FBS 2019 Travel Grant

To support students to present their work at FBS2019, travel grant awards are available on a competitive basis.  Awards of between $US500 and $US1000 are offered, dependent on travel distance from the symposium venue.  Awards will cover travel and conference registration.

WCB 2018 Special Footwear Session

At the upcoming World Congress of Biomechanics (July 8-12, 2018), the Footwear Biomechanics Group will be hosting a special session on Footwear Biomechanics. This session will take place on July 12, 2018 from 8:30am to 10am in Liffey Hall 1. The session, sponsored by Brooks, Decathlon, Li-Ning and Salomon, will consist of many presentations on studies related to Footwear Biomechanics in addition to invited speakers:

FBS 2017

The Event.

From July 20th – 22nd 2017, the 13th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast, Australia.  Much gratitude goes to conference organizer, Peter Milburn of Griffith University, for hosting an incredible event.  Supporting Peter was Chairpersons of the Footwear Biomechanics Group Wolfgang Potthast, Toni Arndt and Helen Woo and by Ned Frederick, the editor of the Footwear Science Journal.  Along with the warm winter weather, the adjacent world-class surf and beaches presented a perfect backdrop for reconnecting with familiar colleagues and establishing new acquaintances.


FBG Chairperson-Elect 2017

Below please find the two nominations for the Footwear Biomechanics Group Chairperson-Elect.

The Chairperson‐Elect shall assume office at the meeting of FBG Business Meeting during the biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium when the current Chairperson‐Elect assumes the office of the Chairperson. 

Specific duties include:

Call for Nominations 2017 - Due April 14

The Footwear Biomechanics Group is pleased to formally distribute a call for nominations for the following positions within the Footwear Biomechanics Group Executive Board:


The Chairperson‐Elect shall assume office at the meeting of FBG Business Meeting during the biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium when the current Chairperson‐Elect assumes the office of the Chairperson. 

Specific duties include:

Footwear Biomechanics Symposium 2017

The 13th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Group symposium will be held as a satellite event to the 26th ISB Congress, being held just up the road in Brisbane, Australia. Come and join us for a stimulating scientific and technical program and enjoy the sun, sun and surf of Australia’s playground, the Gold Coast.

Griffith University has a long association with the Footwear Biomechanics Group and cordially invites world-wide colleagues to share state-of-the-art knowledge in footwear biomechanics and its applications.

Keynote Speakers:

Joseph Hamill

Profession in the department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

FBS 2015

The 12th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium (FBS) of the International Society of Biomechanics Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG) was held in Liverpool from July 8th – 10th 2015. It preceded the ISB Congress, held in Glasgow from July 11th – 16th.  The conference was organized by Mark Lake from Liverpool John Moores University and Kris D’Aout from the University of Liverpool. They were supported by the FBG-chairpersons Toni Arndt, Stefan Grau and Wolfgang Potthast and by Ned Frederick, the editor of Footwear Science, the official scientific journal of the FBG.

New Balance Footwear Research Award

Below you will find information about the 2018 New Balance Footwear Research Award.

The New Balance Footwear Research Award has been created to support footwear research by providing researchers and institutions with production, i.e. off the shelf) and/or customized footwear and materials for use in footwear related research.  In 2018, preferential consideration will be given to abstracts focused on sport performance, injury, and/or comfort.


Awards will be provided by New Balance on a biennial basis in even numbered years. Researchers are encouraged to present research findings obtained through the use of the awarded footwear at the FBG Symposium in the year following the award (i.e. in odd numbered years).

The award has two categories: 

Category 1: Custom Footwear Award Category 
Winning researchers meeting the award criteria will be provided with customized footwear and/or footwear materials needed to complete the outlined research proposal. 

2015 Nike Award Winner

2015 Nike Award WinnerThe results of the 2015 Nike Award were announced during the banquet to end the 2015 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium in Liverpool. During the special Nike Award session which ended the scientific presentations at the conference, the four finalists selected for the Nike Award each gave a 15 minute presentation of their research which focused on advancements in footwear research.

While all the presentations were high quality and well received by the audience, following a question period by the scientific footwear community in attendance, the Nike Award committee members voted on the winner. Judging was based both on the oral presentation in addition to the finalists full paper that was submitted and reviewed four months earlier. After a close competition, the 2015 Nike Award was awarded to:

Steffen Willwacher - The free moment in running and its relationship to joint loading and injury risk