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History and Purpose

The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) was founded August 30, 1973 to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level, although special emphasis is given to the biomechanics of Human Movement. The Society encourages international contacts amongst scientists, promotes the dissemination of knowledge, and forms liaisons with national organizations. The Society's membership includes scientists from a variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (mechanical, industrial aerospace, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sport science and medicine, ergonomics, electro-physiological kinesiology and others. Society activities include the organization of biennial international congresses, publication of congress proceedings and a biomechanics monograph series, distribution of a quarterly newsletter (ISBNow), sponsorship of scientific meetings related to biomechanics and affiliation with the Journal of Biomechanics, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology., and Gait and Posture.

Since its founding at Penn State University in 1973, the ISB has grown to a membership of over 1,000 persons. The Society provides for affiliate membership of national biomechanics organizations. Current affiliate groups are the American Society of Biomechanics, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Bulgarian Society of Biomechanics, Canadian Society of Biomechanics, Chinese Society of Sports Biomechanics, Comisia de Biomecanica Inginerie si Informatica (Romania), Czech Society of Biomechanics, Danish Society of Biomechanics, Japanese Society of Biomechanics, Korean Society of Sport Biomechanics, Polish Society of Biomechanics, Russian Society of Biomechanics, Societe de Biomecanique (France), The Society also supports technical and working groups for the purpose of advancing knowledge in specialized areas within the field of biomechanics. Currently active technical sections include   Computer Simulation, Shoulder Biomechanics, Footwear Biomechanics and 3-D Motion Analysis.

The major activity of the Society is the organization and conduct of its biennial International Congress on Biomechanics. This provides a unique opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of the current status of the field and make valuable personal and professional contacts. To promote international development of the field, congresses are held in different countries. The recent congresses were held in New Zealand, USA, Taiwan, and South Africa, Brussels. The Proceedings and Books of Abstracts from these biennial congresses, as well as the separately published Keynote and Award-winning papers, are a valuable contribution to research literature and also serve to document the progress of the field of biomechanics. Recent ISB Congress proceedings back until 2001 are available online to all ISB members.

Sponsorship and Related Scientific Meetings

In addition to its official Congresses, the ISB supports other scientific meetings concerned with biomechanics by serving as an official sponsor. In this capacity, the Society helps with dissemination of information and promotion, encourages members to participate and assists with the planning and organization upon request. The ISB is on Facebook, Twitter and also sponsors BIOMCH-L (an Internet electronic discussion forum), and lecture tours for economically developing countries.

Society Awards

The Society promotes excellence in biomechanics research by presenting a number of Awards at its Congresses. These include the Muybridge Award (the Society's highest honor for outstanding contributions to biomechanics), the Wartenweiler Memorial Lectureship (named after the Society's first President), David Winter Young Investigator Award and Clinical Biomechanics Award for the best papers presented competitively, and an award to the best student paper from an economically developing country. The Society also promotes scholarship through its Educational Programs at Congresses, its Promising Young Scientist Travel Grants scheme, whereby a member is funded to travel to another continent to further a research project, and a range of Student Grants-in-Aid of Research and for Congress attendance.

Benefits of Membership

  • Reduced Journal Subscription Rates.
  • Reduced Registration Fees at ISB Congresses and those of Affiliate Societies.
  • Opportunity to form international contacts and participate in technical and working groups of the Society.
  • Special Student Discounts and Grants-in-Aid.
  • Congressional Awards and Traveling Scholarships.
  • Unrestricted access to the ISB website.
  • Access to the ISB congress proceedings.

Membership Application Procedure

Go to the Membership section of this website.  Membership dues and subscription fees can be paid by either (i) a credit card debit authorization, or (ii) a cheque or money order in Australian dollars and drawn on an Australian Bank.

Executive Council

The ISB is governed by its Executive Council composed of the officers and council members who are elected by mail ballot for two year terms. They represent countries from throughout the world and various scientific areas within biomechanics. The council, which meets annually, provides leadership for the continued development of the Society. Many on-going activities are performed by Council appointed sub-committees such as publications, standards and terminology, award nominations, and others. The quarterly Newsletter serves to inform the members of current and future events and developments.

You many contact any member of the Executive Council for further information