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Congress facts

Total number of...

  • Participants: 2,301
  • Exhibitors: 53
  • Volunteers: 70
  • Participating countries: 64
  • Abstracts presented: 1,750
  • Plenary sessions: 4
  • Invited sessions: 37
  • Exchange sessions: 3
  • Sponsored sessions: 3
  • Oral sessions: 112
  • Mini-oral sessions: 41
  • Conventional print poster sessions: 30
  • E-posters: 203
  • Most visited articles on the website:
    • Welcome to ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017: 114,684 hits
    • Abstract Submission: 30,330 hits
    • Registration: 14,041 hits

  • Congress search engine
    • Visitors: 14,028
    • Top three keywords: soccer, nutrition & brain

  • Social media outreach #ECSS2017:
    • Contributors: 625
    • Tweets posted: 1,483
    • Global reach: 1,108,212
      (Source: HashtrackingTM)

ECSS Young Investigator Award 2017

  • Total number of YIA applicants: 132
  • Total number of YIA finalists: 86

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2017

  • Oral presentation
    • 1st         Brent Raiteri, Germany, Muscle-tendon Length and Force Affect Human Tibialis Anterior Central Aponeurosis Stiffness In Vivo
  • Mini-Oral (Poster) presentation
    • 1st         Matthew Brook, United Kingdom, A Novel D2O Technique for Dynamic Quantification of Skeletal Muscle RNA Synthesis in Relation to Exercise and Ribosomal Biogenesis

See all winners here.

EJSS Best Paper Award 2017

Author: Lennart Raudsepp
Title: Bidirectional association between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1174312

Runner up
Authors: Stine D. Søndergård, Flemming Dela, Jørn W. Helge, Steen Larsen
Title: Actovegin, a non-prohibited drug increases oxidative capacity in human skeletal muscle
Published in Volume 16, Issue 7 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1130750

All winners listed here.

GSSI Sports Nutrition Award 2017

Antonio Paoli, Italy, Effects of Ten Months of Intermittent Fasting on Strength, Body Composition and Metabolism in Athletes

All winners are listed here.

Aspetar Excellence in Football Award 2017

Ric Lovell, Australia, Scheduling of Injury Prevention Exercises during the Soccer Micro-Cycle: Insights from Muscle Damage, Soreness and Performance Recovery Profiles

All winners are listed here.

DTB Tennis Award 2017

Danielle Gescheit, Australia, Measures of load and injury in tennis: Are there relationships?

Read more here.

Congress venue

The two buildings used at Messe Essen for the 22nd annual congress of the ECSS were well functioning and the onsite technical team worked efficiently to ensure the smooth running of the congress.

Scientific highlights

Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

  • Individuality – Social and Physiologic Perspectives for Fitness and Health
    • Speakers:
      • Consumers, Active Leisure and Performative Rationalization, Sassatelli, R. (Italy)
      • Individuality – A Physiological Perspective, Hoppeler, H. (Switzerland)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

  • Development of Talented Players to World Champions In Football
    • Speakers:
      • Developing Elite Football Players: Practice, Specificity, and Plasticity, Williams, A. (United States)
      • Scientific Support for Elite Football - Lessons from Brazil 2014, Meyer, T. (Germany)

Friday, 7 July 2017

  • Back Pain – Prevention and Therapy in the Modern Society
    • Speakers:
      • New Insights into Motor Adaptations in Low Back Pain and Neck Pain: Implications for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Falla, D. (United Kingdom)
      • Physical Activity and Biopsychosocial Modulation in Musculoskeletal Pain: how to Conceptualize Health-Promoting Activity?, Hasenbring, M. (Germany)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

  • Inclusion in Sport
    • Speakers:
      • Prostheses and Orthoses – How Do They Effect Load Management and Sports Performance?, Brüggemann, G. (Germany)
      • The Business of Inclusive Sport: a Philosophical Anthropology of Utopia, Howe, P. D. (United Kingdom)

Presidental Lecture

Saturday, 8 July 2017

  • Inclusion, interdiciplinarity, implementation, impact, Duda, J. (United Kingdom)

