EDC Congress Travel Grant for ISB2013

Posted on September 27, 2012

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.


The EDC Congress Travel Grant is intended to facilitate congress participation of ISB members from low-resource institutions. ISB EDCs are defined according to the United Nations Human Development Index and include all nations below the “Very High” category.

The EDC Congress Travel Grant was originally implemented by conference organisers for the ISB2011 Congress in Brussels, Belgium. The ISB intends to subsidize regular EDC grants; for ISB2013 these grants are made possible through revenue generated from the previous ISB congress. The application process has been improved to provide time to address potential outstanding travel issues (such as visa applications).

EDC Congress Travel Grant applications for the ISB2013 Congress are due November 30th, 2012. For complete application instructions, please visit the ISB-EDC Information webpage.

Andrea Hemmerich
EDC Project Officer

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