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Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award

The 'Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award' recognizes excellence in early career research. This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has excelled in their early research career (2-5 years post PhD) and has embodied the ISBS philosophy of applied science and 'bridging the gap'. The winner is invited to present their research in a keynote lecture at the ISBS annual conference.

Award Criteria:
  • The applicant must be a current full member of ISBS, must have been a member for the past three consecutive years or more (e.g. in the year 2024, the applicant must have been a member during 2021-2023), and must not have won the Hans Gros Emerging Research Award previously.
  • The applicant must be within two to five calendar years of graduating with a PhD at the time of that year’s annual conference. A maximum of one additional year of eligibility can be granted by the Awards Committee due to a significant career interruption.
  • The applicant must have a record of successful research esteem and publications.
  • A letter of support from an established researcher in the field of Sports Biomechanics who is a current ISBS member. The letter should include a clear statement that they supports the application for the ISBS Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award. The letter must accompany the application form.
  • The applicant must have presented (oral or poster) at least once at an ISBS conference.
  • The applicant, if selected, is expected to attend the closing ceremony and closing banquet for that year’s annual conference.
  • The applicant, if selected, is expected to submit a scientific review article of an aspect of their presented work for publication in ‘Sports Biomechanics’ within 6 months of the award.
Submission Process:

The applicant must submit an application form (available here), 250-word abstract, and supporting documentation to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


January 31st

Further Information available on Page 10-12 of the Policy Manual for The Vice President of Awards of ISBS


Dr John Warmenhoven

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Milwaukee, USA Over 30 years of functional data analysis in human movement: What do we know, and is there more for sports biomechanics to learn?

Dr Marion Mundt

University of Western Australia, Australia

Liverpool, UK

On-field motion analysis: repurposing motion capture datasets and training machine learning models to bring the lab to the field.


Dr. Gregory Tierney

Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Canberra, Australia Concussion biomechanics and head acceleration exposure in sport: Can we develop player protection strategies without compromising the dynamics of the game?

Dr. Gillian Weir

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA


ACL injury prevention in team sports: biomechanically informed approaches and applications

Available to view  on the ISBS YouTube Channel here.


Dr. Laura Anne Furlong

Loughborough University, UK

Oxford, Ohio, USA Measuring Muscle in Motion: Implications and Challenges for Applied Sports Biomechanics

Dr. Steffen Willwacher

German Sport University of Cologne, Germany

Auckland, New Zealand

Sports equipment: How the transformation from passive to digital systems opens new doors and puts new demands on sports biomechanists.


Dr. Pedro Mororço

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal

Cologne, Germany Novel Insights into an old methodology: Upgrading the use of tethered swimming.

Dr. Cyril Donnelly

University of Western Australia
Tsukuba, Japan Bridging the nexus between simulation and injury prevention research

Dr. Kimi Sato

East Tennesse State University, USA

Poitiers, France Measuring bilateral asymmetry in a long term athlete monitoring
2014 Dr. Neil Bezodis

St Mary's University, UK
Johnson City, TN, USA Integrating research and practice with a view to enhancing sports performance: examples from sprint acceleration
2013 Dr. Daniel Fong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong, China
Taipei, Taiwan Investigating and preventing sport-related ankle sprain injury