The largest ever congress of the International Society of Biomechanics – ISB 2017 – was held in Brisbane.
Published: 1 August, 2017
Queensland’s world leading research in the field of Biomechanics was on show as more than 1,200 of the world’s foremost scientists descended on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from 23 – 27 July for the International Society of Biomechanics – IBS 2017.
Professor Andrew Cresswell, President of the International Society of Biomechanics and Head of School, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago, to ensure the biomechanics community would have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues in the Asia Pacific Region.
“With more than 80 per cent of delegates from over 50 countries, with one third from the Asia Pacific, the aim of hosting a truly international congress has been achieved,” he said.
Professor Cresswell said early feedback from delegates on the scientific program, which covered many aspects of biomechanics from cell and tissue biomechanics to wearable technologies for human and animal movement, was extremely favourable.
A taste of Australia
BCEC’s award winning Chefs showcased Queensland’s fresh produce throughout the congress. Delegates enjoyed Queensland’s famous Mooloolaba spanner crabs and prime Warwick milk fed rack of lamb, alongside Vegemite scrolls, lamingtons and pumpkin scones.
A motivated and united Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing together with the strong collaboration of Brisbane’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, are being hailed as the prime reasons for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.
BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre was honoured to have worked with Brisbane’s three universities to win the bid and to have welcomed the international biomechanics fraternity to Brisbane.
“This reinforces the great outcomes for the city when Brisbane stakeholders work together to present a united front to attract these major international conferences.”