Students’ Corner

Posted on December 22, 2016


I hope you’ve all had a productive 2016. As the year comes to a close, don’t forget to renew your ISB membership! You can do so here.

Lots of exciting things are in store for 2017. In July, we head Down Under to Brisbane, Australia for the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. As a student member, you’ll be entitled to a substantial discount on your conference registration. I am currently in the process of planning a student excursion, mentoring program and roundtable discussion for the meeting, so please keep an eye on your emails as we get closer to the date.

As many of you may be aware, the call for abstracts is currently open for ISB2017 and will be due on January 13, 2017.

Other important dates for your calendar are:

  • Notification to successful Congress Travel Grant applicants = Feb 1, 2017
  • Notification of ISB2017 abstract acceptance = Feb 28, 2017
  • Applications due for Technical Group Travel Grant (TGTG) = Feb 28, 2017*
  • Early bird registration closing = March 17, 2017
  • Notification to successful TGTG applicants = May 1, 2017


*The TGTG of up to $US500 is offered to help reduce the travel expenses to attend one of the following meetings:

  • Technical Group on Computer Simulation

Date: July 20-22, 2017

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 20, 2017


  • Footwear Biomechanics Group

Date: July 20-22, 2017

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 13, 2017



Advice to Students

This edition of our Advice to Students project features Prof. Peter Milburn from Griffith University, Australia and can be viewed here:

I really enjoyed speaking with Dr. Milburn whilst preparing this video. The messages he shares in the clip made me reflect on my own experience as a graduate student and got me pondering how well I utilize the resources around me. His first message; “learn from your peers”, is something that can be easily overlooked. The graduate students I share the Pennsylvania State University Biomechanics lab with have a vast knowledge and a broad range of practical skillsets. It’s useful to recognise that we have a lot to offer each other and may continue to collaborate well into the future!

Secondly, Dr. Milburn touches on networking – specifically, approaching more senior delegates at conferences. He provides a useful perspective, encouraging us to be bold and initiate discussions because “biomechanists like nothing more than to talk about their work!” Dr. Milburn also offers some useful tips for getting the conversation started.

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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