never retreat from the amazing progress we have made in digitisation during the last year. So let us all make sure we continue with the best possible digital interaction while necessary, but as soon as we are allowed to let us reimerse into real life, physical, social interaction!

Organising the ISB congress 2021 in Stockholm has highlighted for me what a fantastic, compassionate and constructive society we have in the ISB. I have received many, many messages from the membership expressing regret for not being able to have a normal ISB congress, I have received incredible help from the Executive Council in managing the complex situation of replanning the complete congress as a digital event. I would especially like to acknowledge the everpresent assistance from the Past President, Joe Hamill, the President Elect Alberto Leardini and the Treasury “department” Graeme Wood and Andy Cresswell, for guiding me through many complex issues. Everyone on Council has provided fantastic support and assistance. We will be having my last Executive Council toni arndt gihmeeting as President immediately prior to the ISB Congress. There are some exciting points on the agenda such as electing new ISB Fellows, welcoming new Council members (please vote in the upcoming elections!), biomechanics promotion internationally and of course the unprecedented issues we have had with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Make sure you attend ISB2021 from the 25th – 29th July to catch up with friends and biomechanists from all over the world, get inspired, listen to the best biomechanics happening and have fun. The modified registration for the digital event will open in the next days.

Let us hope we can all meet soon. Properly.

Take care,





I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy with the current worldwide pandemic. I wanted to share a few things with you for this student corner. With ISB going virtual this year, I am planning a virtual student event as well as a mentor event for ISB 2021. Get excited!!

ISB is looking to provide some stories from students about how COVID-19 has impacted your research and what you have done to carry-on, as well as any positives that have come from this experience. We would like to have students be reflected from all parts of the world. If you would like to share, please research out!

If you are interested in running for Student Representative, please reach out to me!  It is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with others around the world who also love biomechanics!!

The call for abstracts for ISB 2021 has been extended!  I hope you all are as excited as I am for this upcoming conference! The abstract submission will be open until March 8, 2021, so let’s all get working on new, fun, interesting research ideas! J  If you would like to discuss some potential ideas or have any further questions regarding the abstract submission process, please send me an email, message me on Facebook or Twitter, and I will help you out!

We have some great ideas for both the student event at ISB 2021 and the mentoring event! Be on the lookout for more information as the date gets closer! I cannot wait to see all of you!


Get ready for ISB 2021 in Virtual Stockholm! 
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Be sure to keep up to date with ISB by liking our ISB Facebook Page, joining the Student Members Facebook Page, and following ISB on Twitter. Please reach out to me with any comments, questions, suggestions, or just to talk. You can contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best Wishes,

Megan Stewart (ISB Student Representative)





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Join us for a virtual student happy hour at ISB 2021 to meet and mingle with your fellow international peers.

Stay tuned for the date and time of the event!

Contact Megan Stewart with questions at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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The ISB is delighted to announce the candiates for the upcoming elections for the 2021-2023 Council Elections Candidates. We are delighted to have a diverse list of candidates. 


Nominees for President-Elect, Council members and Student Representative can be found at the following link - 


All members will receive an email notification once voting opens.

We hope that you will be able to vote for the council that you feel will serve us best over the coming two years.

Thank you to all existing council members, especially those that are stepping off the council in 2021.



DCGC 2021 at Virtual ISB 2021

The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) is pleased to announce the DCGC 2021 accompanying this year’s XXVIII ISB Congress. We highly encourage all eligible EDC-Researchers to participate in the DCGC. The finalists will be invited to present at ISB and the winner will be awarded 1000 USD. All relevant information regarding your grant application can be found online here: Application deadline is April 15th, 12 pm (CET).



Congratulations to ISB award winners


Matching Dissertation Grant Award Winners 

Dovin Kieran University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA.  Preventing running injury: Can field measured GRFs and cumulative loads forecast running injuries?

Mona Frey, Memorial University, St John’s Newfoundland, Canada.  Does low back pain, experimentally induced with the heat-capsaicin model, result in similar movement and function changes as those observed in clinical low back pain patients?

Lauren Schroeder, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The Effects of Maturation on ACL Loading, Muscle Coordination, and Movement Efficiency in Adolescent Female Soccer Players

Hui-Ting Shih, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The Effect of a Weight-Shifting Balance Training Intervention on Balance Recovery Response in Individuals with Below the Knee Amputation


International Travel Grants

Mahsa Alimohammadi Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.  Estimating the Fatigue Life of Hip Implants Considering Probable Crack Propagation in the Cement Mantle.  Visit planned to Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario Canada.

