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:

  1. The Chairperson Elect and the Informatics Officer are responsible for membership recruitment. This includes preparing and presenting activities/strategies to encourage new membership in the FBG.
  2. Observing activities of the Chairperson in preparation for his/her term of office in order to maintain the best possible continuity of the business of the FBG.
  3. Arranging for a new Board meeting at the end of the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium at which he/she assumes the office of the Chairperson. This meeting may, for example be immediately after the FBG Business Meeting.
  4. Updating Constitution and Codes annually (if necessary) and pass them to the Secretary General. 
  5. Assisting the Chairperson and the Symposium Organizer in organising the next Footwear Biomechanics Symposium.
  6. Assisting in the decision on the site for the upcoming Footwear Biomechanics Symposium together with all voting members of the Board. 

All members of the Footwear Biomechanics Group are eligible to vote, with balloting for one of the two nominees for Chairperson-Elect, beginning immediately and closing on May 25th at midnight (Swedish time). To cast your ballot please send an email to Toni Arndt (toni.arndt@gih.se) with FBG Chairperson-Elect in subject line, and the name of the Chairperson-Elect who you are voting for in the body of the email.

The two nominees are:

Sharon Dixon

Sharon Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics at the University of Exeter, UK. Sharon gained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Loughborough University, and then held postdoctoral research positions in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham and in the Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary. Sharon’s research interests focus on biomechanical mechanisms for lower extremity overuse injury in sport and exercise, and the influence of footwear and surface manipulations on human biomechanics. Sharon leads the Exeter Biomechanics Research Team, where injury mechanisms are being explored with military personnel, sports performers and clinical populations. Collaboration with colleagues in engineering and medicine has facilitated the development of projects on sports surfaces and footwear, including projects with sports teams, sports governing bodies, Ministry of Defence and equipment manufacturers. Sharon is on the Editorial Board for Footwear Science and has published in a range of journals in sport and exercise related biomechanics, sports medicine and sports engineering. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sport and Health Sciences. Sharon sits on the University Inclusivity Committee, with a particular focus on developing approaches to encourage more females to study and work in science and related subjects.  Having been a member of the footwear biomechanics community for over 20 years, Sharon would like to contribute to the group beyond conference and journal contributions.

As Chair-Elect, Sharon would work with the Footwear Biomechanics Group Chair and wider committee to continue to strengthen the role and profile of the group.  She would like to support a continuation of the trend seen in researchers from a wide range of disciplines contributing to the field, facilitating collaboration and improving our understanding of the role of footwear. Knowing that her initial love for the subject was sparked by first meeting all the pioneers of the field at the 1995 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, when a PhD student, she would like to build on the current opportunities provided for early career researchers, with a particular focus on increasing the diversity of group membership. The group has grown tremendously in size and scope since the first meeting Sharon attended. However, the unique family ethos created by like-minded researchers and industry partners remains.  Sharon would like to work with the group Chair to continue to widen the group membership and to develop more strategic links between academia and industry, whilst maintaining this unique ethos. 


Hiro Nunome

Hiroyuki (Hiro) Nunome is currently Professor of Sports Biomechanics at Fukuoka University, Member of International Steering Group of Science and Football, President of Japanese Society of Science & Football and Board of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. Hiro gained Bachelor at Kanazawa University, then moved to University of Tokyo as a master student. After he gained Master at University of Tokyo, he started lecturing at Nagoya University. Alongside of lecturing and research activity, he gained PhD at Post Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University. During his days in Nagoya, he spend his research leave in Liverpool John Moores University and University of Western Australia. After he worked for Nagoya University for 20 years, he moved to the current position. Hiro is well-known as a pioneer of biomechanics for football (soccer) specific actions and materials, in particular for kicking with many advanced publications in leading journals. Hiro is also well-known as a personnel who is very open-minded, cooperative and innovative. In his roles, he gained 7 international and 6 national research awards with his students. Hiro’s mother tongue is Japanese but is very fluent in English, and also very practical in Chinese

Through participation of Footwear Biomechanics conferences, I come to feel that the scientific standard is exceptional compared with any other conferences and the atmosphere enables the members to have constructive argument and to exchange novel ideas. Also the group provides valuable opportunity for connecting footwear industries and academic researches. I would like to keep the momentum of the group and also to expand the opportunity of young researchers and students. It should be worth to consider to launch new programs such as student workshop and internship alongside with the collaboration of footwear industry and academic sites.



Please send all ballot to toni.arndt@gih.se with FBG Chairperson-Elect in subject line, and the name of the Chairperson-Elect who you are voting for in the body of the email. Voting is currently open and runs until May 25th at midnight (Swedish time).