Scientific board

Pierre-Jean ARNOUX

With a PhD in mathematics applied to solid mechanics and a research supervision (French HDR) degree from the AMU Faculty of Medicine, Pierre-Jean Arnoux is a senior researcher in the field of biomechanics and human modelling with trauma prevention and medical/surgical applications. He is highly involved in the management of research activities, leading the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Applications and iLab-Spine international Laboratory and is implicated in many instances of both Gustave Eiffel and Aix Marseille(AMU) Universities. He also has a large experience in mentoring young researchers, developing collaborations with industrial partners, driving collaborative research and innovation projects.

Nicolas BAILLY

I'm a permanent researcher at university Gustave Eiffel in France and my work focus on understanding and protecting brain and spinal injury. My education was mechanical engineering and I earned my Ph.D. researching how to improve ski helmets to prevent traumatic brain injury. I then worked at Ecole de Technology Superior (Montreal, Canada) on characterizing and modeling the cervical spine to understand injury mechanisms and I developed foam and helmet technologies for hockey players. I am passionate about skiing and about bridging the gap between biomechanics research and product development. Since 2015, I am a proud member of ISSS community and I value the research exchanges and opportunity that this community provided me over the years: I am very happy to be part of the scientific community for this great conference.

Michel BEHR

Biography coming soon


Biography coming soon


Biography coming soon


  • Specialist in Sports Medicine, diploma in Mountain Emergency Medicine

  • Working for 26 years as physician at Grandvalira Ski Resort Medical Center (the last 7 years as Medical Director)

  • 24 years as Sports Medicine practitioner in Medisport (sports medicine and rehabilitation center in Andorra la Vella)

  • 11 years in charge of prevention, treatment for all the team members (alpine, freestyle, snowboard and cross country athletes), in coordination with physical and technical trainers at the Andorra Ski Federation and member of International Ski Federation's Medical Committee

  • 6 years in charge of prevention, treatment for all the ski mountaineering team at the Andorra Mountaineering Federation and member of International Ski Mountaineering Federation Medical Committee

Rick Greenwald

Dr. Greenwald is an entrepreneur and biomedical engineer.  He is the Co-Founder and President of Simbex and Co-Founder of iWalk (now BionX). He is co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit National Institute for Sports Science and Safety, and is an Adjunct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  He has led two federally funded medical technology Commercialization Centers as Co-Director of the NIH funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT),  a national rehabilitation infrastructure resource, and Co-Director of the previously FDA funded New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC). Dr. Greenwald’s research interests include biomechanics, injury prevention, sports equipment, product development, and technology commercialization. In 2000, he founded Simbex, and has long been active in the development of biofeedback and data acquisition products for the medical and rehabilitation industries. Dr. Greenwald and Simbex have received numerous research and development awards, including ones from NIH, NSF, and the Department of Defense, for product development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Dr. Greenwald previously served as a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and as a member of the NIH Council of Councils in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and also served as President of the International Society for Skiing Safety.   He holds 20 US patents, with 5 patents pending.

Dominik HEIM

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Ron Kipp is currently the Ski Team Education and Development Manager for Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Race Team. Prior to that he was the Alpine Sports Education Manager for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association. He did his Ph.D. work in Sports Science/Motor Control at the University of Utah prior to working with the U.S. Ski Team's Sport Science Department as Director of Athlete Preparation. He has also Coached and was the Head Physiologist with the U.S. Ski Team's Men's Alpine World Cup Team, and was Assistant Director of Coaches Education for USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association). He worked with the Norwegian Men's Alpine National Team as an on-hill coach and sport science consultant for five years before returning to the U.S. Ski Team in 2010. For five years he was the Education Manager for PSIA-I (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Ron is a PSIA Level 3 Instructor/Examiner and Level 500 International Coach. He has delivered over 100 presentations nationally and internationally on skiing.

Jean-Dominique LAPORTE

Jean-Dominique Laporte is a retired ski resort doctor in Les Angles in France. He was the president of the Association des Médecins de Montagne from 1995 to 2010, a French network of ski resort doctors created in 1992. During his career, he created a network for monitoring of ski risks and analyzing snow sports epidemiology. He is also a member of the consultative committee of the European cross-border hospital of Cerdagne.

Catherine MASSON

Catherine MASSON, 55 years old, is female senior researcher at the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Applications, a joint Gustave Eiffel University/Aix-Marseille University research unit. She graduated from Aix-Marseille University with a PhD in Mechanics and Acoustics, and an accreditation to direct research (HDR) in Biomechanics. Her research field ranges from mechanical properties identification of biological tissues to human body characterization, including experimental accident reconstruction in order to derive tolerance limits relative to specific injury mechanisms.


