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ESBiomech Spring Newsletter 2017


We are pleased to present the Spring 2017 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 –



Message from the President

In our last newsletter, I outlined some thoughts on the topic of scientific dissemination and the rapidly evolving publication landscape, with a shift from traditional subscription-based journal publication towards varying alternatives for open access publishing of our work. Open access is becoming more and more a requirement stipulated by research funding bodies, therefore it is particularly relevant and timely to explore these options as a society, however many questions remain on the “best” model of open access publication.

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23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, 2-5th July, Seville, Spain

The 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics will be held at the Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville. The building is located in the so-called “Isla de la Cartuja” (Cartuja´s Island), actually a peninsula between two branches of the Guadalquivir River. This “Island” was the location of the 1992 Universal Exposition and the venue occupies the former Central America´s Pavillion, which was refurbished to host the School of Engineering.

More than 600 abstracts have been submitted for review, including 27 Perspective Talks. The plenary speakers will be: Ellen Kuhl (University of Stanford), Walter Herzog (University of Calfary) and José Manuel García-Aznar (University of Zaragoza).

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ESB award announcements

Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics

The ESB is pleased to announce that Professor Lutz Claes has been awarded the Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics 2017. Prof Claes held the first chair in Biomechanics in Germany, and founded the Biomechanics Institute in Ulm. Moreover he was the founder of the German Society of Biomechanics, and has served as a board member of the ESB.

Best Thesis Award 2017

The ESB is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Grassi has been awarded the ESB Best Thesis Award 2017 for his thesis entitled “Femoral strength prediction using finite element models: validation of models based on CT and reconstructed DXA against full-field measurements.”

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Save the Date ESB 2018, Dublin

In 2018 the 24th Congress of ESB will join the World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB2018) in Dublin, Ireland. The Congress will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin from 8 – 12 July 2018.


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.


Endorsed Meeting announcements

HRV2017 – 52nd Human Response to Vibration Conference & Workshop
5-6 September 2017
Shrivenham, UK


7th International Conference on Computational Bioengineering (ICCB2017)
6-8 September 2017
Compiègne, France


ECCOMAS Thematic Conference “Multiscale Problems in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology”
11-13 September 2017
Vienna, Austria


3D Printing & Bio-printing in Healthcare
12 – 13 October 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany


icSPORTS 2017 – 5th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support
30-31 October 2017
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal


Other meetings


6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
9-13 July 2017, Paris, France


2017 International Workshop on Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
6-8 October 2017
Montreal, Canada


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Students’ corner

New ESB Student Committee

Following the call for the renewal of the ESB Student Committee in Fall 2016, we are pleased to welcome the new Committee. They are: Mrs Laura Baumgartner, Mr Miguel Ángel Ariza Gracia and Mr Edoardo Borgiani.

Student workshop at ESB 2017

The new student committee is happy to announce that a workshop for students entitled “Get prepared to apply to competitive postdoctoral fellowships”  will be held on Tuesday July 4th from 13:00 to 14:00, at the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, in Seville, Spain ( The workshop will focus on Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral individual fellowships that have became a gold standard in Europe.

Mobility award ESB 2017

We would like to remind you that the deadline to apply for the mobility award is 31st May!

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Stephen Ferguson (President of ESB) was nominated as an EAMBES fellow.

The European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) will organize its next conference 11-15 June 2017, Tampere, Finland,



Membership news

Total membership of ESB is well over 1000 (1084 members in total).

A very warm welcome to the 105 new members who have joined us since Autumn 2016:

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Treasurer’s report


Nearly 70% of our society members are in good standing, having paid their membership dues for 2017 at this time.  Thank you to all who have paid.  For those who have not yet paid, please consider this a gentle reminder to log onto the webpage to pay your dues.  PayPal is the preferred method of payment as this is quick and easy (Payment via PayPal updates your membership status instantaneously).  Alternatively, it is possible to pay by bank transfer.  Remember that only members in good standing qualify for a reduction in the registration fee for the ESB2017 conference in Seville, and to apply for one of the many ESB awards.

Several members have requested a receipt for their payment.  This is possible directly from your own individual member page.  After logging onto and navigating to your member page, you will find a list of all payments that you have made and a link beside each to produce a printable receipt.  If you require a specific address on the invoice for reimbursement (i.e. your business address), then you are encouraged to update your personal details to include the correct address as your primary contact.  You may also include an alternative address with your profile and choose at any time to which address your correspondence will be sent.

We have tried to make the payment process as straightforward as possible, but are open to any suggestions for improvement.


News from ESB National Chapters

ESB Italian Chapter

The Italian Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB-ITA) is pleased to announce the VII Annual Meeting to be held in Rome (Italy) in September 28-29, 2017. The Meeting will be held at the “Complesso Giubileo” of the University of Rome LUMSA, in the heart of the historic center of Rome.The VII Annual Meeting of ESB-ITA will comprise both a thematic symposium on ocular biomechanics and the general meeting.

ESB Spanish Chapter

The next annual meeting of the Spanish National Chapter will be embedded within the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville, from the 2nd to the 5th of July 2017. A special ESB session will highlight the best Spanish contributions and the chapter will hold its general assembly.


News from our members

Congratulations to ESB member and former President of the society Prof Ralph Müller who has been awarded an ERC Advanced Award. In his ERC project, Prof Müller aims to investigate which cell types are involved in bone adaptation and regeneration over the course of a lifetime and how these cells react to age-related change. Specifically, he wants to use genome sequencing of single cells to understand how molecular ageing processes under mechanical loads affect bone remodelling. In the future, this understanding may facilitate targeted exercise programmes within the context of personalised medicine to foremost prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures or at least heal them more quickly.

If you have some exciting news to share, please contact Mark Thompson –


Corporate news/contributions

Materialise Mimics Innovation Awards 2017

Acknowledging excellence in ‘Engineering on Anatomy’
Since 2005, Materialise has supported researchers and their cutting-edge work through the annual Mimics Innovation Awards (MIA). With this competition, researchers are given the chance to submit their most recent and important achievements through an online submission.

Winners will receive a monetary prize and a certificate for their accomplishments. Materialise is delighted to present the EMEA regional awards at the upcoming 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in Seville, Spain.

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Corporate members of the ESB:

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Beta CAE logo
BoB Biomechanics logo
Materialise logo
Nobel Biocare logo