Satellite Symposia

Tuesday, 5 July 2017

From the Lab to the Track – Current Aspects of Testing, Training and Recovery in Elite Sports – hosted by the Faculty of Sport Science of the Ruhr-University Bochum

Wednesday, 6 July 2017

Lab to the Field: Translation of Sports Nutrition into Practical Application – hosted by Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) Chair: Keith Barr, UC Davis, USA

  • Welcome, James Carter (GSSI)
  • Dietary nitrate: a tool for all? Training aid or competition specific? Anni Vanhatalo (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Is there a need for gender-specific sports, nutrition and recovery strategies? Emma Stevenson (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Hydration: Time to re-think rehydration, Lewis James (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Translation to the field: Use of nitrates, rehydration and nutrition recommendations in high performance sport, Jeni Pearce (High Performance Sport New Zealand, New Zealand)

All plenary sessions and some of the invited sessions were available via livestream at the 2017 congress. In the future these can be found on the ECSS YouTube Channel.

Special thanks to the exhibitors!
We thank all 53 exhibitors for showcasing their state-of-the-art products and services during the congress. Participants had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of new businesses and organisations, learning about their scientific solutions and thus increasing their knowledge of the latest developments and trends available in the market.

Some of the best moments of ECSS MetropolisRuhr have been captured by our photographer and are now available via on an online gallery here. Please access the photographs with the following password: ECSS2017


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.


Congress facts

  • E-poster: 400
  • Mini-oral: 473
  • Oral presentations: 589
  • Invited presentations: 124

  • Plenary sessions: 4
  • Total number of abstracts: 1.587
  • Total number of participating countries: 70
  • Total number of congress registrations: 2.394
  • Total number of exhibitors: 44
  • Total number of volunteers: 65

  • Website popular articles:
    • Welcome to Malmö: 127.065 hits
    • Abstract Submission: 22.570 hits
    • Registration: 19.106 hits

  • Congress Search engine
    • Visitors: 24.112
    • Keywords: 6.451

  • Social media reach out during the time of the congress on #ECSS2015:
    • Contributors: 920
    • Tweets posted: 3.189
    • Global reach: 986.505
      (Source: HashtrackingTM)

ECSS Young Investigator Award 2015

  • Total number of YIA applicants: 355
  • Total number of YIA finalists:114

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2015

See all winners here.

Congress venue
Clarion Malmö Live and Congress provided state-of-art facilities for the 20th annual congress of the ECSS. Being opened on 2nd of May 2015 the venue is an amazing building for congresses and happenings in the heart of Malmö. The location could not be much better, stone throw away from the Malmö Central Station and the City Centre. Skybar in the 25th floor was an outstanding experience for all of its visitors. In addtion, the concert hall used in the opening ceremony which kicked off the whole ECSS meeting was the icing on the cake.

Scientific highlights – plenary sessions, memorial lecture and symposiums
Wednesday, 24th June 2015

  • Chances and Challenges for Physical Activity and Learning - Sustainable Movements and Movement Cultures
    • Chairs: Angela Schneider (Western University, Canada) and Karen Søgaard (Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Denmark)
    • Speakers:
      • Exercise, Learning and Memory, Nilsen, J. (Denmark)
      • Sport Science and the Idea of the Obesity Crisis: A Memetic Consideration, Tinning, R. (Australia)

Thursday, 25th June 2015

  • From the Cradle to the Grave - Sport and Physical Activity for a Sustainable Body
    • Chairs: Jens Bangsbo (University of Copenhagen) and Gertrud Pfister (University of Copenhagen)
    • Speakers:
      • Sport and Physical Activity for a Sustainable Body - Past, Present and Future Challenges, Hedenborg, S (Sweden)
      • The Older Muscle: Ageing or Disuse?, Harridge, S. (United Kingdom)

