President’s Blog, December 2015

Posted on December 23, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, many of us will be reflecting on the year that’s past. Grant success, grant rejections, publication success, publication rejections; all seem part of a normal year for an academic. Hopefully the positives have far outweighed the negatives and you are all enthused to rush into 2016 with optimism.

Rather than looking back on what ISB achieved in 2015, I thought I would take the opportunity to gaze into my crystal ball to see what might be on the horizon for us in 2016 and beyond.

I’m happy to announce that I have been in discussions with the President of ISEK and the ISEK 2016 conference organisers about hosting an ISB keynote address and an ISEK-ISB podium session as part of the XXI ISEK Congress to be held in Chicago in 2016 (July 5-8). I’m pleased to be able to announce that the ISB keynote at that meeting will be Professor Scott Delp from Stanford University. Scott is the James H. Clark Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering and Director of the National Centre for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research and is a longtime member and supporter of ISB. I’m sure those of us who will be attending ISEK will be very keen to listen to Scott’s keynote address. Over the next few weeks ISEK and ISB member and former councillor, Professor Karen Søgaard, will be working with our ISB Educational Officers (Professor Taija Finni and A/Prof Glen Lichtwark) to develop an engaging ISEK-ISB podium session.

A link to the XXI ISEK Congress can be found here:

On a similar note, the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) will be hosting their annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, from August the 2nd to the 5th. ISB will also be sponsoring a keynote address during the ASB conference and I’m pleased to be able to announce that Professor Tibor Hortobagyi from The University of Groningen will be giving that address.

A link to the ASB conference can be found here:

The ISB Council will also be having our annual face-to-face meeting during the ASB conference, which I’m sure be a great opportunity for members of the two societies to meet and discuss common interests. Although not officially confirmed at the time of going to press, I’m fairly confident that the ISB2017 congress organising committee will be hosting an ‘Aussie Barbecue’ during the ASB conference (evening to still be confirmed). So for those of you attending the meeting in Raleigh, come along to the BBQ and hear about what’s being planned for ISB2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

A link to ISB2017 can be found here:

Last but not least, I thought you might like to listen to a recent podcast hosted by “The Science Show”, a regular item from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC). Professor Simon Gandevia from Neuroscience Research Australia talks about “Challenges for Scientists as they Report and Publish their Results. Food for thought!

Andy Creswell

University of Queensland

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