Congress facts

  • E-posters (not debated): 364
  • Conventional print posters (debated): 261
  • Mini-oral presentations: 556
  • Oral presentations: 610
  • Invited presentations: 120

  • Plenary sessions: 4
  • Total number of abstracts: 1.911
  • Total number of participating countries: 76
  • Total number of congress registrations: 2.783
  • Total number of exhibitors: 53
  • Total number of volunteers: 75

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    • Welcome to Vienna: 127.065 hits
    • Abstract Submission: 22.570 hits
    • Registration: 19.106 hits

  • Congress Search engine
    • Visitors: 24.112
    • Keywords: 6.451

  • Social media reach out during the time of the congress on #ECSS2016:
    • Contributors: 962
    • Tweets posted: 2.452
    • Global reach: 1.179.825
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ECSS Young Investigator Award 2016

  • Total number of YIA applicants: 421
  • Total number of YIA finalists:116

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2016

  • Oral presentation
    • 1st         Nattai Borges (Australia)
  • Mini-Oral (Poster) presentation
    • 1st         Reid Reale (Australia)

See all winners here.

Congress venue
Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) provided outstanding facilities for the 21st annual congress of the ECSS. With support of the many stakeholders and employees involved in the organisation of ECSS Vienna 2016 the congress could not have been such a success.

Scientific highlights – plenary sessions, memorial lecture and symposia

Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, 6th July 2016

  • Crossing the limits of impairment – lessons from neuromuscular and cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury
    • Chairs: Nicole Wenderoth (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Norbert Bachl (University of Vienna, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Life-Long Activity-Dependent Neuromuscular Plasticity in Optimizing Performance in the Presence of Neuromotor Disorders, Edgerton, V.R. (United States)
      • Cardiovascular Function During Exercise - The Spinal Cord Injury Model, Theisen, D. (Luxembourg)

Thursday, 7th July 2016

  • Promoting physical activity – environmental and economic health approaches
    • Chairs: Alfred Rütten (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) and Sylvia Titze (University of Graz, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Urban Environments - Key Determinant in Promoting Active Living, Bull, F. (Australia)
      • The WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool – In What Way Can It Support Physical Activity and Sustainability?, Racioppi, F. (Denmark)

Friday, 8th July 2016

  • Crossing borders through technology
    • Chairs: Natàlia Balagué (INEFC Barcelona, Spain) and Arnold Baca (University of Vienna, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Computer Vision in Sports, Moeslund, T. (Denmark)
      • Innovative Technology in Sport: Ethical Perspectives, Loland, S. (Norway)

Saturday, 9th July 2016

  • Crossing cultures and nations – interculturality and transnational mobility as challenges for sport and sport science
    • Chairs: Aage Radmann (University of Malmö, Sweden) and Petra Giess-Stueber (University of Freiburg, Germany)
    • Speakers:
      • Interculturality in Sports as Social Challenge – an Overview of Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Results, Grimminger, E. (Germany)
      • Globalising Sport Across Boundaries: Creating Sustainable Futures, Nauright, J. (United States)

Memorial Lecture

Saturday, 9th July 2016

  • Tom Reilly Memorial Lecture
    • Chairs: Tim Cable (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
    • Speakers:
      • Atkinson, G. (United Kingdom)

Satellite Symposia

Wednesday, 6th July 2016

  • Sports Nutrition then and now – hosted by GSSI
    • Chair: John Hawley (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
    • Speakers:
      • Welcome and Opening Remarks, James Carter (GSSI)
      • Science on the road: Nutrition in Cycling, James Morton (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
      • Integrating Technology and Nutrition: Innovations from CBF and FCB, Ian Rollo (GSSI)
      • How Science Feeds Rugby Players, Graeme Close (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
      • Future Insights into the Translation of Science to Sport, Stuart Phillips (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Crossing Borders in Martial Arts Development
  • The Evolution of Critical Power Testing in the Laboratory and in the Field


All plenary and some of the invited sessions of the congress are available for you on and later on ECSS YouTube Channel. is a free of charge service for all ECSS members.

Please find images of the congress via Online Gallery here. Use the password ECSS2016 to access the pictures.