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ISB Motor Control Group

First Draft: September 29, 2015
Second Draft: August 30, 2017
Approved by ISB Council: July 9, 2017


Article 1 - Name
Article 2 - Purpose
Article 3 - History
Article 4 - Membership
Article 5 - Governing Board
Article 6 - Executive Board
Article 7 - General Assembly

Article 1 - Name

1.1 The Motor Control Group is a Technical Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) with a special interest in Motor Control in Biomechanics.

Article 2 - Purpose

2.1 The purpose of the Motor Control Group is to provide a forum to highlight and foster the interest in scientific work that bridges the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics. Specific aims:

2.2 Provide a forum and opportunities for researchers and students to interact and discuss advancements at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics;

2.3 Provide opportunities for students and junior investigators to interact with established researchers in the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics;

2.4 Promote knowledge and foster research in the areas of Motor Control and Biomechanics at an international level.

2.5 Enhance the use of Electromyography in the field of Biomechanics. The specific aims will be achieved by:

2.6 Cooperate with the membership of ISB and other related scientific organizations to provide opportunities for discussion and collaboration;

2.7 Organize a symposium within the biennial Congress of ISB or other events in conjunction with ISB initiatives or related groups;

2.8 Structure the Symposia so that they involve both established scientists and junior researchers or students.

Article 3 - History

3.1 The Motor Control Group owes its existence to the effort of Prof. Carlo J. De Luca, who worked, together with members of ISB, to recognize the growing interest of the Biomechanics research community in Motor Control.

The Motor Control Group was established as an ISB Seed Group by the ISB Executive Council on August 8th 2013, during the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil). The 1st Symposium of the Group was organized during the VII World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) in Boston (USA) on July 8th, 2014.

The ISB Council recognized the Motor Control Group as a Working Group of ISB on July 15th 2015, at the XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow (UK).

Article 4 - Membership

4.1 Members shall be individuals with a professional and scientific interest in Motor Control and Biomechanics.

4.2 Membership in the Group will be granted upon receipt of a completed application available on the Group website.

Article 5 – Governing Board

5.1 The board of the Motor Control Group shall include:

  • The Executive Board;
  • The General Assembly of Members.

Article 6 – Executive Board

6.1 The activities of the Motor Control Group shall be administered by an Executive Board consisting of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary-General.

6.2 Members of the Executive Board shall organize the symposia of the Group. The Chairperson of the Group shall serve as the symposium Chair. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall preside. In the absence of both, the Secretary-General shall preside.

6.3 The Executive Board shall appoint all subcommittees as considered desirable.

6.4 The Executive Board shall meet at least once every two years at the meeting of the Group. All Executive Board members are expected to attend the meeting, if possible.

6.5 Members of the Executive Board shall be elected, and shell serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms, each of four years duration.

6.6 The election of the members of the Executive Board shall be conducted by email ballot distributed to each registered Group Member.

6.7 The Executive Board shall develop a slate of candidates for Members of the Board.

6.8 In the event that the Chairperson submits a resignation while in office, the Vice-Chairperson will assume the position of Chairperson and will appoint a new Vice-Chairperson.

6.9 The results of the election shall be announced at the meeting of the Group.

6.10 Decisions of the Executive Board shall be made by simple majority of all the Executive Board members (voting in person, by mail or email).

Article 7 – General Assembly

7.1 All members of the Group may attend the General Assembly meeting.

7.2 The General Assembly meeting is presided over by the Chairperson of the Executive Board, or in his/her absence, by the Vice-Chairperson.

7.3 The General Assembly shall receive oral and/or written reports from the Executive Board Members.

7.4 The General Assembly shall transact any additional business as may arise.

7.5 Members shall have one vote each.

7.6 For ordinary motions at meetings, except those concerning constitutional amendments, a simple majority of voters present shall rule.

7.7 Written motions to amend the Constitution shall be submitted to the Executive Board and distributed by email ballot to all members for decision, which shall require a two-thirds majority of all ballots returned to the Secretary-General. Notice of the results shall be given to all members, where upon the amendment will become effective.