ISB at ASB: Sponsored Keynote by Prof Tibor Hortobagyi

Posted on December 19, 2016

As Program Chair for the 40th annual meeting of ASB subtitled “Building a dynamic future on the strength of our past”, I was delighted when ISB agreed to sponsor a keynote speaker at our special anniversary meeting.

Dr Hortobagyi’s ISB keynote lecture was titled “The Biomechanical Plasticity of Human Gait in Old Age: Gait Speed the 6th Vital Sign”. The lecture was presented in the plenary ballroom to enable all attendees to hear from this international expert in the biomechanical plasticity of gait. Dr Hortobagyi’s lecture was a thorough and interesting presentation of his work in the important field of healthy aging. He provided great insights towards understanding the complementary roles of gait biomechanics and neural control of movement in studying neuromechanical adaptations to activity. The lighthearted anecdotes of individuals Dr Hortobagyi has met who embodied the concept of healthy aging were great illustrations of what we can all aspire towards as we move further down the years!

Dr Hortobagyi’s lecture was very well-received by the conference attendees, as attested to by the many and varied questions posed at the end of the talk. The question and answer period at the end of the lecture was a great opportunity to ‘pick the brains’ of this renowned researcher and great speaker.

To the delight of conference attendees, in addition to sharing his research during the keynote lecture, Dr Hortobagyi attended many of the scientific sessions throughout the meeting. He fully participated in the sessions by contributing his opinion and expertise to many of the discussions of the work of others. This was an excellent demonstration, particularly for junior members, of having a true passion for knowledge and for moving science forward.

On behalf of ASB, I sincerely thank the Executive Council of ISB for providing this excellent educational opportunity for our members.

Clare Milner

Program Chair for the 40th annual meeting of ASB

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Call for abstracts: International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports

Posted on December 19, 2016

Dear friends, colleagues, biomechanists,

On behalf of the organizing committee I am happy to send out this CALL FOR PAPERS for the of the 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports. The conference will be held at the German Sport University Cologne June 14th – 18th 2017 (

It will cover all aspects from basic to applied science.

Key dates:

Submission open: 01.12.2016
Deadline submission: 29.01.2017
Revised paper submission: 19.03.2017
Registration open: 17.03.2017
Notification of authors: 03.04.2017
End early bird registration: 17.04.2017
End registration: 01.05.2017


  • Musculo-skeletal loading in sports and physical activity
  • Teaching and coaching of and with biomechanics
  • Relationship of load and adaptation
  • Biomechanics of injury and overload prevention
  • Improving the performance capacity of the musculo-skeletal system
  • Management of musculo-skeletal loading
  • Biomechanics of adapted and paralympic sports
  • Sports and sports medical technology
  • Enhancement of human performance
  • Sports technology and sports equipment
  • Modelling and Computer Simulation
  • Strength, Conditioning and Training
  • Muscle & Tissue Mechanics
  • Neuromuscular Biomechanics

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cologne.


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XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics

Posted on September 30, 2015

Report by

  • Fernando Diefenthaeler – Chair of the XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics
  • Felipe P Carpes – President-Elect of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics
  • Marco A Vaz – President of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics

The XVI Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics (XVI BCB 2015) took place last May in the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State. With more than 500 registrations completed (from different parts of Brazil and countries from Latin America like Chile, Uruguay, Argentine and Peru) and almost 350 papers submitted, the XVI BCB 2015 was the largest congress ever organized by the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. There is no doubt that such number of registrations and papers submitted was highly influenced by the organization of the XXIV ISB Congress in Brazil, in 2013. The regular number of registration and papers submitted to the XIV BCB 2011 edition was half of what we observed this year. The activities were developed from May 06th to May 09th 2015 and included thematic workshops, invited lectures, round-tables, posters and oral presentations, as well as the ordinary General Assembly of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics.

Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President

Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President

One of the highlights of this year’s BCB was the ISB Invited Lecture given by Prof. Walter Herzog, former ISB President. His talk on the “Molecular Mechanisms of Muscle Contraction: Past, Present and Future” was breath taking and kept the audience’s attention. Another interesting thing about Prof. Herzog is that he was probably the most photographed Invited Speaker ever of the BSB congresses. This probably reflects the impact of his work in Brazil (as many students have read his papers on muscle, cartilage and chiropractic manual therapy), and the fact that several Brazilian professors and students have spent some time at this lab. His contribution to the development of Biomechanics in Brazil and Latin America has been recognized by the entire BSB, and was a pleasure to have him in Florianópolis. We would like to acknowledge ISB for the financial support given to our Society as an ISB affiliated society, which allowed us to bring Prof. Herzog.


