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Geoffrey Dyson Lecturer

According to John Disley, one of Geoffrey Dyson's favorite pupils, "He devoted his life to making coaching a science and to exposing the charlatan whose only effective advice was "Do it again, but harder".The Geoffrey Dyson Award of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports recognizes sport scientists who, throughout their professional careers, bridge the gap between biomechanics research and practice in sport. It is the most prestigious award of ISBS because it is a recognition of individuals who embody and carry out the primary purposes of the Society. The recipient of the Geoffrey Dyson Award delivers a keynote lecture on the opening night of the ISBS annual conference.

Award Criteria:
  • • The candidate must have an international reputation in the field of sports biomechanics.

    • The candidate must have demonstrated a commitment to the applied nature of Sports Biomechanics and an ability to communicate with both the researcher and the practitioner.

    • The candidate should be a supporter of ISBS and its primary purposes. Membership and/or direct engagement at conferences/symposia is preferred although not essential.

    • A condition of acceptance shall be that the candidate delivers personally the Geoffrey Dyson Lecture at the ISBS conference in the following year. The content of the Geoffrey Dyson Lecture must be relevant to an ISBS audience.

    • The applicant, if selected, is expected to submit a scientific review article of their presented work, or some aspects of it, for publication in ‘Sports Biomechanics’ within 6 months of the award. Upon receipt of the award, the applicant will receive an invite for paper submission from the EIC of Sports Biomechanics, and the EIC will then coordinate the submission and review process in line with standard journal policies.

Nomination Process:

Members can nominate a candidate by sending a letter of support (maximum of 4 pages) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining the research profile and major achievements of the candidate in line with the award criteria listed above. The nominator must also provide a CV of the candidate. The letter of support or CV should also include the candidate’s contact details.


The letter of support and CV must both be submitted to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 30th of April.

Further information is available on pages 13-16 of the Manual for Awards of ISBS.







Dr Jill McNitt-Gray

University of Southern California, USA

Milwaukee, USA TBC

Dr João Paulo Vilas-Boas

University of Porto, Portugal

Liverpool, UK Swimming biomechanics: from the pool to the lab... and back

Dr Julie Steele

University of Wollongong, Australia

Canberra,  Australia Long-term lessons learned in biomechanics

 Dr David Lloyd 

Griffith University, Australia


The future's in-field sports biomechanics: wearables plus modelling compute real-time in vivo tissue loading to prevent and repair musculoskeletal injuries

Available to view  on the ISBS YouTube Channel here.

Dr. Michiyoshi Ae
Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Oxford, Ohio, USA The next steps for expanding and deepening sport biomechanics

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Dr Hermann Schwameder

University of Salzburg

Auckland, New-Zealand Moving on slopes: Issues and challenges from a biomechanical perspective
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Dr. Walter Herzog

University of Calgary

Cologne, Germany  From Medals to Muscles to Molecules and back to Medals

Dr Patria Hume

Auckland University of Technology

Tsukuba, Japan Motion Matters!


Dr. Richard Smith

University of Sydney, Australia

Poitiers, France

Generating and applying knowledge in sports biomechanics: examples from rowing and running


Dr. Drew Harrison

University of Limerick, Ireland

Johnson City, TN, USA

Applications of functional data analysis in sport biomechanics


Dr. David Kerwin

Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Taipei, Taiwan

Half a century in sports biomechanics: bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners


Dr. Gideon Ariel

Ariel Dynamics, San Diego, CA, USA

Melbourne, Australia

Biomechanics from the Big Bang to the Cloud


Dr. Youlian Hong

Chengdu Sports University, China

Porto, Portugal

Tai Chi: Movement Characteristics and Prevention of Falls


Dr. Barry Bates

University of Oregon, USA

Marquette, MI, USA

Accommodating strategies for preventing chronic lower extremity injuries


Dr. Albert Gollhofer

University of Freiburg, Germany

Limerick, Ireland

Functional role of proprioceptive feedback in balance and in reactive movement


Dr. Maurice Yeadon

Loughborough University, UK

Seoul, Korea

Applications of Modelling to the improvement of sports technique


Dr. Ross Saunders

Edinburgh University, UK

Ouro Preto, Brazil

Rock and roll rhythms in swimming


Dr. Joseph Hamill

University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Salzburg, Austria

Overuse injuries in running: Do complex analyses help our understanding?


Dr. Roger Bartlett

University of Otago, New Zealand

Beijing, China

Future Trends in Sports Biomechanics


Dr. Benno Nigg

University of Calgary, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

Impact forces and injury - a new paradigm



None awarded (due to cancelled conference)




Dr. Jesus Dapena

Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Caceres, Spain

The Evolution of High Jumping Technique: Biomechanical Analysis


Dr. Peter Cavanagh

Penn State University, University Park, USA

San Francisco, USA

Biomechanics on The International Space Station: The Past, Present, And Future


Dr. Bruce R. Mason

Australian Insitute of Sport, Canberra, Australia

Hong Kong, China

Providing a service to an elite national sports programme


Dr. James Hay

Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Perth, Australia

The takeoff in the long jump and other running jumps


Dr. Herbert Hatze

Department of Biomechanics, University of Vienna, Austria

Konstanz, Germany

Biomechanics of Sports - Selected Examples of Successful Applications and Future Perspectives


Dr. Pekka Luhtanen

Research Institute for Olympic Sports, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Denton, TX, USA

How Biomechanics Research Can Help the Coach


Dr. David A. Winter

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Total Body Kinetics: Our Diagnostic Key to Human Movement


Dr. Patrick J. Bishop

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay, Canada

Biomechanics of Cervical Quadriplegia. A Review


Dr. Gert-Peter Bruggemann

Institute for Athletics and Gymnastics, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany

Siofok, Hungary

Biomechanical Considerations on Jumping in Sports - An Approach to a Fundamental Understanding


Dr. Doris I. Miller

University of Western Ontario, Canada

Amherst, MA, USA

The Challenge of Communicating with Coaches by Computer


Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Central Institute of Physical Culture, Moscow, Russia and Pennsylvania State University, USA

Milano, Italy

Biomechanical Basis of Strength Training


Dr. Elizabeth Roberts

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Ames, IA, USA

Tracking Velocity in Motion



None awarded

Prague, Czechoslovakia



Dr. Bruce Elliott

University of Western Australia, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Biomechanics: Its Role in Sports Performance


Dr. Marlene Adrian

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Bozeman, MT, USA

Quasars and Quintessence


Dr. Gerhard Hochmuth

Research Institute for Physical Culture and Sport, Leipzig, GDR

Athens, Greece

Biomechanical Movement Analysis Regarding the Aspect of Energy Input