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Happy Holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching we take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and enjoyable season. For those of us in the southern hemisphere this period is traditionally warm, if not sweltering hot and tropical, with many families heading to the coastal beaches or finding somewhere cool and relaxing away from the blazing sun.

Our staple celebratory foods usually consist of anything from a cold seafood delights such as prawns and bugs (of the Moreton Bay or Balmain varieties), or an Aussie BBQ with snags and steaks; to hot roasted meal with all the trimmings. In other words – like all things Australian - anything goes.

Whatever you and your loved ones are doing throughout the festive period, we would like to wish everyone a very happy end to 2015 and a successful new year.


ISB 2017 Awards and Grants

In the lead up to ISB2017 we will be announcing the Awards and Grants available to members of the ISB, APAB and ANZSB. Members of the International Society of Biomechanics will be familiar with the award such as the Promising Scientist Award and David Winter Young Investigator Award. To be eligible for these opportunities you must be a member of the association. ISB membership is annual, renewable in January of each year, which is just around the corner.

Association members derive many rewards and benefits from their membership including a reduction in the ISB2017 registration fees.


Bright Beautiful Brisbane

A visit to Brisbane is a chance to immerse yourself in the very best of Australia. We encourage you to arrive a little earlier or stay a little longer to discover what Brisbane and its spectacular surrounds offer you.

Brisbane’s lifestyle is marked by South Bank’s inner-city beach, lush parklands and culture-rich precinct housing Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Australia boasts over 11,011km of coastal beaches however, the only beach in the middle of the city, is located within minutes of the Congress venue at of South Bank.

Brisbane is built on the banks of a gently winding river, a compact and walkable city where you will find a surprise around every corner. Including several memorial stones commemorating alignments between Brisbane and her sister cities.


Asia Pacific - Friendships in Stone

Announcing the Yamaguchi Medal

The purpose of the Yamaguchi Medal is to encourage promising young researchers at the early stage of their career in the field of biomechanics. It is named in honour of the founding president, Professor Takami Yamaguchi, and was established in 2015 based on his kind donation. The Yamaguchi Medals will be awarded to individuals who excel in their research.

Five Yamaguchi Medals will be awarded during the biennial Asian-Pacific Conference of Biomechanics. Are you eligible contact the

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Key Dates... Mark Your Diaries

Call for abstracts Open 1 November 2016
Registration Open 1 November 2016
Call for abstracts close 13 January 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes 17 March 2017
ISB 2017 Congress 23-27 July 2017


Koala Challenge

In the lead up to ISB 2017 the organising committee and its ambassadors will be distributing koalas worldwide.

Where are all the koalas going? We would like to find out...

Email your image of the ISB 2017 Koala Mascot, to and go into the draw to win a complimentary full delegate registration including the Congress dinner and five night's accommodation at a fabulous Congress hotel NEXT.

Total prize value $3,000.

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We’ll be handing out more koalas at upcoming ISB events in the lead up to the Congress – including the XXI ISEK Congress, July 5-8, 2016 in Chicago, IL, USA and 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, August 2 - 5, 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and the so be sure to look out for us.


Travel Grants - A report from Glasgow

To be eligible for an ANZSB travel grant to support your attendance at ISB2017, you need to be a student member or early career researcher member of ANZSB. Details of the 2017 travel grant will be available at the time of ISB2017 abstract acceptance. To become a member of ANZSB please visit

A report on ISB2015 from our ANZSB travel award recipient, Brent Raiteri. I was fortunate enough to receive the ANZSB travel award to attend the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) congress in Glasgow.

The port city of Glasgow was the first in the UK to host an ISB conference and this coincided nicely with the 50th Birthday of its Bioengineering Unit at Strathclyde. The 25th biennial conference was the largest yet, with roughly 650 podium presentations and 400 posters (I’m sure that this will be met or even surpassed when ISB comes to sunny Brisbane in 2017!).

This was my first experience in the UK and coming from a Brisbane winter I naively expected hotter weather, but found myself wearing more layers here than at home (another shameless plug to promote Brisbane). Luckily, this motivated me to get to the conference during the day and witness some exceptional talks and posters and enjoy the company of fellow students and leading biomechanics researchers. I felt that my talk on the feasibility of 3D ultrasound for quantifying muscle strains was well received in the lower limb session on the Monday morning – ironically, I was in the same session and presented before James Forsyth, which was identical to the ABC9 conference in Wollongong in 2014.

The talk that stood out for me was presented by Bart Bolsterlee and compared measurements of medial gastrocnemius muscle architecture from ultrasound to diffusion tensor images. With the increasing use of ultrasound it is great to see that researchers are trying to validate its use. Not only did the conference provide excellent networking opportunities through a welcome reception, golf day and farewell party, but there was ample time to discuss research over delicious brews and White Russians at Lebowskis (the photo shows some regulars – thanks to Rob Herbert, Lauri Stenroth and Liz Clarke for their permission to include it). Personally, I would like to thank the ANZSB for the funding to attend such a wonderful conference and for the efforts of those involved in organising the social event on the Tuesday! Guid cheerio the nou (goodbye in Glaswegian).


Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

An exciting range of sponsorship opportunities, including keynote speakers and workshops, has been developed to ensure a successful outcome for business and sponsor involvement. We encourage your participation at ISB2017. A prospectus will be available online soon, in the meantime if you are interested in the exciting opportunities visit the website for details or contact


Expression of Interest

Visit the website to keep up to date about ISB 2017. To register your interest in the International Society of Biomechanics 2017 complete the expression of interest form.


Contact us

Sponsorship & exhibition enquiries

Suellen Holland
ISB 2017 Secretariat
c/-ICMS Australasia
ISB2017 Sponsorship and Exhibition
PO Box 3599
Brisbane Qld 4101
Tel: +61 (0) 7 3255 1002
Fax: +61 (0) 7 3255 1004

General enquiries

Emma Taylor
ISB 2017 Secretariat
c/-ICMS Australasia
PO Box 3599,
Brisbane Qld 4101
Tel: +61 7 3255 1002
Fax: +61 7 3255 1002

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