September 12 - 15, 2024, Opatija, Croatia


Social Sciences and Humanities

Kristoffer Henriksen

Kristoffer Henriksen is a professor at the Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. His research in sport psychology takes a holistic approach and looks at social relations and their influence on athlete development and performance with an emphasis on successful talent development environments. His employment includes a specialized function as a sport psychology practitioner in Team Denmark (national elite sport institution). In this function he focuses on developing mentally strong athletes and coaches and high-performance cultures in national teams. He has supported athletes at numerous championships and three Olympic Games.

Dominic Malcolm

Dominic Malcolm is a Professor of Sociology of Sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Following completion of a BA in Politics at Nottingham University, MA in the Sociology of Sport at Leicester University, and PhD (through published work) also at Leicester, he started at Loughborough in 2005. He is currently Deputy Theme Lead for Sport, Business and Society and a Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes in the School. Dominic has authored 5 monographs, edited 9 anthologies and written over 100 journal articles and book chapters. These publications cover a wide range of subjects within the sociology of sport, including an analytic overview of the subdiscipline in Sport and Sociology (Routledge 2012) which has now been translated into Chinese. Initially this work focused on cricket, and in particular aspects of violence, imperial and postcolonial relations and national identity, and in 2013 this strand of work culminated in the publication of Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity (Bloomsbury). Most recently, research has focused on the intersection of sport, medicine and health. This body of work includes journal articles on the working practices of doctors and physiotherapists in sport, including their and inter-professional relations and management of confidentiality, and their role in the management of pain and injury.  In 2016 he published Sport, Medicine and Health: the medicalization of sport? (Routledge) and, in 2020, The Concussion Crisis in Sport (Routledge).


Physical Education

Ichiro Kawachi

Ichiro Kawachi received his medical degree and Ph.D. (in epidemiology) from the University of Otago, New Zealand.  He has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1992.  Kawachi is the co-editor (with Lisa Berkman) of the textbook Social Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 2000 (new & revised edition with Maria Glymour and Lisa Berkman published in 2014). His other books include Behavioral Economics and Public Health (with Christina Roberto, Oxford University Press, 2015), Neighborhoods and Health (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, with Dustin Duncan 2018) and The Social Epidemiology of Sleep (Oxford University Press, with Dustin Duncan and Susan Redline, 2019).  The Social Epidemiology of the COVID-19 Pandemic is forthcoming in 2023 (Oxford University Press, with Dustin Duncan and Stephen Morse). Kawachi was Editor in Chief of Social Science & Medicine from 2012-2022. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, and an elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He received an honorary Doctor of Science from the Australian National University in 2019.


Top-level Sport

Andrew M Jones

Andrew M Jones PhD DSc is Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter, UK. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the physiology of endurance sports, having studied the determinants of, and limitations to, endurance exercise performance for more than 30 years. Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his expertise in the following areas: 1) control of, and limitations to, human skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism; 2) determinants of exercise intolerance and models of exercise-induced fatigue in health and disease; 3) respiratory physiology, particularly the kinetics of pulmonary gas exchange during exercise; and 4) sports performance physiology, training and nutrition. Prof Jones has published >360 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is one of the world’s most cited researchers in the sport sciences with ~40K citations, h-index of 109 and i10 of 311 (Google Scholar). Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the ACSM’s flagship journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and a member of the editorial boards of several other leading journals in the exercise sciences. Prof Jones received ACSM’s prestigious Citation Award in 2020, accepted an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels in 2023, and is an elected member of the Executive Board of the European College of Sport Science. Prof Jones has a keen interest in the translation of sports science research to aid elite sports performance, having served as Lead Physiologist to UK Athletics for many years, as Special Advisor to the English Institute of Sport, and as a consultant to Nike Inc., including as part of their ‘Breaking 2’ marathon project. Andy is a former international distance runner and still holds UK junior age best performances at 10K and the half marathon.


Physical Conditioning and Injury Prevention

Urs Granacher

Urs Granacher is full professor for Exercise and Human Movement Science at the Department of Sport and Sport Science, University of Freiburg. Between 2012 and 2022, he was head of the Department of Training and Movement Science, University of Potsdam. He graduated in Sport Science and received his PhD and habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) in exercise and movement science, University of Freiburg. His research priorities fall in the field of strength and conditioning. Key components of his research constitute the development of targeted interventions (e.g., neuromuscular training, resistance training) to enhance measures of physical fitness, to examine neuromuscular adaptations, and to reduce injuries. Dr. Granacher is member of ten editorial boards including Sports Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He was appointed by the German Minister of the Interior as chairman of the PotAS-commission to reform the German elite sport system (


Biomechanics and Motor Control

Arnold Baca

Dr. Arnold Baca received the Engineering Diploma in Computer Science and the doctorate in Technical Sciences from the Technical University Vienna. In 1998 he completed his Habilitation in the field of Applied Computer Science in Biomechanics and Kinesiology. Since 2008 he is Full Professor at the Department of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Computer Science in Sport and currently serves as the Head of the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports at the University of Vienna. He has been President of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport from 2007-2013 and is now Honorary President of this association. Arnold Baca has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and 9 books. His current research activity focuses on Computer Science Applied to Biomechanics, Ubiquitous Computing in Sports and Exercise, Multimedia and Information Systems, Biomechanics of Human Motion and Performance Analysis in Team Sports.


