The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is excited to welcome over 2.500 participants to the 21st annual Congress of the ECSS in Vienna, Austria.

Once again outstanding science will be on display in several different session types. The theme of the congress “Crossing borders through sport Science” is emphasizing the nature of multidisciplinarity of the ECSS congresses. There are experts presenting their research from social sciences and humanities, biomechanics and neuromuscular as well as physiology and sports medicine. This will guarantee that there will be something for anyone.

The beautiful city of Vienna provides a perfect setting for the ECSS congress. Participants are able to stroll around the historical sights of Vienna and enjoy the best coffee in the world. Also the traditional vineyards are worth a visit. 

Vienna is easily accessible from all around the world and the public transportation within the city is excellent. Please find more information here.



Host institution

Centre for Sport Science and University Sports, University of Vienna

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. It is the largest university in Central Europe and the oldest one in the German-speaking World. It currently has 92.000 enrolled students.

The Centre for Sport Science and University Sports (CSU) is among one of the 19 faculties/centres of the University of Vienna. It includes the Institute of Sport Science (ISS) representing the scientific sub division and the University Sports Institute (USI), being the central institution for college sports in Vienna.

Congress Venue

Austria Center Vienna
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna


Austria Center Vienna offers state-of-the-art facilities to organise congresses and events. It is located in a modern district with a smooth public transport towards the city centre and the airport.

Scientific highlights at the 21st annual Congress of the ECSS


[PS-PL01] Crossing the limits of impairment – lessons from neuromuscular and cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury
6th July 2016, Start: 16:45, Lecture room: "E", Speakers: Reggie Edgerton (USA) and Daniel Theisen (Luxembourg) Read more

[PS-PL02] Promoting physical activity – environmental and economic health approaches
7th July 2016, Start: 11:30, Lecture room: "E", Speakers: Fiona Bull (Australia) and Francesca Racioppi (Denmark) Read more

[PS-PL03] Crossing borders through technology
8th July 2016, Start: 11:30, Lecture room: "E", Speakers: Thomas Moeslund (Denmark) and Sigmund Loland (Norway) Read more

[PS-PL04] Crossing cultures and nations – interculturality and transnational mobility as challenges for sport and sport science
9th July 2016, Start: 11:30, Lecture room: "E", Speakers: Elke Grimminger (Germany) and John Nauright (USA)

Please find the full scientific programme here.

Young Investigators Award (YIA)

Once again the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA) will be the highlight of the congress. ECSS aims to support young, up-coming sport scientists and foster the state-of-the-art research.

Since its inauguration the ECSS has given the young scientists an opportunity to enter to this prestigious competition for scientific excellence. Within the competition exceptional scientific work is presented at the annual congresses of the ECSS. A jury consisting of the ECSS Scientific Board and Committee grants the awards based upon oral and mini-oral presentation. First ten in each category are awarded in the YIA Award Ceremony on Saturday, 9th July.

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 (as of 23rd June 2016)       2.640
Abstracts accepted 1.911
Delegates from 66 countries
YIA Finalists 116
Plenary sessions 4
Invited sessions 38
Oral sessions 120
Mini-Oral sessions 69
Conventional print poster sessions 36
E-posters 362


Top 10 abstract  topics

Physiology      329      17,22 %     
Training and Testing 304 15,91 %
Health and Fitness 254 13,29 %
Biomechanics 165 8,63 %
Psychology 108 5,65 %
Nutrition 107 5,60 %
Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics 106 5,55 %
Neuromuscular Physiology 93 4,87 %
Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy 74 3,87 %
Physical Education and Pedagogics   55 2,88 %



EWSSa - Preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals: Strategies and writing skills

EWSSb - Mixed Modeling: Learning to Love the Standard Deviation

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Sports Nutrition then and now – hosted by GSSI
6th & 7th July 2016, 09:00 – 12:00, room: F2

Crossing Boarders in Martial Arts Development
6th July 2016, 09:00 – 12:00, room 1.62

The Evolution of Critical Power Testing in the Laboratory and in the Field
6th July 2016, 09:00 – 12:00, room: L1

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A large area has been allocated for the congress exhibition with 53 exhibitors which will form the hub of the congress from 6th to 8th July. Read more


Main social events

Opening ceremony and welcome reception
6th July 2016, start: 18:30

2nd ECSS Bengt Saltin Run 2016
8th July 2016, start: 07:00

Closing Ceremony and Congress Party
9th July 2016, start: 16:30

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Press Conference

6th July 2016, 09:45 – 10:15, room: N2

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