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July 27-31, 2025




ISB Student Grant News

The student grant program deadlines have been updated for 2024. Upcoming grants, including the Matching Dissertation Grant (MDG), International Travel Grant Program (ITG), and International Affiliate Development Grant (IADG), will be accepting applications with a deadline of January 31, 2024. These long-standing student grants offer support to grow your research toolbox, network with a visit to a lab in another country, and support the completion of your dissertation project. Additionally, the ISB Executive Council is happy to announce that the ITG and IADG grants have been increased from $2500 USD to $3500 USD this year to better offset travel costs.

Friendly reminder: you and your advisor must be active financial members of the ISB to participate in these grant programs. Don’t forget to renew to your membership for 2024! 


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Erica Bell, PhD

ISB Executive Council Student Awards Officer

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Journal of Applied Biomechanics Access Link






Procedure to propose an “ISB Recommendations” paper

  1. Any ISB member or Council member may propose a topic for an “ISB Recommendations” paper, however these must be recognised as rare and special papers and only the most important and necessary topics will progress. The proposal should initially be raised and discussed with one of the three Presidents or any Council member (the one most aware and expert on the topic), to discuss if the topic may be of interest and to advise on the proposal process.
  2. If it is determined that the topic is of interest, the member shall provide a written proposal for review by a Committee of 5 ISB Council Members. The Committee shall include the three Presidents, the Publications Officer, and another Council member with expertise closest to the topic. These Committee members will be replaced as needed with other ISB Council members, to manage conflicts of interest, expertise, and broad considerations of diversity (including, but not limited to, gender and career stage).
    1. The written proposal shall be a brief document that provides:
      1. The proposed title of the paper
      2. Proposed co-ordinating author and authorship team
      3. Brief details on the proposed content/scope
      4. Justification for the authors
      5. Justification for why the topic is important and required as an “ISB Recommendations” paper instead of a regular publication. Again, these papers must be recognised as rare and special papers, and only the most important and necessary topics should progress to the next step.
  3. If it is agreed by majority vote of the 5 Council members that the proposal is of exceptional importance and appropriate as an “ISB Recommendations" paper, they would approach an appropriate Editor of the Journal to discuss their interest in the topic and confirm support for open access format with charges waived.
  4. If the Committee and the Journal agree that the topic is justified as an “ISB Recommendations” paper, and the authors are approved”:
    1. The authors will prepare a paper for publication, which would be submitted and peer reviewed through the Journal following their usual processes.
    2. If substantial changes are made to the authorship team or content, the co-ordinating author shall request prior approval from the Committee of 5 ISB Council members.
  5. If the topic or the authors are not approved by the Committee of 5 Council members or the Journal:
    1. The proposing author(s) will be free to decide if they wish to publish their paper separately from ISB (without being an “ISB Recommendations” paper).
    2. If the Committee of 5 votes Yes to the topic but No to the proposed author(s), the Committee must propose the alternative or additional author(s) so that the proposing author(s) can decide whether to proceed as an ISB Recommendations paper with different authors, or to proceed as an independent paper without being labelled an “ISB Recommendations” paper.


2021 catherine disselhorst klug

Catherine Disselhorst-Klug

Catherine Disselhorst-Klug is Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and Head of the Department of Rehabilitation & Prevention Engineering. Her strong background in engineering science in combination with 30 years expertise in movement physiology forms the basis for her research, which aim to understand physiological and pathological movements based on biomechanics and neuromuscular performance. This includes the development of methods for improving prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Catherine has served as a Council Member of ISEK for six terms and has been ISEK President from 2004 to 2006. She has been with the ISB since 1995 and has served as ISB council member and Award Officer for three terms. She says: “Team building is the basis for the creative atmosphere of ISB in which new ideas arise. It would be my pleasure to serve as President-Elect of the ISB and to maintain this amicable and creative atmosphere”.

2021 felipe carpes

Felipe P Carpes

Dr. Carpes is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. He is currently part of the ISB council and served as President of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics in addition to other directory board roles. His research focuses on developing a basic understanding of the biomechanics of human movement with studies in humans and other preclinical models and applying this information to training and rehabilitation. As the ISB president, he will work to increase ISB visibility, to narrow ISB interaction with other scientific societies, to increase awareness about the importance of funding biomechanics work by increasing policy-makers’ awareness in different countries about the relevance of biomechanics research, to encourage initiatives to facilitate interactions among scientists and students from across the globe. He believes that promoting an equitable and diverse society can leverage biomechanics research and further develop the field in an upcoming and challenging post-pandemic world.

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Elizabeth Clarke

A/Prof Elizabeth Clarke is Director of the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory at the Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, Australia. She has backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering and Science and was awarded her PhD in Biomechanics in 2008. Her diverse research program spans injury, tissue engineering, orthopaedics and soft tissue biomechanics, with a focus on ligament and tendon injuries. Elizabeth also collaborates extensively with orthopaedic surgeons and the Medical Device Industry for translation and innovation in Biomechanics. She has 64 research publications and numerous industry reports. She has been awarded two research fellowships, and $5 Million in research funding, more than half of which involves Medical Device development including leading the development of a kangaroo tendon xenograft that is now progressing through commercialisation.

A/Prof Clarke has >10 years continuous record of leadership and service to the national and international biomechanics communities. She has served on the ISB Council for the past 4 years, currently in her second elected term as Technical Groups Officer (2017-21), and she is keen to serve ISB in a leadership role. Elizabeth is currently the representative for Australia (2015-21) on the Asian Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB) and will continue fostering collaboration between ISB and APAB. She served continuously for 9 years (2009-18) on the Executive Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Society for Biomechanics (ANZSB) including roles of Communications Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, and in the national leadership role of President. Through these roles, Elizabeth has gained Society leadership experience, an understanding of the ISB portfolios and initiatives, and an understanding of interactions with affiliated Societies.

Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for gender equity and a keen supporter of graduate students and early career researchers. She would promote transparency, diversity and inclusion, and opportunities for young researchers to establish and develop their careers in Biomechanics.

Council Members

2021 janet dufek

Janet Dufek

It is with both humility and excitement that I present to you as a candidate to be considered for appointment to the ISB Executive Council. I am a Professor in the School of Integrated Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. My current intuitional position is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. My biomechanical expertise is in lower extremity function with a constant eye toward injury prevention. I have been a member of the International Society of Biomechanics since I joined as a student in 1987, and I am wanting to give back to the organization that provided a framework for my professional development over all of these years.

Interdisciplinary research is very much a core of who I am as a researcher. As a biomechanist, I collaborate regularly with faculty colleagues in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the School of Medicine. I see such collaborations as the lifeblood of our professional organization to allow us to progress as scholars. I will work to augment this passion in any initiatives the Executive Council chooses to put forward.

I have had the privilege to serve the Society for the past two years as a member of the Executive Council, being responsible for the Sponsorship Portfolio. I have learned so much during this time, allowing me to become a more effective Council member. In my current position on the Executive Council, and given the global changes and how this has affected professional meetings as we knew them, I have initiated what I call Sponsorship 2.0. Here, we are looking to reinvent what society sponsorship might look like in the future. This project has only recently launched and is in its infinitesimal stages. I would look forward, with your support, to move forward with this work to develop a framework from within the Society, to develop new sponsorship models that both satisfy our vendor needs as well as serve each of us as members of the ISB.

I look forward to the potential opportunity of continuing my service to you and to the International Society of Biomechanics in this role or any other role(s) that the Society might ask of me.

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Michael Rainbow

Michael Rainbow received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University in 2012. He then completed a Postdoc at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Associate Professor in The Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and The Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Rainbow’s research focusses on understanding the relationships between form, function, and dysfunction in multi-articular joint structures of the appendicular skeleton. He leads the Skeletal Observation Laboratory where he and his students use a comparative approach to analyze musculoskeletal function using modalities such as optical motion capture, biplanar x-ray, CT, MRI, and Ultrasound. His group frequently collaborates with researchers in evolutionary biology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, computer science, exercise science, and motor control.

2021 uwe kesting

Uwe Kesting

I am currently heading the research group Neuromechanics and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and are the Head of the Dept. of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sport University Cologne. I completed my PhD at the same institution linking tissue adaptation to running mechanics. Following a post doc in Germany, I worked for many years in New Zealand and Denmark always bridging between basic and applied research topics while adding a neuromechanical perspectives of training and rehabilition to my research portfolio. Currently, I am focusing on the motor control and mechanics of acute and chronic ankle injuries. I have authored and co-authored appr. 90 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters in movement science, biomechanics and measurement technology. The ISB has always been an integral part of my research life, helped me with making contacts, meeting great people and establishing connections all around the globe. I feel it is time to serve the society to pay back and assist young researchers in building their careers. I am looking forward to being part of the ISB board in the future.

2021 tung wu lu

Tung-Wu Lu

Dr. Tung-Wu Lu received his D.Phil. in Orthopaedic Engineering from the University of Oxford in 1997. He is currently a Professor and Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at National Taiwan University. He served as President of both the Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics, and the 3D Analysis of Human Movement Technical Group of the International Society of Biomechanics. He is a Member of the World Council of Biomechanics, and co-President of the 9th World Congress of Biomechanics to be held in Taipei on July 10-14, 2022. His research interests include human motion analysis, orthopaedic engineering, medical imaging-based biomechanics, sports biomechanics, mathematical modeling of the musculoskeletal system, wearable sensor technology, and rehabilitation engineering. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal papers, and served as Editor-in-Chief for Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications, and as Editorial Board Members for several international journals.

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Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik

Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik is one of the hosts of the ISB 2021 congress. She is Professor of Biomechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, directs the BioMEx Center and leads the MoveAbility Lab research group. She has undergraduate engineering degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Orthopedics from Karolinska Institutet. Her research interests are in movement strategies, consequences, and assistance in children and adults with motion disorders. She and her group use experimentation, modelling and simulation to study relationships between neuromuscular pathology, movement strategies and motor performance, as well as movement enhancement through powered and unpowered exoskeletons.

She co-initiated the formation of the Swedish Society of Biomechanics and is on the board. She is committed to encouraging multidisciplinary research, stimulating education and promoting progress and gender equality in biomechanics in Sweden, and hopes to do so internationally if elected to the ISB council.

2021 jacqueline alderson

Jacqueline Alderson

Jacqueline Alderson leads research teams in biomechanics, machine learning, wearable technologies, and pro-public tech development at The University of Western Australia, where she is Co-Director of the Tech & Policy Lab. She is also Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology in Human Performance Innovation Technology. Jacqueline is a current ISB Executive Council member, a champion of women in STEM, an active member of Advancing Women in Biomechanics, an ISB Conference reviewer and participant (2009-present), and an ISBS Fellow and former Director. She has 130+ publications across biomechanical modelling, sports performance, and injury prevention, and has delivered 30 international keynote and invited presentations. She has supervised 23 PhD students to completion, and currently supervises 11 PhD candidates. She has an extensive academic, community, and industry engagement portfolio (>AUD $8M) awarded from grant bodies including the International Cricket Council, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Research Council, Indian Premier League, Swimming Australia, Cricket Australia, VICON, Minderoo Foundation, and Sir Charles Gairdner and Princess Margaret Hospitals.

