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Note: Many of the events advertised below are still scheduled, however are subjet to changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This is my first report as the South America representative in the ISB executive council. It is my pleasure to share with you all the South America news.

As you may know, south hemisphere was in summer vacation period so activities were a little slower in the past two months. From now on there will be more and more activities, and some of them are already in place. Check it out below and for any questions, suggestions or ideas related to South America Biomechanics, please let me know!

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7th International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics meeting - postponed

i-FAB 2020 was due to be held from April 5-8, 2020 for the first time in South America, however this has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A complete statement can be found here. We hope that you will be able to support the conference, and Brazlian Biomechanics, when we have new date scheduled for this important event.

Muscle Physiology Symposium

The Applied Neuromechanics Research Group from the Federal University of Pampa is promoting the Muscle Physiology Symposium. The event will take place at the Federal University of Pampa in Uruguaiana on April 24-25. Prof. Walter Herzog will be one of the invited speakers. The program will also consider talks of two Brazilian professors, Heiliane Fontana and Marco Vaz. The symposium has free registration and support of the Brazilian Physiology Society and Federal University of Pampa. To learn more about the event visit

XI Applied Neuromechanics Symposium

The annual event that combines topics of biomechanics, motor control, physiology and neurosciences will have the edition 11 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, next 10-12 September 2020. The website was recently launched and the full program is about to be shared. For more information:


Hackathon, transforming data for a better understanding of the human movement

The Chilean Association of Movement Sciences (ACCM) together with the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE) carried out a joint activity called "Hackathon, Transforming data for a better understanding of the human movement" during the past 2019. This consisted of a series of 5 theoretical-practical sessions of relevant topics to the study of the human movement. Participants visualized central and basic theoretical aspects of different topics, and subsequently worked with data series, processing data and obtaining the results. The data analysis was carried out in 3 languages ​​as appropriate, "R", "Python" and "Matlab", so that the participants had a direct approximation with the analysis techniques, losing the "fear" to code and carrying home a precise and bounded tool. The topics covered were the following: Basic topics of signal processing, COM Processing and Acceleration Analysis for the study of static and dynamic Balance, Machine learning for the identification of movement patterns, Biomarkers of motor control using EEG and Regression Models for the analysis of motor behavior. In addition, a sixth final session was scheduled for the month of October with the International guest Professor Dr. Luis Mochizuki, from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, to gather around the theme of "Advanced tool for the study of motor behavior". Unfortunately, due to the political-social contingency that we are living in Chile and people may have heard about in the news, we had to suspend this last activity, hoping to promote it during the present year 2020.



Biomechanics community from Cali invites all to the VII Seminario Internacional de Actualización Biomédica that will happen in Cali on November 28-30, 2020. This event is organized by the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente and other collaboration institution with the purpose to show to the university community the importance of biomedical engineering and its applications in the context of health and engineering. The event also wants to promote national and international cooperation in the different areas related to biomedical engineering.


Costa Rica

Biomechanics is expanding the possibilities of integration of researchers in Latin America, and a new edition of the Latin American meeting is expected to happen next October 14-16, 2020 in Costa Rica. The organization of the meeting includes a number of ISB members that participated in the EDC grant competition during the last ISB congress in Calgary, and there is a strong expectative of the establishment of a new biomechanics society that could bring together countries from Central America. A highlight of the meeting will be the presence of the ISB President, prof. Toni Arndt.

More info will come soon about this congress. 


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