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Humans on the Move...
First Keynotes Announced

Speakers to "wow" you with

We have some incredible speakers lined up to present at the Congress and look forward to seeing them in Brisbane next year. In this edition of the Congress newsletters we meet Professor Jaap H. van Dieën and Professor Chwee Teck Lim.

Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture

The Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture is given to honor Professor Jürg Wartenweiler (1915-1976), first President of the ISB, who organized the First International Seminar on Biomechanics in Zürich, Switzerland (1967). The 2017 Wartneweiler recipient will be chosen by the ISB Conference organisers. The 2017 recipient is Professor Jaap H. van Dieën.

Professor Jaap H. van Dieen

About me

Jaap van Dieën currently is professor of biomechanics and head of the department of Human Movement Sciences at the ‘Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In addition, he is the director of MOVE-AGE an Erasmus Mundus funded joint doctorate program of three European universities on ageing and mobility. He leads a research group focusing on the neuromechanics of ageing and musculoskeletal and movement disorders. Read more...

Professor Chwee Teck Lim

About me

Professor Lim is a Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore. His interdisciplinary research interests include human disease mechanobiology and the development of cell mechanics based biomedical technologies for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy. Read more...


The Sunday Session Tutorials

As is customary with ISB Congress’s, ISB 2017 will host a day of ISB workshops on cutting edge topics presented by world leading researchers. Each workshop will run for approximately 2 hours, with two in parallel session in the morning and afternoon. They will be followed by the ISB Opening ceremony, the 2017 Wartenweiller Lecture and the Congress Welcome reception.

We are delighted to announce the first two presenters on Sunday 23 July.

Greg Sawicki

About me

Dr. Gregory S. Sawicki is an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds B.S. (’99) and M.S. (’01) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and the University of California-Davis, respectively. Read more...

Peter Hunter

About me

Peter Hunter completed his Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees at the University of Auckland before undertaking his DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford where he researched finite element modeling of ventricular mechanics. Read more...


Sit Up Call Abstracts

Have you had a look at the Congress program yet? We’ve got an excellent week planned which we guarantee will be jam packed with educational and inspiring sessions. And it’s only going to get bigger! Once the abstract submissions have been reviewed we’ll be working on populating the program further to give you the big picture on what to expect at the Congress.

To be a part of this impressive program mark your diary for 1 November and be sure to submit an abstract.

Visit the website for details and check back frequently for updates.


Biomechanics Around the World

During the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB 40), the team hosted an Australian function at Isaac Hunters Tavern in Raleigh. The evening was a resounding success and good Australian fun was had by all – a little taste of what is to come in 2017.

North America

The ISB ambassadors have been busily promoting and engaging with delegates across
North America.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of ASB40 and ISEK 2016 for your hospitality and support of ISB2017.


Come to Australia...The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the pride and joy of Australia and is the largest eco-system in the world. Made up of nearly 2,500 individual reefs and visible from space and stretched halfway down the eastern side of the country along the Queensland Coast. Cairns is the ideal city to begin a trip out to the reef but Townsville, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach all have great beaches and various tours that can take you out to enjoy the reef. Snorkelling and diving amongst the colourful fish and turtles that make the Great Barrier Reef their home is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Australia.

Great Barrier Reef


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

Congress Sponsors

Great Barrier Reef Partner




Deakin University


International Society of Biomechanics Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors


Koala Challenge

We have received some fantastic entries for the ISB 2017 Koala Challenge such as this image from Edward Wagner, from University of Southern California, who took our mascot to Hawaii atop the Haleakalā ("house of the sun") Volcano on the Island Maui at an altitude of 3,055m.

In excess of 5000 koalas have been distributed throughout Canada, Japan, Chile, North America and parts of Europe. Early in the New Year we will be loading all entries into the ISB 2017 APP for a Peoples Choice Award.

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.

To enter simply photograph your koala (pictured here) in a fun, creative or exotic/interesting location and email it together with the following details by 31 March 2017.

Each entry must include:

  • A photograph
  • Name of the location
  • Brief caption, and
  • Name, address, phone number and email address of entrant (you can do this by registering your expression of interest).

Good luck!


Expression of Interest

Join over 500 of your colleagues who have already signed on for updates on ISB 2017. 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. Registration opens next month.


Key Dates... Mark Your Diaries

Call for abstracts Open 1 November 2016
Registration Open 1 November 2016
Call for abstracts close 13 January 2017
Notification to Authors 28 February 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes 17 March 2017
ISB 2017 Congress 23-27 July 2017



Contact us

General Enquiries

Suellen Holland
Event Director, 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

Program enquiries

Emma Taylor
Program Manager and
Event Coordinator, 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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