In memoriam: Steve Cowin, a visionary scientist

by Bert van Rietbergen

Steve Cowin passed away October 19 last year. Several generations of ESB members have been raised with his pioneering theories of bone adaptation and bone structure-properties relationships, and it feels like a great loss his contribution to this field now is closed. Rather than writing a full obituary, which can be found elsewhere (, I wanted to focus this writing on why he was so important for many of the ESB members, and for me in particular.

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Call for Bids hosting ESB 2020

The ESB is inviting proposals for the organization of its annual congress in July 2020. If you are interested in hosting and organizing ESB2020, please read the ESB 2020 Bid rules for details.

Bids should be sent to prof. Harry van Lenthe (, Chair of the Meetings Committee. He can also be contacted for further information.

The deadline for submitting your bid for ESB2020 is 31st March 2017.



23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics




ESB 2017 will take place at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville, from the 2nd to the 5th of July 2017.

Plenary lectures will be delivered by Prof. Ellen Kuhl (Stanford University), Dr. Walter Herzog (University Of Calgary) and Prof. José Manuel García-Aznar (University Of Zaragoza).

Seville is the scent of orange trees under blue skies, the river, shops and streets, the barrios, the outlying areas, la Vega, el Aljarafe, las Marismas, la Campiña, the Southern and Northern Sierras, and Estepa.

Please find out more information about the congress and scientific programme at


We look forward to welcome you in Seville in 2017!



Call for Council Nominations 2016

During the next General Assembly that will be held during our upcoming 22nd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in Lyon, we will elect 6 new members to the Council. The Council thus invites any regular member in good standing to candidate for a seat on the Council of our Society. More info here.

ESB Mobility Award for Young Researchers

The ESB Mobility Award for Young Researchers 2016 has been launched!

Two awards to a value of €4000 are available. Encourage your students to take the chance to visit a foreign lab. Submission deadline is 31st of May, and the winners will be presented in Lyon.  More info here

Call for Bids ESB2019

The ESB invites proposals for the organization of its annual congress in 2019. If you would like to host and organize the 2019 ESB congress and wish to prepare and submit a bid, please read the conference rules following the link Conferences-Bid Rules General 2016 in the ESB website.

Interested members can contact or send a proposal/bid to Prof. Paulo Fernandes, Chair of the meetings Committee (

The deadline for bid submission to organize the ESB2019 is 31st March 2016.

ESB2016 upcoming deadlines

The 29th of January is the deadline for abstract submission to the ESB2016.

The deadline for the ESB Perren Award is Friday 26th February 2016.

The deadline for the ESB Clinical Biomechanics Award, the Best Doctoral Thesis Award, the ESB Student Award and the ESB Poster Award is the 29th of January.




European Society of Biomechanics statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris

The European society of Biomechanics wishes to express it’s concern for and sympathy to any members affected by the recent atrocities in Paris. This recent event hits particularly close to the heart of the ESB since we were founded in 1976, with a large contribution from French members and will have the next European Society of Biomechanics congress in Lyon, France this coming July. All such attacks in all our home countries are equally shocking and tragic. However, we feel it important to comment because what seems to be clear about this attack is that it was an assault on international groups of people joining together. Such negative and destructive actions will of course not deter us from gathering together in France in our international community to enjoy science, engineering and cultural exchange and support each other in our endeavors to make a small but positive contribution to the world.

5th Meeting of the Spanish Chapter

The fifth Meeting of the Spanish National Chapter will be held in Madrid during the 19th-20th November 2015 at the School of Civil Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid. The meeting will gather the Spanish members of the ESB who will have the opportunity to present their research.
During the 19th November two courses devoted to the opensource programs Slicer3d ( and Febio ( will be held and, the meeting will be the 20th, where prizes and the renovation of the Council will take place.
More information about the Fifth Meeting of the ESB Spanish National Chapter is available at this web page: