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REMINDER: Early Bird registration for ISB2021 closes on the 1st June. Please make sure you make the most of the reduced fees! All presenters are required to register before the 10th June.

The ISB is proud to support a number of Technical Groups with special interests in biomechanics. Each of these Technical Groups operates their own events associated in association with the ISB congress. The global pandemic has certainly changed some of the technical group plans, with some being postponed and others moving to virtual events. Below we have provided an update of the status of events for all Technical Groups, and the ISB Council encourages all ISB members to consider attending any of the following Technical Group events that are having events in the coming months.

Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke, PhD

ISB Officer for Technical and Working Groups


ISB Technical Group Symposia in 2021


Symposium activities for 2021



Footwear Biomechanics Group

Virtual symposium, satellite meeting before ISB 2021

21-23 July

International Shoulder Group

Postponed to 2022


3D Analysis of Human Movement

Virtual conference

25-28 May

Technical Group on Computer Simulation

Virtual symposium, satellite meeting before ISB 2021

21-23 July

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International

Virtual symposium incorporated within main ISB conference

25-29 July

Motor Control Group

Virtual symposium incorporated within main ISB conference

25-29 July

Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics

Postponed to 2022; offering student grant-in-aid awards in 2021


Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG)

Next to the oral short presentations, we will have an exciting program. There will be three keynotes, one by Sebastian Coe (two times Olympic champion and President of World Athletics), one by Dr. Rasmus Ostergaard Nielssen (Footwear, sports injuries and causality), and one by Prof. Rana Hinman (Footwear to manage knee osteoarthritis). The Round Table discussion this year will cover the topic of performance enhancing shoes: what are they and do we want them? For the students, we will offer two time slots to discuss with researchers from the industry about perspectives and requirements to work in the industry. Finally, there will be two time slots for presentations and discussions about the latest possibilities in 3D kinematics by one of our conference sponsors. All oral presentations will be recorded and made available to those that cannot listen to the live presentation due to the different time zones.  Besides the scientific program, there will be many possibilities for you for personal interaction with colleagues and friends. 

Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics (CNB)
In 2021, CNB will be offering Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Awards to graduate students in support of their research in the field of comparative neuromuscular biomechanics.  We will also consider applications to conduct student outreach activities that further diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to the field of comparative neuromuscular biomechanics. Two awards will be granted at a value of $500 USD each.  Awards are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs who are active members of CNB. Non-members must become members to be eligible. (Note that there is currently no membership fee for CNB).  The membership form can be found here: Join
The application cover form can be downloaded at the CNB website here: CNB Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Application Form

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI)

The hand and wrist represent one of the most challenging structures in the study of biomechanics, as well as in the evaluation of many biomechanical principles. Hand and wrist biomechanics have been somewhat underdeveloped in comparison to mainstream biomechanics research over the past century. While numerous biomechanical studies have been initiated by surgeons and engineers, collaborative efforts among scientists and clinicians are required for continuing progression in research and further improvement of treatment modalities and outcomes. The 2021 HWBI symposium within the 2021 ISB conference will continue our tradition of reporting on the latest research in the field of hand and wrist biomechanics.

Motor Control Group (MCG)

We are pleased to announce that our next event will be held in conjunction with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) 2021 virtual meeting and will include: world-renowned invited speakers; oral and poster sessions in motor control; a panel debate session on muscle force sharing measurement and prediction; a panel debate session on peer review. 

Two 250$ ISB-sponsored Student Awards will be provided to students who have submitted their abstract to the Motor Control track. The winners will have the opportunity to present their work (either as an oral or poster presentation) during the conference. Please apply here before 28 May 2021 

We look forward to seeing you all at this event and at our following symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics that will be held in conjunction with the XIX Congress of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics (CBB) on September 17th, 17:00 pm – 20:00 pm GMT-3. For details of these events, check our website at

Dear colleagues and friends!

The XXVIII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics is rapidly approaching. It will be the first virtual conference in the history of the ISB and will be held from July 25-29, 2021, with digital headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

We would like to invite you to take part in ISB2021!

An impressive number of abstracts were submitted, which provides a fantastic base for many high quality, stimulating scientific sessions. We are proud to present world class keynote lectures including the prestigious Wartenweiler Award lecture by Dr. Susan Margulies and the lecture by Muybridge Award winner Dr. Scott Delp. A series of panel debates will be held every day highlighting and disseminating current controversial issues in biomechanics. The additional exciting program also includes educational tutorials on the first day, opportunities for social interaction for delegates, student mentoring possibilities, and innovative sessions for sponsoring companies. Please visit the congress homepage for more details concerning the content and program and speakers: We are confident that our congress will set new standards for gender equality.

The four days of scientific presentations will be staggered timewise to provide the best possibilities for delegates from different time zones to attend. Similarly, the greatest effort is being made to provide presenters with time slots suitable for their timezone, to facilitate live presentations by all presenters. All presentations will be recorded and made available to delegates for a certain time after the congress.  Besides the scientific program, we will provide many possibilities for personal interaction with colleagues and friends. We aim to set an impressive benchmark for future digital conferences.

Registration for ISB2021 has now opened on the conference website: Due to the fantastic support from sponsors and the host universities, we have been able to keep the registration fees low, with especially attractive rates for ISB members, students and delegates from economically developing countries. Please note that early bird registration ends 25th of May.

We are looking forward to meet you at ISB2021!   

Toni Arndt, Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik, and Li Felländer-Tsai

The minutes of the 2019 General Assembly of the ISB will be considered at a virtual meeting of the ISB Council on July 21 2020. 

Draft Minutes of 2019 ISB Exec Council Meeting

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.