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ISBS Women in Sports Biomechanics Event

The ISBS Women in Sports Biomechanics Event is restricted to ISBS Members only.

Support for women in our society is increasingly important. In this first ISBS Women in Sports Biomechanics (online) event during the ISBS 2020 virtual conference, women from various stages in their careers (students, senior academics and industry) will discuss and share their journey in biomechanics. This event will take place at 12:00 BST on Thursday July 23rd.

Registration for this event is now closed.



Dr Kong Pui Wah (Veni) is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor (Physical Education and Sports Science) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She obtained her PhD in computer simulation modelling at Loughborough University and had worked at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before moving to Singapore. Dr Kong currently serves as an Associate Editor for Sports Biomechanics and Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and an editorial board member for Research in Sports Medicine.



Speaker Panel:​

Senior Academic:


Prof. Benedicte Vanwanseele received her PhD from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004. After academic positions at the University of Sydney and the University of  Applied Sciences Eindhoven, Prof. Vanwanseele is currently associate professor in the Human Movement Biomechanics research group at the KULeuven. She developed her own, independent research initiatives, published at a relatively high rate, attracted grant funding and supervises currently 7 PhD students. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Sports Biomechanics. Three career interruptions (twice maternity leave and a job interruption due to a move overseas) led to a period of lower academic productivity and some challenges to return to the academic competitive field. 


Early Career Researcher:


Dr Laura-Anne Furlong obtained her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2014. This research focused on the assessment of plantarflexor muscle function during stretch-shortening cycle task. During this time, she provided sport science and sports medicine support to the Irish Hockey Association. Laura-Anne is currently a Research Associate at Loughborough University and was appointed as a Vice Chancellor’s Lecturer in Biomechanics in December 2015. She is a Fellow of ISBS and was the first female recipient of the ISBS Hans Gros Emerging Researcher in 2019. 


PhD Candidate and Sport Biomechanist: 


Danielle Trowell completed her research honours degree while working as a Graduate Scholar at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in 2016. She is currently a PhD Candidate with Deakin University and the AIS. Additionally, Dani is an Associate lecturer of Biomechanics in a joint role between Deakin University and the Victorian Institute of Sport and provides sports science servicing for Athletics Australia. 


Industry Representative:


Dr Kim Duffy joined Vicon in 2017 as a Support Engineer, and in May 2018 assumed the role of Life Sciences Product Manager. Additionally, Kim is a research fellow at the University of Essex in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. Kim developed an interest in biomechanics from a young age due to her keen participation in sports. Kim’s football career started when she was a child, at Sheffield Wednesday Ladies FC. Since then Kim has had several football knee injuries (including ACL), resulting in lots of rehabilitation and a fascination with biomechanics. Kim’s PhD from the University of Essex focused on using a Vicon motion capture system to explore the effects of age on gait and functional movement characteristics in older adult populations. Kim also holds a first class Bachelor’s Honours degree in Sports Science (Biomechanics) and a Masters in Biomechanics of Gait and Posture from Liverpool John Moores University. Building on years of academic research and innovation, Kim’s focus is on the introduction and growth of Vicon products, as they relate to the Life Sciences field, for example, to healthcare, sports biomechanics and injury.


Applied Sport Representative:    

Rachel Balkovec

Rachel Balkovec is a minor league hitting coach with the New York Yankees. She is the first woman to hold that title in the history of professional baseball and is joining 3 other women that will be in uniform this season in various roles. She joined the Yankees after completing her second master’s degree in biomechanics and statistics in The Netherlands. While in Amsterdam, she served as an assistant hitting coach for The Netherlands national softball and baseball programs. Previously, she was in several roles with the Houston Astros’ strength and conditioning department. She has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, and a master’s degree in Sport Administration from Louisiana State University.



 To register for this event please submit your details here, deadline for registration is July 17th.

ISBS Mothers Cafe

The ISBS Mothers Cafe Event is restricted to ISBS Members only.

The juggling of carer responsibilities with work has become an even larger challenge for some women, making it difficult to remain connected to our society. Whilst we can’t physically help with the daily burden, we can support each other during this lifetime event by staying connected. Join Liz Bradshaw (mother of an 8 year old) and Ina Janssen (mother of a 6 and 3 year old) online for an informal event with other ISBS mothers during the ISBS 2020 virtual conference. Bring along your coffee, tea, wine, water or anything else to discuss and share ways the society can support you. Kids are also welcome to make an appearance! This event will take place at 08:00 BST on Friday July 24th.

Registration for this event is now closed.



Liz Bradshaw


Ina Janssen



To register for this event please submit your details here, deadline for registration is July 17th.