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Extended Deadline until Feb. 25 | 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS | Malmö, Sweden, 24th–27th of June, 2015

The 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS, 24th–27th of June, 2015, will be hosted by Malmö University and Lund University, Sweden, and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and will be held I Malmö. The overall Congress theme is

Sustainable Sport

Annual congresses have been organized since the inauguration of the ECSS in 1995. Today the ECSS congresses rank among the leading sport scientific congresses worldwide. The ECSS congress is the largest multidisciplinary congress in sport science, covering all major sectors of sport studies and sport science: Biomechanics & Neuromuscular, Physiology & Sport Medicine, and Social Science & Humanities. Admittedly, the latter sector has so far been seriously underrepresented, and the stated endeavor of the local organizers of the ECSS Congress 2015 in Malmö is to increase the number of sessions and presentations – of all kinds – within Social Science & Humanities.

The congress comprises a range of keynote speakers, invited lecturers, multi- and mono-disciplinary symposia as well as tutorial lecturers and Socratic debates. The ECSS congress is attended by international sport scientists with an academic career. The ECSS congresses now welcome up to 3000 participants from all over the world.

On behalf of the Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, the Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, and the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. The Abstract Submission is open, and abstract submission is free of charge. The deadline to submit your abstract is the 25th of February 2015. After undergoing the review process, all authors will be informed about the acceptance of their submission on the 1st of April 2015. Presenting authors must have paid their registration fees by the 1st of May 2015 at the latest to secure the presentation during the congress and the publication in the Book of Abstracts.

Details of the invited program and information on the city of Malmö can be found on the congress website of ECSS Malmö 2015.

For more information, please download the second announcement, visit the congress website and watch the promotional video. Check out the ECSS 2015 Malmö blog! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Flickr.

Come and join us in Malmö to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ECSS!

Susanna Hedenborg and Aage Radmann
, Congress Presidents

Marco Narici
, ECSS President

Invited Session: Relative Age Effect

The local organizers of the ECSS Congress 2015 in Malmö will endeavour to increase the number of sessions and presentations – of all kinds – within the Social Sciences & Humanities area. To that end we will utilize the blog to present some of the sessions, and later presentations, in this area.

The invited session Relative Age Effect is chaired by Steve Cobley, University of Sydney, who also is one of three presenters, the others being Susana Gil, University of the Basque Country, and Tomas Peterson, Malmö University.

Stephen Cobley, Susana  Gil and Tomas Peterson (author of post).

Stephen Cobley, Susana Gil and Tomas Peterson (author of post).

The existence of Relative Age Effects (RAEs) is now a widely recognized phenomenon within youth sport and education systems across the world. RAEs refer “both to the immediate participation and long-term attainment constraints, occurring as a result of chronological age and associated physical (e.g. height) differences along with the selection practices that occur within such age grouped cohorts” (Cobley et al 2009). In sporting contexts, RAEs have been suggested as representing a form of bias, irrationality, and are counter-productive to longer-term attainment. A number of recommendations have been proposed to resolve RAEs. But the ‘road block’ to date for these solutions is their demand on resources (i.e., organizational and economic), the sheer inertia and inflexibility within present sporting systems, and the inability to test out potential solutions. On this basis, there are several challenges ahead for the research area of RAEs, and the general need to better improve the conditions for youth/athlete development. These issues will be addressed and discussed by the three invited speakers – from a psycho-social-physiological perspective, Steve Cobley; from a physiological-performance perspective, Susana Gil; and from a sociological perspective Tomas Peterson. Common and central to their discussion will be an argument for the research community to engage with sport organizations and sport governing bodies to more strongly support child and youth longer-term development, and to build momentum in mitigating against these unnecessary trends that differentially affect childhood and youth experience.