2021 dario cazzola

Dario Cazzola

I am an Associate Professor in Biomechanics at the Department for Health, University of Bath, UK, and currently member of both the ISB Executive Council (Education Officer), and TGCS Executive Board. My background is in biomedical engineering and I have a PhD in Human Physiology. My research skills and expertise are in experimental and computational methods (in vivo, in vitro and in silico) in locomotion and spinal biomechanics. I am interested in the modelling and simulation of human movement to investigate injury mechanisms and understand human function in both clinical and sporting settings. My research has been funded by UK research councils, sport and clinical charities, and space agencies, with a total value of ~£1,5M. I am very interested in making our biomechanics community truly interdisciplinary by fostering connections and knowledge exchange, as well as supporting early career researchers in their initial career steps.

2021 daniel hahn

Daniel Hahn

Dr. Daniel Hahn is an Associate Professor for Human Movement Science at the Faculty of Sport Science of Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He received his PhD in Biomechanics in 2008 from Technical University of Munich and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance of the University of Queensland, Australia.

His research seeks to understand in vivo neuromuscular function in humans with a major focus on how the intact muscle-tendon complex and the nervous system interact to produce force under varying contraction conditions and task demands. Within this context he is particularly interested in eccentric muscle action as well as the history dependence of muscle action and how this contributes to economic human locomotion. His research employs experimental approaches from biomechanics and neurophysiology as well as combined experimental-modelling approaches. Additionally, he recently developed an increasing research interest in the design and optimisation of bio-inspired assistive devices.

Dr. Hahn has been an ISB member since 2011 and he participated in the mentor-mentee program at ISB2017 conference in Brisbane, Australia as well as he contributed to the organisation of an invited session at ISB2019 conference in Calgary, Canada. Since 2019, Dr. Hahn is an elected ISB executive council member and serves as the Economically Developing Countries Officer. As ISB provided the platform and opportunity for him to develop several international collaborations, he is convinced about the role of ISB in connecting researchers from all over the world and from different areas of research across the society. He further believes that exchange between the different disciplines within biomechanics and the society will foster excellent research in our field.

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Katherine Boyer

Dr. Katherine Boyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an adjunct in the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at UMass Medical School. Katherine received her PhD in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary and was a Postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the loss of function associated with aging, pain and muscle fatigue and the development of interventions to improve mobility deficits. Katherine has been a member of ISB since 2005. The opportunity to learn about research cultures and priorities on different continents with ISB has been important to her career development. If elected, she would like to focus on re-building opportunities for international collaboration as pandemic-related travel limitations ease. This would include elevating the profile of the existing travel and development grants and working to identify new opportunities to promote international training for student and early career ISB members.

2021 tim derrick

Tim R. Derrick

Tim Derrick is a Professor in the department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1996 and his BS and MS degrees from the University of Oregon. His research is focused on improving human health by gaining an understanding of how forces acting on the human body can be modified to reduce the potential for injury or increase the potential for positive changes in biological tissue, especially bone.

Tim attended his first ISB conference in Jyväskylä, Finland in 1995 and has presented his research 16 times at ISB conferences. He chaired an ad hoc committee of the ISB concerning recommendations of the reporting of intersegmental forces and moments in human motion analysis and held a tutorial on this topic at the ISB/ASB conference at the University of Calgary, 2019. Tim’s research utilizes a blending of cadaver, musculoskeletal and finite element models to examine stress fractures in runners and older adults as well as the function of the foot during gait. It is his experience that being a council member has enabled him to contribute to issues that may be hindering the expansion and strengthening of our field.

2021 sina david

Sina David

Sina David holds a Master’s degree in Sports Medical Training and Clinical Exercise Physiology. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Biomechanics at the German Sport University in Cologne. From 2018 to 2020 she worked at the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics in Cologne as a research scientist with a focus on sports technology, sports and clinical biomechanics. Since November 2020 she holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Movement Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. There her research focuses on the improvement of rehabilitation and prevention of movement disorders and the transfer of lab technology into real-world scenarios.

2021 jennifer shin

Jennifer H. Shin

Jennifer H. Shin is a professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). She received B.S. (98), M.S. (00), and Ph.D. (04) in Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Jennifer’s research interests center around the emerging interdisciplinary mechanobiology, aiming to find links between the pathophysiological responses and the physical stresses at the cellular level through quantitative experimental and analytical tools. She has been an active board member for seven academic societies across the fields of core mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering in Korea. As a founding board member of the Korean-American Biomedical Engineering Society, she has been a key liaison in organizing the annual joint BME workshops since 2013. She has also served as an organizing committee member for many international conferences. Jennifer is an enthusiastic supporter of ISB and has been the Affiliated Societies Officer in the Executive Council since 2019. If elected, it would be her honor to serve another term to contribute to promoting and stimulating the international outreach of the ISB.

2021 clare milner

Clare Milner

Clare Milner is Associate Professor and PhD program director for rehabilitation sciences at Drexel University, USA. She completed her PhD at the University of Leeds, UK and received post-doctoral training at the Pennsylvania State University, USA and the University of Delaware, USA. Her research interests are in gait biomechanics, including the biomechanical etiology of running injuries and the biomechanics of daily functional activities in older adults and people with movement limitations. Clare has substantial experience contributing to professional societies, including as annual meeting program chair for the American Society of Biomechanics and topical representative for biomechanics and neural control of movement for the American College of Sports Medicine. She has been a member of ISB since 2000 and is honored to be nominated for Council membership. Clare looks forward to the opportunity to broaden her service to the international biomechanics community and contribute to the continued success of the ISB as we emerge from the isolation of this pandemic.

