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We might not be able to meet in person, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get together in a virtual setting. Here is an opportunity for those interested in lower limb prostheses...The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is being hosted this year by Purdue University, who are holding a virtual workshop on Advances in Lower Limb Dynamic Prostheses for Agile and Dynamic Walking on June 4. Looks like a great event.

Due to COVID-19, international conferences continue to be postponed or cancelled. Keep an eye on conference websites for latest updates and we will also try to keep an updated list on our Event Calendar. Unfortunately, the ISBS meeting in Liverpool is included in this list of postponed meetings.. the team in the UK will now host the annual sports biomechanics meeting in 2022. This also means that the ISB Council Members will have a virtual meeting for 2020. 

BOOM Episode 28 is live

In this episode, Brian Umberger, professor of Movement Science and director of the Locomotion Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, joins us to talk about using experiments and modeling together, peer review, and being the president of the American Society of Biomechanics.

We also celebrate National Biomechanics Day during our Bit of BOOM and share our Zoom fails.

For those of you who were hoping to attend the SB3C conference in Colorado this year, do not despair, as the conference is going ahead as a VIRTUAL meeting. And for those who were not planning on attending, now is your chance! No excuses. No travel necessary :)

The Journal of Biomechanics recently published the ISB Proposed recommendations on the reporting of intersegmental forces and moments during human motion analysis. Timothy Derrick has kindly created an interactive software tool (windows executable) that can be used to visualize 3-dimensional hip, knee and ankle intersegmental forces and moments during walking and running. Options for various coordinate systems, normalization parameters and internal vs external perspectives allow direct comparisons with alternate data sets. 

The ISB would like to thanks Tim and the team of co-authors for their hard work in putting this important manuscript together and I encourage you all to read and share this work. You can read more about this important paper in the March edition of ISBNow.


Derrick, T. R., van den Bogert, A. J., Cereatti, A., Dumas, R., Fantozzi, S., & Leardini, A. (2019). ISB recommendations on the reporting of intersegmental forces and moments during human motion analysis. Journal of Biomechanics, 109533.

Dear All,

I am writing this blog in a difficult time. About a week ago I wrote a draft of the blog with an optimistic, happy introduction, but just in this short time a lot has changed. Of course everybody is in some way or another aware of and maybe affected by the COVID-19 virus. As President of ISB I would like to address this issue with the entire biomechanics community. The ISB, as the only comprehensive and international society in the field, supports all populations and encourages academic staff and students to listen to the scientifically based recommendations provided by international and national experts. The virus is causing national and international disruptions previously unheard of. In some countries, entire university systems have shut down, healthcare systems are struggling, people are restricted to their homes and borders are shut. International travel has been reduced to minimal levels. We need a global effort to protect the most vulnerable, to study the virus, and to care for the sick and this requires all of our care and all of our participation. There are no certain prognoses telling us when the situation may revert to normal again, so we all need to sensibly and conscientiously take responsibility to attempt to minimize the spread and impact of this virus. Despite the, in my opinion, considerable advantages of physical meetings, we now need to adapt and utilise the powerful platforms available for conducting virtual meetings for an uncertain time to come.

ISB, like most other societies, international organisations and large companies has not been spared from direct problems caused by the COVID-19 virus. One of the bids for the 2023 ISB congress will most likely be withdrawn and others are having problems. ISB will therefore extend the bid application deadline for the first time to ensure potential bidders have a fair possibility of providing high quality bids for our conference. Many, if not most, ISB members have had scientific trips disrupted or cancelled and the majority of national and international scientific and other events are being cancelled. These include the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Many other major relevant events being reconsidered are the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the European Society of Biomechanics meeting in Milan, Italy and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Liverpool, England. Some countries including those ISB is encouraging to become Affiliated Societies are having serious financial difficulties. I have to admit that, despite the planning for ISB2021 going well, we in Stockholm have of course also become acutely aware of concerns about the effects that natural and other crises can have upon such an international conference.

