The history of the Portuguese Biomechanical Society, compared to other counterparts, is relatively short and recent.
The holding of the 1st Biomechanics Meeting in Martinchel, Abrantes, in February 2005, allowed us to trigger the process of constitution of the Society as it is today designated and known.
Prior to this meeting, there was the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics and Biomaterials (SPBB), which had been registered at the extinct Oeiras Notary Registry on March 17, 1989, by professors Kello Marçal Correia da Silva, João Manuel Cunha da Silva Abrantes and António Prieto Veloso.
It can be read in its social object: “To constitute a non-profit technical-scientific cultural association, bringing together all the people interested in promoting, at national level, the improvement, development and progress of Biomechanics and Science. Biomaterials ”.
The Martinchel meeting aimed to promote and stimulate contact and collaboration between researchers, sharing projects, works and research results in the field of biomechanics, as well as revitalizing / altering the existing SPBB, promoting the necessary steps for the establishment of a scientific society of “biomechanics”, which was officially called the Portuguese Biomechanical Society (SPB) on September 17, 2009.
The Organizing Committee of the Martinchel Meeting was composed by the teachers:
- António Veloso – Faculty of Human Motricity of the University of Lisbon – FMH;
- Hélder Rodrigues – Instituto Superior Técnico – IST;
- José Simões – Universidade de Aveiro – UA;
- Mário Vaz – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto – FEUP.
It was this Commission that decided to create the SPB, with the following corporate purpose: “To bring together individuals and companies interested in promoting, at national level, the improvement, development and progress of studies in the field of biomechanics, through actions that stimulate the teaching scientific and technological research and technological and scientific training and specialization, congresses, conferences, seminars, courses, meetings and technical visits to stimulate and develop exchanges between national and foreign experts and similar associations; the dissemination of study and research results and other work through the association’s own bodies or using other means of information ”.
This change was made by the then president and vice president, respectively, Mario Vaz and António Veloso of the Company’s Board of Directors.
The company logo was conceived as part of a competition proposed to the finalists of the Communication Design course of the School of Arts and Design (ESAD).
The jury was formed by the school’s director, José Simões, Mário Vaz of FEUP and the late Nuno Rilo of the University of Coimbra.