General Information
  1. Details for the workshops
  2. Guidelines
  3. Accommodaiton booking link
  4. ESM2008 invitation
  5. First annoucement
  6. Welcome note
  7. History
  8. Detailed information for the activity day
  9. Sponsor


Details for the workshops
Three 75 minute workshops are available beginning at 1pm, 2.30 pm and 4.00 respectively.

The workshops are consecutive sessions to provide attendees with the opportunity to participate in all three workshops.

Due to limited number of participants which can be accommodated the registration will be effected on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop I
Basics of Pressure Distribution Measurement and Pedography

the following topics will be addressed:
• physics of sensors for pressure distribution measurement,
• which system (platform, inshoe, sensor mats) is required for which application,
• which values are measured and which parameters can be calculated,
basic meaning of measured and calculated parameters


Workshop II
Software for the evaluation of pedographic data in the
daily clinical routine and in science

the following topics will be addressed:
• handling of basic patient data in databases,
• predefined schemes for analysis of pedographic data in daily
• user defined data evaluation,
• linking to additional information (pictures, documents) in the
• interfaces to other data evaluation software


Workshop III
Implementation of Pedography in existing gait labs

the following topics will be addressed:
• combination of novel systems with other data acquisition systems,
• possibilities of synchronization,
• software interfaces to control novel programs by third party
• common data evaluation and data display

Please download the following guidelines for your abstracts.

Guidelines for authors (by Elsevier, Clinical Biomechanics)

Guidelines for Abstracts (English)

Guidelines for Abstracts (German)

Size of the posters for novel Poster awards
  The poster should be in A0 (841 x 1189 mm) format with the text not smaller than font size 32.

The title and authors with affiliations should be clearly shown.

The poster should then be broadly divided into the sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

Accommodation booking link (09.04.2008)

The Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau have reserved an allocation of rooms in the hotels listed on the accommodation booking link on ESM webpage ( These rooms are available at preferred rates and can be booked through the web link until Thursday 17 July 2008.

If you would like to book your room from the allocation we would advise you make the reservation before this date.

After Friday 18 July 2008 it will not be possible to book accommodation through the web link, however you will be able to download a PDF accommodation booking form to complete and return to the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau who will assist with your accommodation request (subject to availability).

Should you have any enquiries for accommodation, please call Tracy Duncan on +44(0) 1382 527541 or email for processing your accommodation requirements.

ESM 2008 Invitation

Dear ESM 2008 participant,
On behalf of the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) at the University of Dundee, Scotland, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate at the 11th ESM from July 28th until July 31st, 2008.

The scientific committee aims to prepare an exciting program that will cover the full range of interests of dynamic load distribution in biomechanics. In addition to keynote addresses given by invited speakers, participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentation as talks or as posters.

Besides the first class scientific program, we are planning an exciting social program that will include a welcome reception and banquet with the awards ceremony. We also have a full program of day-long tours and activities during the outdoor day that will give the opportunity to enjoy Scotland.

Please visit the official website at http://www.ESM
for deadlines and continuous updates on the meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (Karla Fretwell; for inquiries on accommodation, transportation and tourist information) or at (for questions regarding the registration process and submission of abstracts).

We trust that you will enjoy an excellent meeting at which international speakers will be presenting the most up-to-date scientific discoveries in the field dynamic load distribution. The ESM congress has always been very efficient to provide an opportunity for all delegates to discuss and share the knowledge with experts and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you in Dundee!

Professor R. J. Abboud
University of Dundee

First announcement
The first ESM 2008 brochure is available.
Please have a look at/ download it here in a pdf format

Welcome note

Professor R J Abboud

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to announce that the Institute of Motion Analysis &
Research (IMAR) at the University of Dundee will be hosting the next International ESM2008 Conference on Dynamic Load Distribution in Biomechanics ( in Dundee, Scotland. This could not have come at a better time as the University is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and having received many Awards over the last two years; 1st in the United Kingdom for Teaching Quality, Best Scientific Workplace in Europe, awarded Excellent by the International Student
Barometer survey in the UK and many more accolades.

The ESM2008 Conference will take place from 29 - 31 July 2008 with a workshop on the latest developments in foot and other pressure analysis systems occurring a day earlier on the 28 July 2008. There are limited places for this workshop so delegates are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible.

The conference theme will be based on a multidisciplinary approach with at least four keynote speakers:

1) Professor Sue Black, OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE:
Professor Black is head of the Centre for Anatomy and Human
Identification at the University of Dundee. She is a founding director of the Centre for International Forensic Assistance and a founder of the British Association for Human Identification. She has more than 20 years of experience in forensic investigations and has given evidence in criminal and coroner's courts throughout the UK, Europe and the US. In her capacity as a forensic anthropologist she has worked for the UK government in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Thailand. She is an assessor for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners and a registered expert with the National Police Improvements Agency.
She has won awards for her text books and is currently the course director for the national UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) police response capability and a member of the Interpol subcommittee for training and education in DVI.