This issue is a breath taking example of the importance of scientific, evidence based information instead of rumours, false information and fast spreading stories on social media. Please take your responsibility as a scientist to not only provide scientifically solid information from your own research, but also to act as a role model in your reactions to social media facts and to only communicate facts based upon solid scientific evidence. Right now the international scientific community is indispensable in assisting that the measures taken to be able to get through this situation can be efficiently communicated and implemented over the whole World.

I am excited to chair my first ISB Executive Council meeting in conjunction with ISBS in Liverpool soon. However, as with many meetings planned in the next months, exactly how the Council Meeting will be conducted is uncertain.

Please all take care, be safe and encourage and look after each other,


ISB President

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.

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.

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This a reminder that the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics is being held in Boston, USA, from July 6-11. WCB is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas. The 7th WCB will once again bring together bioengineers, biomechanists, life scientists and medical researchers from around the world for 5 days of in-depth discussions and presentations. The ISB has major role at the WCB and and there are number ISB based sessions, including the ISB Motor Control I and II, Footwear-Force, Footwear-Muscle, Footwear-Move, Footwear-Foot, and the ISB Presidential Symposiums. Make sure you are attending WCB2014 and also attend all the ISB Session.

ISB members discussed strategic initiatives on which the ISB should focus to better develop biomechanics programs in EDC regions during a morning session at the ISB2013 Congress. Outcomes from this professional workshop, in which participants from both EDC and non-EDC academic institutions were represented, are detailed in a report that can be downloaded by members here.

An EDC Meet & Greet luncheon is being organized during the ISB2013 Congress in Natal, Brazil! This networking opportunity will allow you to learn more about our program and support collaborations promoting biomechanics worldwide. To find out more about the EDC Meet & Greet, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., EDC Project Officer.

A complete report of the recent ISB visit to the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) is now available for download. Please also visit the TATCOT Project webpage for recent developments and more information.

Marco Vaz, Chairperson of ISB Congress 2013, has a message to share in the following PDF including the extension of the deadline for abstract submission. Read about it here: alt ISB_2013_-_Santa_Maria.pdf

The ISB Awards for 2013 have been announced. Applications are now requested for the Promising ScientistClinical BiomechanicsDavid Winter Young Investigator and Emerging Scientist Awards. Use the links for the details of each award.


The next ISB Congress is being held in 2013 in Natal, Brazil. Make sure you are there for our major meeting of all ISB members and others who work in the international Biomechanics community. Please stay tuned for all updates on events, satelite conferences, submissions, travel grants for students and EDC members, and keynote and invited speakers. See the ISB2013 web site for information.

For ISB members from Economically Developing Countries funding is possible from Grand Challenges Canada and the Schlumberger Foundation, which are dedicated to funding researchers from developing and emerging countries. Furthermore, proposal/application deadlines for these funding opportunities begin in early September 2012. Read more ... 


DavidWinterIt is with great sadness that we inform the International Biomechanics community of the passing of Professor David Winter. David Winter had a pioneering role in defining the biomechanics field.  His methods and rationale for using biomechanics to understand movement are foundational to the modern science of biomechanics. The International Biomechanics community passes our sincere condolences to David's family. Details about David and his funeral can be found at this link.


Further, a full tribute message is in the March 2012 issue of ISB NOW.



We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Conference of the International Shoulder Group, an ISB Technical Group, will take place from the 22nd to the 24th August 2012 at Abersytwyth University in Wales, UK.

First call for abstracts
Expert Scientific Meeting – ESM 2012

The XXIII ISB Congress (ISB2011) Proceedings are now available online for members of the ISB.

ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS) invites you to attend this year’s Computer Simulation Symposium in Leuven (Belgium) from June 30th-July 2nd, 2011. For more information go here

The ISB has great pleasure in announcing the inaugural Emerging Scientist Award sponsored by Professor Carlo J De Luca. To read more follow this link.

The American Society of Biomechanics 2009 annual meeting was held at Penn State's University Park campus from August 26 to 29, 2009. The meeting agenda is available.

The 2010 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released.

Updated 2012 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released, 1st October 2011.

The 2013 Student Grant Guidelines have just been released. These are for The Matching Dissertation Grant Program, The International Affiliate Development Grant Program, The Congress Travel Grant Program, The International Travel Grant Program, and The Technical Group Meeting Travel Grant Program. Read more ....

The deadline for 2013 Student Grant submissions has just been extended to December 15 (2-week extension).

The 2011 ISB Student Awards applications are now open. Student members of ISB are eligible for the different grants and a number of competitive grants are awarded each year. To see the grants available for 2011 go here.

An Open Invitation to the Musculoskeletal Modeling Research Community

On behalf of my collaborators and the organizers of the 2010 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, I would like to invite you to participate in a "Grand Challenge Competition to Predict In Vivo Knee Loads" to be held at the upcoming conference June 16-20 in Naples, Florida (

Orthoload is pleased to advise the ISB community that  of a Public Database on Loading of Implants is available that provides free access to loads experienced by people with various joint impants in everday activities.

The ISB congress proceedings are going online. We have proceedings back until 2001 for ISB members to peruse.

Biomechanics of Load Carrying on the Head by Pregnant and Non-pregnant Beninese Women

M. Mansourou Lawani (Universite D'Abomey-Calavi, Benin)
Geneviève Dumas (Queen's University, Canada)

One of the goals of the current ISB executive was to move away from the traditional newsletter design to an updated electronic format. The new web based newsletter is called ISB Now and is the first attempt at the revised layout.

Go to the newsletter to see the new ISB Now...

Login to read the latest ISB Now newsletter here:  ISB Now

The 2nd Announcement of the XXIIIrd ISB Congress has just been released. The ISB2011 will be held in Brussels. For more information about ISB2011 see the Congress Web Site.

The 2011 ISB Student Awards applications opened in September 2010 and closed at the end of November, 2010. Student members of ISB are eligible for the different grants and a number of competitive grants are awarded each year. To see the grants available for 2011 go here.

The American Society of Biomechanics 2009 annual meeting is being held at Penn State's University Park campus from August 26 to 29, 2009. The meeting agenda is also now available.

Following the ISB Council Election 2009, these are the new elected members.

President elect: Ton van den Bogert, Ph.D. Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University,

President: Julie Steele, Professor, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong

Past-President: Walter Herzog, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Darren Stefanyshyn, Associate Professor, Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary.

Veronique Feipel, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Research Methodology, Institute for Motor Sciences and Institute of Pharmacy.

John Challis, Biomechanics Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

Toni Arndt, Associate Professor, Biomechanics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Genevieve Dumas. Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Andy Cresswell. Professor, School of Human Movement Studies and Division of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland.

Marco Vaz. Professor, Physical Education, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak. Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts

David Lloyd. Associate Professor, School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Robert van Deursen. Director of Physiotherapy and of Research at the School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University

Student member: Allison Gruber, PhD student, Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts


The Footwear Biomechanics Group, a technical group of the International Society of Biomechanics, would like to invite you to attend the IX Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, in Stellenbosch on July 10 - 12, 2009.

Registration is now available online. Early registration fees apply till May 15th. Please follow the link below to the registration page:

The Biomechanics Yellow Pages have been updated and redesigned to make it easier to submit entries and keep up to date.  See new main menu link or click Biomechanics Yellow Pages .

tk_logo4c_300.jpg We are pleased to announce that Tekscan has kindly donated and shipped a MATSCAN FREE OF CHARGE for the biomechanics group at Los Andes University in Merida-Venezuela.

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We are still in shock that our friend and colleague, Alex Stacoff, is not with us anymore. Due to a cardiac problem, he died while running, his favorite leisure-time activity.

Alex was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1950. He had a teacher's degree when he started his academic career at the Biomechanics Laboratory in 1975, initially as a research assistant... (continued, click read more, below)

The XXII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 5-9, 2009.  Read more here


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Check out the ISB Mentoring Program !