The second highlight we had during the XVI BCB (also supported by ISB), was the Award Ceremony at the Closing Ceremony when prizes were awarded for the best papers. This was the first time in the history the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics and in the history of the BCB that we had the Young Investigator Award in the congress. After a hard competition that included peer review of submitted papers and evaluation of oral and poster presentations, the three best papers were awarded with the ISB Young Investigator Award. Prizes were given in money for the first (USD 250.00), second (USD 150.00), and third (USD 100.00) place papers that achieved the three highest scores in the review process. Additionally, distinction certificates were distributed for 10 papers that were included in the top best papers list according to the reviewers’ indication. The next BCB will happen in 2017 in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State.

ISB Young Investigator Award:

Position Presenter Authors Title
1st Gabriela Fischer Gabriela Fischer, Leonardo A. P. Tartaruga, Luca P. Ardigò & Alberto E. Minetti Biomechanics of hand biking: insights about kinematic mechanical power components
2nd Karine Velasques Stoelben Karine Josibel Velasques Stoelben, Evangelos Pappas, Mateus Corrêa Silveira & Carlos Bolli Mota Assimetrias no momento extensor de joelho tem relação com o Escore sintomas do KOOS após reconstrução do LCA?
3rd Carlos de la Fuente Carlos De la Fuente, Mauricio Delgado Can cushioned shoes with anatomical insole correct the impact in runners with recurring shin splint?
Gabriela Fischer

Gabriela Fischer

Karine Velasques Stoelben

Karine Velasques Stoelben

Carlos de la Fuente

Carlos de la Fuente

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HWBI 2015 Symposium in Milan, Italy

Posted on September 30, 2015

The Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI) was formed to further enhance multidisciplinary and international collaborations related to hand/wrist biomechanics. The HWBI has established affiliations with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH). The HWBI is proud of these affiliations, which support the HWBI’s driving focus of advancing hand science by collectively addressing challenging clinical problems.

The HWBI has a long history of international symposia dating back to 1992. This year, the HWBI held its 9th Symposium at Milano Congressi in Milan, Italy from June 16-17, 2015. This year’s symposium was held in conjunction with the 20th Congress of Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH), June 17-20, 2015. The symposium program featured 56 presentations including keynotes, invited talks, and open paper submissions. Main topics covered at this year’s event included the wrist, carpal tunnel, finger mechanics, motor control, distal radial ulnar joint (DRUJ), distal radius, ligaments, tendons, and biomaterials. The 2015 symposium also featured the 2nd International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop. There was record attendance at this year’s event, with 102 participants including hand surgeons, hand therapists, and engineers from 16 countries. The HWBI is excited to continue building upon the excitement and success generated during the symposium.

For the first time, the HWBI awarded travel scholarships for the 2015 symposium to outstanding students, residents, and fellows. Four scholarships were generously sponsored by the ISB, HWBI, and William H. Seitz, MD Research Fund. An award committee was formed to select this year’s winners based on their abstract submissions to the symposium. The award winners were Joseph N. Gabra (USA), Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert (France), Faes D. Kerkhof (Belgium), and Giovanni F. Solitro (USA). The HWBI is grateful to the ISB and Dr. Seitz for their sponsorship and hopes to award even more scholarships at future symposia. For more information about the HWBI and its events, please visit the website at

Zong-Ming Li, PhD
Chair, HWBI Board of Directors

HWBI scholarship recipients with symposium organizers. From left: Ken Fischer, Marc Garcia-Elias, Zong-Ming Li, Giovanni Solitro, Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert, Joseph Gabra, and Faes Kerkhof, and Fred Werner

HWBI scholarship recipients with symposium organizers. From left: Ken Fischer, Marc Garcia-Elias, Zong-Ming Li, Giovanni Solitro, Benjamin Goislard de Monsabert, Joseph Gabra, and Faes Kerkhof, and Fred Werner

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News from Affiliated Societies

Posted on December 22, 2014

One of the most interesting programs of the ISB is the Affiliated Societies, this program pursues the aim that ISB can serve as a parent society that can contribute to the development of Biomechanics Societies of national and even regional level. The ISB has an annual budget of 10 000 USD assigned to support the implementation of national and regional Scientific Meetings  in Biomechanics, particularly by helping to fund the presence of international researcher members of the ISB to be guest speakers at these conferences and also supporting the prizes to be awarded to young researchers (YIA). In 2014 ISB supported the Congresses of Biomechanics Societies of the following countries or regions; Australasia, Poland, and Bulgaria.
You can see below pictures of oral presentations in YIA competition at the Congress of the Bulgarian Society of Biomechanics as well as pictures of the delivery certificate YIA of the 9th Australasian Biomechanics Conference (ABC9) which was presented to the winner by Toni Arndt. Another picture shows Toni Arndt that was the invited speaker supported by ISB at the ABC9, with his parents, who attended his keynote address (a very special occasion for them).


