ESM 2012 awards – the winning papers

art in science award – joint winners

Intraarticular force distribution in the femorotibial joint is related to knee adduction moment and knee flexion
(read the abstract)
Karsten Engel, German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics, Cologne, Germany


Prognostic factors in the causation of recurrent plantar ulceration in patients with diabetes
(read the abstract)
Roelof Waaijman, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Best poster award

Plantar pressure distribution during walking in habitually barefoot populations
(read the abstract)
Roshna Wunderlich, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA


Best presentation award

The effectiveness of offloading-improved custom footwear on plantar foot ulcer recurrence in diabetes:
a multicenter RCT

(read the abstract)
Sicco Bus, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


MPP award (most promising proposal)

Crossed reflex reversal during human locomotion: evidence for functional significance
(read the abstract)
Sabata Gervasio, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Aalborg University, Alborg, Denmark

ESM 2012 Meeting Report

ESM 2012 Meeting Report written by Maria Pasquale, novel electronics inc.

ESM 2012 was once again a suburb meeting with both wonderful intellectual and social interaction. The 13th biennial conference was held in Aalborg Denmark, hosted by Uwe Kersting.

Uwe did a wonderful job organizing the conference, which is sure to be remembered for years to come! Click here to read more.

Read about the ESM 2012 meeting in the SUND News

Read about the ESM 2012 meeting in the SUND News (page 13-14), magazine for employees at the faculty of medicine, University of Aalborg:  >> Read the article

ESM 2012 photos are online!

picture by
Graham Arnold

ESM 2012 concluded on August 4th 2012.

Some of the pictures from the conference in Aalborg, Denmark are available online.
Click here to view the photos and look for yourself and your friends.

Many thanks to Alexander Grahammer and other Photographers for letting us use their photos for our homepage and the non commercial use of our participants.
The copyrights of all shown photos remain with the Photographers.

ESM 2012 proceedings available online

We are pleased to announce that the ESM 2012 proceedings are now available as PDF file.
The proceedings include more than 70 abstracts (podium and poster presentations).
To view the abstracts please click here.

And the winners are ...

art in Science Award

Karsten Engel, German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics, Cologne, Germany
Roelof Waaijman, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Best poster award

Roshna Wunderlich, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA


Best presentation award

Sicco Bus, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


MPP award (most promising proposal)

Sabata Gervasio, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Aalborg University, Alborg, Denmark

The ESM program flyer is available now!

Due to the amount of presentations (highest number ever) the flyer is this year a Leporello for the first time. The Leporello is double-sided and has eight pages.

Networking Day, Friday, August 3rd 2012

This year´s ESM Networking Day will take place in the Rebild Bakker. Transportation from the hotel Radisson Blu Aalborg to Rebild will be provided by bus.

We have organized several tour options at Rebild Bakker which is a central part of Rold Skov, the largest connected forest area in Denmark. Forest mixes with heathlands here in Himmerland which technically is a peninsula enclosed by the Limfjord and Mariagerfjord, and the Kattegat in the east, a part of the Baltic Sea. It was originally formed from glacial soils which were invaded by the sea after the glaciers withdrew further north at the end of the ice age. The landscape is now a mix of gentle valleys and rolling hills in the west changing to surprisingly steep flanks of v-shaped gorge-like valleys in the east (sounds almost like a description of the Grand Canyon, it is a bit smaller though). Rebild is located where these two landscapes meet and offers a variety of leisure activities including biking, walking and running which all are popular activities for this area.

The forest and the landscape were naturally suited for outlaws and folk who preferred to hide away, making their living from rather dubious forms of occupation. The activities of these rogues inspired some Danish writers and more so vernacular storytellers. We will learn about this part of Danish history at lunch and in the afternoon.
In the morning, we offer exploring the area in several groups with a choice for intensity levels of your preference. There are 4 different options for you to be managed on foot:

  • relaxing walk through the area, passing several scenic and characteristic landmarks of the region;
  • a little more sporty tour through the area around a central check point where you receive instructions and tasks to explore historical sites in the forest;
  • GPS guided orienteering run, for those who want to get some decent exercise but still find breaks to appreciate the scenery. You may find either the shortest route or gain by doing it faster;
  • Rebild Big5, a classical orienteering run including high level activity. It will lead you to the five highest points within the Rebild Bakker area. You should clip your tour map at the marked posts – the fastest group will win.

As the Danish summer bears the possibility of experiencing some rain, you should bring clothes allowing for a day-hike in potentially wet and sometimes cool environment. However, we have nice days of up to 30 degrees centigrade as well. The only issue: we can’t predict it so please be prepared for something in between these two endpoints of the climatic spectrum.

