We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you and look forward to welcoming you to Auckland, New Zealand, for the Thirteenth International Society of Motor Control conference, Progress in Motor Control XIII 2021. We have launched the conference website with a caveat. At this time, April 2020, COVID-19 is impacting the health of the world’s population and many countries including New Zealand have closed their borders to international visitors. As we prepare for PMC XIII in 2021 the Organising Committee and the Board of the International Society of Motor Control will develop a “plan B” in the event that international travel remains restricted in August 2021. 

The conference theme, Progressing Motor Control: Biology to Behaviour, captures the spectrum of Motor Control from brain mechanisms underpinning movement control to motor behaviours exemplified in robotics, virtual reality, performance enhancement, modelling, mechanics, wearable technology and implications for movement rehabilitation, health and wellness. Contributions are invited from motor control researchers, neuroscientists, kinesiologists, human movement scientists, clinical exercise physiologists, psychologists, exercise scientists, bioengineers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, neurologists, sport scientists, physiologists and philosophers.

Progress in Motor Control XIII 2021 will extend the best traditions of previous conferences, including inspirational key-note presentations, invited talks, panel discussions, cutting edge science in both platform and poster presentations, and the awarding of the Bernstein Prize, the highest award of the International Society of Motor Control.

The University of Auckland’s Owen G Glen Building provides an excellent conference venue with facilities to encourage networking, socialising and serious interdisciplinary discussions about progress in motor control on the world stage.

Auckland is set in a spectacular location on shores of the Hauraki Gulf. As one of New Zealand’s premiere tourist destinations, the city offers something for everyone from buzzing foodie precincts to world-renowned vineyards and sandy beaches. Further afield, some of the great excuses to extend your stay in New Zealand include Lord of the Rings locations, stunning scenery, and adventure sports.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Auckland in 2021.

Associate Professor Greg Anson and Professor Winston Byblow Co Chairs, PMC-XIII 2021

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Key Dates

All Dates TBC
Registration opens
01 March 2021
Call for abstracts opens
01 April 2021
Earlybird closes
01 July 2021
Conference dates
29 August - 1 Sept. 2021