ISBS 2020 COVID-19 REPSONSE: SOCIETY UPDATE: April 3, 2020

 

Dear ISBS members and conference delegates,

 

ISBS 2020 hosts Mark Robinson, Mark Lake, and the team from Liverpool John Moores University are continuing to work hard organising our annual conference. They and the Scientific Committee have reviewed 341 submitted articles for the 38th ISBS Proceedings that, with the outstanding keynotes, should be a great scientific program. Our proceedings and our journal Sports Biomechanics are important permanent records of our scholarly activity and promotion of biomechanics of sports and exercise.

The conference organisers and the ISBS Board have been closely monitoring the health risks and travel impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the speed at which the situation is changing, we have decided to delay conference registration and a final decision about holding our 2020 conference until April 30, 2020. It is possible that restrictions in international travel may still be in place in July. While we are hopeful that the situation will be resolved or have lessened sufficiently so that the conference can go forward, delegates should liaise with their own university / business travel managers to consider what effect this may have on their plans and how best to mitigate risks of travel disruption. At this time, we politely suggest that delegates do not book travel until a decision on the conference taking place is made on the 30th April. We would also like to highlight that travel grants will not be awarded in the event of the conference not taking place, therefore the travel grant application deadline has been extended by one month to May 24th. The Liverpool organising team have put a great deal or work into planning this year’s conference so that it can still go ahead if possible; however, the board of directors are working with them to ensure that we as a society are still able to share our research and ideas with each other through alternative initiatives in the event of the conference not taking place. We will keep you informed through society email, website, conference website, and social media.

I thank the conference organizers, scientific committee, and the ISBS Board of Directors for their hard work on ISBS activities throughout this world health crisis. Let me renew my call to you from the December Newsletter to make a commitment to stay engaged with ISBS, serving on the board, nominating worth award recipients, and inviting others to join us as members and delegates at our conferences. Our upcoming newsletter will outline our many ISBS activities and keep you updated on changing deadlines, upcoming elections, and awards.

Best wishes for personal safety and good health,

 

Duane Knudson

President, ISBS