Full Professor for Biomechanics of the University of Innsbruck. The main research focuses are Safety in Snow Sports and Ski-Snow Friction.

Yvan Petit

Yvan Petit is professor in mechanical engineering at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) since 2003. He has a thorough expertise in the fields of biomechanical modeling and mechanical design of medical and protective devices. He is head of the Canada Research Chair on Biomechanics of Head and Spine Trauma that is dedicated to the development of sophisticated tools (numerical and experimental) to better understand, protect and treat traumatic head and spinal injuries. He is also researcher and head of the imaging and orthopaedics research laboratory at CIUSSS Nord de l’île de Montréal, Sacré-Coeur installation (LIO-HSCM). He is also co-founder and member of the scientific committee of the International Research Lab (IRL) on Imaging and Biomechanics of the Spine (iLab-Spine) putting together researchers of 8 institutions (UGE, AMU, CNRS, APHM, Polytechnique Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine, CIUSSS-NIM and ÉTS Montreal) to develop sophisticated numerical models for the study of spinal injuries and pathologies. He has published more than 130 scientific papers in peers-reviewed journals and conference proceedings (over 2200 citations and h-index 23 according to google Scholar) and 8 patents/patent applications.


Holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I got involved in Sport Engineering since my PhD in Machine Design focused on multiaxial fatigue of bicycle components under variable loading. Thanks to my passion for cycling and sports, I also addressed the biomechanical aspects of the human body in several sports, focusing on loads acting on equipment interacting with the body. I collaborated with several companies dealing with winter sports such as skis, boots, snowboards, jumps, protections, nets as well as with kayak, cycling, helmets and assistive technologies for sports, with attention to safety and performance. This is now the field where I teach my students and I carry on most of my research. I take part to ISSS activities since 2009 and I organized the ISSS 2015 Congress in San Vito – Cortina, Italy. I promote the synergy between engineers, physicians, sport scientists and psychologists as I believe in collaborations for the improvement of sports safety. I have been organizing the ISEA Winterschool from 2011 to 2018 editions as a unique moment for the dissemination of safety culture and the building of collaborative relations between sport enthusiasts.

Place of Work: Associate Professor in Machine Design-Sports & Rehabilitation Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

Guillaume RAO

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Irving SCHER

Dr. Scher is biomechanical engineer who specializes in injury analysis and prevention in recreational sports. He has dedicated years of research to skiing and snowboarding safety, evaluating human motion, forces, and injury potential using volunteer studies, anthropomorphic test devices, computational models of the human body, and statistical analyses. Dr. Scher is the president and former scientific chair of the International Society for Skiing Safety; a USA delegate on the International Standards Organization committee TC83/SC4 on Snowsports Equipment; the vice-chair of ASTM F27 on Snow and Water Sports. Dr. Scher is also an affiliate Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington.


Dr. John Seifert is a professor in Exercise Physiology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, USA. His research specialty is in alpine skiing. He specializes in performance and safety aspects in both competitive and recreational skiers.

Veit Senner

Dr.-Ing. Veit Senner is associate professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) School of Engineering and Design. He holds an academic degree (Diplom) in Mechanical Engineering and a second academic degree (Diplom) in Sports Science. Heading TUM professorship for Sport Equipment and Materials since 2002, he is focusing on human-centered engineering, biomechanics, athlete equipment interaction, personal protection gear and wearables. Having passed the governmental education program for professional ski instructors he finished with a degree as Certified Ski Instructor (“Staatlich geprüfter Skilehrer”). Since 20 years he is ISSS Vice President and since 15 years  President of the Association Snow Sport Education at German Universities. He has published more than 100 articles in national and international journals as first and as co-author (89 listed in scopus). His actual h-index is 12 (ORCID: 0000-0001-5136-7580).


  • Licenced in Medicine and Surgery by the University of Barcelona in 1980.

  • Ph. D. in Medicine by the University of Barcelona in 1998.

  • Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma.

  • Specialist in Sports Trauma and snow sport injuries.


  • Staff of the Centro Médico Teknon as an orthopaedic surgeon in Barcelona since 1994.
  • Director of Medical Services and Sport Clinic in two different ski resorts in the Pyrenees: Baqueira-Beret ski resort and Boi-Taüll ski resort.

MEMBER OF SOCIETIES: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Spanish Society of Orthopedics (SECOT), Spanish Society of Sports Trauma (SETRADE). Spanish Society of Arthrocopy (AEA). International Society for Snow Sports Trauma and Safety (ISSS). President of the International Society for Snow Sports medicine (SITEMSH).