Friday, 26th June 2015

  • Exercise, Energy Intake, Brain Health And Well Being
    • Chairs: Marco Narici, (University Of Nottingham)
    • Speakers:
      • Energy Intake and Exercise as Determinants of Brain Health and Vulnerability to Injury and Disease, Mattson, M. (United States)
      • Can Exercise and Physical Activity Optimise the Wellbeing of Populations?, Thompson, J.L. (United Kingdom)

Saturday, 27th June 2015

  • Inactivity And The Ageing Population
    • Chairs: Joan Duda (University Of Birmingham)
    • Speakers:
      • Increasing Physical Levels Is The Key Component To Improving Lifelong Health And Well Being, Blair, S. (United States)
      • Pharmaceutical Drug Development Is The Key To Offsetting Age Related Dysfunction And Chronic Disease, Evans, W. (United States)

Wednesday, 24th June 2015

  • The Bengt Saltin Tribute Symposium
    • Chairs: Gisela Sjøgaard (University Of Southern Denmark) and Marco Narici (University of Nottingham)
    • Speakers:
      • Professor Bengt Saltin’s Legacy and Contribution to the ECSS, Narici, M. (United Kingdom)
      • Integrative Physiological Approaches for Optimizing Muscular Performance and Health, Sjøgaard, G. (Denmark)
      • Role of Muscle Glycogen in Exercise Metabolism and Performance, Graham, T. (Canada)
      • Exercise Training-Induced Regulation of Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Mitophagy, Pilegaard, H. (Denmark)
      • The Essential of Interdisciplinary Respect in Research for a Sustainable Understanding of Human Physical Activity and Sport, Hedenborg, S., Radmann, A. (Sweden)

Satellite Symposia

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

  • Insights into the Measurement and Manipulation of Metabolism in Athletes - hosted by GSSI
    • Chair: Clyde Williams
    • Speakers:
      • Welcome and Opening Remarks, James Carter (GSSI) and Lawrence Spriet (University of Guelph, Canada)
      • Regulation of Exercise-induced Lipid Metabolism, Bente Klens, (University of Copenhagen)
      • Measuring Fat Oxidation in Athletes and Nutritional Interventions to Increase it, Rebecca Randell (GSSI)
      • Regulation of Glucose and Glycogen Metabolism During and After Exercise, Erich Richter (University of Copenhagen)
      • Translation of the Science behind Carbohydrate Metabolism and its Application in Sport, Jens Bangsbo (University of Copenhagen)
  • Sustainable Physical Education for a Sustainable Society
  • Internet of Sports — on the definition of an international research agenda
  • VO2max, the gold standard for health performance assessment in both laboratory-based and field-based testing - hosted by COSMED
    • Chairs: Hans Sondergaard, Carsten Lundby and Jose Antonio Lopez Calbet
    • Theoretical Session:
      • Measuring O2 uptake, an historical perspective
      • Factors limiting VO2max in athletes
      • Should altitude training be recommended to elite athletes?
    • Practical Session:
      • Laboratory Testing (ramp test with cyclergometer)
      • Field Testing (Cross country skiing)
      • Data Analysis

Please watch the following videos on our YouTube Channel:

Memories of
ECSS Malmö 2015
Congress Presidents
Susanna Hedenborg &
Aage Radmann
ECSS President
Prof. Tim Cable
ECSS Past President
Prof. Marco Narici


Plenary sessions and some invited sessions can be watched on and/or ECSS Youtube Channel. Please find more images from Malmö from our Flicker account – here.


Congress facts
Total number of congress participants: 2.760
Total number of participating countries: 75
Total number of abstracts: 1.908
Plenary sessions: 4 – 8 key note lectures
Invited presentations: 114
Oral presentations: 896
Mini-oral: 410
E-poster: 488

Total number of exhibitors: 57
Total number of volunteers: 120

Social media reach out during the time of the congress on #ECSS2014:
Contributors: 865
Tweets posted: 2.604
Global reach: 1.109.434
(Source: HashtrackingTM)

ECSS Young Investigator Award 2014
Total number of YIA applicants: 345
Total number of YIA finalists:125

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2014

Oral presentation
1st         Mike Stembridge, (UK)

Mini-Oral (Poster) presentation
1st         Xinyan Zheng (Japan)

See all winners here.

