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    Biomechanics in the Decade of the Bone & Joint: A European Biomechanics‘Event’
    Brussels on 28-29 April 2002
    Erasme Campus - Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

    BioNet: Strategic Development of European Networks in Biomechanics
    BioNet is funded by the European Commission under the Information Society
    Technologies Programme. It is due to commence in September 2001, subject to
    final contract negotiations.
    The Event is a central activity of the project, but the project will
    continue until the end of 2002, with a view to providing on-going support
    for activities engendered by the Event and to provide a forum for on-going
    discussions provoked by the Event.
    This support will take place in collaboration with relevant professional
    It is hoped to form several coherent Working Groups to take forward aspects
    that Event participants identify as having the greatest contemporary
    Organised support will also be given to the emergence of research networks
    or other research consortia.
    This is important in the context of Framework VI.
    By these means, it is hoped that the diverse and multidisciplinary facets
    of European biomechanics can achieve enhanced coherence and thus make a
    significant impact on the important problems of the day.
    BioNet is closely associated with another project funded by the EC, VAKHUM,
    which will conclude just prior to the Event. VAKHUM will provide a rich new
    source of high-quality data to the biomechanics community.
    Further details of this data will be made public in the near future to be
    placed on the VAKHUM mailing list, email Sara Martin at

    PURPOSE The Event is a ‘one-off’ forum for the strategic development of
    biomechanics in Europe and is organised by the BioNet project .
    It is specifically designed to be different from a conventional conference
    and will provide a unique contemporary overview of biomechanics in Europe.

    SCOPE The main focus of the organised activities will be computational
    biomechanics, though the content will not be restricted to this area. All
    participants will be able to present their work, from any fields within
    biomechanics, in a poster session and to raise issues of importance to them
    during other sessions. Any European biomechanics work can be presented as a
    poster, subject to minor quality constraints.

    The philosophy of the Event is to be inclusive. All who have an interest in
    biomechanics in Europe should attend whether they come from industry,
    medicine, research, universities, charities, etc.
    It will:
    - review the state of the art and present keynote addresses using
    internationally-renowned speakers
    - bring together all work on biomechanics in Europe
    - provide a unique perspective on the current status of European biomechanics.
    Areas with the greatest promise for future development will be addressed by
    keynote speakers.
    Participants can raise contentious issues these can then be re-addressed in
    the panel sessions.
    The Event aims for high participation and low cost.
    Fees are deliberately being kept low:
    - biomechanics professionals from Central & Eastern Europe should be able
    to attend in numbers
    - attractive for PhD students, the next generation of researchers.

    Final contract negotiations are currently being completed for BioNet, so
    all content in this leaflet is provisional.
    Session titles are given in the ‘Contents’ column. Many highly-respected
    international figures have already promised presentations.

    Full details of the programme will be available on the BioNet Web site
    later in 2001.
    To be kept informed, please put your name on the BioNet mailing list.

    State-of-the-art summaries: world-renowned figures will set the tone for
    the Event and identify broad challenges facing the biomechanics community
    Keynote addresses by invited international speakers: thought-provoking,
    challenging and controversial
    Parallel review sessions: to encapsulate particular areas, providing a
    summary of the current state of the art and indicating immediate and future
    ‘Get it off your chest’ session: an opportunity to air controversial views
    from the floor
    Panel sessions: questions set in advance (to provide a coverage of
    strategic issues) and live from the floor
    Poster session: available to all participants, subject to certain
    constraints on quality; a snapshot of the current state of European
    biomechanics; posters will be included in the published summary of the Event
    ‘Birds of a feather’ meetings: meet like-minded workers
    Partner search meetings: seek out participants with expertise that you
    would value
    Conclusion & review: an open forum for reflection, drawing conclusions, and
    deciding how to take things forward
    Industrial displays: displays by SMEs will be especially welcomed
    Educational displays: displays of innovative materials and methods for
    educational purposes
    Publishers’ stands: latest biomechanics publications will be available for
    viewing & purchase

    For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact:
    Prof. G J Clapworthy
    Dept. of Computer & Information Sciences,
    De Montfort University,
    Hammerwood Gate, Kents Hill,
    Milton Keynes MK7 6HP, United Kingdom
    email :

    Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
    Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
    via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy
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