2) Professor Mark Taylor, B Eng, MSc, PhD:
Professor Taylor is currently the Professor of Bioengineering Science within the School of Engineering Sciences at Southampton University and leads the Bioengineering Sciences Research Group. His principal research interests are computational analysis of total joint replacements. In particular: implicit finite element analysis of total hip and knee replacement, explicit finite element analysis of the intact and replaced knee joint, adaptive modelling techniques and the application of
probabilistic and stochastic techniques to orthopaedic biomechanics problems. More recently, in collaboration with the school of Medicine and the School of Mathematics, he has begun to apply computational tools to regenerative medicine problems. He has published his work widely in premier Biomechanics literature, resulting in 50 peer reviewed journal papers to date. He was awarded the Gisela Sturm Award for Innovation in Total Joint Replacement in 1996. Funding for his research comes from a
variety of sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, Action Medical Research, Arthritis Research Campaign and industry (including DePuy International, Finsbury Orthopaedics and JRI). To date, he has been involved in grants totally approx. £6.8 million. Professor Taylor leads the Southampton arm of the DePuy Technology Partnership (£0.9M since 2000) and is also the coordinator of the EU STREP program entitled “Decision support software for orthopaedic surgery (DeSSOS)”, which consists of nine
academic and industrial partners (£2.4M).

3) Professor Mark Cornwall, PT, MSc, PhD, CPeD:
Professor Cornwall received his bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1977. He then practised as a physical therapist for several years before returning to school to receive a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from the University of North Carolina in 1981 and then a PhD in Biomechanics from Indiana University in 1986. His research activities have been primarily in the foot, especially the kinematics of the normal foot during walking. Professor Cornwall has published over 85 research articles and book chapters dealing with the function, evaluation, or treatment of the foot
and ankle. In addition, he has lectured and presented his research throughout the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. He is currently Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training as well as Co-Director, along with Professor Tom McPoil, of the Gait Research Laboratory.

4) Professor James (Jim) Woodburn, Dip Pod, PhD:
Professor Woodburn is Professor of Rehabilitation Studies in the School of Health and Social Care at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). With a background in Podiatry, Jim joined GCU in November 2005 from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds where his research work was funded by two prestigious Medical Research Council Fellowships. He has previously studied the biomechanics of the foot in rheumatoid arthritis and 3D imaging analysis to quantify foot joint structures, tendon disease and inflamed synovia. This work was partly conducted at the
National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania. He is widely published in the leading academic rheumatology journals including Arthritis and Rheumatism. He currently leads the musculoskeletal research programme for the HealthQWest research consortium, a multidisciplinary research group for the West of Scotland. His main area of research is in the rheumatic foot diseases, primarily inflammatory joint disease including rheumatoid, psoriatic and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Work funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign and EULAR is enabling his team to investigate the pathways leading from impairment of
structure and function to disability and to develop and test novel
interventions. He employs gait analysis, including plantar pressure measurement and medical imaging (MRI and ultrasound) as routine techniques in both research and clinical practice.

5) Professer Charles McKean
Architecture, towns and building are some of man's most expensive activities, and have always been powerfully symbolic and towns, buildings and architecture reveal much about the priorities, culture, politics and living conditions of the past. Professor McKean current research varies from Scottish culture during the Renaissance to a re-examination of the 'British' agenda of Scotland in the later eighteenth /early nineteenth century. His teaching focuses on the interaction between towns, architecture and history, with Scotland as a focus but with comparisons taken from Europe and America. and to examine the evolution of Scottish architecture. Before joining the University of Dundee as Professor of Scottish Architectural History, Professor McKean was the Chief Executive to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

As is usual, the best scientific manuscript in the field of dynamic
pressure distribution analysis will receive the Novel 2008 Award with a prize of € 5,000.00. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2008. For submission of papers and all other information please visit

Tayside Tourist Board has kindly offered to collect and return
delegates, free of charge, from both Edinburgh and Glasgow International Airports, so please ensure booking your flights to coincide with the pick-up timetable provided when booking your accommodation.

I hope I will be able to welcome you to Dundee next year and would like to wish you a successful year until we meet.

Kind regards.

Professor R J Abboud,
Director, Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)
Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
University of Dundee

Sixteen years ago novel was appoached by Professor Leslie Klenerman to provide support for development of an emed user group meeting hosted by the University of Liverpool.
The inaugural meeting began the following year in Liverpool.

At that time, we did not realize that the emed meeting would take us half way around the world and the tradition would be carried on into the next millennium with the 2000 millennium meeting in Munich, and the year 2002 meeting hosted by Prof. Benno Nigg in Calgary.

The Liverpool meeting provided an important exchange of experience and results in pressure distribution measurements. This was the first step in establishing co-operation between the emed users and anyone interested in pressure distribution technology. The format of the meeting through scientific and clinical presentations and workshops was used to define pressure distribution measuring as more than a "pretty picture".After the initial meeting, the emed user group meeting became recognised as the emed scientific meeting (ESM) welcoming users of all pressure distribution measuring technology and was scheduled biennially. Since then the meeting has enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the following locations; Vienna, Flagstaff, Ulm, Penn State, Brisbane, Munich, Kananaskis, Leeds and Spitzingsee.

In 1991, the first novel award was presented in recognition of excellence in pressure distribution research. The novel award recipient was determined by an international review committee from the fields of biomechanics and medicine. The novel award for pressure distribution measurement research continued since then to be endowed by novel. The emed scientific meetings have provided us with an opportunity to learn more about pressure distribution products, applications, and research; meet new and old friends and experience our hospitable host sites.

Next year we´ll be gathering again in Dundee, Scotland to relive the great traditions of ESM. We warmly invite those of you who´ve been with us for the previous years at ESM to share the wonderful hostories of the meeting as well as those who haven´t yet had the chance to participate.

We hope to see you all very soon in Dundee, 2008.

ESM 2006 Report

The 10th emed scientific meeting held in Bavaria was a superb display of scientific material and a wonderful mix of social and intellectual interaction. This was my first experience at the ESM meeting and with the novel users. I had a wonderful experience!

Axel began the week by giving each novel user the chance to participate in workshops related to pressure measurement. The workshops gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about the new functionalities and to ask questions regarding all novel products.

The next day began in beautiful Bavaria! The day’s agenda was used for scientific presentations and posters. Presentations were given by two keynote speakers and also the presentation and poster novel award winners, Kerstin Bosch and Arne Nagel. Both award winners are from the University of Münster. After
a full day of scientific presentations and discussions everyone relaxed and enjoyed the sunset from the hills of Schliersee. The evening was filled with traditional food and dress from the Bavarian region.

The third day was the Activity Day. Those participants who were very brave chose to go on the 35 kilometer mountain biking tour. Others chose from either the long or short hike. Each activity had spectacular views of the Bavarian Alps. I chose to join the short hike. We had the wonderful Daniela as our guide. She did her best to keep the 30 + people together, but unfortunately some of us gave her a scare by getting too far ahead of the group (sorry Dana!). Everyone was very grateful for each of the novel guides. After a long day everyone relaxed with a gourmet “barbecue” dinner on the island of Wörth. Again the views were beautiful and the conversation stimulating.

The final day of the conference continued the excellent standard of scientific presentation including the remainder of the keynote speakers and novel award presentations. Throughout the day there was much collaboration and discussion based on the research performed and the methods used. Once the scientific aspect of the day ended the evening began with a champagne cocktail hour followed by an exquisite dinner. After dinner was the announcement of the novel award winners by the children of the meeting. Finally the night ended with each
participant dancing with the Bavarian dancers.

Of course for some participants the night did not end there, but that is a different story :)!

Thanks to all of those who presented and a special thanks to all of those who spent so many hours organizing the wonderful event!

by Maria Pasquale from novel INC
(visit ESM 2006 site here)

Detailed Information for the Activity Day
Wednesday 30th July 2008

1. Outdoor Activity

OPTION 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Full day tour visiting: Blair Atholl Castle and Edradour Distillery.

Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire.
With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years, during which time it has welcomed countless generations of visitors. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic. Today we can enjoy the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape but centuries ago it was a threatening and dangerous place.

Edradour Distillery
Edradour whisky is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery - and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.

Then travel to Cairngorm Mountain – Evening Event including dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

OPTION 3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
House of Bruar
En route to Loch Morlich the coach will stop at House of Bruar to give delegate the chance to visit the Falls of Bruar, browse round the retail outlet or have a tea/coffee break.
Loch Morlich Water Sports
Situated at the foot of the Cairngorm, Loch Morlich is situated right at the heart of the National Park. This beautiful location provides an ideal site for you to enjoy a wide range of activities including,

Wind Surfing
Mountain Biking

The centre has single kayaks and the larger Canadian style open canoes which take two or three persons. Loch Morlich and the burn, which runs into the loch, are ideal places to enjoy this sport.

The centre has a fleet of Laser Picos, Toppers and Optimists. The different boats in our fleet offer a range of performance to suit all ages and abilities.

Stable boards and a full range of specially reduced adult and junior sails. This ensures that the maximum time is spent on the board and not in the water. An introduction on the sandy beach quickly leads to being afloat.
Loch Morlich Watersports also offers the following 'Dry Option' for Groups


There are changing facilities at the water sports centre. Fully qualified instructors are on hand at all times.

Then travel to Cairngorm Mountain – Evening Event including dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

2. Evening event in the Cairngorm Mountain

Evening Event will include dinner in the Ptarmigan Restaurant and a presentation by Dr Catherine Morduant entitled "CairnGorms: landscape and Ecology". Eight miles south east of Aviemore and high on the northern flank of Cairn Gorm lies the CairnGorm Mountain Railway.

This funicular railway runs for two kilometers through the Cairngorm ski area. In doing so it climbs 460m to the Ptarmigan top station, 150m below the summit of the mountain. The Cairngorm plateau, mostly above 4,000ft in height, is one of the most rare and fragile environments in Scotland.

However, Cairn Gorm's northern corries of Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste have been the location for extensive ski-related development since the opening of the White Lady chairlift here on 23 December 1961


2. Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau

3. Lord Provost, Dundee City Council

4. Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)

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