Previous ESB Congresses
26th Congress of the ESB (ESBiomech2021) in Milan, Italy (ONLINE)
The 26th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics took place online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The congress took place on July 11-14, 2021 and was organised by Politecnico di Milano.
About 705 abstracts were submitted and peer-reviewed. The final programme involved 33 Perspective Talks, 557 Podium Presentations, 110 Poster Presentations and 4 Finalists for ESB Student Award.
Keynote Lectures were given by Prof. Nico Verdonschot (Twente University, The Netherlands), Prof. Federica CAselli (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy), and Prof. david Steinman (Univeristy of Toronto, Canada).
The Huiskes Medal Lecture was given by Prof. Marco Viceconti (University of Bologna, Italy). The winner of the ESB Best Doctoral Thesis Award was Dr. Guillaume Durandau (University of Twente, The Netherlands).
Abstracts of all contributions are available in open access: (https://esbiomech.org/conference/esb2021/publications-archive/)
ESB 2021 was attended ty 854 participants from 35 countries.
For additional information see esbiomech2021.org.
Francesco Migliavacca – Chair
Gabriele Dubini – Co-Chair
Manuela Galli – Co- Chair
Alberto Redaelli – Co- Chair
25th Congress of the ESB (ESBiomech2019) in Vienna, Austria
The 25th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics took place on July 7-10, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. The congress was jointly organized by Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and the Karl Landsteiner Private University of Health Sciences and was held at the main building of the University of Vienna.
About 750 abstracts were submitted and peer-reviewed. The final programme involved 19 Perspective Talks, 525 Podium Presentations, 133 Poster Presentations and 4 Finalists for ESB Student Award.
Keynote Lectures were given by Prof. Kalpana Katti (North Dakota State University, USA), Prof. Laurence Vico (French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France), and Prof. Wolfgang Wall (Technical University of Munich, Germany).
The Huiskes Medal Lecture was given by Prof. Ralph Müller (ETH Zurich, Switzerland). The winner of the ESB Best Doctoral Thesis Award was Dr. Tommaso Ristori (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands).
Abstracts of all contributions are available in open access: Vienna 2019 (https://esbiomech.org/conference/esb2019/publications-archive/)
Pre-courses were organized on “Experimental Tissue Micro- and Nanomechanics”, “Multiscale Modelling of Tissue Biomechanics and Mechanobiology”, and “Whole Organ Bone Biomechanics” and were attended by about 70 participants.
ESB 2019 was attended ty 769 participants from 45 countries.
For additional information see esbiomech2019.org.
24th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
The 24th ESB Congress was held in conjunction with the World Congress of Biomechanics and the World Council for Biomechanics. The congress took place in the Convention Centre Dublin, Dublin, Ireland from 8 – 12 July 2018.
The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every four years and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field. 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.
Tuesday July 10 was “ESB day” at WCB2018, and held sessions for the ESB Perren Award, the ESB Student Award, the ESB Clinical Biomechanics Award, Session, the ESB Best Thesis Award, as well as the ESB General Assembly
For additional information see http://wcb2018.com.
23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
The 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics took place from 2nd to 5th July 2017 at the Higher Technical School of Engineering in Seville, Spain. The meeting was organized by the European Society of Biomechanics and the Universidad de Sevilla and was the first ESB congress that took place in Spain so far.
The Annual meeting of the Spanish Chapter of the ESB was made to coincide with the Congress, taking advantage of the increase in the number of Spanish members that the ESB Congress has led to.
Four pre-courses were organized on the first congress day: “Modelling of tissue regeneration”, “Modelling the mechanical behaviour of soft tissues”, “OpenSim Workshop I: basic course”, and “OpenSim Workshop II, advance course”.
The Congress itself featured 5 plenary lectures, 442 podium presentations and 140 flash and poster presentations. All the abstracts are available in open access: Seville 2017
Javier Martínez Reina
Joaquín Ojeda Granja
Esther Reina Romo
José Antonio Sanz Herrera
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: Lyon 2016
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.
21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
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 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
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.
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.
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.
17th Congress of the ESB
The 17th Congress of the ESB in 2010 was held in Edinburgh Scotland, UK. 5-8 July.
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,
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
CPD – Office of Lifelong Learning
The University of Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, EH8 9LW
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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).
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.
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)