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Welcome to the new ISEA Executive Committee

The new Directors and Executive Committee are as follows:

President: David James
Secretary: Jonathan Shepherd
Treasurer: Marcus Dunn
Special Advisor: Kim Blair

Executive committee members:
Patrick Drane
Arjen Jansen
Stefan Litzenberger
Akihiro Matsuda
Chloe Newton-Mann
Stefan Schwanitz
Katsumasa Tanaka
James Webster
Paul Wood


The deadline for submissions has now passed. Many thanks to those who submitted. The results will be published once the voting has took place.

ISEA 2020 – The Engineering of Sport 13 – dates announced

The 13th conference on the Engineering of Sport on behalf of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) will take place in Tokyo, Japan from 22 to 25 June 2020. This conference is hosted by The Sports Engineering & Human Dynamics Division (SHD) in The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). The conference will be held just before the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Participants will be able to feel the feverish atmosphere in Tokyo. In the conference, special site visits and exhibitions related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games are going to be planned.

Important dates Abstract Submission – July 2019
Acceptance Notification – August 2019
Paper Submission – October 2019
Registration – February 2020 (Early Bird fees close)
Conference – June 22-25, 2020

Please visit http://www.isea2020.org/

Announcing the 2020 ISEA Conference

ISEA 2020 – The Engineering of Sport 13 We are pleased to announce the ISEA Conference in 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan 2020. The Sports Engineering and Human Dynamic Division (SHD) in The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) will host the conference. Tentative dates are 25-28 June 2020. More information to follow soon.

Announcing the winners of the student project competition 2017

Many congratulations to this years winners.

1st Dougie Mann (Imperial College London, UK)

2nd Nick Cecchi & Gianna Fote (University of California, Irvine, USA)

3rd Vijay Sreedhara (Clemson University, USA)

The prizes are:

1st – £1000 and full membership for 2018

2nd – £500 (shared) and full membership for 2018 (each)

3rd – full membership for 2018

Many thanks for all the submissions this year.

Sports Materials in Applied Sciences

Drs Allen, Foster, Strangwood and Webster are guest editing a Special Issue on Sports Materials in Applied Sciences (IF 1.679). The deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2018. More information can be found here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci/special_issues/Sports_Materials Thanks Dr Tom Allen



This competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and PhD students of years 2016 and 2017, at any institution of higher education in the world, who have undertaken a project on a sports engineering or technology topic. Projects are defined as work wherein the students are the primary contributor. Both individual and group submissions are eligible (please see prizes for clarification).


Please present your work in the form of an infographic. An infographic is the utilisation of visual images (such as a chart or diagram) to represent information or data in a quick and easily understandable way. For some great examples, please refer to the sport science blog by Yann Le Meur (https://ylmsportscience.com/).

Selected entries will be made available on the website and social media platforms and are an excellent way to showcase your research to a wider audience.

The ISEA logo is available for download in light or dark format, and must be included in your infographic.

Please submit your infographic in PDF or PNG format. Submissions should be sent to the following: isea@shu.ac.uk

Please include a contact email address for all members if submitting as a group. Deadline: 1st October 2017 Judging: Judging will be carried out by the members of the executive committee of the ISEA. Marks will be awarded in areas such as academic rigour, originality and presentation. Results will be announced by 31st December 2017. Prizes: 1st prize: £1000 and full membership to the ISEA for one year* 2nd prize: £500 and full membership to the ISEA for one year* 3rd prize: Full membership to the ISEA for one year* *The prize funds for group submissions will be shared equally among members and each member will receive student ISEA membership for one year. For further information, please see the ISEA website at www.sportsengineering.org or by direct contact with the organisers via isea@shu.ac.uk

ISEA Student Project Competition 2016 – Results

First prize was awarded to Marco Reijne from Delft University of Technology for his project on ‘The next level in pole vaulting: A mechanical model based on exploration’.

Second prize was awarded to Biem Wibbens from Delft University of Technology for his project on ‘The design of field hockey sticks’.

Congratulations to both Marco and Biem!

We received a high number of excellent projects this year which were a great reflection on the quality of sports engineering education around the world. The judges enjoyed reading the wide range of project areas that were submitted and thank you once again to all the applicants.

Olympic Research! Student Member Brock Laschowski

While completing his Masters of Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Brock Laschowski worked alongside the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and Rowing Canada Aviron to study how the mechanical properties of different oar shafts effect rowing biomechanics. This research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Volker Nolte, and was partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Laschowski and Nolte recently published their findings in some of the leading sports engineering journals. These novel investigations involved both experimental [link] and model-based [link] approaches. Notably, their on-water experiments involved National and World Champion Rowers. Nolte is currently working at the Rio Olympics with Team Canada, while Laschowski eagerly watches the fruits of his labor from afar.