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President’s Blog September, 2018 by Joe Hamill

Posted on September 10, 2018

With the summer in the Northern Hemisphere almost over, many of the conferences held by other organizations are also complete. I attended the American College of Sports Medicine, the World Congress of Biomechanics and the American Society of Biomechanics annual meeting. Now, I am on my way to Lanzhou, China to attend the Chinese Association of Sports Biomechanics meeting. Each of these symposia were excellent and as expected, presented biomechanics in a very favorable light.

At the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, ISB had a plenary session and sponsored several other sessions. Toni Arndt was the plenary speaker for ISB and gave an excellent presentation on tendon and ligament biomechanics. The talk was presented in a room that accommodated 900 and every seat in the room was filled. The other ISB sessions were likewise very well attended.

At the WCB, ISB had a conversation with the executive of the WCB to determine how we could work together to promote biomechanics worldwide. This meeting was very positive and ISB expects to have a prominent role in the next WCB congress in Taiwan in 2020.

The ASB meeting was held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Once again, many ISB members were present. The conference was interesting in that the oral presentations were 5 minutes long instead of the normal 10 minutes. It meant that the speakers had to be very organized to present all of their data.

I want to remind everyone that the next ISB Congress will be held in Calgary, Canada in 2019. This is the second time that the ISB Congress has been held in Calgary. The Congress executive, led by Walter Herzog and Benno Nigg, will, as usual, present an excellent congress. I urge all ISB members to try to make it to Calgary. It will certainly be an event worth attending.

Lastly, please take care keep well.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus
President, International Society of Biomechanics

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President’s Blog June, 2018 by Joe Hamill

Posted on June 5, 2018

As I am writing this blog post, it is only a few weeks away from the ECSS, ISEK and WCB conferences in Dublin, Ireland. I know that a number of ISB Executive Council members and ISB members generally take part so we will have good representation at these meetings. I will be at the WCB meeting so I hope to see many of you there.

The ISB Congress in Calgary, Canada is only a year away and the organizing committee led by Drs. Walter Herzog and Benno Nigg have made great strides on the preparation for this event. The website for the 2019 Congress is live and you can find it at:

https://www.isb2019.com/

I want to congratulate Executive Council member Alberto Leardini on an excellent job on organizing the awards for students. As the Student Awards Officer, Alberto has a monumental job in this portfolio and always seems to handle the awards selection with an appointed committee with good humor and high standards.

I also want to thank Dr. Tim Derrick and his committee members who has expertly guided this committee on the establishment of standards for reporting kinetic methodologies. This ISB committee, formed with several ISB members, was organized to present a report to the Executive Council and which will ultimately be published as were the standards for reporting kinematic methodologies.

I recently was at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA and attended the Motor Control ISB Working Group Symposium. The symposium was organized by Dr. Paola Contessa, the Chair of the Working Group and her committee, and featured several very interesting talks. One talk by Dr. Ross Miller of the University of Maryland particularly intrigued me. The talk was entitled “Predictive Models Are Most Useful When They Are Wrong”. He suggested that, historically, greater emphasis has been placed on the prediction of accurate results that admittedly are impressive. However, Ross argues that there is more to be learned from inaccurate results. It was suggested that, with inaccurate predictions, the user has the impetus to investigate the source of the inaccuracy bit is the model design, the cost function or the overall framework of the question. Overall, I found this an intriguing argument for the use of predictive models.

Lastly, I wish all of you (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) a fruitful summer and, if you are traveling either for pleasure or to a professional meeting, safe travels.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus

President, International Society of Biomechanics

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President’s Blog March, 2018 by Joe Hamill

Posted on April 5, 2018

President's Blog       March, 2018  by Joe Hamill

As the summer approaches (Northern Hemisphere summer), we are all gearing up for the myriad of conferences that will take place soon. The conference season starts off with the international-Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) symposium in New York City in April and continues with the conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine in May, the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiologists (ISEK) just prior to the World Congress of Biomechanics (in conjunction with the European Society of Biomechanics) in July, the American Society of Biomechanics in August and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports in September. This list provides an ample opportunity for all to present their work, meet new and current colleagues and, best of all, to enter into discussions of your work with others. I have found over my career that attending meetings is important to promote your work and to generate ideas for future work.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, ISB will be well-represented at many of these conferences. In particular, at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, ISB will sponsor several sessions including a plenary session with President-Elect Toni Arndt as the speaker, three sessions organized by the Technical Group on Computer Simulation (Computer Simulation of Human Movement), by the Footwear Biomechanics Group and by the Motor Control working group.

