Welcome to the 39th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports 2021, to be held virtually in Canberra, Australia, 3rd-7th of September 2021.


Abstract submissions have been extended until the 14th of May



Dear ISBS Colleagues,

It is with great regret that the ISBS Executive Council and ISBS 2021 conference hosts have had to make the decision that, for the second year running, our conference will not be able to take place physically onsite. We were optimistic that by moving the conference to later in the year, there may be a chance of a traditional, in person conference but unfortunately, it now seems clear that this will not be possible due to the ongoing travel restrictions around Covid-19.
By taking this decision now, we have a good amount of time to plan and prepare for a fully virtual conference to take place in September 2021. We are excited that this conference will build on the huge success of our recent mid-year symposium, which took place virtually and provided excellent opportunity for discussion of ideas around sports biomechanics as well as the opportunity to meet and speak with other members of our society.

We are hoping to be able to offer the online conference for either no or a minimal registration fee for ISBS members. Full details surrounding registration, the conference structure, scientific and social programmes and paper submission will be available soon via the conference (www.isbs2021.org) and society websites.

Whilst it is a great disappointment to not be able to have our physical conference take place for the second year running, we are certain that the enthusiasm of our members and strength of our society will allow an excellent fully virtual conference to take place without the health risks and approval challenges associated with international travel. Thank you to the ISBS 2021 organizers and ISBS leadership who are working on this important virtual conference and our conference proceedings.
Best regards for health and safety,

Duane Knudson
ISBS President

Why the AIS and UC



The University of Canberra’s (UC) ambition is to become regarded as Australia’s leading university for sport education and research. To do so, it aims to become internationally renowned for its collaborations, innovation and technology which positively impact on sport performance and active living. Within close proximity to UC lie federal and state government departments, the Australian Sport Commission and the Australian Institute ofSport (AIS) who provide the Australian sporting landscape with purpose and direction. Canberra and the region boasts numerous professional and amateur sporting clubs; it is a city designed with sport in mind.

The UC Brumbies super 15 rugby club and the UC Capitals national women’s basketball teams are based on campus in a purpose-built Sport Commons which includes state-of-the art training, support and administration facilities as well as sport-related teaching and research laboratories.



The AIS Movement Science discipline contains 5 laboratories comprising approximately 1600m2 of floor space, including two biomechanics laboratories, a 100m 6 lane indoor track, a performance analysis laboratory – the “Collaboratory”, and a skill acquisition laboratory – the “Learnatorium”. A range of computer, scientific, engineering and analytical technologies and techniques are used across these laboratories. The indoor track is used to collect kinetic and kinematic data relating to athlete performances in the Paralympic and/or Olympic Athletic disciplines of walk, sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps. This area is also used for Gait analysis in collaboration with the sports medicine and physical therapy disciplines at the AIS.

A range of athletes across various sports benefit from clinical services and research projects regarding footwear, lower limb technique and loading patterns.


our team

  • Nick Brown


  • Celeste Coltman


  • Cody Lindsay

    Student Representative

  • Wayne Spratford


  • John Warmenhoven