Congress venue
The RAI Convention Centre was a great venue for the 19th ECSS Congress. It provided functional facilities for all of the activities during the congress, from exhibition and various scientific sessions to social events and networking. It was located near to a metro station and it was easily accessible by car, plane, train and bike. Also the canal close by connected the venue to the rest of the city by water.

Scientific highlights – plenary sessions, memorial lecture and symposiums
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

  • Women versus men in sport and exercise
  • Chairs: Mireille Van Poppel (VU University Medical Center and Jo de Ruiter (Research Institute MOVE, VU University)
  • Speakers:
    • Gender differences in physical activity and sedentary time: do they translate to gender differences in health outcomes?, Brown, W. (Australia)
    • Sex differences in neuromuscular fatigue and performance: why does it matter?, Hunter, S.K. (USA)

Thursday, 3rd July 2014

  • Interaction between thermal environment, mental and physical status of the athlete and power output
  • Chairs: George Havenith (Loughborough University) and Hein Daanen (TNO)
  • Speakers:
    • Behavioural adaptations during exercise in extreme ambient temperatures, Flouris, A.D. (Greece)
    • Performance in thermal extremes - adaptation to heat and cold, Daanen, H. (Netherlands)

Friday, 4th July 2014

  • Challenges for the Paralympic Games: fairness and identity
  • Chairs: Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey (Loughborough University) and Thomas Janssen (VU University)
  • Speakers:
    • Paralympic sport performance: how can diversity in training, equipment, ergonomics and impairment result in fair competition? Vanlandewijck, Y. (Belgium)
    • Brave new world: ability, technology and ethics, McNamee, M. (United Kingdom)

Saturday, 5th July 2014

  • Who has the future in public health – young or old?
  • Chairs: Willem Van Mechelen (VU University Medical Center) and Allard Van Der Beek (EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center)
  • Speakers:
    • Bend the twig and bend the tree, Chin A Paw, M. (Netherlands)
    • The case for exercise promotion in the elderly, Boreham, C. (Ireland)

Saturday, 5th July 2014

  • Tom Reilly Memorial Lecture: “The effect of intensified training on performance and
    muscle adaptations in well-trained people”
  • Speaker:
    • Jens Bangsbo (Denmark)

Satellite Symposia
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

  • Sports Nutrition then and now – hosted by GSSI
  • Chair: Clyde Williams
  • Speakers:
    • Introduction, Asker Jeukendrup (GSSI and Loughborough University)
    • Gastro-intestinal problems during exercise, Kim van Wijck (Maastricht University)
    • GSSI satellite labs: early learning from a multi-center trial, John Stofan (GSSI)
    • Protein: from general recommendations to individual advice, Luc van Loon (Maastricht University)
    • Sports nutrition in football, Ronald Maughan (Loughborough University)
  • Performance Assesment with Force Plates – Bringing Science to Practice – hosted by KISTLER
  • How to win the match: the science behind football – hosted by Aspetar
  • Chairs: Sebastien Racinais (QAT) and George Nassis (QAT)
  • Speakers:
    • Physical demands and training of the top-class player, Jens Bangsbo (Copenhagen University)
    • Training load, fitness and injury risk: should we be training smarter and harder?, Tim Gabbett (Australian Catholic University)
    • Players’ monitoring, performance enhancement and injury prevention: future challenges, George Nassis (Aspetar)
    • Carbohydrates for performance – time to rethink sports nutrition paradigms?, Tim Noakes (University of Cape Town)

Technical Sessions
Thursday, 3rd July 2014

  • Qualisys: How motocap systems and eyetracking systems can practically be integrated for sports research
  • COSMED: COSMED introduces K5, the wearable metabolic technology

These plenary and invited sessions can be watched on is a free of charge service for all ECSS members. More ECSS Amsterdam 2014 images on Flickr - here.