One important event coming up soon that I would like to emphasize to ISB members is National Biomechanics Day, an event sponsored by 26 organizations and companies including ISB. This event, the brain-child of Dr. Paul DeVita, former President of the American Society of Biomechanics and Professor at East Carolina University, has gained world-wide attention and has brought biomechanics to prominence among other scientific disciplines. National Biomechanics Day (April 11, 2018) seeks to expand the influence and impact of biomechanics in our society by expanding awareness of the contributions of biomechanics among young people. Over 7,000 high school students from all over the world participated in the activities of National Biomechanics Day in 2017. The hope is that many more will participate in 2018. The principle slogan of National Biomechanics Day is: “Biomechanics will be the breakthrough science of the 21st century.” I suggest you to read Paul’s interesting article in the Journal of Biomechanics on why we need National Biomechanics Day. The link to this paper is:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021929018302112

As Dr. DeVita recounts in this paper that doing biomechanics is not enough to make biomechanics the breakthrough science of the 21st century, we must also show biomechanics to people. I urge you to organize laboratory activities and bring young people into the laboratory to introduce them to biomechanics. For more information, the National Biomechanics Day web site is:

http://nationalbiomechanicsday.asbweb.org/

I hope that all ISB members will take the opportunity to visit the BOOM podcast on the ISB web site. This is the work of the ISB Student Representative, Melissa Boswell. The podcast has interviews with several notable biomechanists who offer their take on a variety of subjects. I offer my thanks and congratulations to Melissa for this project.

Lastly, I wish you all a pleasant and productive summer or winter as the case may be. Be safe in your travels to holidays, conferences or just motoring around.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus

President, International Society of Biomechanics

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President’s Blog – Dec. 2017

Posted on March 26, 2018

It has been several months since we last met in Brisbane, Australia for the ISB Congress that was, in everyone’s eyes, a very successful event. I would like to belatedly congratulate the organizers of that Congress, including ISB President Andrew Cresswell, for their hard work. There were a number of other ISB members on the organizing committee that I will not mention specifically but they should be noted for their excellent work. More than 80% of delegates came from over 50 countries, thus the aim of hosting a truly international congress was achieved. Personally, this congress was the epitome of what a scientific congress should be and I hope that future ISB congresses follow the example of the XXVI Congress.

Many ISB members are now gearing up for the World Congress of Biomechanics meeting in Dublin, Ireland this summer (July 8-12, 2018). ISB will have a significant presence at this Congress with a plenary session and three sessions sponsored and organized by ISB. The invited speaker for the plenary session is Professor Toni Arndt from Sweden, currently the ISB President-Elect. The three other sessions were organized by two ISB Technical Groups and an ISB Working Group. Each of these three sessions will have two keynote speakers and several speakers who submitted abstracts specifically foe these sessions. ISB session 1, organized by the Technical Group on Computer Simulation is titled ‘Computer Simulation of Human Movement and will have keynote speakers Brian Umberger (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) and Jeff Reinbolt (University of Tennessee, USA). ISB session 2 was organized by the Footwear Biomechanics Group wand will have keynote speakers Sharon Dixon (University of Exeter, UK) and Wolfgang Potthast (German Sports University Cologne, Germany). The third session is being organized by the Motor Control working group with keynote speakers Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA) and Robert Gregg (University of Texas-Dallas, USA). In addition, there are several ISB members who are organizing other sessions for the WCB meeting.

http://www.wcb2018.com/

ISB will also be prominent at the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) meeting that will also be held in Dublin (June 30-July 2, 2018). ISB speakers at this conference will include Roger Enoka (University of Colorado, USA), Walter Herzog (University of Calgary, Canada) and Taija Finni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

https://isek.org/2018

Finally, I would like to announce the formation of a committee of accomplished ISB scientists to produce an ISB White Paper regarding the standardization of kinetic results for presentations at professional symposia and publishing in professional journals. This committee is ably led by Professor Tim Derrick (Iowa State University, USA) with members Alberto Leardini (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Italy), Andrea Cereatti (University of Sassari, Italy), Antonie van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA), Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia), Raphael Dumas (University of Lyon, France) and Silvia Fantozzi (University of Bologna, Italy).

At this time of year, we all look forward to our holidays and I wish all a pleasant holiday and a Happy New Year.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

President, International Society of Biomechanics

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President’s Blog, June 2017

Posted on July 6, 2017

As I’m writing this blog post, it’s just over two weeks before the opening ceremony of ISB2017. Preparations for the congress are well underway, with close to 1200 delegates registered for the conference, tutorials and workshops. While it will be winter in Brisbane, I have consulted with the long-range forecasters, who are assuring me that the days will be mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures over 20oC. July is one of the best months to visit Queensland so I hope you take full advantage of the opportunity to visit other areas of Queensland either before or after the congress.

I am thrilled to see so many students and early career academics registered for the congress and that many students have been in contact with our ISB student officer, Kirsty McDonald, to participate in some of the many activities that she has organised. Our ISB technical and working groups have also been working hard to prepare for their satellite meetings and themed sessions within the main program. I’m sure you’ve all been receiving regular updates about ISB2017 and for those that aren't registered, there’s still time!

On another note, I would like to thank the ISB executive council for their continued support since we formed during the Glasgow congress. Two years have passed quickly and each of the councillors has worked hard in their respective portfolios. While we have had to work within a somewhat more restricted budget, we still managed to support a large range of activities, particularly around student support for travel, dissertation grants and the like. I am confident that the incoming president will be able to continue and more than likely expand such support into the future. For those council members finishing their term after Brisbane, I genuinely thank them for their service to the society. Many of the executive will be continuing with a second or third term in office and we will be welcoming several new members, who will undoubtedly bring enthusiasm to the council and provide continuity into the future. Please join me at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) during ISB2017 where we will be officially welcoming the new president elect and council members, as well as thanking out outgoing members and past-president, John Challis, and where I will be handing over the President’s gavel to our incoming president, Joe Hamill. The AGM is also a great opportunity to learn more about the workings and initiatives of the society

Until then, safe travels for those coming to Brisbane and best wishes to others.

Andrew

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President’s Blog, March 2017

Posted on March 27, 2017

In 2014, Australia’s then Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, was quoted as saying:

“There needs to be a significant emphasis in boosting our focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) because science is at the heart of a country’s competitiveness and it is important that we do not neglect science as we look at the general educational and training schemes”.

Today STEM is almost every country’s preoccupation and is shaping global economic plans. In other words, economic plans are designed to support the focus on STEM, rather than limit it.

For example it is estimated that scientific and technological advances have produced roughly half of all the US’s economic growth over the last 50 years.

An education in STEM also fosters a range of generic and quantitative skills and ways of thinking that enable individuals to see, solve and grasp opportunities. These capabilities — including deep knowledge of a subject, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills — are relevant to an increasingly wide range of occupations and will be part of the foundation of adaptive and nimble institutes and workplaces of the future.

So, why am I talking about STEM; because biomechanics encompasses everything that STEM is about. Biomechanists around the world have taken up the mantle to promote biomechanics in our schools as a way of showing that Science is fun. None more so than Professor Paul DeVita who founded USA’s National Biomechanics Day in 2016 and managed to engage more than 2000 students and teachers to participate in biomechanics activities in their schools. Paul is currently taking ‘Biomechanics Day’ worldwide and already nine countries have committed to celebrating the day.

Make sure you follow and support National Biomechanics Day on April 6th this year.

It also gives me pleasure to inform you that the ISB2017 Congress is progressing well with over 1200 abstracts received from around the globe. Abstracts have now been reviewed and delegates notified of their acceptance. Please make sure you visit the ISB2017 website to take advantage of the early-bird registration and check that your ISB membership is current so you can take advantage of a further discount. All of the keynote speakers are confirmed and the pre-congress tutorials have something for everyone.

I am delighted to say that ISB2017 is being held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Association of Biomechanics (APAB) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (ANZSB) and will also include one and a half day concurrent sessions by two ISB Working Groups; Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International and the Motor Control Group. APAB and the Working Groups have guaranteed an excellent line-up of speakers. Satellite symposia by the Footwear Biomechanics Group and the Technical Group on Computer Simulation are also planned to take place prior to the conference on Queensland’s iconic Gold Coast, which is only one hour south of Brisbane. Both of these meetings conclude on the 22nd of July, which gives delegates plenty of time to travel to Brisbane to take part in the ISB Tutorials, which are scheduled for the morning and afternoon of the 23rd of July.

In closing I would like to encourage you all to join us in Brisbane for the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Your participation in the congress will go a long way toward maintaining the sustainability of our society and its future congresses.

Andrew

 

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President’s Blog, December 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016

2016 has been a significant year in our calendar for many reasons. The Brexit vote saw the UK leaving the EU, the US people chose Donald Trump as President Elect, North Korea launched a satellite into orbit, Obama visited Cuba, the Olympics and Paralympics were successful, and so on…

Looking toward 2017, ISB has several significant events planned, but none more so than our biennial congress to be held between the 23-27 of July in Brisbane, Australia. Planning is well underway with many of the keynotes and award lectures already locked in. Since my last report I can now add the following names to the list of those that have accepted an invitation to deliver a plenary lecture at the conference: Professor Chwee Teck Lim from the National University of Singapore, Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis from Notre Dame University in Sydney, Associate Professor Sylvia Blemker from the University of Virginia and Professor Melissa Knothe Tate from the University of New South Wales, Australia. More detailed information about our keynote speakers can be found at the following conference link: Keynote Presenters.

The ‘Call for Abstracts’ opened on the 1st of November, but more importantly for your diaries is the date when abstract submissions close - January 13, 2017, so please make sure your abstracts are submitted by then to avoid disappointment. Over recent weeks, several groups have contacted the ISB Organising Committee with a request to propose Thematic Sessions and Workshops. I’m pleased to be able to announce that the committee thought this was an excellent idea and have included a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) for thematic sessions and workshops. More information can be found at the following link, EOI’s for Thematic Sessions, including the submission deadline of the 30th of December.

The ISB Congress is being held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Association of Biomechanics (APAB) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (ANZSB) and will also include one and a half day concurrent sessions by two ISB Working Groups; Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International and the Motor Control Group. Both groups have guaranteed an excellent line-up of invited speakers and will also draw from the open abstract submission to complement their sessions.

Satellite symposia by the Footwear Biomechanics Group and the Technical Group on Computer Simulation are also planned to take place prior to the conference on Queensland’s iconic Gold Coast, which is only one hour south of Brisbane. Both of these meetings conclude on the 22nd of July, which gives delegates plenty of time to travel to Brisbane to take part in the ISB Tutorials, which are scheduled for the morning and afternoon of the 23rd of July.

Our ISB education officers have sourced an excellent lineup of speakers, which include: Professor Lynne Bilston (MR Imaging in biomechanics), Professor Greg Sawicki (Biologically inspired concepts guiding lower-limbo exoskeleton design), Professor Francois Hug and Dr Dominic Farris (Ultrasound techniques for muscle-tendon imaging) and Professor peter Hunter and Thor Bessier (Multiscale modelling in biomechanics). I’m sure you’ll agree that there is something there for everyone, so please sign-up by visiting the ISB 2017 Registration Page .

In closing I would like to encourage you all to join us in Brisbane for the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Your participation in the congress will go a long way toward maintaining the sustainability of the society and its future congresses.

