Students’ Corner

Posted on September 26, 2016

ISB2017 Update

As I write, it’s just over 300 days until the XXVI Congress of the ISB in Brisbane!  I’m already looking forward to saying “G’day” to all those making the trip Down Under - as the conference website explains, you have to cut the “g” sound short and emphasise the “day”.  Our non-Aussie friends have plenty of time to perfect the national greeting, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear your interpretations!

A few key dates for your diary:

  • Call for abstracts: November 1, 2016
  • Abstract deadline: January 13, 2016
  • ISB Congress Travel Grant deadline: December 15, 2016

The Congress Travel Grant (CTG) program is designed to provide financial assistance to student members who will be joining us in Brisbane.  The society will provide support of $US600-1200, depending on the distance the successful applicant is required to travel.  More information can be found here, and please feel free get in touch ( if you have any questions about the application process.  The CTG is a great opportunity and I really encourage you all to submit an application.


Council Meetings and ASB2016

As some of you will know, the ISB Exec. Council meets in the Congress off-year, typically just prior to a meeting hosted by one our affiliated societies.  This year, we descended on Raleigh for the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.  It was great to get the opportunity to meet some of you at our Aussie night, and at various other events throughout the week.

The council meetings are an exciting time to discuss the current student resources and to propose some new initiatives. Based on feedback from those who completed the Survey Monkey earlier this year (thanks again!) I was able to target some of the key issues that are important to our student body.  There were some exciting conversations about an upcoming short video series trial being organized by our Education Officers – Glen Lichtwark and Taija Finni, so keep an eye out the first instalment!

Based on feedback regarding ‘job alerts’, our website management company recommended using the Google Alerts service, available at:

You simply plug in a few details and some keywords (I’d specifically recommend using ‘Biomch-L’ as one), and you’ll receive notifications about relevant postings.  Best of all, it took me less than a minute to set up!

google alerts screenshot

At the council meetings we also discussed student events for ISB2017 including mentoring sessions, the potential for a cheaper student accommodation option, and the student excursion.  Stay tuned for more information in upcoming editions of ISBNow.


Advice to Students

We are up to our fifth video already!  If you are new to the Society, our Advice to Students project involves eight short clips of ISB2015 delegates imparting some wisdom they’ve acquired during their time in the field of Biomechanics.  The latest instalment comes from Prof. Taija Finni (our ISB Education Officer), and can be viewed here.  Dr. Finni adds a unique flavour to the series, raising the issue of work-life balance.  Thank you very much again to all our presenters.  Keep an eye out for our next video – Prof. Peter Milburn.  Although he doesn’t say “G’day” during the clip, Dr. Milburn is from Griffith University (an ISB2017 hosting institute), so he’ll give you a taste of the Aussie accent (and some great advice of course!).

As always, stay in the loop by connecting with us via our social media channels (Facebook page, Student Members Facebook Group and Twitter feed).  If you have any feedback, questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you.


Kind regards,

Kirsty McDonald

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