In October 2013 I had the distinct honour of being invited to give the keynote lecture at the Danish Society of Biomechanics annual meeting. The talk, entitled New Insights on the Role of Muscles in Knee Stabilisation, was my first international keynote and giving it was a humbling experience. Denmark has a strong history of biomechanics research and the conference featured groups from Copenhagen, Aalborg and Odense among others. Norway was also represented, as was the Netherlands with one of my early heroes of biomechanics, Peter Huijing, whose comments following my lecture were greatly appreciated and inspiring.
Denmarks modern biomechanics research is world class and the Steno lecture, given by Dr. Troels Kardel entitled “On Steno and his Myology – Finds and Essentials in 40 Years’ research” and Chaired by Finn Bojsen-Møller, demonstrated the strong history behind today’s success. This talk pointed out, among other things, how Nicolas Steno’s controversial theories on muscle contraction were essentially buried in the 17th century until they were reintroduced and found to be highly accurate by the research of Prof Huijing and others in the late 1980s.