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Recently, ISB lost a giant in the field of biomechanics.  Professor Paavo Komi, a long-time member and contributor to the ISB, passed away last month.  Paavo served as Secretary General of the ISB from 1977 to 1981 and as President from 1981 to 1983.  He hosted the ISB Congress twice at the University of Jyväskylä (1975, 1995).  In 2005, because of his numerous contributions to ISB, he was made an Honorary Member of ISB.  His passing is particularly poignant to me as he was the President of ISB when I first became a member of ISB in 1981.  I remember him fondly because he was friendly to me as a young member and always took time to speak to me at the many conferences at which we meet.  Paavo will be sorely missed by the biomechanics community and by me personally.  Please check the ISB web page for the obituary of Professor Paavo Komi.

Last week I attended and gave a keynote lecture at the Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation in Hong Kong.  I was happy that many of the students that I spoke to were interested in ISB and the benefits of being an ISB member.  In particular, students were interested in the travel and dissertation grants that ISB provides.

The ISB Executive Council is busy pursuing their portfolios.  However, special mention should go out to Elizabeth Clarke whose portfolio includes overseeing the ISB Technical Groups and to Glenn Lichtwark who took over as Publications Officer in addition to his duties as Education Officer.

Please pay special attention to the announcement on the ISB web page of the upcoming election of new officers to the ISB Executive Council.  Every two years ISB members elect a new President-Elect and Executive Council.  Typically, there are 3 to 4 vacant positions on the Executive Council and the President-Elect position are open and must be filled.  Nominations should consist of the name of the individual and a brief biography (no more than 250 words) and emailed to Past President Andrew Cresswell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2019 ISB Congress in Calgary, Canada is just around the corner and the organizing committee led by Drs. Walter Herzog and Benno Nigg have made great strides on the preparation for this event.  The web site is now open for registration and for abstract submission both of which begin on November 1, 2018 .  The list of keynote speakers for the Congress is truly impressive with Professor Hugh Herr presenting the Wartenweiler Lecture and Professor Ralph Müller the Muybridge Lecture.  Other keynote speakers include Professors Heike Vallery and Kim Bennell. Further details about the conference are available in this edition of ISBNow.

Lastly, please keep well and be safe in the upcoming holiday season.

Joseph Hamill

President, International Society of Biomechanics



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