Our Vision is Clear

Professor Tim Cable, ECSS Past President

Leading the promotion and application of world-class science in sport and exercise

Professor Tim Cable ECSS Past President

It has been a pleasure leading ECSS over the past two years. During this time we have re-invigorated the vision and mission statements and developed a new strategy map that I believe will secure the future of the College. We’ve instigated many new strategies around raising the quality of our science and its delivery, both at the annual congress and within European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS). The ECSS office has developed into a highly efficient organiser of the annual congress and manages the delivery of five consecutive annual congresses at any one time. The success of the annual congress has been maintained over recent years with strong delegate numbers and its profile has grown to the extent that record numbers of host institutions and cities are bidding for future events. Congress venues and teams are now confirmed up until 2021.

The voice of ECSS has become ever more global and now reaches more than 80 countries around the world, signifying the reach and impact of the organisation. I now hand over to Professor Joan Duda our new President and Professor Erich Müller, President Elect, who together ensure a dynamic leadership team to build on the significant platform that ECSS has developed.

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Professor Tim Cable, ECSS Past President

Inclusion. Interdisciplinarity. Implementation. Impact.

Professor Joan Duda ECSS President

It is indeed an honour and a privilege to take on the role of President of such a vibrant and truly international College. The research that is shared at our annual congress and presented in EJSS is inclusive of cutting edge work in Physiology and Sport Medicine, Biomechanics and Neuroscience, and all of the Social Sciences and Humanities. We realise though that the major ‘problems’ facing our field and society as a whole (e.g., the promotion of active lifestyles and reduction of sedentary behaviours, talent identification and development) require the integration of concepts and methodological approaches and the embracing of interdisciplinarity. Our new multi- and interdisciplinary stream in the congress programme epitomises the College’s commitment to this ‘joining up’ to advance knowledge in the sport and exercise sciences.

ECSS is also about developing and encouraging evidence-based practice. We look forward to facilitating discussions on furthering the implementation of our science. These conversations will necessitate that applied sport and exercise scientists turn to ECSS as a welcoming, professional home and also that we look outward and engage more with relevant stakeholders, such as those who create policy. In this way, ECSS can help broaden and strengthen the impact of our world-class research in sport and exercise. Exciting and important challenges to be met! I have no doubt that new and innovative solutions will evolve from within our ECSS community.

Read about Joan’s views on interdisciplinarity here

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Professor Erich Müller, ECSS President Elect

Further developing our goals and responding to new challenges

Professor Erich Müller ECSS President Elect

ECSS faces many great challenges. We work hard to find solutions to these as well as new opportunities for our membership, always keeping our goals in mind which are clearly set out in the College’s vision and mission statements. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and assisting the College in their exciting journey in sport and exercise science.

Together with my colleagues from the Executive and Scientific Boards, as well as the ECSS office, I will focus my time on ensuring the annual congress is THE networking event of the year, creating a platform for young scientists through the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA), offering a widespread programme of high quality research (both multi- and interdisciplinary), and encouraging new sponsors – who I believe are an exciting addition to the family, enabling us to offer reduced congress rates to sport and exercise scientists around the world.

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Mission 1: High Quality, Innovative Science

World-class congress @ECSScongress

The annual congress remains the lifeblood of the College. ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017, whilst a bit leaner in terms of number of congress delegates, was marked by quality presentations and also high on the application of knowledge.

ECSS 2018 in Dublin has received a record number of proposals for Plenary and Invited sessions (120) and therefore the spine of the congress programme is in very good shape. We’re grateful to members who have submitted high quality proposals and encourage you to submit your very best work for ECSS Dublin 2018. Also for 2018, the ECSS Reviewing Panel becomes live for the first time, an initiative which began in 2017. This panel consists of 45 expert reviewers from our diverse disciplines, who will review all abstracts in open submission to ensure consistency of quality. With a view of enhancing our coverage of the big issues that face society, we have also convened a new multidisciplinary track, such that these sessions can debate solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Professor Flemming Dela, Chair - ECSS Scientific Board

I’m looking forward to even more high quality science and being presented with the most up-to-date knowledge across the disciplines.

Professor Flemming Dela Chair - ECSS Scientific Board

High ranking sport science journal @EurJSportSci

European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS) | 2.69 Impact Factor | ejss.info


EJSS has had its most successful year yet. In June, our Impact Factor jumped from 1.79 to 2.69! This elevated us from the 31st ranked journal (out of 82) in the Sport Sciences category to 15th (out of 81), making us one of the highest ranked multidisciplinary sport science journals in the world. This certainly reflects the increased influence that the papers published in EJSS are having on knowledge and practice in sport science. The number of papers submitted to EJSS for review also increased markedly (1300+) and led to the appointment of new Section Editors to cope with the increased demand. However, competition for space in the journal is fierce and our acceptance rate is presently just 9%, such that only the very best papers we receive are published. Last year saw us introduce the ‘Best Paper Award’ which was won, despite stiff competition, by Dr Lennart Raudsepp for his paper entitled “Bidirectional association between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls.” Our social media presence remains very strong (with 11.7k+ Twitter followers) and we have introduced video abstracts in which authors provide visual summaries of the key points of their published papers. We invite you to submit your best work for publication!

