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Speakers to "inspire" you

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 Melissa Knothe Tate and Adjunct Professor Mundred Al Muderis.

Professor Jaap H. van Dieen

About me

Dr. Melissa Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Melissa Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Dr. Knothe Tate joined the nascent field of orthopaedic mechanobiology two decades ago, as a student at Stanford University, where she earned dual B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering (1988). Read more...

Professor Chwee Teck Lim

About me

Munjed Al Muderis is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Notre Dame, Sydney and a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University. He has a passion for serving those in need, has lead to him to representing the Red Cross as an Ambassador, speaking for Amnesty International and UNHCR. Much of his time is devoted to his humanitarian causes as a public speaker advocating for human rights and equality for all. He also devotes a significant amount of his time nationally and internationally doing charity work and operating in under-priviledged countries. Read more...

The Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program of ISB 2017. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations and can be made via the Abstract Submission Portal.

The ISB2017 Congress is a world forum that covers all aspects of traditional biomechanics, including the areas of cellular biomechanics and mechanobiology through to wearable technologies, neurorehabilitation and human movement. As such the Congress will encompass all areas where mechanics relates to the human body for the improvement of the quality of life and physical well-being.

All abstracts must follow the abstract template and be submitted online by 13 January 2017. Please note that the closing date for abstract submissions will not be extended.

Submit your Abstract


Registration can be submitted by completing the online form below.

Register Here

The registration fee is all encompassing and includes catering across the duration of the ISB 2017 Congress, together with attendance at the social functions.

Registration Entitlements

  • Admission to all Congress keynotes, workshops and presentations
  • Admission to the Congress exhibition
  • Ticket to the Welcome Reception
  • Ticket to the Congress Banquet
  • Approved delegate materials
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea daily

Not a member of ISB yet? We encourage you to consider joining prior to registering. Membership is annual, renewable in January of each year, which is just around the corner. Should you join ISB before registering in 2017 your membership will be active until January 2018.

Association members derive many rewards and benefits from their membership including a reduction in the ISB2017 registration fees, eligibility to for awards and grants.



The ISB 2017 Congress secretariat has confirmed rooms at a selection of Brisbane hotels for the benefit of Congress delegates.

The hotels have been selected for their proximity to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. However, each venue has a benefit to the delegate providing you with a broad selection and choice to suit your accommodation needs whilst in Brisbane.

The apartment style facilities offer you a much larger space, ideal for long stays or if you are sharing with family or colleagues.

Hotel configurations are flexible and for the budget conscious the two bedroom apartments at Oaks Casino can be configured to 4 x single beds, allowing up to 4 people to cost share the apartment.

Accommodation Options
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

Joining Associate Professor Greg Sawicki  and Professor Peter Hunter, announced last issues, are two more exciting tutorials additions to the ISB Program.

They will be followed by the ISB Opening ceremony, the 2017 Wartenweiller Lecture with Professor Jaap van Dieën and the Congress Welcome reception.

Greg Sawicki

About me

François leads the laboratory “Movement, Interactions, Performance” and is Professor in Human Movement Sciences at the University of Nantes (France). He completed his PhD at the University of Aix-Marseille (France) in 2003.

After 6 years’ experience as Associate Professor at the University of Nantes, François was a Principal Research Fellow at the CCRE Spine (The University of Queensland, Australia) from 2013 to 2015, before returning to France in 2016. François develops a research program at the nexus of biomechanics and neurophysiology to address gaps in our understanding of muscle coordination in health and disease.

His recent achievements are particularly notable for the development of a method to estimate changes in individual muscle force using elastography. Coupled with neurophysiological approaches, the use of this novel experimental method has led to works that provide a deeper understanding of muscle coordination strategies in the presence of neuromuscular fatigue, acute and chronic pain. He has published over 120 refereed journal papers, supervised 5 PhD students to completion. He currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and is Academic Editor for PloS ONE. Read more...

Peter Hunter

About me

From a background in biomechanical engineering, the focus of my research is on how the soft tissues in the human body respond to mechanical loading – both those loads which cause injury and those which are part of normal function. I develop novel methods for measuring biomechanical properties and behaviour of soft tissues in humans, particularly using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and rheometry. I apply these techniques to study mechanisms of traumatic injury, disorders of cerebrospinal fluid flow in the brain and spinal cord, and obstructive sleep apnoea. Read more...


Come to Australia... Kakadu

Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. Kakadu covers almost 20,000 square kilometres – the extraordinary natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage of this land was recognised internationally in 1981 when it was first inscribed on the World Heritage list. Kakadu is one of the few World Heritage Areas that are listed for both their natural and cultural heritage. The park is jointly managed by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Northern Territory government.

There are many places of international interest to visit in Australia, our beaches, the outback, the bush, the rainforests and the reefs but whatever your plans on your trip south remember…. Australia its really BIG, so plan to spend a few extra days.

Australia is big


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

For a list of the International Society of Biomechanics Sponsors visit


Koala Challenge

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!




Contact us

General Enquiries

Suellen Holland
Event Director, ISB 2017 Secretariat
c/-ICMS Australasia
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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