It is a pleasure to write with news and updates on the planning and preparations for the 2022 North American Congress of Biomechanics (NACOB) – our Society’s joint meeting with the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB) scheduled to be held August 21-25, 2022 in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Beginning in the summer of 2021, I have been meeting weekly with our outstanding team of local organizers led by Drs. Daniel Benoit and Ryan Graham from the University of Ottawa, Co-Program Chairs from CSB Drs. Janessa Drake (York University) and Shawn Robbins (McGill University), and our Program Chair elect Dr. Ross Miller (University of Maryland).  We are also supported by a contingent of talented and dedicated students spanning ASB and CSB, including our very own ASB student representative, Evan Dooley. We were very excited to receive your research abstracts on January 27th.

We are also looking forward to our outstanding lineup of keynote speakers :

  • Adam Douglas. Sports Science and Performance Director, Club De Hockey Canadien, Inc.
  • Kharma Foucher. Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • David Moher. Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa; Senior Scientist and Director, Centre of Journalology, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Katja Mombaur. Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence, University of Waterloo

The overwhelming enthusiasm for the meeting has been obvious, for example in the impressive number and high-quality of applications we received for workshops, tutorials, and symposia, and the positive response we received about the continuation of our Participant Research Studies.

I have also been thrilled to hear about in-person meeting plans from a large number of our outstanding and well-organized affinity groups. If you have not yet done so but are an organizer of a biomechanics affinity group and would like to assemble during NACOB 2022, please email me with a description of your event and any anticipated needs for space in Ottawa.

Although we fully understand and appreciate the evolving COVID-19 situation, planning for our in-person 2022 North American Congress of Biomechanics conference continues with a simultaneous emphasis on safety and scholarship.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa at NACOB 2022!