2021 felipe carpes

Felipe P Carpes

Dr. Carpes is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. He is currently part of the ISB council and served as President of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics in addition to other directory board roles. His research focuses on developing a basic understanding of the biomechanics of human movement with studies in humans and other pre-clinical models and applying this information to training and rehabilitation. He has continuously collaborated with scientists from different countries and provided mentoring to the establishment of new research labs and national biomechanics societies. As a member of the ISB executive council he will continue working to promote the representation of the ISB members in the decisions of the council, to stimulate interactions among scientists and students from different continents, especially those classified as EDC, and to increase the participation of students and researchers from different countries in the ISB activities.

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Elizabeth Clarke

A/Prof Elizabeth Clarke is Director of the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory at the Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, Australia. She has backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering and Science and was awarded her PhD in Biomechanics in 2008. Her diverse research program spans injury, tissue engineering, orthopaedics and soft tissue biomechanics, with a focus on ligament and tendon injuries.

Elizabeth has served on the ISB Council for the past 4 years as the Technical Groups Officer, and she is keen to continue serving ISB in this role. Elizabeth has contributed positively in this portfolio, for example, overseeing group establishment, updating Society documents, communicating with the Technical Groups on funding to improve transparency, and facilitating knowledge sharing between the Technical Groups.

Elizabeth is also a passionate advocate for gender equity and would promote gender balance and opportunities for women in the biomechanics community; e.g. editorial and committee positions, and conference speaker representation. She is also a keen supporter of developing opportunities for graduate students and early career researchers.

2021 hannah rice

Hannah Rice

I am a Senior Lecture in Biomechanics at the University of Exeter (UK). I completed two postdoctoral positions in the USA, with Professor Joe Hamill at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Professor Irene Davis at the Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School. My research interest is in understanding mechanisms for the development of lower limb overuse injuries, with a particular focus on stress fractures of the tibia and metatarsals. My research so far has involved recreational and elite runners, and military recruits. I am working to explore approaches to estimate the stresses experienced by the tibia and metatarsal bones during human movement. This involves gait analysis, inverse dynamics, musculoskeletal modelling, beam theory and finite element analysis. The overall goal is to improve understanding of why these injuries occur so that interventions can be identified that reduce their risk.

2021 Zachary Domire

Zachary Domire

I am currently an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at East Carolina University. I received my Ph.D. in kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral training in biomedical engineering at The Mayo Clinic. I direct the Performance Optimization Laboratory at ECU. Our mission is to help various populations function at their personal best. We work with athletic and military populations in a more traditional sense of performance, but also with older adults and with various other clinical populations to performance at their personal best. I am specifically interested in the material properties of soft tissues and the relationships to performance and injury risk. I am also investigating postural control as a metric of mTBI. I attended my first ISB Congress in 1999 as a graduate student. My experiences at this meeting helped shape my interest in pursuing biomechanics research as a career. Since this meeting, I have attended whenever possible. This year will be my sixth consecutive and the eighth of the last ten congresses that I have been lucky enough to be able to attend. I have served on the ISB Student Grant Committee. This work has reinforced my view of the great potential of the ISB to help develop the careers of young biomechanists and increased my motivation to serve the ISB. I view serving on the council as an opportunity to give back to a society that has made a big impact on my career. I would be particularly excited to work on initiatives to enhance research in economically developing countries and encourage international travel for students.

Student Representative

Anja-Verena Behling

I am going to commence my PhD at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) in collaboration with Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) this Summer. So far, my education has allowed me to live and work in clinical and research-based settings in Germany (German Sport University Cologne), Canada (University of Western Ontario and University of Calgary), Portugal (University Tras-os-Montes), Switzerland (Children’s Hospital St. Gallen) and Lithuania (Lithuanian Sports University).

The collaboration opportunities I had in the past strengthened my firm belief that they are an absolute necessity to conduct novel and cutting edge research in such an interdisciplinary field as biomechanics. From personal experience, I believe it all starts with open communication among peers as well as across hierarchical structures. This creates the groundwork to promote opportunities for students of any race, sex, geographical area or social background.

I have gathered experience in supporting scientific conferences as part of the organizing committee for the FBS 2019 (Kananaskis, Canada) and was a volunteer for ISBS 2017 (Cologne, Germany) and ISB 2019 (Calgary, Canada). During my time as the FBG Student Representative for the past two years, I was able to successfully introduce a student logo competition and to increase the group’s social media presence. All measures were taken with the aim to create a bigger stage for student matters and broadcasting group specific news.

My aspiration as Student Rep for ISB would be to act as the easily approachable contact for students who want to get involved in the biomechanics community and to provide unforgettable and inclusive student experiences during conferences.

Patrick Mai

Patrick Mai graduated from the Sports Medicine Technology program at the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz in 2016. During his internship at the Norwegian Sports University, he discovered his passion for research in the field of sports biomechanics. From 2017 to 2019, he completed his M.Sc in human technology in sports and medicine at the German Sports University in Cologne. Since 2019, Patrick has been working as a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics under the supervision of Uwe Kersting and Steffen Willwacher. His current research focuses on the individualization of running shoes concerning injury prevention. He is also working in the field of musculoskeletal modeling and the development of new methods. In addition to his doctoral work, Patrick conducts performance diagnostics for the Rhineland Olympic Training Center. Besides his research interests, he is a passionate ice hockey player and running enthusiast.


