European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

The ECSS is an international non-profit organization founded in Nice, France in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine. The ECSS associates scientists committed to the ECSS mission by individual membership. By organizing annual scientific congresses in collaboration with leading european sport science institutions the ECSS provides a networking platform to share your knowledge.

Being the main scientific event of the ECSS, annual congresses have been organized since the inauguration of the ECSS. Today the ECSS congresses rank among the leading sport scientific congresses worldwide. The congress comprises a range of invited lecturers, multi- and mono-disciplinary symposia as well as tutorial lecturers and Socratic debates. The ECSS congress is attended by international sport scientists with an academic career.


Host institution

The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at LJMU is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and teaching. It was the first institution in the UK to award degrees in Sports Science and Science and Football and has developed these programmes further to offer students an innovative and challenging learning experience.


Congress venue

ACC Liverpool, home to the BT Convention Centre and the Echo Arena opened in January 2008. Bordered by the magnificent waterfront setting on the banks of the world-famous River Mersey and a landscaped piazza for outdoor events and performances, the venue offers the flexibility, support and cutting edge technology to ensure a successful event.


Scientific highlights

NEW HORIZONS: For the Challenge of Reducing Sedentary Activity in Humanss

06.07.2011, Start: 17:00, Lecture room: "Hall 1", Chair: Willem van Mechelen (NED), VU University Medical Center

NEW HORIZONS: In the Role of exercise in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

07.07.2011, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: "Hall 1", Chair: Bernardo Nadal-Ginard (GBR), Liverpool John Moores University

NEW HORIZONS: For (Para)Olympism in 2012 and Beyond

08.07.2011, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: "Hall 1", Chair: Sigmund Loland (NOR), The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

NEW HORIZONS: In the Integration of Science and Football (Dedicated to Prof. Tom Reilly)

09.07.2011, Start 12:00, Lecture room: "Hall 1", Chairs: Valter di Salvo (ITA), ASPIRE/University of Rome and Barry Drust (GBR), Liverpool John Moores University


Young Investigators Award (YIA)

One of the key objectives of the ECSS is the promotion of junior scientists and the fostering of state-of-the-art research. For this purpose the ECSS established the Young Investigators Award (YIA).

Since the inauguration of the ECSS and its first annual congress in Nice, France in 1996, Mars Inc. as founding partner of the ECSS sponsors the YIA with generous cash prizes to support up-coming scientists. Young scientists have the opportunity of entering this prestigious competition for scientific excellence, where outstanding scientific work can be presented at the annual congress. A jury consisting of the ECSS Scientific Board and ECSS Scientific Committee grants the awards based upon an oral and poster presentation for the top ten presentations respectively. Each year the YIA Cocktails reunite all former YIA winners at the annual ECSS congresses - an ECSS-based network, uniting generations of scientists. Today many former YIA winners are still closely connected to the ECSS and even support the ECSS in its boards and committees. The award has functioned for previous YIA winners as a starting point of their scientific career.


Congress facts (as of 29.06.2011)

Registrations 2013

YIA applications 300

Participating countries 60

Plenary sessions 4

Invited symposia 116

Oral presentations 411

Poster presentations 1230


Satellite workshops

ECSS Educations Workshop 2011 - Scientific writing

Cardiovascular Ultrasound in Sport and Exercise Science summer school

Sport Psychology Delivery Inside US Professional Sport and the English Premier League: Beauty and the Beast!

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions for children and young people


Main social events

Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception

Closing Ceremony and Closing Reception


ECSS Liverpool 2011 - New Horizons from a World Heritage City


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