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Dear All,

I clearly remember writing my last blog and thinking that I was writing words of support during a World situation that, despite its catastrophic results, would be short-lived and temporary and that our lives and work would have returned to normal by now. How wrong I was. It is now apparent that we cannot see the end of this and we do not know what the final consequences will be. There is not one of us that has not been and is not still affected by the COVID-19 virus. Regretfully some will have lost family or friends and my deepest condolences go out to you who have suffered such tragedies. All of us have had our daily routines and scientific plans disrupted. Many national and international conferences, at which we had been looking forward to absorbing new biomechanical knowledge and presenting our own research results for an inquisitive and educated audience, where students could be inspired by top biomechanists, all of them have been cancelled or postponed. Research visits to collaborators and laboratories around the World have been cancelled or disrupted. International travel has in an astounding manner ground to an unprecedented halt.

Of course, this is not how I imagined my first year as President of ISB, and I would be lying to say it is not frustrating. But that doesn’t help! We all need to get through this together, stay positive and supportive of one another. The forced restriction of extensive mobility also opens up new opportunities. Our university has in the last weeks had a phenomenal learning curve in innovatively producing teaching material and student examinations and conducting meetings and scientific collaboration on digital platforms. Internationalisation has in a unique manner, fascinatingly increased due to a heightened acceptance of talking to two-dimensional, digital versions of each other. Some conferences, for example the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) congress, are moving to completely digital platforms and it will be exciting to see the results of this! I assume many others will do likewise.

At the same time planning of the XXVIII ISB Congress in Stockholm 2021 is progressing well. Hopefully all international travel will be possible again by then and it can be a festive occasion where we can all meet our international friends again, maybe for the first time in a painfully long time.

Please take care and be nice!

Toni Arndt

ISB President

After all of the conferences being postponed or cancelled in 2020, it is with pleasure that we can announce the abstract submission is now open for the ISB2021 Conference in Stockholm. Abstract submissions will be open until January 31 2021. So get cracking on those interesting research questions and drum up some abstracts!

Hope to see you all in person in 2021 :)

ISB Exec Committee.

The minutes of the 2017 General Assembly of the ISB will be considered at the General Assembly in Calgary on Saturday August 3, 2019. 

2017 General Assembly Minutes

ISB-EDC membership is now available at a reduced fee. Please visit the Subscriptions & Renewals page for details.

Dr. José Acero invited Andrea Hemmerich, EDC Project Officer, to present a seminar about the ISB-EDC Program at the 2nd International Congress of Applied and Sports Biomechanics (ICB) in Medellín, Colombia. Andrea connected live via webcast and answered questions on how the ISB could support biomechanics research in Latin America. The Colombian Association of Biomechanics was formed at this meeting; we are anticipating future affiliation of this society with the ISB. Thanks to Dr. Felipe Carpes for support and to Dr. Acero for organizing as well as English-Spanish translation throughout this presentation.