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7,000+ High School Students Celebrated Biomechanics on NBD 2017
(and there are a few more NBD events still to come)

Hello Fellow ISB Members,

Please commence Jumping For Joy! We enlightened this vast amount of high school students in our synchronized, around-the-world celebration of Biomechanics. National Biomechanics Day was a resounding success for the second consecutive year while remaining a giant fun-fest of Biomechanics, science, STEM, and STEAM as everyone reported smiles, thrills, and awe among all participants. You can see the celebration throughout social media and also through a few slides HERE. We happily extend our mantra from last year: NBD 2017 was the single greatest day in biomechanics: there were more smiles on more faces in more biomechanics labs than ever before. Let’s all thank each other for contributing so successfully to our mission which is to bring Biomechanics into high school curricula around the world and thereby increase the impact of Biomechanics on society. Along this line we propose that Biomechanics will be the breakthrough science of the 21st century… and we mean it in a Big Way. I have written about this opportunity on Facebook and included at the end of this letter.

Please spend a few moments viewing, liking, forwarding, and retweeting The Global Phenomenon that is (Inter)National Biomechanics Day (yes, next year we’ll figure out our new name):

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NBD was initiated in 2016 and it was energetically enacted by members of the American Society of Biomechanics. It also excited many biomechanists around the world and led to our around-the-globe expansion this year. We received support from many international organizations and commercial enterprises including the International and Brazilian Societies of Biomechanics, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, AMTI, IMeasureU, and Nike, to name a few. But how can we succeed and even improve our event in 2018 and future years? The answer is:

We demonstrated our viability with 2,000+ high school students in 2016 and we fully established NBD with 7,000+ students this year. It is now time for ALL BIOMECHANISTS TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT. We can have 20,000, 30,000, even more high schoolers learning and enjoying Biomechanics in 2018. We will inspire even ourselves with this level of success and it will truly change the world from the simple level of more undergraduates anticipating and enjoying their Biomechanics courses to the beneficial level of more people doing Biomechanics for their careers, to the exciting level of Biomechanics developing along lines not even envisioned today to the supreme level of Biomechanics having true meaning and importance to human society. People will consider, as truly typical and necessary the biomechanical perspective to address and improve the human condition. Biomechanics will no longer be that, “…you know…cool sounding…but…wait, what is it?” science but an irresistible part of life. We can achieve this success; Biomechanics can become the breakthrough science of the 21st century IF WE ALL UNIFORMLY AND IRRESISTIBLY PARTICIPATE in 2018. NBD 2018 can be stunningly superb and awesome if the entire world participates. If you have not yet participated, you will be surprised at how our synchronized events are more than lab demonstrations. They are as I wrote above, a movement.

I respectfully ask all biomechanists to participate in International-National Biomechanics Day 2018 (whatever we call it). Please and Really. The outcome would be incredible and important. You and we will change the world. Please support NBD.

Please, give it a shot. Take a chance. Join the fun and let’s see where we can go. Do not resist. Do not decline. Do not do not. Only do. And who are we talking to? You.

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NBD can also change the face and nature of science. NBD 2017 was greatly inclusive with over 50% female students and nearly 50% non-Caucasian participants. Everyone is invited to the party.

Also, Derek Pamukoff and group identified the most appropriate NBD Eve dinner: Torque Pot Pie. Yum!

Thank you so much and we will begin NBD 2018 shortly,

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Paul DeVita, Ph.D.

Past-President, American Society of Biomechanics

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In the, “This Just In,” news category, Justus Ortega from Humboldt State University just now emailed his NBD numbers and demographics to me: 55 students with 18 males, 37 females. Other NBDs have not yet reported and a few will occur in May. Make that 7,000++ high schoolers!

His summary, “It was awesome… and it is inspiring.” Thanks, Justus.

Let’s ask this group of 300 Brazilian students to, “raise your hand if you like NBD,”

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Hello and Welcome to the ISB student section!

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Links within the ISB website:

  • BIOMCH-L - The forum for all biomechanics (Jobs, Conferences, Technical Discussions...)


  • Brand new ISB Student initiative with Science in the Break featuring students and early career researchers from all around the world


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Shaye Tiell

Student Representative

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  1. Technical groups of the Society shall be created from time to time for the purpose of advancing knowledge in a specialized area, or on a specific topic within the field of Biomechanics.
  2. Members of the Society who have worked together informally to advance knowledge in a specialized area, or on a specific topic, for a period of at least four years (during which they may be referred to as a Working Group) may submit an application to the Executive Council for their group to be designated as a Technical Group of the Society.
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  8. The Chairperson of each Technical Group, or a person designated by him or her, shall present, in person, a written report of the activities of the Technical Group to the Executive Council of the Society, at the time of each Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics.
  9. Technical Groups may be disbanded by the Executive Council of the Society when, through failure to meet the obligations of any of the clauses of this Article, or for other reasons, they cease to serve the best interests of the Society.

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The ISB is very pleased to have company sponsors with products that have applications in various areas of biomechanics. The ISB provides the sponsors with unique opportunities of getting in touch with numerous specialists, coming from all over the world. The ISB is thankful and proud of our sponsors.