Denmark and especially the Rold Skov area are known for good mountain biking. If you prefer to explore this forest by bike we offer two options. Both are guided tours and will bring you along the spectacular sites on your bike:

  • The technical tour on single tracks and challenging passages, potentially including some hard work
  • The more comfortable version on gravel roads and gentle forest tracks. Still, some climbing will be required.

Unfortunately, the cost for renting the bikes is not included in the conference fee. The price of renting a bike for the day will be 25 Euro.

After the activities, all groups will meet. Under the large trees in the forest, our robber camp opens its doors for a day filled with fun, challenges and experiences. Enjoy a unique atmosphere at the big bonfire and join in the treasure hunt, ax throwing, lumber jack activities, archery and knife throwing. Or make your own bread on a stick over the camp fire’s licking flames. Robbers roam all day and help to blacken the kids and get into the mood of ancient Danish times. Songs will be performed, entertainment and stories about the spunky rogue from Rold who once roamed the area. We will have a large, rustic buffet with everything a true predator desires. Late Afternoon we will return to Aalborg (bus transportation to Radisson Blu hotel Aalborg).
The evening event will include dinner in the Azzurra Restaurant at Nordkraft Aalborg and an art exhibition in the same location.

Instructions for presentations

Oral presentations
Oral presentations will be arranged in sessions of maximal 6 presentations. There will be 8 minutes allocated for each presentation, followed by 2 minutes for questions.
Please note that the 8-minute time allocation per presentation will be strictly adhered to. The chairs for each session will be asked to stop any presentation that runs over this time allocation.
Please prepare a presentation that fits within this timeframe. It is recommended to prepare no more than 8 slides to focus on the key issues related to your research.
The conference has been planned with the specific intention to provide many opportunities to further discuss your research with interested colleagues during the breaks and social events. Please use this time to follow up on any specific details related to your work.

Poster Presentations
This year, for the first time during ESM we offer a thematic posters session. All poster presenters are asked to prepare a 2-minute PowerPoint presentation.
The presentation can include maximum 2 slides to convey the core idea and possibly the main result of your study. It is not expected that you present any details or a large amount of information. It is rather expected that you convince the listeners to come to your poster, where you then have time to provide them with all the details and nuances of your work and, of course, discuss your findings.
The time for the PowerPoint presentation is limited to 2 min (signal after 1:45).
Posters are to be hung up prior to the keynote lecture (8:45 on Thursday, August 2nd); pins for fixation will be provided.

Speaker preparation room
A speaker-ready room will be available to upload your presentation to the Presentation computer. All presentations must be loaded onto this system to ensure rapid change over between presentations. Make sure that you embed any video files into your presentation. The room will be signposted in the conference center.
Speakers will have the opportunity to check their presentations on the computer in the speaker preparation room. It is strongly recommended that you don’t use you own computer.

Presentation format: PC format Office version 2010 is supported.

Some information which might be useful when traveling to ESM conference

The official currency in Denmark is Danish Kroner (DKR). Usual credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, VISA) are accepted in hotels, department stores, restaurants and taxis. Some few shops also accept the currency EUR but the change is given in dkr.
In the city center, in Ved Stranden, you will find a FOREX where to change money, otherwise you will find an ATM in the airport.

Power supply is 230 V AC, 50 Hz. It is recommended to have a suitable plug-in for Danish standard when charging your laptop.

Time Zone
GMT (UTC) +01:00

The weather in Aalborg in August is normally beautiful and pleasant warm. However, there might be chilly and rainy days. The temperature can range between 15C° and 25C°.

More details are available here

Choose the workshops you would like to attend

Workshops on August 1st

Workshop I:
Basics of load distribution measurement - physics and biomechanics, 10:00 – 11:00

Workshop II: Evaluation of load distribution data, 11:00 - 12:00

Workshop III: pedar applications in sports and rehabilitation, 14:00 – 14:45

Workshop IV: pliance applications on hands, braces and seats, 15:30 - 16:15

Workshop V: setup and trouble shooting for novel systems, 15:30 – 16:15

On the workshop day we have organized a bus which will leave the conference hotel, Radisson Blu, in Aalborg City at 07:30 and will transport all workshop participants to the University.
The workshop day starts with a tour through the laboratories at SMI which will give you a view of the different research areas and technologies available at the Department of Health Science. This tour will take approximately 1:15h.

You can provide us with topics, questions, or specific applications that you would like to see discussed at the workshops. Please send this information via email to us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by Friday, July 20th.

