Our Highlights, Our Vision

When thinking of the 2018 highlights from a college perspective, the ECSS Dublin congress stands out as a beacon in a long series of successful congresses. From the moment you walked into the Convention Centre Dublin, you could not fail to be impressed by the level of professionalism and organisation that the annual congress is now recognised for. The 2018 edition was packed with high quality delivery from the outset. The marriage of contemporary and cutting-edge research delivered in a world-class environment that allowed for comfort and ample networking, really put our college on a new platform. The 2018 programme, hosted in such an emblematic and historic city as Dublin, allowed us to set a new Northern European attendance record of 2900.

The Executive Board have been working on a number of enhancements to the annual congress in order to sustain the future of the college. Many of these ideas will become evident across future congresses, but a refinement in Dublin saw the announcement of the top ten YIA oral and mini-oral winners at the YIA reception on Friday evening. The subtle change was that the candidates selected in the top four of the oral competition, were also announced at this event, which gave their success more profile. This change in approach brought the opportunity to really celebrate all winners and gave more time to highlight the achievements of the top four at the final session of the congress. As usual, the final session was followed by a wonderful closing party at Dublin’s iconic Guinness Storehouse. Delegates were welcomed to the party by a vibrant drum band, watched sunset play out over Dublin’s spires from the fantastic rooftop bar and partied long and hard into the night to a live band and DJ.

In addition to this, and in support of our college's vision, Dublin brought together many new discussions and connections around the topic of ‘interdisciplinarity’. Following plenary presentations, the session chairs facilitated discussions aiming to cut across the disciplinary focus of the two speakers. Our new multi- and interdisciplinary stream in the congress programme epitomises the college’s commitment to joining up and advancing knowledge in the sport and exercise sciences. We look forward to seeing this emphasis on interdisciplinarity further develop in Prague and beyond.

During the 2019 Prague congress, we will welcome Professor Erich Müller as the new ECSS President, and say a big thank you to Professor Joan Duda for her contribution as President over the last two years. Joan will then take on the role of ECSS Past President on the Executive Board. We will also express our great appreciation and say farewell to Professor Tim Cable who will end his role as Past President but will remain connected with the ECSS. The focus for the Executive Board beyond Prague will be ensuring the annual congress continues to be THE networking event of the year, creating a platform for young scientists through our successful ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA), offering a cutting-edge programme of high quality research (both multi- and interdisciplinary), and encouraging new sponsors to become part of the ECSS family.

Many thanks to our 2018 congress hosts, University College Dublin and the Ulster University and congress chairs, Professors Colin Boreham, Giuseppe De Vito and Marie Murphy for the craic! And our sincere thanks to all our presenters and delegates from all over the world for attending and contributing to such a fantastic and memorable event.

Yours in sport science,

Professor Tim Cable, ECSS Past President
Professor Tim Cable ECSS Past President
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Professor Joan Duda, ECSS Past President
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Professor Erich Müller, ECSS President Elect
Professor Erich Müller ECSS President Elect
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Paavo Komi

Paavo Komi
Paavo Komi

The college received the very sad news that on the 10th October 2018 our Patron and close friend, Professor Paavo Komi passed away at his home in Uurainen, Finland. For many of us working in the world of sport and exercise science, the name Komi remains synonymous with the early development of our field. Paavo was one of the pioneers of our young discipline, performing ground breaking work in neuromuscular control and function. His work in characterising and studying the stretch-shortening cycle in muscle, using innovative techniques and approaches, was paradigm shifting, and remains seminal to this day.

After graduating with an MSc in Sport Science from Jyväskylä in 1966, Paavo completed his PhD at Penn State University and returned home to his alma mater in Finland in 1971. Over the following four decades, Paavo built a dynasty of investigation in sport and exercise science that led developments in our scientific domain and created a template that others followed. His prolific research career saw the publication of over 300 papers in international journals at an H-index of 80. Many international researchers and aspiring young researchers were attracted to his beacon of excellence in the arctic circle, in order to establish strong international collaborations or complete their post-graduate training. Paavo mentored several generations of outstanding researchers that have established their own independent and highly successful research teams by following the enquiry-based teaching and learning philosophy that Paavo inspired in them. Paavo’s stewardship, leadership and ripples of influence were therefore instrumental in the development of a discipline that has grown in recognition, reputation and stature within the global higher education sector.

Paavo’s drive, energy and vision was also evident as one of the key founding members of the European College of Sport Science. Together with key like-minded individuals, he worked tirelessly to strategically develop and operationalise the origin of our society in 1995. The very first annual congress was held the following year in Nice with an audience of 450 delegates. The legacy of Paavo’s work in the college is now evidenced by the fact that our annual congress attracts c3000 delegates, from 70+ countries, with a worldwide network of 30,000 individuals. His leadership of ECSS, included serving a dedicated term as President between 1997-1999 and assuming the role of Congress President by twice hosting the annual congress (2000 and 2007) in Jyväskylä.

All these academic and glittering credentials, only tell part of the story. Paavo was a man of strong principles; he was a dedicated teacher and mentor, providing disciplined and insightful direction to his tutees. He was a dedicated and proud family man, devoted to his home which he built with his wife Raija and which was often “open-house” to visitors from around the world. Paavo was a man of great humour, conversation and laughter often sitting with friends and colleagues deep into the night. Paavo was a passionate and incredibly supportive friend of all in sport and exercise science and as Patron of our college we shall miss his smile and insight, but forever remember his vitality, voice and the special light in his eye.

- European College of Sport Science

Read the original obituary by Professor Janne Avela and friends here.

Mission 1: High Quality, Innovative Science

Local feeling, global congress

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The 23rd annual congress in Dublin not only stood out in terms of delegate numbers and cutting-edge science, but also in the atmosphere and local storytelling that was thoughtfully created by the congress host team. Through stories about the Gaelic Games, stunning choir and instrumental performances, tips and advice about the local area from the locals themselves, ECSS Dublin managed to create a perfect world for visitors from over 70 countries who were looking for science plus history and adventure in terms of their congress experience.

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Professor Flemming Dela, Chair - ECSS Scientific Board

We’ve seen many improvements to the congress reviewing process by the establishment of the ECSS Reviewing Panel. This operationalised for the first time at ECSS Dublin and resulted in a more uniform evaluation and a smoother process.

Every year we try to improve the ‘back office’ machinery for the congress and we’re working towards another new system in the submission process that will assist with the programme build.

It was great to see the conventional print posters in a prominent position in the 2018 programme. It facilitated interaction between delegates and authors, and we hope that it will continue to work well in Prague, where we expect to have 700 posters displayed.

Also in Prague’s poster sessions we will introduce new audio support through a headset and microphone, which will improve the overall experience

Professor Flemming Dela Chair - ECSS Scientific Board

ECSS Workshop


This year’s ECSS workshop was on ‘Getting published in high quality journals and making an impact with your research’ with guest speakers Mike Tipton, Charlie Rapple, and workshop chair, Kate Nuttall. Read more about the workshop here


European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS)

The Official Journal of the European College of Sport Science

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European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS) is the official Medline- and Thomson Reuters-listed journal of the European College of Sport Science. The Journal promotes the highest standards of scientific study and scholarship in respect of the following fields:

Each section has a number of Section Editors responsible for quality, scientific rigour and submissions to their section. The full editorial team (including Editorial Board) and structure can be found here

EJSS recently launched its brand new website www.ejss.info. We invite you to take a look and get in touch if you have any questions or would like to be involved in some capacity (office@sport-science.org).

EJSS has enjoyed stunning success over the last several years with its largest increase (32%) in submissions per annum during 2017 and a rapidly rising profile in both absolute (2017 Impact Factor = 2.576) and relative terms (ranked 22nd out of 81 journals).

EJSS Impact Factor 2.576
Professor Andrew Jones, EJSS Editor-in-Chief Scientific Board

EJSS is now firmly established as one of the world’s premier multidisciplinary sport science journals.

Professor Andrew Jones EJSS Editor-in-Chief
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EJSS Best Paper Award

EJSS Best Paper Award
EJSS Best Paper Award Winners

We celebrated the second ‘EJSS Best Paper Award’ at the 2018 ECSS congress in Dublin. The award supports ECSS’s mission to “disseminate high quality, innovative science and its application”. It creates a stronger link between the journal and congress, in terms of readership, engagement, and high quality science.

Following an exhaustive nomination and review process, the winning paper was selected based on a high level of originality, significance, methodological rigour, and potential impact. The EJSS Editors were impressed by the design and advanced methods employed in the study, which has the potential to have a significant impact on strength training, especially in contexts in which weight management is a key issue. The winning paper was:

Time-restricted feeding in young men performing resistance training: A randomized controlled trial

Authors: Grant M. Tinsley, Jeffrey S. Forsse, Natalie K. Butler, Antonio Paoli, Annie A. Bane, Paul M. La Bounty, Grant B. Morgan & Peter W. Grandjean Published in Volume 17, Issue 2 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1223173

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Mission 2: Empowering Young Scientists


It was another fantastic year for the ECSS Young Investigators Award! A wide range of research was presented by 86 young and emerging scientists to an international audience in Dublin, Ireland.

ECSS would like to thank all 86 finalists for their valuable contribution and their hard work and preparation for presenting their findings at the 2018 ECSS Dublin congress. We hope it was a valuable experience for all involved.

2018 Winners

1st Alessandro Del Vecchio
2nd Jean Nyakayiru
3rd Michael Wheeler
4th Nathan Hodson
5th Paul Ansdell
Marie Elena Bey
Gaspar Epro
Rea Lehner
Sam Scott
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
1st Henri Tilga
2nd James Mckendry
3rd Benoit Smeuninx
4th Felix Möhler

Full 2018 YIA results can be found here.

Mission 3: Providing high value membership

ECSS membership is great value. For the price of a couple of textbooks, members receive significant reductions on the cost of congress attendance, access to all the latest content in EJSS, access to all ECSS.tv content (which is an extensive resource), the latest job vacancies along with networking and communication updates about the college and scientific community. We’re always looking for initiatives to add, so please send any ideas into the ECSS office.

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Mission 4: Strong relations with key partners

Our partners help us to develop as a college, create opportunities for members and delegates, and keep a firm foot in the world sport and exercise science. We are grateful to our partners for their continued support. This year, Kistler and h/p/cosmos renewed our partnership for another three years, and we would like to thank Kistler and h/p/cosmos for continuing these arrangements and we look forward to the next three years and beyond.

In 2018, following feedback from our partners and congress exhibitors, we relaunched the ECSS exhibition under the name of ‘SportEx’ and at the same time we opened congress doors to the general public for the first time. Congress delegates now have access to the exhibition as well as athletes, practitioners, coaches, physiotherapists and the interested public. This development gives partners and exhibitors the opportunity to invite local clients and distributers to their booth and organise events during the congress, such as Lode b.v. who organised a training session for their distributors alongside the congress and invited them to their booth in SportEx Dublin.

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We aim to support our partners and exhibitors each year by introducing new innovations such as SportEx. In 2018, we also introduced Booth Talks and refined the Exhibition Raffle.

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Official ECSS industry partners

Official ECSS scientific partners

Would you like to partner with ECSS? Contact office@sport-science.org