At ECSS Malmö 2015 the ESSA - ECSS exchange program delegate was Rossana Nogueira from the Griffith University, Australia. She was awarded with ESSA Medal. As part of the award ESSA send her to ECSS Malmö 2015 to present her research in the context of ‘ESSA – ECSS research exchange’.

Rossana presented a study which is part of her PhD ‘Exercising Opportunities to Prevent Chronic Diseases: the Capo Kids Trial’ in the room Kuben on Friday 26th of June. Please, read more about her experiences in Malmö below.

ESSA-ECSS best research exchange report

I have just returned from an amazing experience at ECSS Malmö 2015, as a result of the award I received from the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). The award was the ESSA Medal, which I proudly received after my PhD Thesis was chosen from a selection of theses that I am sure were of excellent quality. I completed my PhD at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, and the study investigated whether a short, in-school intervention program, could reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and obesity in pre and early pubertal children. The trial was nine months long, and was composed of a combination of a Brazilian sport called capoeira, with other medium to high impact activities such as jumping and skipping. The trial, consisting of three ten minute’s sessions per week, resulted in improvement in the musculoskeletal and metabolic systems of the participants.

After finalising my Doctorate at the end of 2014, my supervisor, Dr. Belinda Beck encouraged me to apply for the annual ESSA Medal. In addition to receiving the ESSA Medal, the award included an opportunity to represent ESSA in the 20th European College of Sport Science (ECSS) Conference in Malmö, Sweden, as part of the ECSS - ESSA exchange program. I could not believe it when I received the email indicating that my thesis was chosen as the winning thesis as I never imagined I would be able to win something this big! It was an amazing feeling! I contacted my supervisors as well as my family straight away to share the delightful news, and started to organise my life; because I was going to Sweden!

This was to be my very first time in Europe, so I was very excited. I flew to Copenhagen, Denmark, as suggested by the ECSS team, and ended up having a great day exploring the town. In the evening I caught the train to Malmo to get myself ready for the conference, which would start the following day. I was based in the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live, which was the same venue as the ECSS 20th annual congress. The venue was in a perfect location, with its surrounding canals and restaurants and there was plenty of time for shopping (after the conference presentations of course), as the sun was setting close to 9.30pm! I was really impressed with the summer solstice effects and the very long summer days in Sweden.

Rossana Nogueira at ECSS Malmö 2015

The conference started with a very interesting morning Symposia, and in the evening, we had the beautiful opening ceremony. The whole conference was very well organised, and it had a broad and interesting program. Choosing what topics to attend was not an easy task! There were so many interesting presentations, with experts from all over the world, that even if it was not specifically in my area of expertise, I attended a wide range of them and really enjoyed the experience. My presentation was on my last day in Malmö, as my flight back home was on Saturday morning, the last day of the conference. It was a very interesting session, with a range of presentations on exercise physiology, and I was the first to present. It was great to present the findings of my study, upon which I had spent so much effort, and to see that other colleagues were fascinated with the study and my findings. I had an amazing time on stage!

The ECSS conference was an absolutely great experience. This was a once in life opportunity that ESSA and ECSS provided me. I felt extremely honoured to have been selected for the ESSA-ECSS Exchange program and to be able to represent ESSA and Griffith University at such a prestigious event. It was a fascinating way of celebrating both the end of my PhD as well as the beginning of my professional carrier as an academic. I cannot thank ESSA and ECSS enough for the opportunity! Rossana Nogueira

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