Sarah Hemler, University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.  Predicting 3D foot shape via a simple scanning tool. Visit planned to  Centre for Sensorimotor Performance, University of Queensland, Australia.


International Affiliate Development Grant.

Carlos De la Fuente, Center for Health Sciences, Federal University of Pampa.  Visit planned to Human Performance Lab, University of Calgary, Canada.


We expect to still award Congress Travel Grants for the virtual congress in July 2021 - details will be released when final details about congress registration have been made. Keep an eye out on the ISB website or on our Social Media Channels. 




Seeking all sponsors, sponsorship ideas and initiatives - ISB Sponsorship 2.0

We recognize the challenges for sponsors to the ISB presently. To this end, we have formed an internal "ISB Sponsorship 2.0" group to revisit what sponsorship should look like going forward. Please contact your Sponsorship Council Member, Janet Dufek (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with any comments or ideas.

Janet specifically requests comments from our sponsors/vendors, so please reach out to all of your contacts to see if there is any interest in working with the ISB in this regard.

Our intent as a society is to meet both the membership needs with the sponsorship asks in a collaborative framework.




ISB2021 tutorials

A short update from your education officers here! We are delighted to advise that we will be extending the ISB2021 pre-conference tutorial offerings from 4 to 6 tutorials this year, thanks to the move to a virtual conference format (at least there is one upside!). We are looking to offer these across different times to accommodate a multitude of timezones, and will of course make these available for later viewing in the event you are unable to log in live.  

We are currently still firming up a couple of tutorial areas, exact workshop titles, and the grand reveal on some exceptional presenter teams … but to whet your appetite, please know that you can look forward to tutorials in the general areas of:

  • Wearable sensors
  • Optimal control
  • Imaging
  • Machine learning and MORE

Please stay tuned to ISB announcements and the ISB2021 website for updated information. 


Free machine learning online workshop for teaching

In other news, the Machine Learning/Biomechanics Group at the University of Western Australia, with able assistance from our counterparts at the University of Bath, have been putting together an entry-level workshop for use by teaching staff looking for some canned content to supplement their online teaching! The workshop, led by Dr Marion Mundt and Zac Born, runs in Jupyter Notebooks and has students collecting gait data from their smartphone accelerometers which is then used to classify typical and atypical gait patterns. The team is looking for a few pilot site partners to beta test the workflow in the wild and to collect some more phone accelerometry data to add to the model. If you are keen to be involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ccing Group Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also touch base if you’d like to receive a link to the content once we go live.

That’s all for now but stay tuned for our upcoming ISB2021annoucements!


Education Officers: Jacqueline Alderson (University of Western Australia); Dario Cazzola (Bath University).



felipe carpesThe biomechanics community from South America is working hard to the development of diverse activities related to biomechanics. This effort happens despite the difficult conditions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic in the different countries of the continent. There are many activities proposed, and a good side of the pandemic was the opportunity to bring different scientists together, expand the cooperation, and narrow new connections. On the other hand, the various South American countries face challenges regarding delayed vaccination plans. For most of the cases, teaching and research activities remain in a remote configuration. Here I summarize some of the recent news from South America the main upcoming events.



I-FAB 2021

A highlight at the beginning of 2021 is the I-FAB 2021 congress starting on April 11 and organized by Professor Isabel Sacco and her team. The main objective of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Meeting is to promote interactions between people interested in foot and ankle biomechanics, and to connect areas that may not traditionally have a strong biomechanical component. You still have time to join the event. Visit to register. I-FAB 2021 will be a three-day scientific program with an exciting schedule. The congress chair, Professor Isabel Sacco from the University of São Paulo and the team of organizers are looking forward to welcoming you! Don’t miss this opportunity and consider that by joining the event, you will also be supporting the South America development in Biomechanics, helping to create new connections and opportunities.

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Following up on my last report, I would like to invite you to learn about the “Brazilian Biomechanics Experience”, a partnership of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics and The Biomechanics Initiative ( to promoting biomechanics popularization among high school students. With more than 130 participants, the event can be watched on the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics YouTube channel without previous registration. At least three high school students will receive funding to participate in the XIX Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics this year. As mentioned in my last report, the XIX Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics goes virtual in 2021. The congress website has been launched, and I invite everyone to visit and learn more about the program and the invited speakers and why not submit an abstract. The deadline for submission is June 30. It is also important to mention that the III Latin American Meeting of Biomechanics and the XI Symposium on Applied Neuromechanics are also part of the congress program. Registration fees were made at a minimal value to cover the congress expenses and facilitate the participation of many participants from different countries.


In the Universidad de la República from Uruguay, the biomechanics group promotes different activities for research and development. Renata Bona from the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Movement Analysis recently received a national funding to study pregnancy and posture. The application was successful in a highly competitive federal grant, and the funded research will combine biomechanics and physiology approaches to the study of motor adaptations during pregnancy. Her research was also highlighted in Uruguay's national media by a mention in a national newspaper (link 1). In the same university, on April 13-16 happens the course “Instrumentation and rehabilitation pre- and post-ACL reconstruction” (link 2). In this event, professors from the Universidade de la República will host international invited speakers, including Professor Nicola Maffiuletti (Human Performance Lab. Schulthess Clinic, Zurich, Suiza) and Leonardo Tartaruga (Mechanics & Energetics of Locomotion, UFRGS, Brazil) to discuss recent advances in ACL rehabilitation. For more information, please visit Clinical biomechanics is also the main topic of a course dedicated to biomechanics applications in assessing athletes. The course is fully virtual and involves discussions about energetics and mechanics of human movements, metabolic cost, mechanical work, and efficiency; relevant parameters for clinical assessments and/or analyzing sports performance (link 3). The course is coordinated by Renata Bona y Gabriel Fabrica, with the collaboration of Carlo Biancardi and Artur Bonezi. 


The Universidade del Vale has announced a master's program in physiotherapy with particular attention to the research in human movement biomechanics (link 4). According to Professor Lessby Gomez, the program coordinator, the students enrolled in the program will develop research projects on human movement sciences in biomechanics, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, neurorehabilitation, and physical activity and health. This is a pioneer course in the region and has been celebrated by the university, academic staff, and professionals. Read more:


The new directory board of the Chilean Association of Movement Sciences (ACCM) was elected last November. The new board of directors is composed by:

 President: Pablo Burgos, PT, PhD.

 Vice President: Wilson Pastén, PT, MSc.

 Secretary: Ana Salazar, SLP.

 Assistant Secretary: Felipe Covarrubias, PT, MSc.

 Treasurer: Gabriel Araya, PT, MSc.

 Assistant Treasurer: Andrea Lira, PT.

On January 21, 2021, happened the first meeting of the directory board. The annual report, challenges, and the yearly plan of the association were discussed. The III Congress of the Chilean Association of Movement Sciences (ACCM) was announced and will happen in the second semester of 2021. Further details will come soon.


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The Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Working Group Update March 2021

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year, and we know that is putting it mildly, but 2020 also brought with it a fantastic opportunity to create diverse and accessible virtual events. In August 2020, the CNB ran a virtual workshop ‘Integrative Muscle Modelling for Neuromechanics’. It brought together scientists from biological, clinical and engineering backgrounds with shared interests in developing and using muscle models. The outcomes of the workshop will be used to develop symposium themes and tutorial activities for future meetings. In particular we had a high level of interest among participants in (1) developing standardized guidelines for reporting experimental data on muscle physiology, morphology and mechanical function across studies and subdisciplines; (2) creating curated datasets to help test and validate muscle models; and (3) running collaborative workshops on muscle modelling techniques.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic complications, the CNB board members have taken the difficult decision to not run a 2021 CNB meeting.  Instead, we will begin our planning for a virtual event in 2022 and an in-person CNB meeting at the following ISB Congress in 2023.  In addition, we are working with the ISB to develop future student/ECR support schemes (so stay tuned). For all updates from the CNB, please visit our Symposia page on our website:

The CNB will be running board member elections later this year. Further details regarding Board elections will be available soon at the CNB website: and will be circulated to members. Join the CNB email list and follow us on Twitter at @CNBiomechanics to receive announcements about this and other upcoming activities.

We hope you are all staying well.





