ECSS is delighted to have received a patronage from the Ministry Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The spokesperson for this patronage is Svenja Schulze, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Research.

“I cordially welcome all sport science professionals coming to North Rhine-Westphalia from all over Europe and many other parts of the world to the 22nd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Sport in North Rhine-Westphalia plays a leading role in the lives of many, from athletes, and everyday working people with recreational sport interests. It is therefore a logical consequence to host this year’s ECSS Congress in the metropolitan cities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen. Therefore I would like to thank the sport scientific faculties and institutes of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the TU Dortmund University and the University Duisburg-Essen for the organisation of that amazing event. I wish all members of the executive board and all delegates a successful and scientifically exciting congress and I hope to see you all soon again in North Rhine-Westphalia.” - Svenja Schulze, Minister of Innovation, Science and Research