Suggestion for Post Conference Activities - what to do after the ESM 2012 meeting

Here are some activities to look forward to seeing/doing in Northern Jutland, Denmark:

1) Take part in a sailing regatta organized by Match Racing Denmark (, Middelfart.
Note - minimum number of participants required.

2) Try half day water skiing/wake boarding on a lake close to the Aalborg city (minimum number of participants: 6; up to 20) and enjoy BBQ afterwards.

3) Discover Skagen ( - the northernmost part of Denmark between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. You can enjoy the wonderful beaches or one of the permanent installations (for example Skagen Museum;L=2) or see the craft shops.

If you are interested in, please send a mail to Uwe Kersting ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) so we can get in contact with the organizers, in particular for the match racing activity. Their location is Middelfart but tours can be organized in Northern Jutland. Further information on the activities (2 & 3) can be provided during the meeting.




Final program for the workshops at SMI, Aalborg University

5 novel workshops and lab tours at SMI will take place on August 1st.

The final program for this day is available now!

Please click here to download.

ESM Poster Sessions

This year, for the first time during ESM we offer a thematic posters sessions.

Click here to read the updated instructions.

ESM 2012 Program now online!

An exciting scientific program that covers the full range of interests of dynamic load distribution in biomechanics was prepared. In addition to keynote addresses given by four invited speakers, 70 presentations will be presented in eight scientific podium sessions and two poster sessions. The program also includes workshops on a wide range of topics.

Please download the program here.

ESM 2012 coming up soon!

ESM 2012 coming up soon!
Do not forget to register and book your hotel!



Guidelines for the MPP award

Guidelines for the MPP award - Most Promising Proposal have been updated.

Click here to read the updated instructions.

70 abstracts accepted for the ESM 2012 meeting

The review of the abstracts was completed and the authors were notified. 70 abstracts were accepted – click here to see the list of the accepted abstracts.

Preliminary program for ESM 2012 workshops on August 1st 2012

Preliminary workshop program is available now.
The workshop day will consist of various sessions with different topics on emed, pedar and pliance applications and will provide the opportunity for participants to interact with one or more experts on a specific topic.

Highest number of abstracts ever submitted for ESM 2012

We have so far received the highest number of abstracts ever submitted to an ESM.
All abstracts are being reviewed by the scientific committee now and the authors will be notified after May 21st.

The special early bird discount rate for ESM registration will close soon

Early Bird Registration for the ESM meeting ends April 30, 2012.
Registration rates will increase starting May 1, 2012. Register now and benefit from the lower early registration rates:

May 1, 2012 - Hotel room block rate reservation deadline

Reserve your room at the Radisson blu Aalborg ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
by May 1, 2012 to receive the special conference rate. Rates will increase after these dates.

Extended deadline for abstract submission

We are pleased to inform you that we have extended the deadline for the ESM abstract submission, in order to accommodate requests from the authors.
You will be able to submit your abstract until Friday 27 April 2012.

Deadline for ESM 2012 abstract submission, April 16th, 2012 is soon approaching

The deadline for ESM 2012 abstract submission is soon approaching.
Be sure to submit your abstract by April 16th, 2012.

Welcome reception 2012

This year’s welcome reception will take place in "Kunsten" Museum of Modern Arts Aalborg which is just a short walk from the conference hotel.

Workshops 2012

This year, for the first time, companies from Scandinavia were invited to take part in the workshop in order to link the University and clinical or industrial entities within Denmark.

Please read the invitation letter, from Dr. Uwe Kersting, chair ESM 2012, here for more information.

Details of the ESM 2012 scientific committee have been released

Professor Dieter Rosenbaum, Motion Analysis Lab, Orthopaedic Department, University Hospital Muenster, Germany

Associate Professor Toni Arndt, Dept. of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Professor Pascal Madeleine, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Associate Professor Mark de Zee, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Associate Professor Uwe Kersting, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark


Invitation letter from conference host, Dr. Uwe Kersting

Download letter

Information on ESM registration now online!

ESM registration fee now online

New ESM award launched

MPP award - Most Promising Proposal:

  • Competitors are asked to outline a scientific project proposal which includes the distribution of load on the human or animal body. The topic area can be freely chosen but the document should be limited to 5 pages only (excl. reference list).
  • Age limit: Eligible candidates shall not be older than 27 years on the first day of the ESM 2012 conference (birthdate earlier than August 2, 1985).

Details of the ESM 2012 keynote speakers 2012 have been released

ESM 2012 Keynote Speakers

Julie Steele, University of Wollongong, Australia
Anne Skare Nielsen, Future Navigator, Denmark
Thomas Sinkjær, Danish National Research Foundation, Denmark
Stefan Lindinger, University of Salzburg, Austria

Click here to view more details.