As you know, ISB newsletters typically feature a “Meet Your Executive Section”. This time, I was asked to contribute to this section and honestly was not sure what to write. So, as suggested by Darren, I went back and looked at previous newsletters to see how my more senior and experienced colleagues had approached this task. In doing so, I quickly realized how limited my experiences, career and thus my “Meet Me” section was going to be. My goal, therefore, is to stay active on the ISB council long enough to perhaps fill this section with more interesting experiences and career attributes in future Newsletter editions.
Natal, “city of the sun”, is getting ready for ISB2013. Natal is the capital of Rio Grande do Norte State and combines natural, cultural, historical and scenic highlights, being one of the closest State capitals of Brazil to North America, Europe and Africa. Natal is located by the Atlantic Ocean and has beautiful beaches (400 km of coast) and fantastic scenery. Natal is one of the large cities of the Northeast of Brazil with about 800,000 inhabitants, and receives more than 2 million tourists from Brazil and foreign countries. The city of Natal is also known as the “Sun City” as the sun shines for about 300 days of the year, and it has the best air from all the American Continent. It has one of the best tourism of the Northeast region with several cultural attractions. In addition to the wonderful beaches within Natal, close to the city there are several other beautiful beaches that can be reached by car or bus. Rio Grande do Norte has 400 km of coast, which means that for people that love the ocean and warm water (27°C all year round) this will be paradise.
Honorary Members: Have you thought about nominating someone?
As part of my role as Past-President of ISB, I have the pleasure establishing a working party to select Honorary members of the Society. Being selected as Honorary member of ISB is a great honor because only a restricted number of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of biomechanics, receive this award (see Article 3.1 of the ISB Constitution).
The process for selecting Honorary members is governed by Section 6.0 of the Constitution, whereby “Honorary members may be nominated by three full members through correspondence to the Executive Council, who shall award this status by two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Council.”
The Executive Council of the ISB is pleased to announce that the 25th congress will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. The congress will start on Sunday, July 12th and end Thursday, July 16th 2015. The meeting will be held in the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) which is located on the banks of the River Clyde, and only five minutes from the heart of the city of Glasgow. There are four hotels adjacent to the SECC which will offer convenient accommodation for congress delegates.
Are you (or perhaps a colleague) affiliated with an institution in an economically developing country (EDC) and interested in attending ISB2013? The ISB recently announced another initiative to support biomechanists in EDC regions to attend their biannual congress by means of the EDC Congress Travel Grant.
The ISB continually endeavours to make their biannual international congresses accessible to all ISB members by selecting diverse locations around the world. In recent years, congress venues have extended beyond the borders of North America, Europe, Australia/Oceania, and Asia, reaching Africa for the first time in 2009 (Cape Town, South Africa) and South America next year (Natal, Brazil). Sooner or later, an upcoming ISB Congress will be “around the corner” from each of us. Shorter travel distances will certainly reduce the cost of attendance for those in nearby regions—in terms of both travel costs and times. Nonetheless, funding resources for academics in developing regions may still be limited or non-existent; the personal financial burden required to attend such a conference, therefore, remains substantial.
Though our Facebook presence is still growing, during the ISB executive meeting in Brisbane, we also decided to increase the social presence of ISB by joining the Twitter community (@ISBiomechanics) and creating an ISB active members-only group on LinkedIn. There are links to these social media on the isbwebpage! Both sites allow the ISB council to easily share information about upcoming events and opportunities to followers and group members.
In this issue, I would like to highlight some of the work of the ISB Executive Council. The Executive Council consists of fifteen individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that the mission and programs of the ISB are executed in the best interest of the membership. The council communicates on a daily basis by e-mail (my ISB folder has accumulated 1374 messages for the year 2011 alone!), but also is mandated by the ISB constitution to meet in person once every year. In odd years, the council will meet on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the ISB Congress. In the even years, we usually plan our council meeting in conjunction with another society’s scientific meeting. This year, the council meeting was on July 22-23, immediately after the ISEK 2012 Congress in Brisbane (Australia). It is important to note that no elected council member receives travel expenses from ISB, with the exception of the student representative. Several council members (including myself) traveled for more than 24 hours and suffered through major jet lags. It is truly remarkable to have a group of leaders in the society who are willing to make these efforts. The dedication of this team becomes even more apparent during the meeting itself. We always have a long agenda of discussions and decisions, and in all of those, we have the same guiding principle: how to best serve the interests of our membership as well as the worldwide biomechanics community. I will mention a few of the items that were discussed by the council during the meeting.