The 20th annual congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is delighted to welcome over 2.200 delegates to the beautiful city of Malmö to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ECSS. The congress will demonstrate once again outstanding science and state-of-art research in the multidisciplinary fields of sport science. Malmö provides a beautiful and unique setting for the 2015 ECSS Congress. Situated in southern Sweden in the Skåne region, it is easily accessible via air, rail and road from all over the world. Malmö city is also part of the big Öresund region, which is joined by the metropolitan city of Copenhagen. The bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen is one of the biggest constructions in Europe and it guarantees a short 15 minutes’ drive from Malmö to Copenhagen.

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

University of Malmö

Malmö University was founded in 1998 and is a young, modern and international university. It has about 25 000 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Education and research for a sustainable society

Malmö University’s mission is to be an active hub for research, education, and innovation that benefit a global society. The activities of Malmö University are aligned with and focused on the major challenges in our society today and we strive to become a university open to the world around us. Hence, our research is often multidisciplinary and is frequently pursued in collaboration with partners from outside the university.

University of Lund

Lund University has a long and vibrant history covering almost 350 years of teaching. It has evolved from just a few hundred students and professors being paid with meat and grain into its present form, with around 47 000 students and a position of excellence in international teaching and research. The University is organised into eight faculties and also many institutes and research centres. The University has 3 campuses in the cities of Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö (all in southern Sweden).

University of Copenhagen

With over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The purpose of the University – to quote the University Statute – is to ’conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level’.
Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place. These activities take place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories and auditoriums, to the historic buildings and lecture rooms of Frue Plads and other locations.

Congress Venue - Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live, Sweden

Dag Hammarskjölds torg 4
211 18 Malmö

Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live had its opening on 2nd of May 2015. This brand new concert hall, conference centre and hotel is located right at the city centre of Malmö and offers its visitors unique, open atmosphere. The construction of Malmö Live has been a green project including green roofs, solar cells and bio gas.

Scientific highlights at the 20th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science – ECSS Malmö 2015

The Bengt Saltin Tribute Symposium

24th of June 2015, Start: 15:00, Lecture room: High Live 1, Chairs: Gisela Sjøgaard (University of Southern University Denmark) and Marco Narici (University of Nottingham)


Chances and Challenges for Physical Activity and Learning - Sustainable Movements and Movement Cultures
24th of June 2015, Start: 16:45, Lecture room: High Live 1, Chairs: Angela Schneider (Western University) and Karen Søgaard (Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics)

From the Cradle to the Grave - Sport and Physical Activity for a Sustainable Body
25th of June 2015, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: High Live 1, Chairs: Jens Bangsbo (University of Copenhagen) and Gertrud Pfister (University of Copenhagen)

Exercise, Energy Intake, Brain Health and Well Being
26th of June 2015, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: High Live 1, Chairs: Marco Narici (University of Nottingham)

Inactivity and the Ageing Population
27th of June 2015, Start: 12:00, Lecture room: High Live 1, Chairs: Joan Duda (University of Birmingham)

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 1.800
Abstracts accepted 1.587
Delegates from 69 countries
YIA Applicants 114
Plenary sessions 4
Invited sessions 38
Oral sessions 113
Mini-oral sessions 64
E-posters 379


Top 10 abstracts per topic

Physiology 288 18,15 %
Training and Testing 254 16,01 %
Health and Fitness 173 10,90 %
Sports Medicine and Orthopedics 97 6,11 %
Biomechanics 91 5,73 %
Psychology 89 5,61 %
Neuromuscular Physiology 75 4,73 %
Nutrition 67 4,22 %
Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy 65 4,10 %
Sociology 65 4,10 %



ECSS Educational Workshop – ‘Spreadsheets for Research Design and Analysis’

Sponsored Workshop – ‘Polar symposium on heart rate variability - hosted by Polar'

Sponsored Workshop – ‘How to make objective decisions based on GRF measurement to monitor and adjust training that help athletes to develop at an optimal level – hosted by Kistler Instrumente AG

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Sports Nutrition Exchange: Insights into the Measurement and Manipulation of Metabolism in Athletes - hosted by GSSI
24th of June 2015, Start: 9:00 – 12:30, Lecture room: Kuben

Performance Assessment with Force Plates – Bringing Science to Practice
24th of June 2015, Start: 10:00 – 12:00, Lecture room: Live 5

Internet of Sports - on the definition of an international research agenda
24th of June 2015, Start: 10:00 – 12:00, Lecture room: Live 6

VO2max, the gold standard for health performance assessment in both laboratory-based and field-based testing - hosted by COSMED
24th of June 2015, Start: 09:00 – 12:00, Lecture room: High Live 3

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The congress is offering an industrial exhibition with 43 exhibitors present.

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Main social events

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
24th of June 2015, Start: 18:30

1st ECSS Bengt Saltin Run sponsored by Technogym
26th of June 2015, Start: 07:00

Closing Ceremony and Congress Party
27th of June 2015, Start: 16:30

Press Conference

24th of June 2015, 10:00 – 11:00, Lecture room: Live 10

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