Congress facts
Total number of congress participants: 3.112
Total number of participating countries: 75
Total number of abstracts: 2.452
Plenary sessions: 4
Invited presentations:  143
Oral presentations: 465
Mini-Oral presentations: 1228
E-poster not-debated: 454
Total number of exhibitors: 68
Total number of volunteers: 72

ECSS Young Investigators Award 2013
Total number of YIA applicants: 538
Total number of YIA contestents: 276

Total number of YIA finalists: 117

ECSS Young Investigators Award Winners 2013
Oral presentation       
1st Nathan Smith (UK)

Mini-Oral (eposter) presentation
1st Yoko Kunimasa (Japan)

GSSI Nutrition Award Winners 2013

1st Tine Bex (Belgium)

Congress venue

The Olympic Ring up at the Montjuic hill offered outstanding setting as a congress venue with Calatrava’s sculpture-like Telefonica tower, historical Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, beautiful Isozaki’s Palau Sant Jordi and the Institut National d’Educació Fisica de Catalunya (INEFC). The INEFC’s class rooms and lecture halls provided a functional facility for various different purposes and for the biggest exhibition hall in the history of the ECSS.

Scientific highlights – plenary sessions, honorary session and Sport Nutrition Symposium

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

  • Does Pain Produce Gain?
  • Chair: Conzález-Alonso José, Burnel Univesity
  • Speakers:
    • Unification of concepts and measures for capturing the mond control over motion system, Tenenbaum, G. (USA)
    • Uncertainties regarding some of the expected benefits of regular exercise, Bouchard, C. (USA)

Thursday, 27th June 2013

  • Emerging Trends in Team Sports Science sponsored by Aspetar
  • Chair: Anguera Teresa M., University of Barcelona
  • Speakers:
    • Ecological dynamics in analysis of performance in team sport, Davids, K. (Australia)
    • Using team sports to enhance health and well-being in young people, Duda, J.L. (United Kingdom)

Friday, 28th June 2013

  • The Choreography of Movement and the Brain
  • Chair: Beek Peter Jan, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Speakers:
    • Whiter sport science? The challenge of understanding living moment, Scott Kelso, J.A. (USA)
    • Choreographic thinking tools, Delahunta, S. (United Kingdom)

Saturday, 29th June 2013

  • Rehabilitation through Exercise
  • Chair: Wagenmakers Anton, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Speakers:
    • Exercise as prevention and treatment of knee osteoarthritis, Roos, E. (Denmark)
    • The role of muscle stem cells in counter-fighting sarcopenia by exercise, Mackey, A. (Denmark)

Saturday, 29th June 2013

  • Honorary session: Sport Science, in the world of science
  • Chair: Balagué Natalia, INEFC Barcelona
  • Speaker:
  • Saltin, B. (Denmark)

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

  • The Science of Sport Nutrition – hosted by GSSI
  • Chair: Asker Jeukendrup
  • Speakers:
  • Sport Nutrition: A historical perspective, Saltin, B. (Denmark)
  • Timing of protein intake. Is there a window of opportunity?, Tipton, K. (Scotland)
  • Training adaptions: Exercise and macronutrient interactions, Hulston, C. (United Kingdom)
  • Gender differences in protein synthesis, Phillips, S. (Canada)
  • The carbohydrate mouth rinse, Carter, J. (United kingdom)
  • Nitrates and exercise performance, Jones,  A. (United Kingdom)
  • Exercise, motor learning and the brain, Meeusen, R. (Belgium)
  • Genomics and personalized sports nutrition, Bouchard, C. (USA)

These sessions can be watched on is a free of charge service for all ECSS members. More ECSS Barcelona 2013 images on Flickr - here.