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ESBiomech Newsletter Autumn 2017


We are pleased to present our 2017 Autumn Newsletter with the latest ESB news, reports from ESB conference and honouring award winning researchers, and updates from our corporate members.

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I hope you find the newsletter useful and informative.

Mark Thompson –



Message from the President

It’s autumn already.  I personally am always rather shocked at how quickly the summer goes by, only to be followed by an absolutely manic period in September and early October as we resume our business as usual.  Most of us either try to get ourselves mentally and physically prepared for the next academic semester, with the challenge and promise of many new students, or get swept up in the increased tempo in the industrial sector as the summer downtime gives way to the relentless rush towards the end of the (fiscal) year.  Despite the haste, we can still take a moment to look back, and for me that means briefly revisiting the ESB annual meeting in Sevilla.

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24th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics and World Congress of Biomechanics, 8 – 12 July 2018, Dublin, Ireland

The 24th Congress of ESB will join the World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB2018) in the Convention Centre Dublin, an exciting venue situated in the heart of Dublin city, from 8 – 12 July 2018. The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every 4 years and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field. Registration and abstract submission are already open.

Mark your agenda!

More information about the pre-courses, plenary speakers, registration, social program and other interesting points may be found on the conference website.


Prizes and Honours Awards for ESB / WCB 2018 in Dublin

Please be aware that the award application deadlines for the up-coming congress in Dublin are approaching. ESB will be presenting the following awards: The SM Perren Award, Best Doctoral Thesis Award, as well as several awards based on abstract submission including Clinical Biomechanics Award, Student Award, Best Poster Award, and many Travel Awards. The deadline for all awards, except SM Perren and Best Doctoral Thesis award, coincides with the abstract submission deadline for WCB (19th of December 2017). For all awards based on conference abstract, please ensure you check the submission box during abstract submission and submit the additional required documents. For more information, please click here…


Save the Date ESB 2019: Vienna

In 2019 the 25th Congress of ESB will be held in Vienna, Austria. The congress will take place at the University of Vienna from 7 – 10 July 2019.


Save the Date ESB 2020: Milan

In 2020 the 26th Congress of ESB will be held in Milan, Italy. The congress will take place hosted by the Politecnico Milano from 12 – 15 July 2020.



Endorsed meetings

icSPORTS 2017 – 5th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support

30-31 October 2017

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

This congress intends to be a meeting point for both academics, sport professionals and practitioners to exchange ideas and develop synergies.

ESB members receive a 60 euro reduction on the registration fee.

Mechanics of development

5-7 February 2018

Buckinghamshire, UK

This meeting will discuss the role of mechanobiology in embryonic development providing a platform for leaders in the field, as well as early career scientists see.

Registration for this meeting is free.

CMBBE2018 – 15th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, and 3rd Conference on Imaging and Visualization

26-29 March 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

The two events will run together as a single conference on computational biomechanics, imaging and visualization.

ESB members pay a substantially reduced registration fee.

Other Meeting Announcements:

Basic biomechanics and biomechanical methods for experimental research of the musculoskeletal system

24 – 27 July 2018

Ulm, Germany

The aim of this workshop is to train clinicians and unexperienced biomedical engineers in basic principles of biomechanics.


Report on the ESB2017 in Seville

The 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics took place from 2nd to 5th July 2017 in Seville, Spain.  It was hosted inside at the Higher Technical School of Engineering in the Expo ’92 area just across the River Guadalquivir.  The meeting was organized by the European Society of Biomechanics and the Universidad de Sevilla. This was the first time that an ESB congress took place in Spain.

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Prizes and Honours Awarded at the ESB2017

A summary of the Prizes and Honours Awarded at the ESB Congress in Seville can be found here. We once again congratulate all the awardees for their important scientific contributions.

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External affairs

You may be aware that the ESB, as a society, is a member of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). You, as a member of the ESB, are entitled to receive the benefits provided by EAMBES.



Student’s corner

Activities at the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics:

Student workshop “Get prepared to apply to competitive postdoctoral fellowships” and Student evening

ESB Mobility awards

Announcement of 2017 award and report from 2016 winner

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Membership news

Our membership is growing year on year. Following the 23rd Congress held in Seville, the number of applications for membership increased significantly. Total membership is now 1246.

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Treasurer’s report

The total assets of the Society are just below 150 000 Euro, while the incomes for 2016 were little less than 30 000 Euro.  The financial report for 2016 (negative balance of -6133 Euro) was approved by the Financial Auditors in June 2017, and later at the General Assembly during the Congress in Seville. Similarly, the projections for 2017 (expected positive balance around +4000 Euro) were presented and approved during the General Assembly.  The Treasurer wishes to thank the Auditors Monique Donkerwolcke and Ulrich Simon, for their careful revision and their advices.

While the total number of members has increased over time, in the last few years the fraction of members in arrears has steadily decreased.  Currently, more than 72% of the members are in good standing, partly because of the paid-by-congress mechanism, and partly because they paid their dues through autonomously (thank you!) .

Membership status has just been updated for all those ESB members who attended the Congress in Seville, and for those who applied for new membership right after the Congress (their membership is therefore automatically paid until the end of 2018).  In the next months we will be launching the campaign for the renewal of society membership for everybody else who did not attend the yearly congress (in this case, payment needs to be made through the ESB web portal).

Luca Cristofolini


Society News

News from the ESB Italian chapter

The VII ESB-ITA Annual Meeting was held in Rome…

News from the ESB Spanish Chapter

The Spanish National Chapter meeting was embedded within the 23rd congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, which took place at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville, from the 2nd to the 5th of July 2017…

News from the ESB Austrian Chapter

The second general assembly of the Austrian National Chapter was held in Innsbruck, on September 15 2017…

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David Mitton


In memoriam Professor Georges Van der Perre

The Council of the ESB is sad to record the passing on 14th September 2017 of Prof Georges Van der Perre, former President of our society, and we offer sincere condolences to his wife and children. We include a note of Prof Van der Perre’s career in biomechanics with thanks to his colleague at KU Leuven, Prof Jos Vander Sloten.

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Corporate member’s news

Mimics Innovation Award Winners 2017

The nominees for the Mimics Innovation Award 2017 (Europe. Middle East and Africa, EMEA, region) gave presentations during the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in Seville, Spain.

Dr. Peter Metherall and Dr. David Randall won first prize in the EMEA region and also the global MIA award in 2017 with their innovative research work on combining Image Processing with Virtual Reality technology.

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Corporate members of the ESB:

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Beta CAE logo
BoB Biomechanics logo
Materialise logo
Nobel Biocare logo