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Technical Group on
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Election Results


The results of the election of officers which closed March 1, 1998 was as follows:


Ewald Hennig University of Essen, Germany



Gordon Valiant NIKE Sport Research Laboratory, Beaverton, USA.



Dirk de Clerq University of Gent,Belgium

Joe Hamill University of Massachussetts, USA

Yasunori Kaneko Mizuno Corporation, Osaka, Japan

Mario Lafortune NIKE Sport Research Laboratory, Beaverton, USA

Mark Lake Liverpool John Moore's University, UK

Keith Williams University of California, Davis, USA


Thanks to all those who participated in the election

Tokyo Symposium


The group's third Symposium on Footwear Biomechanics was held as a satellite meeting of the XVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics; at the Tokyo Metropolitan University, August 21-23, 1997. Sixty-four registered delegates listened to 32 presentations of original work and participated in several extended discussion sessions.

Unlike previous symposia, which have relied heavily on invited speakers, this meeting consisted almost entirely of original work that was submitted for peer review Sixty-four registered delegates listened to 32 presentations of original work and participated in several extended discussion sessions. The range of topics covered reflected broad interests from sophisticated new models and analytical methods to reports of experimental results that challenged existing paradigms. We were also challenged by the practitioners who have are trying to apply the science on a daily basis and came seeking answeres to fundamental questions.

.The Applied Research Prize, presented by Adidas international was won by Geza Kogler of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

The Basic Research Prize, presented by NIKE, Inc., was shared by Mark. Lake of Liverpool John Moores University, UK and Ian Wright of the Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada.

Socially, we enjoyed a generously catered Welcome Reception, courtesy of Mizuno Corporation which included a traditional sake barrel opening ceremony. We were also fortunate to have a tea house at the Symposium site and Kaneko-san arranged for everyone to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony as part of the final dinner.

More details , including abstracts of all the presentations can be found at our Tokyo'97 page.

Technical Section status

At a business meeting held during the Tokyo Symposium, there was a lengthy discussion about the future of the group. When the Working Group on Functional Footwear was first formed in Paris 1993, a stated goal was to seek the status of ISB Technical Group. During the intervening four years, the group has grown to a self-sustaining critical mass meaning that other alternatives, including that of forming a separate society were not out of the question. The only option not available was a maintenance of the status quo; casual, minimally democratic group with no formal structure or constitution. After a healthy discussion of all the alternatives, it was agreed unanimously that the group should apply to the ISB for recognition as a Technical Group. At their next meeting, also held in Tokyo, ISB Council voted unaimously to grant the group recognition as the "Technical Section on Footwear Biomechanics". We are now the ISB's third (and currently the largest) technical group.

Calgary '99

The Fourth Symposium on Footwear Biomechanics will be held as a satellite meeting of the next ISB Congress in Calgary, Canada, August 1999.

Darren Stefanyshyn of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary has kindly agreed to host the meeting. The meeting will take place prior to ISB and the most likely venue is Canmore, in the mountains west of Calgary. Transportation from Calgary will be available and we hope to be able to offer subsidised accomodation to students.

Watch this space for updates

Updated 9/27/97 by Martyn R. Shorten Ph.D.