ISB would like to reinforce our link with all the Affiliated Societies and to provide support for the development of Biomechanics on your country. We have particular care for the possibility to help to support the Young Investigator Awards on your national events that we think could contribute for the development of outstanding research in our field.


To submit a proposal for support for both the invited speaker and YIA were the following information should be include:

1- For the travel support for a Keynote Speaker

  • Name of the proposed keynote speaker that needs to be a member of ISB, including a short CV and acceptance (email or letter)
  • Abstract of the conference
  • Budget for traveling and accommodation
  • Affiliated Society will need to include Information on the web site of the conference and also on the conference program acknowledging the support of ISB for this invited Speaker conference.

2- For the Young Investigator award

  • Brief note explaining the procedure for the award selecting process
  • The Prize should be named ISB Young Investigator Award.
  • The support of ISB should be acknowledge in the program and webpage of the conference.


After the congress ISB should receive a small report to be included on our ISB newsletter and additionally some photos of the conference from the invited speaker supported by ISB and also from the ISB YIA award ceremony to be also include in ISB Newsletter and ISB website.

The amount for each of the grant are:

Invited Speaker: 2000 USD

YIA: 500 USD.


ISB would like that more and more Affiliated Societies could benefit from this support and obviously that this support could be a way to strengthen the links of your Societies to ISB.


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Invitation from the Bulgarian Society of Biomechanics

Posted on September 30, 2014


Associated Member of the European Society of Biomechanics; Affiliate Society of the International Society of Biomechanics

Post Address: Institute of Mechanics, BAS, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 4, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria

tel. +359 2 979 64 48   fax: +359 2 870 74 98



Stoyan Stoytchev, President

Svetoslav Nikolov, Vice-President

Gergana Nikolova, Secretary


The Bulgarian Society of Biomechanics (BSB) was established by the late Professor Yuli Toshev who served as a president from 1991 up to his untimely death in 2008. In 2011 a new Governing Board was elected and a new registration was done, required under the applicable laws in Bulgaria. Members of the BSB belong to different institutions in Bulgaria, such as Institute of Mechanics, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Institute of Neurosurgery, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, National Sports Academy, Biological faculty at the Sofia University, Medical Academy etc. More information about BSB can be found at

The Governing Board of BSB aims to continue the traditions of the Institute of Mechanics and BSB in organizing local and international conferences like: EuroMech Colloquium No. 68 “Mechanics of Biological Solids”, Varna, 1977; the Franco-Bulgarian Seminar Biomechanics and Computer Science in Cardiology”, Varna,1978; the First International Summer School on Biomechanics”, Varna, 1977; the Sixth International School on Biomechanics held in Blagoevgrad, 1995, “Days of Biomechanics-2011” held in 2011 in Sofia.

On November 20-21, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, BSB is organizing the Second Conference “Days of Biomechanics-2014”. On behalf of the scientific committee, we would like to invite colleagues-researchers (professors, doctors, young scientists and PhD-students) to take part in the conference which topics cover wide range of problems: clinical and tissue engineering; cell and molecular biomechanics; rheology of biological tissues and fluids; transport phenomena in biological systems; mechanics of bioprocess and biofilm systems; computational methods and modeling in biomechanics; biomechanics and control of movement; orthopedic biomechanics; rehabilitation biomechanics; sport biomechanics; biomechanics and sport medicine; functional tissue engineering. Proceedings of the conference will be published inspecial issue of the journal - Series on Biomechanics.

The deadline for one-page abstract submission is October 15th, 2014, at e-mail: During the conference, the PhD-students and the Young Investigators competition for the Academician G. Brankov award will take place. For more information and questions about conference, you can contact the organizers at e-mail:


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Update from the Polish Society of Biomechanics

Posted on June 27, 2014

Fast progress in the development of biomechanics generates the need of periodic meetings of specialists in different fields, so the newest results can be shared and problems discussed. That is why The Polish Society of Biomechanics (PSB) decided to make an opportunity for the biomechanics community to exchange new ideas and experiences. Every two years, in a different city of Poland, an international conference is organised under the patronage of the PSB and named “BIOMECHANICS”.