Medicine of Sport and Exercise

Felice Strollo

Dr. Felice Strollo is a distinguished Italian researcher and endocrinologist, currently serving as a Researcher in Endocrinology and Diabetes at San Raffaele Pisana, Rome. With a wealth of experience, he also holds the position of Chair of the Endocrinology Unit at Elle-Di srl. Dr. Strollo has made significant contributions to the field of space medicine, having been involved in ESA-NASA space missions and Italian Space Contracts. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Strollo is an accomplished educator. He imparts his expertise as a teacher at the Post-Graduate School of Aerospace Medicine, University Sapienza, Rome, and as a lecturer on endocrinology-related topics. His commitment to education extends to various roles, including Vice-President of the Italian National Association of Athletes with Diabetes (ANIAD). An advocate for bioethics and diabetes awareness, Dr. Strollo holds positions in prestigious committees and societies, including the San Marino Bioethics Committee and the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM). His commitment to diabetes advocacy is evident through his roles at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the 108L Lions District Diabetes Committee.


Sports Recreation

Željko Pedišić

Professor Željko Pedišić is the President of the International Network of Time-Use Epidemiologists (INTUE). His research is centred around chronic disease prevention and promotion of well-being through healthy use of time. His interests span: prevalence, determinants, and outcomes of unhealthy time use; statistical and measurement methods in time-use epidemiology; and public health surveillance, policies, and interventions. Author of the framework for Viable Integrative Research in Time-Use Epidemiology (VIRTUE) and the framework for Comprehensive Analysis of Policy on Physical Activity (CAPPA). Authored 106 articles in peer-reviewed journals (60 as the first, corresponding and/or senior author and 18 as the second author), 4 books, 16 book chapters, 10 pop-sci articles and infographics, 5 academic reports, and >70 conference papers and abstracts. Cited >8,700 times; H-index = 47; Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) = 3.04. As a supervisor or methodological consultant contributed to 4 bachelor, 25 master, and 17 PhD research theses. Since 2020, on the Elsevier’s list of top 1% researchers globally. Currently ranked among the top 0.38% of researchers globally in all fields of science. In free time, enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing piano, composing music, doing sports, cycling, skiing, and eating pizza.


Adapted Physical Activity and Kinesitherapy 

Antonia Kaltsatou


Dr. Antonia Kaltsatou is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Thessaly's School of Physical Education and Sport Science and possesses a Ph.D. in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise science from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of elderly and chronic patients through exercise programs. Her work also innovatively confronts the health challenges presented by climate change to these vulnerable groups, applying cooling strategies to overcome their detrimental effects. Recently, she has been awarded a Fellowship from the European Committee of Research and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and applied an innovative multidisciplinary rehabilitation program aimed at improving the well-being and quality of life of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.



4th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2005


Paavo V. Komi, Neuromuscular Research Center, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Wildor Hollmann, Institute for Cardiology and Sports Medicine, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany

Kenneth Hardman, University College Worcester, UK

Nevenka Čavlek, Graduate School of Economics and Business, Zagreb, Croatia

Steven N. Blair, Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas, USA

Joszef Tihanyi, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Erich Müller, University of Salzburg, Department of Sport Science, Austria

James S. Skinner, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Mike Hughes, Centre for Performance Analysis, UWIC, Cardiff, UK  

Otmar Weiss, Department of Sports Science, University of Vienna, Austria

Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Tetsuo Fukunaga, Department of Sports Sciences, Waseda University, Japan


5th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2008


Erich Müller, University of Salzburg, Department of Sport Science, Austria

Jay R. Hoffman, Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, USA

Branislav Antala, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Petr Blahuš, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Katarina T. Borer, Division of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, USA

Barry Drust, Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Mark L. Latash, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

Iñigo Mujika, Department of Research and Development, Athletic Club Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

Roland Renson, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Ross H. Sanders, Centre for Aquatics Research and Education, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Claude Sobry, Sport and Physical Education Faculty, Université Lille – Nord de France

Horst Strohkendl, University of Cologne, Germany

Tommi Vasankari, UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland

Otmar Weiss, University of Vienna, Austria


6th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2011


Sigmund Loland, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

David Bishop, School of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University and Institute of sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University

Branislav Antala, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Herman Berčič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of sport Ljubljana, Slovenia

Laura Capranica, DiSMUS, University of Rome Foro Italico, Rome, Italy

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA

Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Freie Universität Berlin

Dario Farina, Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany

Jay R. Hoffman, Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, USA

Erich Müller, University of Salzburg, Department of Sport Science, Austria

Pekka Oja, UKK Institute, Tampere, Finland

Claude Sobry, University Lille North of France, ER3S-IRNIST

Katarina Tomljenović Borer, Division of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, USA

Weimo Zhu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA  


7th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2014


Maria Dinold, University of Vienna, Centre for Sport Science and University Sports, Austria

Barbara Wessner, Centre of Sports Sciences and University Sports, University of Vienna, Austria

Jacques Duysens, Dept. of Kinesiology, KU-Leuven, Belgium

Antonio Méndez-Giménez, University of Oviedo, Spain

Martin Buchheit, ASPIRE – Academy for Sports Excellence, Doha, Qatar

Herman Berčič, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of sport Ljubljana, Slovenia

Vladimir B. Issurin, Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport, Israel

Gregor Jurak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Annette R. Hofmann, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany

Steven J. Fleck, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA


8th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2017


Nejc Šarabon, University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences and Andrej Marušič Institute, Koper, Slovenia

Katarina Tomljenovic Borer, School of Kinesiology, The University of Michigan, USA

Zeevi Dvir, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Javier Fernandez-Rio, University of Oviedo, Department of Education Sciences, Oviedo, Spain

Anita Hökelmann, Institute of Sport Science, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany

Mark De Ste Croix, School of Sport and Exercise, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Leigh Robinson, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

Marc Lochbaum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA

Brad Schoenfeld, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York, USA

Will G. Hopkins, Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Govindasamy Balasekaran, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Mats Nilsson, Deptartment of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden