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The ISB has had great pleasure to announce and award the Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award in honour of Professor Carlo de Luca and his pioneering contribution to the science and application of biomechanics, in particular in the area of electromyography. The award honors excellence in graduate research in the area of motor control and electromyography and is associated with a monetary award of $US 2,500. The winners are selected prior to the next ISB Congress and will present in the award’s session at that ISB Congress

Requirements: Candidates must be at a very early stage of their scientific career and to be eligible must not have received their PhD degree before the previous ISB Congress (two years prior to the Congress where the award will be given). Current graduate students, including MSc level students, are also eligible. Please send your applications to Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 28, 2017. The abstract must be in the area of motor control/electromyography. You are also requested to submit an up to date curriculum vitae and PDF copies of two of your refereed publications in the area of motor control / electromyography. 

When applying for the award, please download the Carlo de Luca ESA tick-box questionnaire here, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer, too.

Please note: You are also required to submit your abstract simultaneously to the ISB congress organisers and that ISB has a policy that an abstract submitted for an ISB conference award is non-identical to an abstract submitted elsewhere. 

Winners of the Emerging Scientist Award:
2015 Shota Haigo (Japan)
2013 Geoffrey Power (Canada)
2011 Taian Vieira (Italy)
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wartenweilerThe Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture is given to honor Prof. Jürg Wartenweiler (1915-1976), first President of the ISB, who organized the First International Seminar on Biomechanics in Zürich, Switzerland (1967).

2017 Jaap Van Dieen (The Netherlands) Trunk stabilization, adaptations to environment, task and pain

Aurelio Cappozzo

 History of Biomechanics
2013 Miguel Nicolelis (USA)

Brain Machine Interfaces to Restore Mobility

2011 Jan Pieter Clarys (Belgium) The schizophrenic balance of old techniques and new technologies in body composition and their (assumed) support in biomechanics, ergonomics and health care
2009 Patrick Prendergast (Ireland) Mechanoregulation in the skeletal tissues
2007 Kai-Nan An (USA) Application of Medical Imaging in Biomechanics
2005 Bruce Latimer (USA) Biomechanics and Evolution.
2003 Steven Vogel (USA) Twist versus bend: flexibility in the face of flow.
2001 R.C. Nelson (USA) History of the ISB.
1999 Andrew Huxley (United Kingdom) Cross-bridge action: present views, prospects, and unknowns. J Biomech 33:1189-1195, 2000
1997 V. Reggie Edgerton (USA) Transmission of forces within mammalian skeletal muscles. J Biomech 32:371-380, 1999
1995 David A. Winter (Canada) (not published)
1993 Carlo J. De Luca (USA) De Luca, C.J. The use of surface electromyography in biomechanics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 13: 135 - 163, 1997.
1991 James G. Hay (USA) Citius, altius, longius (faster, higher, longer): the biomechanics of jumping for distance. J Biomech 26 Suppl 1:7-21, 1993
1989 Benno M. Nigg (Canada) On the potential of various approaches in load analysis to reduce the frequency of sports injuries. J Biomech 23 Suppl 1:3-12, 1990
1987 Savio L-Y. Woo (USA)

Advances in Ligament Research

1985 Don B. Chaffin (USA) Computerized Models for Occupational Biomechanics
1983 Uros Stanic (Yugoslavia) Movement and Electrical Stimulation
1981 Phillip D. Gollnick (USA) Muscle Characteristics and Biomechanics
1979 Marion Weiss (Poland) Tasks and Needs of Rehabiltation Engineering
1977 G. A. Cavagna (Italy) Efficiency and Inefficiency of Locomotion

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Journal of Biomechanics
and Organizers of the ISB Congress

thumb DavidWinterAs of 2012, these awards are presented in honour of Professor David Winter and his pioneering contribution to the science and application of biomechanics. There are two YI awards, one for the best oral presentation (sponsored by the Journal of Biomechanics, Elsevier Science Ltd) and one for the best poster presentation (Sponsored by the organizers of the previous ISB Congress). The award recipients are offered a certificate, a monetary award of US $750. A short biography with an outline of the recipients’ professional background is published in the ISB Newsletter and ISB website.

 Requirements: Candidates must be the first author of an abstract submitted to the ISB congress for presentation. They should not have been awarded PhD by the time of the abstract submission, have a maximum age of 30 at the first day of the congress, and must have made the major contribution to the research presented in the abstract. If selected for the final round, the candidate must personally present the paper (whether oral or poster) at the ISB-congress. The abstracts for this competition are solicited with the call for papers of the ISB Congress. Please note: ISB has a policy that an abstract or submitted for an ISB conference award is non-identical to an abstract submitted elsewhere.

When applying for the award, please download the tick-box here, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer, Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Past winners of the ISB Young Investigator Awards:
YearOral presentationPoster Presentation
2017 Jack Martin (USA) Erik Lamers (USA)
2015 Kelly A. Larkin-Kaiser (Canada) Robert Eberle (Austria)
2013 Eng Kuan Moo (Canada) Brandon Hisey (Canada)
2011 Cameron Brown (UK) Mathieu Davis (USA)
2009 Sandra Jasinoski (South Africa) Renate List (Switzerland)
2007  Veerle Segers (Belgium) Philippe Malcolm (Belgium)
2005 Emma A. C. Johnson (UK) Veronica J. Santos (USA)
2003 Jeremy LaMothe (Canada) Keith Gordon (USA)
2001 Steven Boyd (Canada) Paul Hodges (Australia)
1999 Frances Sheehan Daniel Lambertz
1997 Kenneth Meijer (The Netherlands) M. K. Rand .(USA)
1995 NA NA
1993 Caroline Nicol Felix Eckstein
1991 Arthur D. Kuo (USA) Timothy J. Koh (USA)
1989 Oliver Mills Cheryl Johnson
1987 NA NA
1985 NA NA
1983 M.R. (Fred) Yeadon (United Kingdom) NA

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Clinical Biomechanics,
Elsevier Science Ltd.

The winning paper will be published as the ISB Clinical Biomechanics Award paper in Clinical Biomechanics (subject to a normal peer review process). The first author of the winning paper will receive a certificate and a monetary award of US $1250.

Requirements: Any scientist may submit an abstract for the award, except members of the ISB Executive Council. The abstract must describe a study related to a clinical problem and contain some form of biomechanical analysis pertaining to the clinical problem. From the abstracts submitted, 5 are selected and nominated for the award. The authors of the 5 selected abstracts are requested to submit a full length paper prepared according to the guidelines of Clinical Biomechanics. The paper must be entirely original, not published at the time of the ISB-congress nor submitted for publication to any Book or Journal other than Clinical Biomechanics. A jury will evaluate the full papers and select the winning paper. The first author of the winning paper is expected to give a 20 min plenary session of the winning paper at the ISB-congress of the same year. Abstracts are solicited for this competition with the call for papers for the ISB Congress. Please note: ISB has a policy that an abstract or manuscript submitted for an ISB conference award is non-identical to an abstract submitted elsewhere.

When applying for the award, please download the CBA tick-box questionnaire here, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer, Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Winners of the ISB Clinical Biomechanics Award:
2015 Andrew Tan (USA) Tan A. et. al: Cortical Modulation of TMS included across joint kinetic synergies in the post stroke lower limb

Sorin Siegler (USA)

Siegler S., et al. New observations on the morphology of the talar dome and its relationship to ankle kinematics, Clinical Biomechanics, 2014, 29(1), 1-6, View Paper
2011 Frances Sheehan (USA) Sheehan F.T. et al, Alterations in in vivo knee joint kinematics following a femoral nerve branch block of the vastus medialis: Implications for patellofemoral pain syndrome, Clinical Biomechanics, 2012, 27(6), 525-531. View Paper
2009 Karen Mickle (Australia) Mickle K et al Toe weakness and deformity increases the risk of falls in older people. Clinical Biomechanics, 2009, 24(10): p. 787-91. View Paper
2007 Diana Glaser (Germany) Glaser, D., et al. In vivo comparison of hip mechanics for minimally invasive versus traditional total hip arthroplasty,  Clinical Biomechanics, 2008, 23(2): p.127-134. View Paper
2005 Magnus Kjartan Gislason (UK) Gislason, M.K. et al. The three dimensional load tranfer characteristics of the wrist during maximal gripping.
2003 Behnam Heidari (Ireland) Heidari, B., et al., Modelling of annulus fibrosus imbalance as an aetiological factor in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Clinical Biomechanics, 2004. 19(3): p. 217-224.  View paper.
2001 Bert Van Rietbergen (The Netherlands) van Rietbergen, B., et al., High-resolution MRI and micro-FE for the evaluation of changes in bone mechanical properties during longitudinal clinical trials: application to calcaneal bone in postmenopausal women after one year of idoxifene treatment. Clinical Biomechanics, 2002. 17(2): p. 81-88. View paper.
1999 Michael Torry (USA) Torry, M.R., et al., Intra-articular knee joint effusion induces quadriceps avoidance gait patterns. Clinical Biomechanics, 2000. 15(3): p. 147-159. View paper.
1997 Bob Norman (Canada) Norman, R., et al., A comparison of peak vs cumulative physical work exposure risk factors for the reporting of low back pain in the automotive industry. Clinical Biomechanics, 1998. 13(8): p. 561-573. View paper.
1995 Gerald Cole (Canada) Cole, G., et al., Lower extremity joint loading during impact in running. Clinical Biomechanics, 1996. 11(4): p. 181-193. View paper.
1993 M. Adams Adams, M.A., et al., The clinical biomechanics award paper 1993 Posture and the compressive strength of the lumbar spine. Clinical Biomechanics, 1994. 9(1): p. 5-14. View paper.
1991 Peter J. McNair (New Zealand) McNair, P.J., G.A. Wood, and R.N. Marshall, Stiffness of the hamstring muscles and its relationship to function in anterior cruciate ligament deficient individuals. Clinical Biomechanics, 1992. 7(3): p. 131-137. View paper.
1989 Michael Morlock (Canada) Morlock, M. and B.M. Nigg, Theoretical considerations and practical results on the influence of the representation of the foot for the estimation of internal forces with models. Clinical Biomechanics, 1991. 6(1): p. 3-13. View paper.