Until then…

Kind regards

 Andrew

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President’s Blog, September 2016

Posted on September 26, 2016

In August, the ISB council convened in Raleigh, North Carolina, for their annual meeting. The council meeting was held over two days, prior to the American Society of Biomechanics Conference in the same city. It was pleasing to see so many council members attend the meeting, as council members travel to all of our meetings at their own cost.

ISB Executive Council in Raleigh

ISB Executive Council in Raleigh

A regular highlight of our off-year council meeting is listening to the presentations of those bidding for future ISB Congresses. This year we had three nominations submitted to the President Elect to host the XXVII Congress in 2019. From the three, two were chosen to present their bids to the council and I am pleased to announce that the team led by Professor Walter Herzog, a previous president of ISB, won the bid to host the 2019 meeting in Calgary, Canada. It was some years ago that the ISB Congress was held in Calgary, and I’m confident that the 2019 meeting will be just as successful as the last one they held in 1999. I would also like to thank the other bidding group that presented in Raleigh. Putting together a bid takes considerable effort, time and money and I would like to acknowledge and commend the group from Ottawa on an excellent bid. There was very little that separated the two bids, but of course, there can only be one winner, and we wish Calgary all the best with their preparations.

I would also like to thank the organisers of the American Society of Biomechanics Conference Dr’s Greg Sawicki, Clare Milner and Katherine Saul for their hospitality in Raleigh. They held a very successful meeting with large delegate numbers showing the strength and breath of biomechanics in North America. It was also pleasing to see such a large audience attend the ISB sponsored keynote which was given by Dr Tibor Hortobagyi. Tibor regularly attends our own ISB Congresses and I’ve included a photo of Tibor being welcomed to the podium by Dr Paul deVita, President of ASB.

Dr Tibor Hortobagyi being welcomed by Dr Paul deVita.

Dr Tibor Hortobagyi being welcomed by Dr Paul deVita.

I am also pleased to report that ISB2017 preparations are progressing well. A program shell with conference themes and sub-themes has been published as well as key dates, such as the opening of Abstracts and Registration on 1 November 2016, the closing of abstracts on 13 January 2017 and the closing of Early-Bird Registration on 17 March 2017. ISB2017 promotional events have been well attended with ISEK, ASB, ISBS and ECSS delegates seen walking around photographing their koalas for the ISB2017 Koala Challenge. The ISB2017 Down-Under event in Raleigh was also well attended with more than 200 delegates attending the function and getting a taste of the hospitality they will be receive in Brisbane next year.

Rob Herbert and Suellen Holland promoting ISB 2017 in Brisbane!

Rob Herbert and Suellen Holland promoting ISB 2017 in Brisbane!

In closing, I’m delighted to be able to announce that Professor Jaap Van Dieen of VU University of Amsterdam has accepted the Congress Committee’s invitation to give the Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture at the ISB2017 in Brisbane which honours Prof. Jürg Wartenweiler (1915-1976) the first President of the ISB. I know, like me, you are already looking forward to listening to Jaap’s keynote. There will be more to come on keynotes and other congress events in my next report.

Until then…

Kind regards

Andrew

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President’s Blog, June 2016

Posted on June 20, 2016

I am sure that many of you who reside in the northern climes are gearing up for midsummer parties and the holiday season, while those of us down-under are facing winter storms and a potential bout of the flu.

Mind you, winter in Brisbane is not that cold, with the average daytime temperature for June and July being 20oC (70oF) with little to no rainfall. This bodes well for next year’s ISB Congress, The XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, that will be held in Brisbane between the 23rd to the 27th of July.

Preparations are well underway with the Brisbane meeting being cohosted by three Universities in the Southeast Queensland region: The University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. I am sure most of you have been receiving promotional material about the congress but I can now confirm that the Congress Tutorials that ISB sponsors are confirmed and will be held on the Sunday morning and afternoon of the 23rd of July. Our ISB Education Officers, Glen Lichtwark and Taija Finni have recruited a group of exceptional international presenters who I know will provide attendees with state-of-the-art knowledge and future directions in their respective fields. A BIG thanks goes to Prof. Peter Hunter (NZ), A/Prof. Greg Sawicki (USA), Prof. Lynne Bilston (AUS), Prof. François Hug (FRA) and Dr Dominic Farris (AUS) for accepting Glen and Taija’s invitation to run the tutorials.

In regard to other ISB activities, the ISB Council will shortly be holding its annual meeting in Raleigh (NC) just prior to the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting. An agenda item with be the ISB budget, which has been a concern over recent years. Our budget is driven primarily through membership fees, sponsorship and a sharing of any conference profits. Currently we are highly dependent upon membership fees and sponsorships, so I would like to encourage all of you to pay your annual membership fees, encourage your colleagues and students to become members of ISB and let myself or any ISB officer know of possible sponsorship opportunities. As you probably know, ISB is a not-for-profit organisation and a significant proportion of our budget goes toward student travel scholarships, student grants and awards, and support to our technical groups, affiliated societies and economically developing countries.

In closing, with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics soon to take place, I would like to highlight a recent article in the Journal of Experimental Biology that may help you appreciate the complexity of running around a curved track.

Paolo Taboga, Rodger Kram, Alena M. Grabowski (2016) Maximum-speed curve-running biomechanics of sprinters with and without unilateral leg amputationsJournal of Experimental Biology 219: 851-858; doi: 10.1242/jeb.133488.

Regards,

Andrew

 

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President’s Blog, March 2016

Posted on March 18, 2016

Here in the southern hemisphere the daylight hours are becoming noticeably shorter and the nights cooler. For our northern hemisphere members Spring is gathering momentum. Whether you are live in the south or north, this time of the year usually means notifications of abstracts being accepted for upcoming conferences, registrations, planning of travel and accommodations. This year there are numerous biomechanics conferences and meetings and ISB will have a significant presence at many of them.

The ISB executive council will hold two days of meetings just prior to the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) conference in Raleigh, North Carolina (August 2-5). ASB is an affiliate society of ISB, which affords them the opportunity of having an ISB sponsored keynote speaker at their meeting. As I mentored in my last newsletter, Professor Tibor Hortobagyi has accepted the invitation to be the ISB keynote and I know many of us are looking forward to hearing his address.

The Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB) is also an affiliate society of ISB and this year ISB has agreed to sponsor a keynote speaker for their national meeting, to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (July 19-22). A relatively recent Past President of our Society, Professor Julie Steele, will be giving that address.

Last but by no means least, ISB will have a significant presence at this years International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology (ISEK) meeting in Chicago (July 5-8). Professor Scott Delp will give an ISB sponsored keynote and there will be a combined ISEK-ISB symposium during the conference. The ISB Motor Control Working Group will also be holding a symposium in the afternoon prior to the Opening Reception.

I am also pleased to say that many of our ISB councillors and members will be attending other northern hemisphere meetings such as the European Society of Biomechanics Conference, The American College of Sports Medicine Conference, The European College of Sports Science, and the list goes on...

I'm also pleased to be able to tell you that a significant amount of planning has already taken place for the XXVI ISB congress to be held in Brisbane between the 23rd and 27th of July, 2017. Hopefully you are all receiving the ISB2017 e-zine, have bookmarked the IBS2017 website and downloaded the ISB2017 App. Key dates have been posted and an outline of the program will be available very shortly. For those attending this year’s ISEK or ASB meetings, make sure you make a note in your diary to attend the ISB2017 hosted social events. A free of charge drinks and snacks event will be held during the ISEK conference (right after the ISEK-ISB symposium) and a free of charge Aussie BBQ Night (North Carolina style) will be held during the ASB conference on the Wednesday night.

To close my column on a more academic note, I thought you might like to watch a Ted Talk by Professor Auke Ijspeert from the Biorobotics laboratory at EPFL. Professor Ijspeert talks about his robot that runs and swims like a salamander. I think this is a nice example of how the fields of biomechanics and motor control can intersect to help understand complex problems. I hope you enjoy it.

https://www.ted.com/talks/auke_ijspeert_a_robot_that_runs_and_swims_like_a_salamander