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ESBiomech Newsletter Spring 2018


We are pleased to present the Spring 2018 news updates from the European Society of Biomechanics. All members are invited to contribute information of general interest, scientific articles, advertisements or particular items of discussion.

Mark Thompson –



From the President: Biomechanics in the Era of Personalised Health

In two months we will come together again for our annual meeting, incorporated into the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin. I am very much looking forward to this, especially as it gives us the opportunity to again give a European flavour to the WCB. It is also nearly two decades since the ESB held its meeting in Dublin, an event that for me coincided with my transition from doctoral candidate to “fully qualified” researcher, however one chooses to interpret that, with the opportunities and responsibilities to lead rather than follow.

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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, a modern and well-equipped 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.

It’s going to be an exciting meeting. The program is available here.

ESB Day – Tuesday July 10 will be “ESB day”, with

In case you haven’t done so, yet, mark your agenda and register for this exciting meeting!

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

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

5th SIMBIO-M International Conference

18-19 June 2018, Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Multi-scale hard and soft tissue modelling workshop
18-20 June 2018, Sheffield, United Kingdom

3rd VPH Summer School 2018
18-22 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain

VPH2018 – Conference of the Virtual Physiological Human
5-7 September 2018, Zaragoza, Spain

Biomechanics 2018
5-7 September 2018, Zielona Góra, Poland

Other meetings

Basic biomechanics and biomechanical methods for experimental research of the musculoskeletal system
24 – 27 July 2018, Ulm, Germany

For further details please follow the link.

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ESB Council elections

Five council seats are up for election.

Three members of the current council are standing for re-election:

Sara Checa
Markus Heller
Harry van Lenthe.

Seven society members are also applying for election:

Zahra Asgharpour
Enrico Dall’Ara
Christian Hellmich
Dieter H. Pahr
Luca Parisi
Antonio Manuel de Amaral Monteiro Ramos
João Manuel R.S: Tavares

The elections will be held electronically on-line through our webpage. The voting system will be open between 25th June and 9th July (23.55h). The new council members will be announced at the General Assembly on the 10th of July, in Dublin.

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ESB award announcements

SM Perren Award 2018

The evaluation of the SM Perren award is still in progress and the winner will be contacted as soon as the award committee has completed the work. The winner will be invited to present their work in an award lecture at the WCB in Dublin.

Best Thesis Award 2018

The ESB is pleased to announce that Miguel Ángel Ariza Gracia has been awarded the ESB Best Thesis Award 2018 for his thesis entitled “Methods for characterising patient-specific corneal biomechanics.”

Student Award 2018

The 2018 Student Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the 4 finalists to compete for the 2018 ESB Student Award will be: Graeme Paul, Duncan Betts, Andrea Mainardi and Arsalan Marghoub.

Clinical Biomechanics Award 2018

The 2018 Clinical Biomechanics Award Committee is pleased to announced that the 4 finalists to compete for the 2018 Clinical Biomechanics Award will be: Philipp DammSónia Alves, Hans Kainz and Hai-Chao Han.

Travel award 2018

For the travel awards, the ESB is pleased to announce 28 travel award winners, as mentioned in the list below.

Alex Ireland, Aurélie Levillain, Chloe Audebert, Yin Chang, Surabhi Sonam, Johanna Melke, Alice Spenlehauer, Dominica Khoo, Kaj Emanuel, Giovanni Rossini, Daniela Warnecke, Pim Oomen, Florian Schall, Chrysovalantis Voutouri, Darshan Shah, Cristian Parisi, Selda Sherifova, Mark Heyland, Gabriele Nasello, Lorenzo Grassi, Steffi Van Hees, Amelie Sas, Sophie Le Cann, Gil Serrancolí, Simona Seminati, Matteo Selmi, Benjamin Delpuech, Filippo Piatti.

Follow the link for full details on the awarded researchers.

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Student’s corner

As every year, the Student Committee calls for ESB Mobility Award applications, and the deadline for the 2018 edition is May 31st ( The award consists in a cost-of-living allowance of 4.000 € that gives ESB students and early researchers (up to one year after the PhD defense) the opportunity to spend from two to six months abroad under the supervision of an ESB member research. It is a unique opportunity, don’t miss it!

Last year, Karen Mys, from KU Leuven used the Mobility Award to spend 4 months at the AO Research Institute (AO Foundation) in Davos and she has kindly agreed to share some words about her experience.

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Membership news

With our “spring cleaning”, those members who were in arrears with their membership fee were switched to “resigned” status (but they are still in time to redeem and rejoin the ESB!) Despite this cleaning, total membership is over 1300 (1328 members in total).

Also a very warm welcome to our new corporate member: Synopsys (more from them below).

Follow the link for the full list of new members.

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Treasurer’s news

The previous year 2017 has been very positive for the finances of the ESB, with a balance of nearly +47 000 Euro (this exceptionally high positive balance is partly due to amounts from 2016 being cashed in 2017).  The 2017 Financial Report has already been approved by the Financial Auditors, Monique Donkerwolcke and Paulo Fernandes.  The Treasurer and the ESB are extremely grateful for the careful and detailed revision they have carried out.  Projections for 2018 are for a stable financial situation this year.

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Society news

New affiliations:

The ESB is pleased to announce 2 new affiliation agreements, one with the Danish Society of Biomechanics and the second with the German Society for Biomechanics.

Follow the link for news of these and other affiliated society and ESB chapter meetings.

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Academic posts

Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Mechanisms of Concussion, University of Calgary.

The Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured Professor appointment as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mechanisms of Concussion.  Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.  The appointment date for the successful candidate is anticipated to be between January and July 2019.

The full job posting can be found here.

Corporate news

Introducing new corporate member: Synopsys

Synopsys news

Save Time and Increase Productivity with Simpleware Release N-2018.03

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Simpleware software, which includes many exciting new features and performance improvements for 3D image data visualization, processing, and model generation for FEA, CFD, and CAD applications.

The software is used by biomechanics researchers and analysts for tasks such as exploring patient-specific anatomies and evaluating medical devices through importing and positioning of CAD devices within the body.

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Corporate members of the ESB:

AMTI force and motion logo
Beta CAE logo
BoB Biomechanics logo
Materialise logo
Nobel Biocare logo