Congress facts

  • E-posters (not debated): 364
  • Conventional print posters (debated): 261
  • Mini-oral presentations: 556
  • Oral presentations: 610
  • Invited presentations: 120

  • Plenary sessions: 4
  • Total number of abstracts: 1.911
  • Total number of participating countries: 76
  • Total number of congress registrations: 2.783
  • Total number of exhibitors: 53
  • Total number of volunteers: 75

  • Website popular articles:
    • Welcome to Vienna: 127.065 hits
    • Abstract Submission: 22.570 hits
    • Registration: 19.106 hits

  • Congress Search engine
    • Visitors: 24.112
    • Keywords: 6.451

  • Social media reach out during the time of the congress on #ECSS2016:
    • Contributors: 962
    • Tweets posted: 2.452
    • Global reach: 1.179.825
      (Source: HashtrackingTM)

ECSS Young Investigator Award 2016

  • Total number of YIA applicants: 421
  • Total number of YIA finalists:116

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2016

  • Oral presentation
    • 1st         Nattai Borges (Australia)
  • Mini-Oral (Poster) presentation
    • 1st         Reid Reale (Australia)

See all winners here.

Congress venue
Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) provided outstanding facilities for the 21st annual congress of the ECSS. With support of the many stakeholders and employees involved in the organisation of ECSS Vienna 2016 the congress could not have been such a success.

Scientific highlights – plenary sessions, memorial lecture and symposia

Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, 6th July 2016

  • Crossing the limits of impairment – lessons from neuromuscular and cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury
    • Chairs: Nicole Wenderoth (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Norbert Bachl (University of Vienna, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Life-Long Activity-Dependent Neuromuscular Plasticity in Optimizing Performance in the Presence of Neuromotor Disorders, Edgerton, V.R. (United States)
      • Cardiovascular Function During Exercise - The Spinal Cord Injury Model, Theisen, D. (Luxembourg)

Thursday, 7th July 2016

  • Promoting physical activity – environmental and economic health approaches
    • Chairs: Alfred Rütten (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) and Sylvia Titze (University of Graz, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Urban Environments - Key Determinant in Promoting Active Living, Bull, F. (Australia)
      • The WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool – In What Way Can It Support Physical Activity and Sustainability?, Racioppi, F. (Denmark)

Friday, 8th July 2016

  • Crossing borders through technology
    • Chairs: Natàlia Balagué (INEFC Barcelona, Spain) and Arnold Baca (University of Vienna, Austria)
    • Speakers:
      • Computer Vision in Sports, Moeslund, T. (Denmark)
      • Innovative Technology in Sport: Ethical Perspectives, Loland, S. (Norway)

Saturday, 9th July 2016

  • Crossing cultures and nations – interculturality and transnational mobility as challenges for sport and sport science
    • Chairs: Aage Radmann (University of Malmö, Sweden) and Petra Giess-Stueber (University of Freiburg, Germany)
    • Speakers:
      • Interculturality in Sports as Social Challenge – an Overview of Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Results, Grimminger, E. (Germany)
      • Globalising Sport Across Boundaries: Creating Sustainable Futures, Nauright, J. (United States)

Memorial Lecture

Saturday, 9th July 2016

  • Tom Reilly Memorial Lecture
    • Chairs: Tim Cable (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
    • Speakers:
      • Atkinson, G. (United Kingdom)

Satellite Symposia

Wednesday, 6th July 2016

  • Sports Nutrition then and now – hosted by GSSI
    • Chair: John Hawley (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
    • Speakers:
      • Welcome and Opening Remarks, James Carter (GSSI)
      • Science on the road: Nutrition in Cycling, James Morton (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
      • Integrating Technology and Nutrition: Innovations from CBF and FCB, Ian Rollo (GSSI)
      • How Science Feeds Rugby Players, Graeme Close (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
      • Future Insights into the Translation of Science to Sport, Stuart Phillips (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Crossing Borders in Martial Arts Development
  • The Evolution of Critical Power Testing in the Laboratory and in the Field


All plenary and some of the invited sessions of the congress are available for you on and later on ECSS YouTube Channel. is a free of charge service for all ECSS members.

Please find images of the congress via Online Gallery here. Use the password ECSS2016 to access the pictures.