The upcoming edition will take place on September 1-3, 2014 in Lodz, and the task of its organization have been entrusted to two units of Lodz University of Technology: Department of Automation, Biomechanics and Mechatronics and Faculty of Organization and Management.

As in the past, this year we expect to host many excellent specialists from widely defined areas in biomechanics, who are regular participants in our conference as well as many new guests. This year, there are registered already 120 abstracts prepared by nearly 300 authors from 17 countries. They belong to very widely understood disciplines of biomechanics and cover such themes as: clinical biomechanics, engineering biomechanics, sport biomechanics, biomaterials and implants, computational methods in biomechanics, cellular and molecular mechanics, and many others.

As in previous editions, also this year, during conference will take place the Young Investigators Competition for the Morecki & Fidelus Award, named after two precursors of the biomechanics in Poland. It is an excellent opportunity for young and/or unknown authors to present their research and open doors to further scientific career in field of the biomechanics.

More information about BIOMECHANICS 2014 can be found at our website

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Affiliated Societies

Posted on June 26, 2013

5th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics

The 5th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics (SPB) was held last February, 8-9 in Espinho, a small fishing village near Oporto city. The objective of the congress is to disseminate the research in Biomechanics developed in Portugal as well as to promote colaborative reasearch.

The congress had about 160 participants with 153 presentations covering the different areas of Biomechanics: Sport, Rehabilitation, Occupational, Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal System, Hard and Soft Tissues, Spine and Skull, Orthopaedic, Oral-facial, Tissue Engineering, Mechanobiology and Biomaterials.

The Portuguese Society of Biomechanics promotes incentive awards for young researchers that are delivered during the congress. This year the Student Paper Award was kindly supported by the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the winner was Frederico Ribeiro a PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon with the work “Is the callus shape an optimal response to a mechanobiological stimulus?”. The work presents a numerical study of the response of bone during the healing process to investigate which stimulus rules the callus formation, and it is a collaborative work with the University of Zaragoza in Spain where Frederico is doing part of this PhD work.

The SPB is very grateful to the ISB for supporting this award so important in incentivizing young researchers in the beginning of their research careers.

Paulo R. Fernandes
President of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics


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Affiliated Societies – March, 2013

Posted on March 21, 2013

The German Society of Biomechanics

The German Society of Biomechanics comprises over 370 members from the German speaking countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Its members are engineers, clinicians, physicists, sports and computer scientists and other related disciplines. The Society organizes a biannual meeting traditionally hosted by the current president.  This year the meeting takes place in Neu-Ulm (southern Germany) from May 15-17, organized by Prof. Lutz Dürselen ( The scientific program will include 91 podium, 89 poster presentations and some interesting keynote lectures (Ch. Hellmich; Vienna, R. Müller; Zurich, L. Claes; Ulm, CH. Bourauel; Bonn). We cordially invite members of the ISB to register for the meeting. However, be aware that most of the presentations will be held in German language. Beside some awards like, Young Investigator, Poster and AMTI Award for the best experimental work, the ISB has again generously granted an award for the best paper in sports science. Thanks to the ISB for this! In 2011, the winner of the ISB award was Renate List from Zurich, for her presentation: How much mobility does ankle arthroplasty need - a video-fluoroscopic analysis. The next biannual meeting will be hosted by Prof. Christof Bourauel from the Lab for Experimental Orthodontics in Bonn.  Papers in English language are also welcome.

Affiliated Societies – September, 2012

Posted on September 27, 2012

Korean Society of Sports Biomechanics News

The Korean Society of Sport Biomechanics (KSSB) was organized in 1976 as an academic organization with interest in the field of sport biomechanics. The KSSB is comprised of approximately 400 members with diverse sport science expertise; it is therefore essential to utilize various approaches in several fields of sport biomechanics. The KSSB publishes an academic journal quarterly and has biannual scientific conferences in which one or two international scholars are invited as a keynote speaker. In addition, we regularly interact with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) and other sport biomechanics organizations in Japan, China, US, Australia, Southeast Asia and other Pan-Pacific countries. The purpose of this KSSB is to activate the theory and field utilization of research related to sports and biomechanics while contributing to the development of sports study through professional knowledge, information exchange and international exchange with overseas academic organizations by and between members. We do this through: