Previous ESB Congresses


22nd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics


ESB 2016 in Lyon was jointly organized by the European Society of Biomechanics and the Société de Biomécanique (gathering French speaking countries), for their 40th anniversaries.

To celebrate these anniversaries, 4 international societies have also been involved in the organization of the conference:

  • the European Society for Biomaterials for a specific track on “Biomaterials”,
  • the International Society of Biomechanics for the track “Human movement”
  • the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports for the track “Sport biomechanics”, and
  • the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI) for the track “Impact/injury biomechanics”.

ESB 2016 gathered 780 participants from 47 countries.

The 4 keynote speakers (Pr. G. Courtine, Pr. R. Pettigrew, Pr. C. Jacobs and Dr. P. Laugier) and the 18 perspectives talks addressed current challenges in biomechanics and related fields.

The attendees presented their work in 403 podiums and 210 posters. All the abstracts are available in open access:

Some novelties were proposed in the organization of ESB 2016:

  • Sessions were chaired by an expert and a junior in a mentoring way.
  • Some perspective talks were jointly given by a clinician and an engineer to better highlight their common contributions to different research topics (cardiovascular, orthopaedics).
  • Posters were presented in a flash presentation (1 slide, 2 minutes), in the same room as podium presentations on the same theme, to give them a wider audience. Then discussions took place in front of the posters during the following coffee break.

The social events were also an important part of ESB 2016 including the Welcome reception, the Student event, the Sponsors cocktail and the Gala dinner.



David Mitton
Philippe Vezin
Stéphane Avril


 21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
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The 21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics was held at Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Czech Republic, from 5 to 8 July 2015.

The meeting was organized by the European Society of Biomechanics, the Czech Society of Biomechanics, Charles University and the Czech Technical University in Prague.

The 2015 congress, with 536 attendees, was preceded by a one-day course on “Patient Specific Implant Design and Validation”, run by the Czech Technical University, together with Materialise, an ESB corporate member.

Over the course of the next three days, 307 podium presentations were delivered in 9 parallel sessions, with 264 posters presented during poster sessions that stimulated lively discussions.

For the first time, 14 perspective talks were given by prominent researchers to provide a comprehensive introduction to many of the session topics and a broader view of biomechanics research in Europe, highlighting the results of many long-running international research programs.


20th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics

In 2014 the 20th Congress of ESB joined to WCB held in Boston, USA.

7th World Congress of Biomechanics

7th World Congress on Biomechanics, July 6 – 11, 2014, Boston, USA

The World Congress of Biomechanics is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The ESB strongly supports the WCB, by its representation on the organising committee, and the ESB community is strongly integrated, with European scientists participating as keynote lecturers, track and session chairs for the conference. Traditional ESB activities were given a specific focus at the congress, with plenary sessions dedicated to our awards program and our bi-annual General Assembly.

19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics

ESB Congress in Patras 2013

The19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB2013) was held at the Conference and Cultural Centre of the University of Patras, Greece, between 25-28 August 2013. It was organized by the team of the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Patras , headed by Professor Yannis Missirlis.

Being the inaugural congress as an annual event, it managed to attract 550 delegates from 46 countries, from all 5 continents.On Sunday, 2 courses were held: One on Nanomechanics of Cell-tissue-Biomaterials, and the other on Wavelet Analysis of Biological Signals. On the following 3 days, 338 oral presentations and 166 poster were communicated.

The plenary speakers were exceptional in transmitting their overview and state-of-art lectures to large audiences. Professors Evan Evans (Canada/USA), Peter Kohl (UK) and Reinhard Blickhan (Germany) provided everyone with excellent food-for-thought on the role of biomechanics accross many scales. The plenary sessions on students’ award,  the Huiskes’ medal to Professor John Currey, the Best Doctoral thesis lecture, all added to the quality of the Congress as a whole.

The opening ceremony on Sunday evening started with a brief historical note on biomechanics by Yannis Missirlis, a lecture on the Role of Ancient Theaters by Martin Kreeb and a superb concert by the Plucked String Orchestra of the Patras Municipality, followed by a reception. The well attended «Students’ evening» was appraised by everybody. The Congress dinner took place in the terrace of a restaurant overlooking Patras, and was the forum for all the awards presentations.


Congress Chairmen

Prof. Yannis Missirlis

18th Congress of the ESB

The 18th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 1st to 4th July 2012.

Lisbon Conference ESB2012

The main objective of the Congress was to bring together researchers and practitioners in biomechanics, and to stimulate and promote research on all core topics of biomechanics, including emerging research areas.

The event, with about 750 participants, opened on Sunday 1st July with two pre-courses on Movement Biomechanics and on Cell Biomechanics and Mechanobiology. These courses of great interest for graduate students, post-docs and young researchers counted with a nice number of participants, about 40 for each course. The main program, from Monday to Wednesday, included 460 oral presentations and 195 poster presentations. All abstracts are published online as a supplement of Journal of Biomechanics (Vol 45, Supp 1, July 2012).

Three plenary sessions, offered by Prof. Gerhard Holzapfel, Prof. Ton van den Bogert and Prof. James Iatridis, addressed current challenges in biomechanics. Some members of the Society were recognized in five Award sessions. It should be emphasized the Huiskes Medal Award attributed to Prof. Georg Bergmann. This Award was attributed for the first time at this Congress.

The social events were a great contribute for the success of the Congress, in particular the students evening on Monday and the Congress dinner on Tuesday.


Congress Chairmen

Paulo Fernandes
João Folgado
Miguel Silva


17th Congress of the ESB

The 17th Congress of the ESB in 2010 was held in Edinburgh Scotland, UK. 5-8 July.

Edinburgh ESB congress 2010

The 2010 meeting covered all the ESB’s traditional core topics, and also included emerging research areas in which much new and exciting biomechanics research is taking place.
A pre-course was part of the programme offering advise and experience by various experts in certain areas of biomechanics applications: Innovative methods for the generation and validation of musculoskeletal models / Arterial Mechanics / Medical Image analysis / Muscle Mechanics.

Various plenary sessions addressed current “hot topics” in biomechanics research, and provided valuable insight into the ever-increasing importance of collaborative research, interdisciplinary programs, EU funding opportunities and biomechanical education programmes.

2010 Programme Committee

James Cunningham, William Eason, Peter Hoskins, Hamish Simpson, Mark Taylor & Amy Zavatsky,

Programme Leaders

Dan Bader, Elizabeth Tanner, Yiannis Ventikos, Laoise McNamara, James Cunningham, Peter Hoskins, Hamish Simpson, Mark Taylor, Amy Zavatsky & Peter Zioupos.

Local Organising Team

Bob Carr & Arlene Sievwright

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16th Congress of the ESB

The 16th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics (reported by Stephen Ferguson in our Autumn 2008 Newsletter PDF 2.73 MB) took place in Lucerne (Switzerland) on July 6 – 9, 2008, and was a resounding success. The meeting was organised by the MEM Research Center – ISTB at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and attracted more than 600 abstracts on diverse topics spanning the whole spectrum of the biomechanics field. You can find a report and pictures from the meeting here (PDF 1.98 MB).

Lucern congress of the ESB 2008

Drawing on the continuing success of previous meetings of the ESB, the goal was to strengthen the scientific basis of our traditional core topics while diversifying to include emerging research areas. A pre-course drew on the extensive MedTech industry within Switzerland to bring to the delegates practical experiences which link the basic research world to final applications. Plenary talks addressed the current “hot topics” in biomechanics research, and provided valuable insight into the ever-increasing importance of collaborative research, interdisciplinary programs, EU funding opportunities and biomechanical education programs.

Congress Chairmen

Philippe Büchler
Stephen Ferguson
Lutz-P. Nolte

15th Congress of the ESB

Munich, Germany (5th World Congress on Biomechanics), July 26- August 4 (2006)

14th Congress of the ESB

s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, July 4-7 (2004)

13th Congress of the ESB

Wroclaw, Poland, September 2-4 (2002)

12th Congress of the ESB

Dublin, Ireland, August 27-30 (2000)

11th Congress of the ESB

Toulouse, France, July 8-11 (1998)

10th Congress of the ESB

Leuven, Belgium, August 28-31 (1996)

9th Congress of the ESB

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2nd World Congress on Biomechanics), July 10-15 (1994)

8th Congress of the ESB

Rome, Italy, June 21-24 (1992)

7th Congress of the ESB

Aarhus, Denmark, July 8-11 (1990)

6th Congress of the ESB

Bristol, United Kingdom, September 11-15 (1989)

5th Congress of the ESB

West Berlin, Germany, September 8-10 (1986)

4th Congress of the ESB

Davos, Switzerland, September 24-26 (1984)

3rd Congress of the ESB

Nijmegen, The Netherlands, January 21-23 (1982)

2nd Congress of the ESB

Strasbourg, France, September 13-15 (1979)

1st Congress of the ESB

Brussels, Belgium, May 22-27 (1978)