I am honoured to have been nominated for election as President Elect of the International Society of Biomechanics. My personal academic journey reflects the ISB’s quintessentially international orientation and I have been privileged to experience biomechanics in many different cultures, different laboratories and with fantastic people. From undergraduate studies in New Zealand and Australia I moved to the German Sport University, Köln, for my PhD and then to the Karolinska Institute in Sweden as a post-doc. At present I am professor in biomechanics, specializing in muscle-tendon function and sports biomechanics, at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH), where I am also Dean of the Research and Doctoral Education Board. I was Secretary General of the ISB for seven years and on the Executive Council for the maximum term of six years and have also been Chairperson of the ISB Footwear Biomechanics Group.
The ISB needs to be part of the rapidly changing patterns of international mobility and people crossing borders, and use this as an asset for globally strengthening biomechanics research and education. I would love the possibility to apply my energy and enthusiasm to keep the ISB moving as an exciting, dynamic and truly international society.
Dear Colleagues, presently I'm the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University of Lisbon, coordinating a fantastic team of 14 staff PhD members and 15 PhD Student and I’m also involved in different scientific structures both nationally as well as internationally but nothing made me more proud than to have served the ISB council for last 6 years. This experience showed me that ISB plays a crucial role in the development of Biomechanics, this has being accomplished mainly through the development programs for students and young researchers that I think should be expanded. I also know the challenges and constraints that ISB faces, especially some financial dependence of the organizers of the ISB conferences that I think the society should overcome and I will work on a more relevant role of the ISB council in the organization of the ISB congresses in the future. If elected I’m committed to strengthen the link between ISB and the members by providing more services, specially related to biomechanics education programs and increasing opportunities for young researchers exchange programs with more diverse travel and congress grants to expand the influence of ISB on the advancement of Biomechanics.