The annual congress and the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is delighted to welcome over 2.500 delegates to Amsterdam. The event will provide outstanding scientific excellence in the interdisciplinary fields of sport science from physiology and sport medicine to biomechanics, neurosciences, social sciences and humanities. Amsterdam offers something for everyone, come and take part of this unique ECSS congress held 2 meters below the sea level!

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


Host institutions

VU University Amsterdam

VU University Amsterdam (Dutch: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) was founded in 1880 and is one of the two large, publicly funded universities in Amsterdam. The university is associated with VU University Medical Center Amsterdam through the VU-VUmc Foundation.

The university comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 26,000 students. With more than 50 Bachelor’s programmes and almost a 100 Master’s programmes, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of degree pathways. VU University Amsterdam is organized along the lines of the twelve faculties and their departments with a strong emphasis on collaboration through interdisciplinary and translational research institutes. Two of these institutes, EMGO+ and MOVE, are co-hosts for the ECSS 2014 congress.


VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) is a university medical centre, closely associated with VU University Amsterdam. Its core objectives are to deliver patient care in close association with scientific research, academic teaching & postgraduate training.

In its scientific endeavours, approximately 700 full-time research staff helps it to maintain a nationally and internationally competitive position in its fields of specialization. VUmc concentrates its research on five dedicated research areas: cancer & immunology, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, public health, primary care & long-term care and movement sciences.

Its research is organized in five multidisciplinary research institutes; two of them being co-host for this congress: EMGO+ Institute for Health & Care Research (Public health, primary care & long-term care), MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam (Movement sciences, rehabilitation, sport).

VUmc research is strongly translational: from bench to bedside to society. VUmc's studies focus on discovering, testing, implementing and disseminating new insights and on enhancing health care. The VUmc research focus is tailored to international human health and life sciences research programmes, especially those of the European Commission.

Both at VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam sports and human movement are studied in depth. The research of MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam aims to understand and improve sport performance by studying biomechanical, exercise and muscle physiological, and perceptual and cognitive processes and factors. Research at EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research is devoted to the health aspects of sports and physical (in-) activity. The scientific quality and practical applicability of our research is testified by their vast output in high-impact, refereed international journals devoted to both theoretical and applied aspects of sports and human movement research.


Congress Venue - Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre



Amsterdam RAI is conveniently located just south of Amsterdam’s centre. It is easy to reach by car or public transport and has ample parking facilities inside and outside the venue. Free shuttle buses are available to and from Amsterdam RAI.


Scientific highlights at the 19th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science – ECSS Amsterdam 2014

Tom Reilly Memorial Lecture

“The effect of intensified training on performance and muscle adaptations in well-trained people” – Jens Bangsbo
5th of July 2014, Start: 15:30, Lecture room: Auditorium


Women versus men in sport and exercise
02.07.2014, Start: 16:50, Lecture room: Auditorium, Chairs: Mireille Van Poppel (VU University Medical Center) and Jo de Ruiter (Research Institute MOVE, VU University)

Who has the future in public health – young or old?
03.07.2014, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: Willem Van Mechelen (VU University Medical Center) and Allard Van Der Beek (EMGO Insitute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center)

Interaction between thermal environment, mental and physical status of the athlete and power output
04.07.2014, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: Auditorium, Chairs: George Havenith (Loughborough University) and Hein Daanen (TNO)

Challenges for the Paralympic Games: fairness and identity
05.07.2014, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: Auditorium, Chairs: Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey (Loughborough University) and Thomas W.J. Janssen (VU University Amsterdam)

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, the YIA is an integral part of the annual ECSS congresses. 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 mini-oral 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 sport 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

Registrations 2 500
Abstracts accepted 1 908
Delegates from 75 countries
YIA Applicants 345
Plenary sessions 4
Invited sessions 36
Oral sessions 76
Mini-oral sessions 118
E-posters 529


Top 10 abstracts per topic

Training and Testing 300 15.72 %
Physiology 297 15.57 %
Health and Fitness 225 11.79 %
Biomechanics 175 9.17 %
Sports Medicine 159 8.33 %
Psychology 144 7.55 %
Nutrition 101 5.29 %
Neuromuscular Physiology 86 4.51 %
Motor Learning 66 3.46 %



ECSS Educational Workshop – ‘Publishing in scientific journals – Getting that first paper published in a peer-reviewed journal’

ECSS Educational Workshop – Social Media and Sport Research - What’s trending in #ECSS2014?

Read more



Sports Nutrition then and now – hosted by GSSI
2nd of July 2014, Start: 8:00, Lecture room: Emerald

Performance Assessment with Force Plates – Bringing Science to Practice
2nd of July 2014, Start: 10:30, Lecture room: G-104

How to win the march: The science behind football
2nd of July 2014, Start: 13:00, Lecture room: Emerald

Read more



The congress is offering an industrial exhibition with 55 exhibitors are present.

Read more


Main social events

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
2nd of July 2014, Start: 18:15

Closing Ceremony and Congress Party
5th of July 2014, Start: 17:00

For further information and high resolution images, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also please have your published work sent to us, enabling us to link your work to our section ECSS in the media.

Tuulia Hokkanen
Membership Development & Communication Manager
Phone: +49 221 9626 2771
Fax:+49 221 9626 2779
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.