Biophysical Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 671–672 | Cite as

Introduction to the European Society of Biomechanics

  • María Angeles PérezEmail author
  • ESB Council

The European Society of Biomechanics (ESB; was founded at a meeting of 20 scientists from 11 countries in Brussels on May 21, 1976. Biomechanics was defined as “the study of forces acting on and generated within a body and of the effects of these forces on the tissues, fluids or materials used for diagnosis, treatment or research purposes.” The primary goal of the ESB was formulated as “to encourage, foster, promote and develop research, progress and information concerning the science of Biomechanics.”

Those present at this first meeting were selected to be the founding members, and a first council was formed under the presidency of Dr. John Scales (University of London, UK). Statutes and bylaws were drafted under the directorship of the first secretary-general, Dr. Franz Burny (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium). The statutes were approved under French law and registered in Strasbourg. A first scientific meeting and general assembly of the membership was held in...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Multiscale in Mechanical and Biological Engineering, Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Aragón Institute of Engineering ResearchZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (IIS Aragón)ZaragozaSpain

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