This group has been created with the purpose of providing student members with an easy way to interact, discuss biomechanics, post news and information about meetings as well as any other relevant information that you would like to share with your fellow biomechanics students around the world. The group was created 2 days ago and already 23 Student Members has joined and posted information!

All active ISB student members received an invitation through email to join this group; however if you have not received an email or recently became an ISB student member and would like to join, please email Ediuska Laurens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to have the chance to find out how to get FREE MONEY to learn biomechanics in different parts of the world, enjoy FREE FOOD, and learn about biomechanics in Central America from EL SALVADOR MISS WORLD CONTESTANT 2004, then DO NOT MISS the ISB STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM at NACOB on Wednesday August 6th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Rackham Assembly Hall. For those students who WILL attend this program, please email Ediuska Laurens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your spot.

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2009 International Society of Biomechanics Conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.  The dates are Sunday 5th July to Thursday 9th July 2009.  

The North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB 2008), a joint meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB), will be held August 5-9, 2008, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2008, and online submission will open February 1, 2008. Note this date is earlier than previously announced. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically at . For more information about the meeting, please visit the NACOB 2008 website at Instructions for abstract preparation will be posted on the website when it opens.

We are pleased to announce that Motion Analysis has kindly provided a FULL CAMERA SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE for the ISB sponsored gait lab at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas-Venezuela. 

 The video of the ISB 2007 Congress tutorial is available here.

This is the first call for papers for the upcoming North American Congress on Biomechanics conference, Aug 5-9 2008.

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President-Elect  - Julie Steele

Council Members
John Challis
Andrew Cresswell
Robert van Deursen
Veronique Feipel
Krystyna Gielo-Perczak
Joseph Hamill
Frans van der Helm
Peter Milburn
Tzyy-Yuang Shiang
Karen Sogaard

Student Representative - Ediuska Laurens

Motion Analysis has agreed to co-sponsor the *Promising Young Scientist Award*.
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thumb_tatcot.jpg Greetings from hot, sunny Tanzania where we are next to Mount Kilimanjaro. We arrived here on Tuesday, November 21 and immediately got to work on setting up the ISB sponsored gait lab in the Tanzanian Training Center for Orthopaedic Technologists. Our primary job was to install two force platforms in the lab.

Welcome to the newly updated online ISB Membership Services. As of December 2006, you will be able to retrieve your username and password, login on the website and access members services.

Past and present members: retrieve your username and password first to login.  Simply click “Get Password”, enter your email address and it will be emailed to you.

For more information, follow these links: About Membership and Registration and Renewals.

Member Services now includes:

  • Member Directory
  • Latest Newsletter
  • Jobs
  • Data Resources
  • Software Resources

Features include:

  • Upgraded online registration and payment of dues
  • Upgraded online subscriptions and renewals to journals
  • Edit your profile and keep your contact details and preferences up to date

We hope to provide members with quality services. Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

The next biennial ISB Congress, the 21st, will be help in Taipei Taiwan from July 1 to 5, 2007.  Visit for updated info.  Brochure available here:  ISB-Congress-2007-Taipei.pdf 1.22 MB

President-Elect  - Walter Herzog (Canada)

Council Members

Maarten Bobbert (The Netherlands)                                    Joseph Hamill (USA)

Jill McNitt-Gray (USA)                                                              Karen Sogaard (Denmark)

Alex Stacoff (Switzerland)                                                       Toshio Moritani (Japan)

Peter Milburn (New Zealand)                                                Ewald Hennig (Germany)

John Challis (USA)                                                                 Frans van der Helm (The Netherlands)

Student Member - Cheryl Metcalf (United Kingdom)

Appointed Members

Secretary-General - Julie Steele (Australia)

Treasurer - Graeme Wood (Australia)

The winning manuscript of the first Nike Award is:
Gait related risk factors for exercise-related lower leg pain during shod running by T.M Willems, E. Witvrouw, A. De Cock and D. De Clercq

The 2005 ISB student grants have been awarded to a total of 27 ISB student members. Grant categories and recipients are listed below. The ISB student grants review committee would like to congratulate the awardees and wishes them good luck for their future research work.