The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) is proud to support a number of Technical Groups with special interests in biomechanics. Each of these Technical Groups operates their own events in association with the ISB congress. The global pandemic has certainly changed some of the Technical Group plans, with some being postponed and others moving to virtual events. Below we have provided an update of the status of events for all Technical Groups, and the ISB Council encourages all ISB members to consider attending any of the following Technical Group events that are having events in the coming months.

3D Analysis of Human Movement
Virtual conference - 25-28 May

Footwear Biomechanics Group
Virtual symposium, satellite meeting before ISB 2021 - 21-23 July

Technical Group on Computer Simulation
Virtual symposium, satellite meeting before ISB 2021 - 21-23 July

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International
Virtual symposium incorporated within main ISB conference - 25-29 July

Motor Control Group
Virtual symposium incorporated within main ISB conference - 25-29 July

International Shoulder Group
Postponed to 2022

Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics
Postponed to 2022; offering student grant-in-aid awards in 2021

3D Analysis of Human Movements (3DAHM)

The XVI International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement (3D-AHM 2021) will be held virtually from May 25-28, 2021. The goal of the 3-D AHM symposium is to provide the best scientific and technical forum for investigators of human motion. The ISB 3D-AHM group explores human movement analysis by improving the technologies (instruments, techniques, algorithms, methods, protocols, models, etc.) and by translating these technologies to various scientific fields and clinical applications. The theme of the 2021 symposium is “From Data to Discovery: Evidence-Based Approaches,” which continues to remind us that sound scientific hypotheses, validated tools/ technology/protocols, and proven data evidence are critical elements to our discovery of new knowledge and applications. The symposium will be a fantastic event where scientists, engineers, clinicians and technology leaders as well as students can share their latest research and ground-breaking developments in human movement analysis. We look forward to meeting you in Ames!

Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG)

Next to the oral short presentations, we will have an exciting program. There will be three keynotes, one by Sebastian Coe (two times Olympic champion and President of World Athletics), one by Dr. Rasmus Ostergaard Nielssen (Footwear, sports injuries and causality), and one by Prof. Rana Hinman (Footwear to manage knee osteoarthritis). The Round Table discussion this year will cover the topic of performance enhancing shoes: what are they and do we want them? For the students, we will offer two time slots to discuss with researchers from the industry about perspectives and requirements to work in the industry. Finally, there will be two time slots for presentations and discussions about the latest possibilities in 3D kinematics by one of our conference sponsors. All oral presentations will be recorded and made available to those that cannot listen to the live presentation due to the different time zones. Besides the scientific program, there will be many possibilities for you for personal interaction with colleagues and friends.

Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS)

The 18th biennial symposium is a scientific and technical meeting for investigators and students in all areas of computer simulation in biomechanics, especially human movement, motor control, and robotics related to biomechanics. The symposium provides a forum for extensive exchange of information related to new computer simulation approaches in biomechanics (methods, software, hardware and applications), including special demonstration sessions during the symposium.

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI)

The hand and wrist represent one of the most challenging structures in the study of biomechanics, as well as in the evaluation of many biomechanical principles. Hand and wrist biomechanics have been somewhat underdeveloped in comparison to mainstream biomechanics research over the past century. While numerous biomechanical studies have been initiated by surgeons and engineers, collaborative efforts among scientists and clinicians are required for continuing progression in research and further improvement of treatment modalities and outcomes. The 2021 HWBI symposium within the 2021 ISB conference will continue our tradition of reporting on the latest research in the field of hand and wrist biomechanics.

Motor Control Group (MCG)

We are pleased to announce that our next event will be held in conjunction with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) 2021 virtual meeting and will include: world-renowned invited speakers; oral and poster sessions in motor control; a panel debate session on muscle force sharing measurement and prediction; a panel debate session on peer review.
Two $250 ISB-sponsored Student Awards will be provided to students who have submitted their abstract to the Motor Control track. The winners will have the opportunity to present their work (either as an oral or poster presentation) during the conference. Please apply here before 28 May 2021:
We look forward to seeing you all at this event and at our following symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics that will be held in conjunction with the XIX Congress of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics (CBB) on September 17th, 17:00 pm – 20:00 pm GMT-3. For details of these events, check our website at

Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics (CNB)

In 2021, CNB will be offering Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Awards to graduate students in support of their research in the field of comparative neuromuscular biomechanics. We will also consider applications to conduct student outreach activities that further diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to the field of comparative neuromuscular biomechanics. Two awards will be granted at a value of $500 USD each. Awards are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs who are active members of CNB. Non-members must become members to be eligible. (Note that there is currently no membership fee for CNB). The membership form can be found here: Join
The application cover form can be downloaded at the CNB website here: CNB Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Application Form