Professor Andrew Jones, EJSS Editor-in-Chief Scientific Board

EJSS is now one of the highest ranked multidisciplinary sport science journals in the world.

Professor Andrew Jones EJSS Editor-in-Chief
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Mission 2: Empowering Young Scientists

YIA Winners and ECSS Board and Committee Members
YIA Winners and ECSS Board and Committee Members

Our most visible vehicle for supporting and nurturing the scientists of tomorrow, the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA) competition, continues to grow and flourish. The success of EJSS now means that we can ensure that these awards, which are the jewel in the ECSS crown, are sponsored by our Journal and are therefore fully resourced by the College. There is some great synergy here, in that we hope that the high quality science delivered by the young scientists will become highly cited papers in our own journal. We also hope that winners in both the oral and mini-oral awards will become long standing members of the College, take their membership to the higher level of Fellowship status, and eventually go on to serve on the Reviewing Panel and our boards and committees.

Winning the YIA

Brent Raiteri, 2017 ECSS YIA Winner

My experience with the YIA competition this year was exceptional

Brent Raiteri 2017 ECSS YIA Winner

It was certainly humbling to have my work recognised and promoted at an international conference this year. I felt like a celebrity at times and although I am not a fan of being the centre of attention, the YIA allowed me to meet and network with several knowledgeable and important researchers in my field. It was my first ECSS and I was amazed by the amount of support I received during the conference. I was also excited by the quality of presentations in other fields and I felt privileged to meet current and past contestants. It was nice to empathise with them before the final presentations.

There is a certain prestige that comes with winning the YIA that I was not aware of before attending ECSS. I am sure that as a winner of the YIA I will be more likely to form successful collaborations and secure competitive jobs in the future. Hopefully, the findings from the study that I presented will get a few extra citations once published, too!

I feel privileged to have won the award and I thank every person who took the time to congratulate me personally. The YIA process is extremely rewarding and helpful to upcoming scientists, but it is not stress-free and it is comforting to know that the ECSS audience really wants the best for you.

What steps did Brent take to enter the YIA?

"I found out about the YIA through the ECSS organisers and university colleagues. I simply followed the guidelines provided on the congress website to register and become involved."

Why did Brent apply?

"I applied for the YIA because I had interesting findings from a well-controlled study that I knew would appeal to many involved in muscle research. The best way to make the wider audience aware of my findings was through the YIA, and as an upcoming researcher in muscle mechanics, the YIA also provided a way for me to get my name out there for future employment and for new collaborations. Lastly, the YIA platform allowed for my work to be critically reviewed by experts in the field, before the results were published, so it acted as a second peer-review."

Mission 3: Providing high value membership

ECSS membership is great value. For the price of a couple of textbooks, members receive significant reductions on the cost of congress attendance, access to all the latest content in EJSS, access to all ECSS.tv content (which is an extensive resource), the latest job vacancies along with networking and communication updates about the College and scientific community. We’re always looking for initiatives to add, so please send any ideas into the ECSS office.

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Mission 4: Strong relations with key partners

During 2017, the College extended its long-term Platinum partnership with GSSI. This is great news as working together we’ve been able to raise the profile of sport and exercise nutrition within the College and annual congress. The partnership now looks very different to when it began in 2012 and sport nutrition has been part of the staple diet of the annual congress over this time. It’s also excellent to see the shared values around the empowerment of the young scientists, as the GSSI awards become even more high profile.

GSSI was delighted to renew our partnership with ECSS in 2017, thereby allowing us to continue our work in supporting excellence in sport science, the development of future researchers and practitioners, and the dissemination of sports nutrition knowledge.

James Carter Director of GSSI

We also welcome as a long term Gold partner, Catapult, and sincerely hope that this emerging collaboration will develop sector-leading innovations as we have seen with our other partners.

Catapult has been empowering sports scientists, coaches and athletes to train and play smarter since 2006 and partnering with ECSS allows us to continue innovating with scientific rigour and independent validation at the heart of what we do.

Simon Edgar Head of Marketing – Catapult EMEA

Official ECSS industry partners

We very much appreciate the continuous support of our partners. With their high value contributions such as satellites, sponsored sessions and workshops, they not only widen the range of the scientific programme, they raise the quality of the annual congress.

Steffen Neubert ECSS Marketing Manager

Official ECSS scientific partners



ACSM has been an exchange partner of the ECSS since 1998! This year’s session focused on physical activity and the body’s defense system.


We’re building stronger links with CSSS through our lecture exchange initiative. The second edition took place at MetropolisRuhr.


ESSA has been an exchange partner since 2011! This year’s session was on endurance athletes and cooling.


“I always enjoy sharing EU & Japan experiences. Cross border comparison always gives us new insights.”

Professor Ryoichi Nagatomi JSPFSM

Would you like to partner with ECSS? Contact office@sport-science.org