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Don't forget to book your travel and accommodation for the premier event of 2017!! The 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics is only one month away. It is promising to be an amazing event.

Make sure you remember to join up to the ISB as a member prior to registering and save money!! 

Hope to see you down under shortly.

The ISB Exec

Hello Fellow ISB Members,

Please see the attached letter to read about the 7,000+ high school students who participated in NBD 2017. It was amazing! You can view some fun photos of NBDs around the world HERE.

We started with a commendable 2,000 high schoolers in the U.S. in 2016 and we progressed to 7K kids around the world this year. We have established ourselves and we are on the brink, the precipice, the edge of glory*. We can have 20,000…30,000 high school students learning about Biomechanics in 2018. But to reach these numbers we need every member of ISB to hold NBD events next year. Why is this so important? We all know that Biomechanics is wonderful and valuable. If we can reach these vast numbers, we will increase the impact of Biomechanics on human society. More people will do more Biomechanics in more places producing more health and happiness throughout the world (and so many other good things that Biomechanics produces). I believe this in my heart-of-hearts and I think this in my mind-of-minds. I ask everyone to believe and think this….or at least give it a shot. Please.

I sincerely ask ALL ISB MEMBERS to participate in National Biomechanics Day 2018. Do it one time and see that it is a blast because we are all doing it together. We can change the world by making Biomechanics the Breakthrough Science of the 21st century and we can do this in a big way.

Please also see that we have a workshop on National Biomechanics Day at ISB in Brisbane titled, “Translating Our Research For Public Consumption: National Biomechanics Day and Beyond.”

Thank you and with apologies if you received a similar note through your other societies,


Paul DeVita, Ph.D.
LeRoy T. Walker Distinguished Professor and

Past-President, American Society of Biomechanics
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* Thank you, Lady Gaga


Congratulations to Prof. Walter Herzog from the University of Calgary, who has been named the 2017 Muybridge Award winner.

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

Prof. Herzog did his undergraduate training in Physical Education at the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1979), completed his doctoral research in biomechanics at the University of Iowa (USA) in 1985, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience and Biomechanics in Calgary, Canada in 1987. Currently, Dr. Herzog is a Professor of Biomechanics with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine, holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, and is appointed the Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary. His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction and the biomechanics of joints with focus on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Herzog is the recipient of the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and is the past president of the International, American and Canadian Societies for Biomechanics and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

"It’s with great pleasure that I announce the recipient of the 2017 Muybridge Award, Professor Walter Herzog from the University of Calgary, Canada. Walter will be well known to many of you for his research into the neuromechanics of the musculoskeletal system. What makes Walter’s career especially distinctive is his ability to carry out unique experimental work at the molecular, cellular, in vitro, in vivo, animal and human levels. His work has resulted in close to 500 publications which have been cited more than 11,500 times. Walter will join a prestigious list of previous winners that include icons such as Professors Benno Nigg, Peter Huijing, Tetsuo Fukunaga, Paavo Komi, R McNeil Alexander and others. We are thrilled to announce that Walter has accepted the award and will be in Brisbane for the ISB2017 Congress to receive the award and give the associated keynote address."

Professor Andrew Cresswell, President, International Society of Biomechanics

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.

The Call for Applications for the EDC Congress Travel Grant in order to attend the XXV ISB Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, is now open. Please see the Application Instructions below for further details.