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Every two years at the ISB Congress, the Society recognizes scientific achievement and honours those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Biomechanics by presenting awards and honours. The awards and honours and their links are listed below. The rules for each award and honour are different (e.g. Muybridge candidates are selected by a panel, Young Investigator candidates by nomination) so for further information please contact the Awards Officer(s):


Katherine Boyer, School of Public Health and Health Sciences,
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA,
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Taylor Dick, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Honorary Members

ISB Fellows 


Muybridge Award

Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture 

David Winter Young Investigator Award

Clinical Biomechanics Award

Promising Scientist Award

        Jacquelin Perry Emerging Female Scientist Award

Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award

        ISB World Athletics Award for Biomechanics

        WCB ISB Female Research Excellence Award



The primary purpose of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) is to promote and stimulate the development of biomechanics at the international level. ISB recognizes that numerous national and regional societies of biomechanics or related topics have emerged in various parts of the world. In some countries several biomechanics societies exist which represent sub disciplinary interests. Future enhancement of the quality and scope of biomechanics research depends upon mutual co-operation and support of all of these groups. For these reasons, ISB has an Affiliate Society Membership code, explained more fully in the ISB's code of practice for affiliate societies.


Prof. Jonas Rubenson, ISB Informatics Officer

Biomechanics Laboratory, Dept. Kinesiology, Penn State University, USA

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Hae-Dong Lee, PhD

Chair & Professor, Department of Physical Education

Department of Physical Education

Yonsei University

50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu

Seoul, 120-749, South Korea

Tel: +82 2 2123 6188

Fax: +82 2 2123 8648

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Robert Herbert, PhD

Professor, Musculoskeletal Division

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

The George Institute for Global Health

Level 7, 341 George St., Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tel: +61 2 9657 0379

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Thomas S. Buchanan, PhD

Director, Delaware Rehabilitation Institute

Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Biomechanics & Movement Science

126 Spencer Laboratory

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716, USA

Tel: +1 302 831 2410

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Taija Finni, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Neuromuscular Research Center

Department of Biology of Physical Activity

University of Jyväskylä

PO Box 35 (VIV 227)

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä


Tel: +358 14 260 2051

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Antonia Zaferiou (Student Representative)

University of Southern California

Department of Kinesiology

3560 Watt Way, PED 107

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA

Tel: +1 213 740 7903

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Recommended Reads

Kindly contributed by the

International Society of Biomechanics Fellows


Professor Maarten Bobbert

The following commentary addresses a problem that is pervading the field of human movement science and (clinical) biomechanics:

Chaos in the Brickyard (Forscher, 1963)

Two classic papers by Herbert Hatze, whom I consider to be the founding father of modern simulation and optimization studies with musculoskeletal models.  Herbert Hatze was way ahead of his time.

Myocybernetic control model of skeletal-muscle (Hatze, 1977)

A comprehensive model for human motion simulation and its application to the take-off phase of the long jump (Hatze, 1981)

A paper by Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau and Peter Cavanagh, clearly presenting a sound way to calculate power and work in human motion.

Power equations in endurance sports (van Ingen Schenau and Cavanagh, 1990)


Professor Ton van den Bogert

I once told my students that the most important paper in biomechanics is about a jumping lamp.  This 1988 paper was an important proof of concept for trajectory optimization to predict human motion from models:

Spacetime Constraints (Witkin and Kass, 1988)

Winter's mechanical energy paper (1983) is still a very relevant trusted source of information.  This is the inspiration for modern prosthetic devices.  Winter showed that the knee mostly absorbs energy, so can be replaced by a controlled damper, and the ankle must generate a lot of energy so that is where a motor can be helpful. 

Energy generation and absorption at the ankle and knee during fast, natural and slow cadences (Winter, 1983)

Grood and Suntay's introduction of the Joint Coordinate System.  Thanks to this work, we have a standard way to describe three-dimensional joint rotations.

A joint coordinate system for the clinical description of three-dimensional motions: application to the knee (Grood and Suntay, 1983)

He, Levine and Loeb's 1991 paper on optimal feedback control of a cat hind limb is still an inspiring and unique connection between musculoskeletal dynamics and classical control theory.

Feedback gains for correcting small perturbations to standing posture (He, Levine and Loeb, 1991)


Professor Walter Herzog

In muscle mechanics, the classic manuscripts are a given: 

The sliding filament theory:

Structural changes in muscle during contraction (Huxley and Niedergerke, 1954)

The cross-bridge theory:

Muscle structure and theories of contraction (Butler and Katz, 1957), A. F. Huxley Chpt 6, pg 257-318

Proposed mechanism of force generation in striated muscle (Huxley and Simmons, 1971)

The force length property of muscle:

The variation in isometric tension with sarcomere length in vertebrate muscle fibres (Gordon, Huxley and Julian, 1966)

The force-velocity relationship:

The heat of shortening and the dynamic constants of muscle (Hill, 1938)


Professor Jill McNitt-Gray

Kinetics of Human Motion (Zatsiorsky, 2002)

Kinematics of Human Motion (Zatsiorsky, 1998)

Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscle (Zatsiorsky and Prilutsky, 2012)

Biomechanics of sport: a research approach (Miller and Nelson, 1973)

Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, 4th Edition (Winter, 2009)


Professor Peter Milburn

Human mechanics: four monographs abridged (Goff, 1963)

This contains abridged versions of four of the 'classic papers' of early biomechanics:

  1. Braune, C. W., & Fischer, O. (1889). *Über den Schwerpunkt des menschlichen Körpers: mit Rücksicht auf die Ausrüstung des deutschen Infanteristen*. S. Hirzel. (About the center of gravity of the human body: with regard to the equipment of the German infantryman)
  2. Fischer, O. (1906). Theoretical fundamentals for a mechanics of living bodies with special applications to man as well as to some processes of motion in machines. *BG Teubner, Berlin.*
  3. Amar, J., Butterworth, E. M., & Wright, G. E. (1920). *The Human Motor, Or,The Scientific Foundations of Labour and Industry: With 309 Illustrations and Numerous Tables*. G. Routledge & sons, Limited.
  4. Dempster, Wilfrid Taylor. "Space requirements of the seated operator: geometrical, kinematic, and mechanical aspects of the body, with special reference to the limbs." (1955).

More 'modern day' classics might include:

Direct linear transformation method for three-dimensional cinematography (Shapiro, 1978)

This was the first paper published on the direct linear transformation (DLT) method, the basis of 3D motion capture.  It takes the technique back to 'first principles' so students understand the theory behind the systems currently available. 

Mechanical stability of the in vivo lumbar spine: implications for injury and chronic low back pain (Cholewicki and McGill, 1996)

This presents a method to quantify the mechanical stability of the lumbar spine in vivo during various 3D dynamic tasks.


Professor Darren Stefanyshyn

The following are a series of papers showing early human locomotion inverse dynamics calculations with tremendous insight:

Forces and energy changes in the leg during walking (Elftman, 1939a)

The functions of muscles in locomotion (Elftman, 1939b)

The work done by muscles in running (Elftman, 1940)

A short but though provoking look at the role of elastic energy storage in running, jumping and flying:

Storage of elastic strain energy in muscle and other tissues (Alexander, 1977)

An early review paper on gait energetics from a pioneer in the field:

Calculation and interpretation of mechanical energy of movement (Winter, 1976)


Professor Ronald Zernicke

This paper highlights some of the diverse areas in which "biomechanics impacts society" and the research of five internationally famous biomechanists as the role models. This has proven useful to expose students at the University of Michigan to the breadth and impact of biomechanics, particularly in areas that not everyone associates with "traditional" biomechanics. It may also be useful for other students, around the world, to learn of the diversity of biomechanics.

Impact of biomechanics research on society (Zernicke et al., 2012)


Complete List

Alexander, R. M. (1977) ‘Storage of Elastic Strain Energy in Muscles and Other Tissues’, Nature, 265, pp. 114–117. doi: 10.1038/265114a0

Butler, J. A. V. and Katz, B. (1957) Progress in biophysics and biophysical chemistry. UK: Pergamon Press, Ltd.

Cholewicki, J. and McGill, S. (1996) ‘Mechanical stability of the in viva lumbar spine: implications for injury and chronic low back pain’, Clinical Biomechanics, 11(1), pp. 1–15. doi: 10.1016/0268-0033(95)00035-6

Elftman, H. (1939a) ‘Forces and energy changes in the leg during walking’, American Journal of Physiology--Legacy Content, 125(2), pp. 339–356.

Elftman, H. (1939b) ‘The function of muscles in locomotion’, American Journal of Physiology--Legacy Content, 125(357–366), pp. 122–123.

Elftman, H. (1940) ‘The work done by muscles in running’, American Journal of Physiology--Legacy Content, 129(3), pp. 672–684.

Forscher, B. K. (1963) ‘Chaos in the Brickyard’, Science, 142(3590), p. 339. doi: 10.1126/science.142.3590.339

Goff, C. W. (1963) ‘Human mechanics. Four monographs abridged.’ Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 22(4).

Gordon, A. M., Huxley, A. F. and Julian, F. J. (1966) ‘The variation in isometric tension with sarcomere length in vertebrate muscle fibres.’, The Journal of Physiology, 184(1), pp. 170–192. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.1966.sp007909

Grood, E. S. and Suntay, W. J. (1983) ‘A joint coordinate system for the clinical description of three-dimensional motions: application to the knee’, J Biomech Eng, 105(2), pp. 136–144. doi: 10.1115/1.3138397

Hatze, H. (1977) ‘A myocybernetic control model of skeletal muscle’, Biological Cybernetics, 25(2), pp. 103–119. doi:10.1007/BF00337268

Hatze, H. (1981) ‘A comprehensive model for human motion simulation and its application to the take-off phase of the long jump’, Journal of Biomechanics, 14(3), pp. 135–142. doi: 10.1016/0021-9290(81)90019-1       

He, J., Levine, W. S. and Loeb, G. E. (1991) ‘Feedback gains for corecting small pertubation to standing posture’, IEEE trans auto con, 36(3), pp. 322–332. doi: 10.1109/9.73565

Hill, A. V. (1938) ‘The Heat of Shortening and the Dynamic Constants of Muscle’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 126(843), pp. 136–195. doi: 10.1098/rspb.1938.0050

Huxley, A. F. and Niedergerke, R. (1954) ‘Structural changes in muscle during contraction; interference microscopy of living muscle fibres’, Nature, 173(4412), pp. 971–973. doi: 10.1038/173971a0

Huxley, A. F. and Simmons, R. M. (1971) ‘Proposed mechanism of force generation in striated muscle.’, Nature, 233, pp. 533–538. doi: 10.1038/233533a0

van Ingen Schenau, G. J. and Cavanagh, P. R. (1990) ‘Power equations in endurance sports’, Journal of Biomechanics, 23(9), pp. 865–881. doi: 10.1016/0021-9290(90)90352-4

Miller, D. I. and Nelson, R. C. (1973) Biomechanics of Sport. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.

Shapiro, R. (1978) ‘Direct linear transformation method for 3D cinematography’, Research Quarterly. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 49(2), pp. 197–205.

Winter, D. A. (1976) ‘Calculation and interpretation of mechanical energy of movement’, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 6(1), pp. 183–256.

