FBS 2009 – Stellenbosch, South Africa


The Ninth Footwear Biomechanics Symposium was held as a satellite meeting of the XXII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. The symposium was held at the beautiful Lanzerac Manor and Winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 10-12, 2009. The meeting attracted 129 participants who witnessed a strong scientific program with over 70 scientific presentations.

Unofficially, the symposium began with an intense soccer match that saw a well-fought battle where the German team fell just short to the World team. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate for the remainder of the symposium to allow Germany a chance at redemption in the much-anticipated rematch.

Dr. Peter Cavanagh kicked off the scientific program with his stimulating keynote lecture entitled “Therapeutic Footwear: Has Science Made a Difference for the Patient? “. After an enjoyable Welcome Reception at the Manor House to end the first day, Dr. Benno Nigg began the next day’s program with his excellent keynote lecture on “Barefoot Shoes – Energy Return & Future Shoe Development”. After a very full program, participants were able to relax and socialize during a wine tasting event in the Winery Cellar. The final day began with an inspiring keynote lecture by Dr. Martyn Shorten entitled “Plantar Pressure Distribution and Footwear Design”. The scientific program concluded with a thought-provoking question and answer period where attendees challenged the panel of our keynote speakers. The symposium officially concluded with the symposium banquet which included the presentation of the awards, both formal and informal (thanks to Martyn Shorten and Toni Arndt) and a traditional African performance by Drum Café. In true compliment to the soccer match as the unofficial start of the symposium, the informal conclusion of the symposium saw many attendees retreat to the nearby lounge after the banquet where socializing continued well into the night and saw many of the award winners participate in an impromptu dip in the frosty pool!


Benno Nigg Award for Applied Research ($1000US) Presented by adidas International

Awarded to: Jens Heidenfelder

Peter Cavanagh Award for Basic Research ($1000US) Presented by Nike, Inc.

Awarded to: Jason Cheung

Martyn Shorten Award for Innovation ($1000US) Presented by Rsscan

Awarded to: Kenta Moriyasu Edward “Ned” Frederick Young Investigator Award ($1000US) Presented by Li-Ning, Ltd.

Awarded to: Timo Schmeltzpfenning Advanced Research Award ($1000US) Presented by ASICS, Corp.

Awarded to: Uwe Kersting

Dress Shoe Research Award ($1000US) Presented by Taryn Rose International

Awarded to: Kathryn Mills

Performance Research Award ($1000US) Presented by New Balance, Inc.

Awarded to: Lisa Stirling

A special thanks to; all of our sponsors and exhibitors; Regan Arendse for the local organization, choosing the venue and the new shirts he purchased for us so we would have something clean to wear when our luggage didn’t arrive; and especially Jay Worobets and Geng Luo for all of the hard work in organizing and executing the conference.