2nd Announcement

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science

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ECSS Members Groups are listing special interest groups formed by the ECSS members. All ECSS members are able to join the groups through their ECSS accounts. The groups meet each other in the framework of the annual congresses of the ECSS. Please find more information below.

Elite Sport Performance

4 July 2018, 08:30 - 10:00, Liffey Meeting Room 2
The ECSS Elite Sport Performance SIG held its inaugural meeting at the 2014 congress in Amsterdam. This group is open to both ECSS student and professional members in academic research and sport and professionals working in elite athlete/team training and performance support positions who wish to interact with others internationally in the same field, discuss research frontiers and best practice questions, and pursue collaboration possibilities in a highly international forum. The Elite Sport Performance SIG will be able to submit program proposals for future annual meetings, define and develop seminar topics of interest for parallel SIG seminars during annual ECSS meetings, and interact with each other through ENSS on the ECSS website. Join this group.

Sports Nutrition

5 July 2018, 18:00 - 19:30, Liffey Hall 1
The ECSS Sports Nutrition SIG held its inaugural meeting at the 2012 Annual Congress in Bruges and was attended by in excess of 60 health specialists. Open to any individual with an academic or professional interest in sports nutrition and/or dietetics, the group aims to provide a forum for discussions, opportunities, collaborations and problem solving in these and other related fields. Join this group.

Environmental Physiology

6 July 2018, 09:45 - 11:15, Wicklow Meeting Room 1
The Environmental Physiology SIG held its inaugural meeting during the ECSS Estoril 2008. The mission of this SIG is to: 1. Provide a database on scientific work on environmental physiology - 2. Promote discussion allowing new ideas to emerge by sharing competence between laboratories to solve specific problems - 3. Favour collaboration within the different partners. This SIG aims to: 1. Provide scientific resources for researchers - 2. Provide guidelines for workers in warm countries - 3. Provide education resource for the general public - 4. Organise conferences. Join this group.

ECSS Dublin 2018 will be flanked by a number of satellite symposia which are taking place prior to the congress.

Opening Ceremony – Convention Centre Dublin (CCD)

Once again the official opening of the congress will feature an opening address from the congress presidents and the ECSS president accompanied by amazing local entertainment.

Opening Reception and official Opening of the Exhibition – Exhibition area at CCD

Following the Opening Ceremony all delegates are invited to come together, network and enjoy the Irish cuisine: finger food and drinks will be served. Limited capacity only, pre-booking required.

Opening Reception at ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017

Coffee and Lunch breaks – CCD

One of the most valued benefits of the congress is the opportunity to network. This is why the ECSS has included numerous coffee (6) and lunch breaks (3) in the schedule of congress. Pre-booking required.

ECSS General Assembly – CCD

Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Lecture room: Wicklow Hall 2a

All ECSS members are invited to join the ECSS General Assembly to be informed about the latest facts and figures and the development of the society.

ECSS Dublin Reception – O'Brien Centre, University College Dublin (UCD)

Date: Thursday, 5 July 2018
Time: tba
Location: See here
Transport: Organised for the invited guests.

A cocktail reception taking place at the UCD Campus. Invitation only.

4th ECSS Bengt Saltin Run – University College Dublin (UCD)

Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Time: 07:00
Location: See here
Transport: Organised for the registered runners.

Organised in the memory of ECSS Founding member and Patron Prof. Bengt Saltin. The run will take place at the UCD campus. Transport will be provided.

3rd ECSS Bengt Saltin Run at ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017

YIA Cocktail Party - Dublin City Hall, 2 Dame Street, Dublin

Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Time: 20:30 - 22:30
Location: See here

All former YIA winners together with the top 15 candidates at this year’s congress are invited to a small restricted cocktail. Attendance is obligatory for 2018 YIA winners. Invitation only.

YIA Cocktail Party at ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017

FEPSAC Evening - Lagoona Bar, Unit 4 Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1

Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Time: 20:00
Location: See here
Location: Lagoona Bar
Join the FEPSAC president, Anne-Marie Elbe, for an informal gathering after the interesting congress day to network and discuss. Registration required. More information here.

Closing Ceremony – CCD

Date: Saturday, 7 July 2018
Time: 16:30 - 17:00

Closing Ceremony will follow the Young Investigator Awards and will feature Thanks and Goodbye from Dublin and a presentation from the 24th annual Congress ECSS 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.

ECSS Congress Party – Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8

Date: Saturday, 7 July 2018
Time: 20:00 - 02:00
Location: See here

This is your time to network, socialize and enjoy the great atmosphere of the ECSS congress and most importantly DANCE! Limited capacity only, pre-booking required.

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Institutional Workshops

Boosting the participation in sports of youth and adults with intellectual disabilities: Insights from Special Olympics

Date: 6 July 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Room: Wicklow Meeting Room 1

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics. It is now present in 178 countries globally and 58 countries in Europe/Eurasia. It involves an estimated half million athletes and over 30,000 volunteer coaches in Europe/Eurasia. The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), Article 30.5 promotes their rights to inclusion in mainstream sports. Likewise the UNESCO charter (2014) notes in Article 1 that “Inclusive, adapted and safe opportunities to participate in physical education, physical activity and sport must be available to all human beings, notably … persons with disabilities”.
Please find more information here.

Dynamic Movement Deficits after Concussion and their Potential Consequences

Date: 5 July 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Room: Wicklow Meeting Room 1

Concussion results in measurable symptom, cognitive, and balance deficits. Many common balance assessments rely on static and visually-rated paradigms. Intra-tester variability and poor reliability have been observed using such metrics to track balance recovery following concussion. Dual-task movement control deficits during dynamic tasks (such as gait) have been observed to outlast traditional static balance recovery metrics. This is concerning, as it suggests there may be lingering motor control maladaptation’s currently not accounted during typical post-concussion assessments. Athletes returning to high level athletic competition while still suffering from motor control deficits may be at increased risk for sustaining musculoskeletal injuries.

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Key dates

15 December 2017
Opening abstract submission and registration

1 March 2018 *
Deadline for abstract submission

1 April 2018
Notification of acceptance to authors

1 April 2018 *
End of early registration

1 May 2018
Deadline registration for presenting authors

*24:00 Central European Time

Congress Office

ECSS Congress Dublin 2018
Mrs Nantia Patera
Feldblumenweg 26
50858 Cologne - Germany
ECSS Congress Dublin 2018


Phone availability after 15th April 2018

  • Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Friday: 14:00 - 16:00 CET
  • (Central European Time)

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