  • isbs logoThe International Society of Biomechanics in Sports has had an active 2021 with our inaugural mid-year symposium held on February 4th - 5th. This new initiative was an opportunity to connect and share research and ideas. A total of nine sessions were live streamed at times to suit all global regions. Sessions ranged from sport specific (Sprint Biomechanics, The Biomechanics of Baseball & Softball Pitching), sport biomechanics topics (The Mechanics of the Female Athlete, Biomechanics Support for Elite Sport, Neural Networks), and general sessions (Biomechanics Teaching, Student Fireside Chat, Mother’s Café, Womxn in Sport Biomechanics). The symposium was sponsored by Vicon as ISBS society sponsor and Simi Motion. Recordings of the symposium events are available for ISBS members at Following positive feedback about the event, the 2nd ISBS Mid Year Symposium is planned for February 2-3 2022.
  • The ISBS 2021 conference will be held virtually this year from 3rd-7th of September 2021. The conference will be hosted by the University of Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport, and further details are available here Despite its online version, award speakers including the Geoffrey Dyson and Hans Gros Emerging Researcher awards will continue. Scientific paper reviews for the main program are double blind and due mid April, follow updates on Full articles of research presented at ISBS conferences are available for free at the ISBS Proceeding Archive: ISBS Proceedings Archive - International Society of Biomechanics in Sports.
  • The ISBS 2022 conference in Liverpool, UK will include the “ISB World Athletics Award for Biomechanics” sponsored by World Athletics. This award is presented annually at the ISB/ISBS Conference. Please encourage sports biomechanics scholars to apply for this award and also consider nominating worthy scholars with an international reputation for the prestigious ISBS Geoffrey Dyson Award.
  • Sports Biomechanics, the official scientific journal of ISBS, has seen substantial increases in submissions and citation metrics (IF). Review is double blind and there have been increases in associate editors and the number of issues published each year. Eight issues are planned for 2021 with increases to 10 or 12 issues in 2022. Journal - International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (



Join us for vASB2021 in August!

We welcome the international biomechanics community to join us for the 45th annual American Society of Biomechanics conference, to be held from August 10-13, 2021! Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, vASB2021 will be held in a virtual format once again and easily accessible from around the globe. Last year, vASB2020 was highly successful with over 1200 attendees coming together to share great science, network and socialize with biomechanics colleagues from around the world. In addition to live Zoom podium sessions and keynotes, we will be increasing our utilization of the SpatialChat platform to increase live interactions amongst attendees during poster presentations and networking events. More details can be found on the meeting website, Follow us on Twitter (@ASB2021_ATL) or Facebook ( to get real-time updates on the meeting.

Abstract deadline: March 15, 2021, 5pm MDT

Registration opens: April 16, 2021

Conference Chair: Young-Hui Chang (Georgia Tech)

Program Chair: Alena Grabowski (University of Colorado, Boulder)

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And the abstracts are in!

Thanks for sharing your abstract submissions to ISB 2021. Looking forward to a great congress!

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And thank you to our abstract reviewers!


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ISB 2021 Stockholm is on Twitter!

Make sure to follow the XVIII ISB Congress in 2021 in Stockholm on Twitter @ISB_2021 for the latest congress happenings and announcements!


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The APAB Award for 2021 ISB Conference attendance

The Asian Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB) is pleased to announce an award for Early Career Researchers in the Asian Pacific region to support online attendance and presentation at the 2021 Conference of the International Society for Biomechanics (ISB).

The ISB Conference has confirmed a fully virtual (online) format on 25-29 July 2021.

Applications for the APAB Award close 31st May 2021

Email applications or questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notification of Outcomes June 2021

The award will reimburse the cost of the online registration for ISB

APAB Award Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must submit an ISB abstract by 8th March 2021, and must be the presenting author.
  • Applicants must be a current PhD or Masters student, OR must be an Early Career Researcher within 5 years of graduating from your highest degree (degree awarded after July 2016)
  • The University/ Institution listed on your ISB abstract must be in the Asian Pacific region. Member countries of the APAB are listed here: If your country is not listed, you may email to check the eligibility of your country: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We request that you acknowledge the award at the end of your presentation

APAB Award Application Guidelines

  • Submit your abstract to ISB by 8th March 2021:
  • Complete the Application Cover Page in English, and attach your ISB abstract.
  • Email the cover page and abstract as a single PDF document to Elizabeth Clarke by 31st May 2021 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Selection Criteria

  • The winner will be selected based on the scientific quality and significance of the research in the abstract.
  • We may contact applicants during the selection process to confirm whether the abstract is accepted for oral or poster presentation, or to confirm eligibility.