Students’ Corner

Posted on June 30, 2015

mcdonaldCongratulations to our 2015-2017 student representative, Kirsty McDonald, from University of Western Australia. Kirsty is supervised by Dr. Jonas Rubenson (Pennsylvania State University/UWA), Dr. Brendan Lay (UWA) and Dr. Cyril Donnelly (UWA). She loves the collaborative and translational nature of the field of Biomechanics, and is excited to contribute to the council. I am confident that Kirsty will bring lots of enthusiasm and exciting ideas!


We are approaching the XXV Congress of the ISB in Glasgow, and I wanted to remind you that the following sessions are being offered:

Outreach Session - Monday 13th July - 10:20-11:10 – still open for registration!

Are you interested in engaging the public with your work? Unsure how to write a lay abstract? Struggling with engaging industry? Want to maximize the impact if your findings? This lunch and learn provide tips to increase outreach and translation of your work.


  • Mary Rogers (National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland, USA)
  • Eric Rohr (Brooks Running, USA)
  • Darren Stefanyshyn (Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary)
  • Jill McNitt-Gray (Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director, University of Southern California, USA)

Mentoring Session - Monday 13th July – 12:40 – 13:30 – still open for registration!

Over lunch, get a chance to chat with experts in our field about student-suggested topics. If you are a student and wish to attend the student excursion you must attend this session. This session is open to all ISB Student members.

Topics for Discussion:

  1. Preparing for life after graduate school – Discussed by Walter Herzog (Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada) and Paul DeVita (East Carolina University, USA)
  2. Data issues and technology advancement in Biomechanics – Discussed by Brian Davis (University of Akron, USA) and Julie Steele (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  3. Sports biomechanics and performance – Discussed by Darren Stefanyshyn (Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada) and Joe Hamill (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
  4. Cultivating international collaborations in Biomechanics - Veronique Feipel (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and Felipe Carpes (UNIPAMPA - Federal University of Pampa, Brazil)

Mock Academic Interview - Tuesday 14th July - 12:40 - 13:30 – still open for registration!

Interested in pursuing a career in academic? Curious about the Academic Interview Process? Come watch a mock academic interview with a keen Post Doc (played by Prof. Phil Rowe). The audience will have the chance to quiz the candidate, and at the end of the session, decide if he gets the job! Open to ISB student members.

Organized by Enrica Papi (Imperial College, London, UK)

Interview Panel:

  • Walter Herzog (Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Alison McGregor (Imperial College, London, UK)


Cool Under Pressure – still open for registration!

Monday 13th July - 10:20-11:10 

Stress is the adverse reaction that people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them’. Do you feel stressed? Come to this lunch and we will provide you with few tips and tools on how to manage stress, keep calm and stay positive. You will also get the chance to experience a few minutes of relaxation techniques to boost your attention for the next conference session!

Organized by Enrica Papi (Imperial College, London, UK)


  • Professor Ilse Jonkers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  • Professor Phillip Rowe (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)

Inaugural Women in Science Lunch – still open for registration for ISB members - Thursday 16th July – 12:15 – 13:00

Open to ISB members - A Networking and conversation forum to celebrate contributions from the women of ISB over lunch. Short talks from some super-star women in biomechanics! You don’t want to miss this!


Monday July 13th - ISB GoApe Aberfoyle Student Event – Registration is Full! Look for pictures on our Facebook and twitter pages. Contact to be added to the waitlist.

Go Ape! - image from

Go Ape! - image from

I look forward to seeing you in Glasgow! As this is my last official Student’s Corner post as ISB Student Representative, I would like to thank all of you for your ideas and participation. Our strong sense of community sets the ISB apart as a professional group, and it has been a pleasure to be part of the Executive.

As always, feel free to contact myself or Kirsty with any questions or suggestions. Don’t forget to follow @ISBiomechanics (twitter), International Society of Biomechanics (Facebook), International Society of Biomechanics Student Group, and the International Society of Biomechanics members LinkedIn page.

See you in Glasgow,

Kelsey Collins

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