Winter, D. A. (1983) ‘Energy generation and absorption at the ankle and knee during fast, natural, and slow cadences’, Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 175, pp. 147–154.

Winter, D. A. (2009) Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement. 4th edn. John Wiley & Sons.

Witkin, A. and Kass, M. (1988) ‘Spacetime constraints’, Proceedings of the 15th annual conference on Computer graphics and interactive techniques - SIGGRAPH ’88, 22(4), pp. 159–168. doi: 10.1145/378456.378507

Zatsiorsky, V. M. (1998) Kinematics of Human Motion. Human Kinetics.

Zatsiorsky, V. M. (2002) Kinetics of Human Motion. Human Kinetics.

Zatsiorsky, V. M. and Prilutsky, B. I. (2012) Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscles. Human Kinetics.

Zernicke, R. F., Goulet, G. C., Cavanagh, P. R., Nigg, B. M., Ashton-Miller, J. A., Mckay, H. A. and Van Den Bogert, T. (2012) ‘Impact of Biomechanics Research on Society’, Kinesiology Review, 1, pp. 5–16. doi: 10.1123/krj.1.1.5

History and Purpose

The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) was founded at Penn State University on August 30, 1973 to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at the international level. The ISB promotes and supports international contacts amongst scientists, the dissemination of knowledge, and the activities of national organizations in the field of biomechanics. The ISB has a broad view of the science and application of biomechanics, believing that biomechanics has a major role in the study of all biological systems, from the level of the whole organism down to molecular size scales. Therefore, the Society's membership includes scientists from a large variety of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, engineering (biomedical, mechanical, mechatronics, etc.), orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, sports science, sports medicine, ergonomics, electrophysiological kinesiology and others.

Since its founding the ISB has grown to a membership of well over 2,000 people (half of these student members). The Society provides for affiliate membership of 21 national biomechanics organizations. The Society also supports technical and working groups for the purpose of advancing knowledge in specialized areas within the field of biomechanics. Currently active technical sections include 3-D Analysis of Human MovementTechnical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS)Footwear Biomechanics Group
International Shoulder GroupHand and Wrist Biomechanics International, and the Motor Control Group. The newest working group to join ISB is the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics (CNB) group.

The ISB is involved in many activties to promote biomehanics internationally. These activities include the organization of biennial ISB-international congresses, publication of congress proceedings and a biomechanics monograph series, distribution of a quarterly newsletter (ISBNow), and sponsorship of scientific meetings related to biomechanics. The ISB is affiliated with the Journal of Biomechanics, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Gait and Posture. The Society also has a major Internet presence with the ISB on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as sponsoring the Biomechanics Forum, Biomch-l.

The major activity of the Society is the organization and conduct of its biennial International Congress on Biomechanics. This provides a unique opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of the current status of the field and make valuable personal and professional contacts. To promote international development of the field, congresses are held in different countries. The recent congresses were held in Glasgow, Brisbane, and Calgary, with the next meeting to be held in Stockholm. The Proceedings and Books of Abstracts from these biennial congresses, as well as the separately published Keynote and Award-winning papers, are a valuable contribution to research literature and also serve to document the progress of the field of biomechanics. Recent ISB Congress proceedings back until 2001, with some Keynotes and Tutorials, are freely available online.

Sponsorship and Related Scientific Meetings

The ISB supports other scientific meetings concerned with biomechanics by serving as an official sponsor, or organising and sponsoring thematic sessions. In this capacity, the Society helps with dissemination of information and promotion of the meetings, encourages members to participate and assists with the planning and organization upon request. The ISB also sponsors and organizes various activities in Economically Developing Countries, including lecture tours and training.

Society Awards

The Society promotes excellence in biomechanics research by presenting a number of Awards at its Congresses. These include the Muybridge Award (the Society's highest honor for outstanding contributions to biomechanics), the Wartenweiler Memorial Lectureship (named after the Society's first President), the David Winter Young Investigator Awards, the Clinical Biomechanics Award, the Clinical Biomechanics Award, the Promising Scientist Award, the Carlo de Luca Emerging Scientist Award, the ISB World Athletics Award for Biomechanics, and the Jaqueline Perry Emerging Female Scientist Award. The Society also promotes scholarship through its Educational Programs at Congresses, its Promising Young Scientist Travel Grants scheme, whereby a member is funded to travel to another continent to further a research project, and a range of Student Grants-in-Aid of Research and for Congress attendance.

Benefits of Membership

  • Reduced Journal Subscription Rates.
  • Reduced Registration Fees at ISB Congresses and those of Affiliate Societies.
  • Opportunity to form international contacts and participate in technical and working groups of the Society.
  • Special Student Discounts and Grants-in-Aid.
  • Congressional Awards and Traveling Scholarships.
  • Unrestricted access to the ISB website, including previous Keynote and Tutorials from ISB meetings.

Membership Application Procedure

Go to the Membership section of this website. Membership dues and subscription fees can be paid by either (i) a credit card debit authorization, or (ii) a cheque or money order in Australian dollars and drawn on an Australian Bank.

Executive Council

The ISB is governed by its Executive Council composed of the officers and council members who are elected by mail ballot for two year terms. They represent countries from throughout the world and various scientific areas within biomechanics. The council, which meets annually, provides leadership for the continued development of the Society. Many on-going activities are performed by Council appointed sub-committees such as publications, standards and terminology, award nominations, and others. The quarterly Newsletter serves to inform the members of current and future events and developments.

Please contact any member of the Executive Council via our webmaster for further information