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The Promising Scientist award is designed to acknowledge people who have performed superior biomechanics research early in their career. It entails a certificate and a monetary award of US$ 5000 for scientific purposes, such as visiting another research group to collaborate on a project. The competition is held each year in which there is an ISB-conference. The winner of the award is expected to give a 30 min. plenary presentation over the recent studies that have contributed to the award at the ISB-congress of the same year.

Requirements: To be eligible for the award, a candidate must (1) be a member of the ISB, (2) be post-doctoral but not more than 5 years. Each candidate must submit his or her full curriculum vitae, identify at least two first author full articles in peer reviewed scientific journals that he or she has written in a single area of Biomechanics, and provide interpretative summaries describing the contribution of each article. Applications for the award are to be sent to the Jury chairman. Please send your applications to ISB Awards Officer, Prof Catherine Disselhorst-Klug (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 28, 2017. Additionally, please download the PSA tick-box questionnaire here, answer the questions and send it back to the ISB Awards Officer.

Winners of the ISB Promising Scientist Award:
2015 Ross Miller (USA)
2013 Hiroaki Hobara (Japan)
2011 Antoine Nordez (France)
2009 Jae Kun Shim (USA)
2007 Paul Ivancic (Canada)
2005 Kermit Davis (USA)
2003 Constantinos N. Maganaris (UK)
2002 Stefan Judex (USA)
1999 Ralph Müller (USA)
1997 Amy Courtney (USA)



The Novel award is sponsored by NOVEL GmbH (Germany) for work in the area of Foot Biomechanics.


Novel Foot Biomechanics Award

Previous winners of this award are:


rich, 2001 Sicco Bus (The Netherlands)
Munich, 2000 Matthew Nurse (Canada)
Calgary, 1999 David Thompson (USA)
Tokyo, 1997 E. Morag and P.R.Cavanagh (USA)
Brisbane, 1998 Margaret Hodge (Australia)
Tokyo, 1997 Erez Morag (USA)
Penn State, 1996 Dieter Rosenbaum (Germany)
Ulm, 1994 Michael Morlock (Germany)
Vienna, 1991 Benno Nigg ( Canada)

vicon-2014-266x95This award is sponsored by Vicon

The Muybridge award is the most prestigious award of the Society. It is awarded for career achievements in biomechanics. The award is named after Eadward Muybridge (1830-1904), who was the first to use cinematography for the study of human and animal movement.

2017 Walter Herzog (Canada)

Reflections on Muscle: or the Accidental Scientist 

2015 Kai-Nan An Biomechanics of Upper Extremities
2013 Benno Nigg (Canada)

From Biomechanik to Biomechanics to Biomechanigg

2011 Roger Enoka (USA)

Muscle fatigue – from motor units to clinical symptoms.

2009 Mimi Koehl (USA) Effects of ambient wind or water flow on locomotion. See the lecture here.
2007 Peter Huijing (Netherlands) Epimuscular myofascial force transmission: a historical review and implications for new research.
2005 Rik Huiskes (Netherlands) Bone: The Engineer's Ultimate Dream Material
2003 Tetsuo Fukunaga (Japan) Effects of elastic properties of muscle-tendon complex on sports performances.
2001 David Winter (Canada) Gait and balance - from the micro to the macro.
1999 Paavo Komi (Finland) Stretch-shortening cycle: a powerful model to study normal and fatigued muscle. J Biomech 33:1197-1206, 2000
1997 John Paul (UK) Strength requirements for internal and external prostheses. J Biomech 32:381-393, 1999
1995 Savio L-Y. Woo (USA) Biomechanics of knee ligament healing, repair and reconstruction. J Biomech 30:431-439, 1997
1993 Malcolm H. Pope (USA) Spinal biomechanics (not published)
1991 R. McNeil Alexander (UK) Optimization of structure and movement of the legs of animals. J Biomech 26 Suppl 1:1-6, 1993
1989 Gunnar Andersson (USA) Spine biomechanics (not published)
1987 Peter R. Cavanagh (USA) Studies in the biomechanics of distance running and plantar pressure distribution. Biomechanics XI-A (Eds: G. de Groot, A.P. Hollander, P.A. Huijing, G.J. van Ingen Schenau), pp. 3-14, Amsterdam, 1988.

Nike will sponsor a prize of UD$25,000 on a biannual basis to encourage research on athletic footwear.  The topic for this year competition will be the role of athletic footwear in the prevention of chronic sport injuries.  The prize will be granted for the first time at the meeting of the ISB Footwear Biomechanics Technical Group to be held July 17-19, 2005 at Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio in conjunction with the 2005 ISB congress.

The prize will be awarded competitively on the scientific merit of the work*.  A panel of experts from the field will be assembled to determine the winner of the award.   Full papers containing original material, not previously submitted for publication, must be received at the following address no later than June 1, 2005: