Plenary session on ”Exercise, energy intake, brain health and well-being“

This session will present an overview of the evidence on the influence of exercise and caloric intake on brain function, neural and muscular system integrity, vulnerability to injury and disease prevention and their impact on well-being.

Mats Mattson & Janice Thompson

Mark Mattson & Janice Thompson

Two eminent speakers will take part in this session: Professor Mark Mattson, and Professor Janice Thompson.

Mark Mattson is Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging and also Chief of Dept of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He is a leader in the area of cellular and molecular research into neuronal plasticity and neurodegenerative disorders, and he has made major contributions to the understanding of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and to its prevention and treatment.

Janice Thompson from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK, is a leading expert in the field of public health, nutrition and exercise, and their role in preventing risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes across the lifespan.

The topics of this session are extremely relevant for emphasising the importance of lifestyle on population health and for disease prevention in the light of the marked increase in obesity and inactivity among the young and adult population, and also with respect to the increased proportion of elderly individuals in the world population.

The plenary session [PS-PL03] Exercise, energy intake, brain health and well-being will start 12:00 Friday 26th June in Lecture room ”High Live 1”.

Post by Marco Narici
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Invited session on “Energy metabolism and Sports nutrition exchange: advances in the application of science in the sporting environment” Sponsored by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI)

Every athlete wants to be the best, to get the most out of every training session and ultimately to win that gold medal or score that winning goal. Now, more than ever, due to the fact that seconds can determine 1st and 2nd place, coaches and athletes want to learn more/ know more in order to achieve those marginal gains.

Every day scientists are conducting studies to gain insight on energy metabolism from both a mechanistic and whole body stand point. This session brings together three of the worlds leading top scientists, with over 40 years of experience in energy metabolism. The speakers will provide an overview of the latest research into the regulation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism and, more importantly, how we can translate this knowledge in to applied sporting situations.

Bente Klens

Bente Klens

The first speaker is Prof. Bente Kiens from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Prof. Kiens will present on the regulation of fat metabolism during and post exercise and discuss what we currently know and what is still under debate. Dr. Kiens will also give a practical perspective on this topic and answer the question “is there is an optimal strategy for reducing body weight without health implications or without reducing performance?”

Erik Richter

Erik Richter

The second speaker is Prof. Erik Richter from the University of Copenhagen, Demark. The title of Prof. Richter’s talk is “Novel Regulatory Mechanisms in the Regulation of Glucose and Potential Innovation Nutrition Strategies for Athletes”. He will present work focusing on muscle contraction induced glucose uptake and the importance of this during exercise and in the post-exercise period.

Lawrence Spriet

Lawrence Spriet

The final talk of this session is by Dr. Lawrence Spriet, University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Spriet will conclude the session by translating the mechanistic data, discussed by the previous speakers, and how that can be applied to the elite sporting environment.

For more Sports Nutrition information check out the GSSI website.

From all at GSSI, we look forward to seeing you in Malmo

The invited session [IS-PM01] Energy metabolism and Sports nutrition exchange: advances in the application of science in the sporting environment will start 10:20 Thursday 25th June in lecture room “Kuben”.

Post by Rebecca Randell

Listen to Malmö Academic Choir at the ECSS Malmö 2015 Opening Cermony

Malmö Kör

Malmö Academic Choir at St. Johannes Church

On Saturday 6th of June, Sweden celebrated National Day and we got to see and hear Malmö Academic Choir at a live summer concert in one of Malmö’s churches. We are proud to announce that Malmö Academic choir will partake in the Opening Ceremony for ECSS Malmo 2015 Congress.


Daniel Hansson

Daniel Hansson, Director of Music at Malmö University, is the conductor of Malmö Academic Choir, 30 voices strong and consisting of a majority of students but also staff and alumni from Malmö University. Since 1999 Malmö Academic Choir is a vocal ensemble for Malmö’s entire academic arena, tied to Malmö University. The choir is exceedingly appreciated and we are very happy to have them come and join the opening ceremony in their busy schedule.

Here is a short teaser from Malmö Academic Choir

You are most welcome to attend the ECSS Opening Ceremony June 24 at 18:00 at the Concert Hall at Malmo Live!

Join the ”ECSS Bengt Saltin Run 2015“ as a tribute to Bengt Saltin

Bengt Saltin, 1935 - 2014

Bengt Saltin, 1935 – 2014

Bengt Saltin was one of the main founders of the ECSS. He was a world leading human physiologist. His scientific contributions in the field of exercise physiology have had a major impact in the field of public health, which he remained devoted to as a physician. Bengt had a tremendous curiosity about diverse scientific areas, and an enormous capacity for work; he published more than 500 works, mentored many students from around the world and also served a term as Dean of the Faculty of Science while at the University of Copenhagen.

As a tribute to Bengt Saltin, ECSS, in cooperation with Heleneholms IF wants to welcome all congress delegates to join in on a run together. The ECSS Bengt Saltin Run 2015 will take place in Pildammsparken, Malmö, on June 26th at 7:00 am. Together we run two laps around the park, 5.4 km. We start at the corner of John Ericssons väg and Baltiska vägen. Find your map here.

Karta pildammarna

The registration closes on June 19, so make sure you register in time. Only the first 250 registered entries will be accepted. You register by logging in to your account at the ECSS website, where you’ll find a link to the registration link. Of course the registration is free of charge.

Before the run you need to collect your number bib. The number bibs will available on two occasions, by showing your badge:

  • June 25th between 16:00-18:00 in the congress area, Malmö Live.
  • June 26th between 06:0007:00 at the competition area, Pildammsparken.

At the start there will be a tent, supervised by volunteers, where you can leave your personal items during the run, and at the finish water and energy drinks will be provided. Your time will be recorded manually and will be presented at earliest convenience at the end of the run.

Will you bring your family along to Malmö? Make sure you enter them for the run as well!

For more information visit Heleneholms IF.

Sponsor Saltin Run


Gatorade sports science institute (GSSI) sports nutrition pre-conference

If you are about to book your travel and accommodation for the upcoming ECSS conference then make sure you arrive a day early…

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) invites attendees of the ECSS conference to join us on Wednesday 24th June, in The Kuben, for our pre-conference symposium entitled “Sports Nutrition Exchange: Insights into the Measurement and Manipulation of Metabolism in Athletes”.

This four hour event includes talks from some of the most prestigious scientists who will cover the topics of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism from a scientific and applied perspective.

The full schedule of the symposium is as follows:

8:30 – 9:00: REGISTRATION


James Carter PhD | GSSI, USA & UK
Lawrence Spriet PhD | University of Guelph, Canada


Bente Kiens PhD | University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Rebecca Randell PhD | GSSI

10:40 – 11:00: BREAK & COFFEE


Erik Richter MD, PhD | University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Jens Bangsbo PhD | University of Copenhagen, Denmark

12:30 – 12:35: CLOSING REMARKS


Prior registration to the event is advised as places are limited. Use this link to register, and make sure to check out the GSSI website for all up to date Sports Nutrition insights.

The day does not end there…

Stick around after the pre-conference and show your support to the short listed finalists who are up for winning the GSSI Nutrition Award. Each finalist will present their work and the winner will be announced later that evening at the Opening Ceremony.

Oral presentations on “Muscle function”

Muscles are the actuators of the human body. They convert energy into movement, from heartbeats to sporting activities. To achieve this, muscle function relies on an elaborate interplay between contractile elements and connective tissue, each of which is regulated by a number of properties. Intrinsic and acquired properties condition the expression of a skeletal muscle’s mechanical potential. With a broad range of talks, this session offers an interesting insight into these properties. World-class scientists will present their latest findings on muscle function in the context of stretching, injury mechanisms and adaptations to resistance training:

  • Frequency of regular exercise affects the time until change in muscle viscoelasticity during static stretching. Okamura, N., Tsukune, M., Kobayashi, Y., Fujie, M.G. (Japan)
  • Acute effects of muscle length during the contraction phase of contract-relax stretching on muscle-tendon mechanics. Kay, A., Dods, S., Blazevich, A. (United Kingdom)
  • Computed passive tensile test to failure of the muscle-tendon complex using a discrete element model. Roux, A., Lecompte, J., Iordanoff, I., Laporte, S. (France)
  • Laterality of the morphological properties of the vastus lateralis muscle in non-unilateral sport activities. Marzilger, R., Bohm, S., Schroll, A., Legerlotz, K., Arampatzis, A. (Germany)
  • Differential tendinous tissue adaptations after conventional vs. explosive strength training. Massey, G.J., Balshaw, T.G., Maden-Wilkinson, T.M., Tillin, N.A., Folland, J.P. (United Kingdom)
Ultrasound images of a muscle (medial gastrocnemius) isometric contraction. Aponeuroses are highlighted in blue and a fascicle in red.

Ultrasound images of a muscle (medial gastrocnemius) isometric contraction. Aponeuroses are highlighted in blue and a fascicle in red.

We hope that the session will bring together scientists, coaches and clinicians interested in physiological and mechanical factors affecting muscle function and adaptive capacity.

The oral session [OP-BN06] Muscle function will start 18:00 Friday 26th June in Lecture room “Live 8”.


Post by Olivier Seynnes, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

Lauri Stenroth, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Malmö is the sixth bike-friendliest city in the world, according to Danish study

Malmö by bike.

Malmö by bike.

THE BICYCLE MAKES sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results.

Investment in bicycle infrastructure is a modern and intelligent move. Plenty of research shows the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits of urban cycling. Studies from Denmark tell us that for every kilometer cycled, society enjoys a net profit of 23 cents, whereas for every kilometer driven by car we suffer a net loss of 16 cents.

Many cities get this. Many don’t. And many more are somewhere in between, wavering on how much to invest, where to invest it, and how, exactly, to make themselves welcoming to cycling and the benefits it brings.

With each edition, the Copenhagen­ize Design Company’s Index of the most bike-friendly cities in the world evolves. In 2011 we ranked 80 global cities; in 2013 we ranked 150.

This year, we considered cities with a regional population over 600,000 (with a few exceptions because of their political and regional importance, and to keep things interesting). We ranked 122 cities. The top 20 are (2013 ranking in brackets):

  1. Copenhagen (2)
  2. Amsterdam (1)
  3. Utrecht (3)
  4. Strasbourg (new)
  5. Eindhoven (8)
  6. Malmö by bike.

    Malmö by bike.

    Malmö (9)
    The Lowdown: Sweden’s third-largest city has been wise to look west to Copenhagen for inspiration, as opposed to north to Gothenburg and Stockholm. The main city in Sweden’s most bicycle-friendly region—Skåne—Malmö has been insistent on reestablishing the bicycle on the urban landscape.A highlight since 2013 was the opening of a bicycle parking facility at the train station that makes even Copenhagen look awkward. Since 2013 there has been continued focus on investment. Many of the city’s projects over the past few years remain impressive when measured against global competition. Its “No Ridiculous Car Trips” behavioral campaign is still a benchmark for communication.

    The city remains balanced on helmet promotion, in contrast to Stockholm and Gothenburg, which serves to encourage cycling. Despite a rise in the ranking, we have heard of a waning interest from politicians to keep moving forward. Investment risks being reallocated and plans for more visionary projects are becoming fewer and farther between. When you come this far, you don’t stop.

    Getting Better: Still, Malmö insists, in some places, on substandard infrastructure solutions that do not encourage the development of a coherent network and, by extension, an increase in cycling levels. More investment will ensure Malmö’s leadership role in Sweden, as well as among cities of a similar size in the rest of Europe.

    Not capitalizing on that would be silly. When a city has been so visionary, it is a harder fall when the wheels stop rolling.

  7. Nantes (6)
  8. Bordeaux (8)
  9. Antwerp (7)
  10. Seville (4)
  11. Barcelona (17)
  12. Berlin (16)
  13. Ljubljana (new)
  14. Buenos Aires (new)
  15. Dublin (10)
  16. Vienna (new)
  17. Paris (20)
  18. Minneapolis (new)
  19. Hamburg (15)
  20. Montreal (13)

The index was created by the Copenhagen­ize Design Company, and the text above was written by its CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Malmö moving into sixth place is a testimony to the city’s proud persistent pursuit toward sustainability and green answers to questions about environment and climate change. The overarching theme for ECSS 2015 Malmö, Sustainable Sport, is well in tune with that of its host city.

Welcome to a day of exciting lectures at Malmö University on Tuesday, June 23


Orkanen, home of Malmö University Teacher Education Faculty. Photo: Malmö City

Are you arriving early for this year’s ECSS Congress? Don’t miss out on some interesting lectures at Malmö University.

Coinciding with the Congress, there will be a PhD-course, Scientific Quality, Position and Relevance in Sport Sciences. As part of the course we offer a set of interesting lectures, by experienced and eminent scholars within Sport Studies and Sport Science, on Tuesday, June 23. These lectures are open also for ECSS participants not attending the course. Still, you will have to notify your interest to

Schedule for the day

10.00-11.00: Prof. Richard Tinning, University of Queensland, AUS
“An odyssey in the raise and falls in the development of sport science”

11.30-12.30: Prof. Angela Schneider, Western University, CAN
“The problems and opportunities in mixing social and natural science in sport studies”

14.00-15.00: Prof. Hans Westerbeek, Victoria University, AUS
“The problems and opportunities of applied, multi-disciplinary, science”

15.30-16.30: Prof. Jim Parry, University of Leeds, GB
“Sport and Sustainability – Ethics and Integrity”

Location: Room F415, Orkanen, Malmö University

You’re all welcome to join, and we hope to see you there!

A Boule Bar experience, or a Friday night out, or – why not both?

bouleAfter all new insights and knowledge you have gained during your stay at the ECSS congress, why not chill out and enjoy the company! On Thursday evening we visit Malmö’s Boule Bar were you can eat a delicious French meal from the menu, challenge your friends at boule or have a drink together. Boule has exploded into a real popular movement and has become a popular leisure activity for the whole family. Boule is a French ball game, and is played between two people or more. The players are supposed to throw a ball as close to a designated target ball as possible, and the opponents can use their ball to knock away the rival’s ball. A game, some friendships and a drink will hopefully make your Thursday evening in Malmö a great one!

Lilla Torg. Photo: Malmö Turism

Perhaps you didn’t get enough fun on Thursday evening, so lets join the party on a Friday night out. Just relax in a nice restaurang after a full day of sessions and presentations. Or else we know a great way to exercise – dancing! Discover Malmö’s nightlife in the company of some new and old friends. Malmö has a lot to offer including plenty of bars, pubs, nightclubs and a casino. At the square Lilla Torg you will find plenty of restaurants and bars, for examples the Scottish pub Drumbar, which offers a wide range of beers and whiskeys, or the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Koi, which turns into a nightclub at 11 pm. During the summertime the square is teemed with captivating atmosphere. Throughout the whole congress there’ll be special offers for the congress delegates of the ECSS Malmö 2015. The offers are available for you during all congress days by presenting the congress badge.



  • Izakaya Koi – Delivers food from the Japanese kitchen but also serves food with influences from Mediterranean and Korea kitchens. 20% discount on all food and drinks
  • TGI Fridays – is a classic American style burger restaurant with a twist. 20% on all food and drinks
  • Moosehead – delivers food prepared  with only the best produce in a relaxed atmosphere. 10% on all food and drinks
  • Drumbar – is Malmos first and only Scottish pub. Here you can enjoy food that the Scottish chef has designed, and they have a vast selection of whiskeys to enjoy after dinner. 10% on all food and drinks
  • Centiliter & Gram – A nice lounge bar and restaurant. 20% on all drinks and pre-ordered food 

There’ll be congress volunteers at Lilla Torg on Friday the 26th at 8pm, to give guidance and advice for you. Whatever you enjoy, we’re sure you’ll find it in Malmö!

Everyone is welcome!

Invited session on ”Lifelong endurance training: maintenance of high cardiovascular and oxidative metabolic performance with aging”


In honor of Bengt Saltin, 1935–2014

Bengt Saltin was a pioneer in the field of exercise physiology. Beginning with his doctoral thesis ‘Aerobic work capacity and circulation at exercise in man’ in 1964, to the Dallas Bedrest Study, to his final experimental study highlighted in this Symposium, the oxygen transport system remained a key interest. This symposium will present physiological findings in a unique group of older adults who have maintained regular endurance training for ≥ 40 years. The talks will cover the oxygen cascade from the level of structural and functional dynamics of the trained heart, to central and regional limb circulatory responses to dynamic exercise, local vasodilator and autonomic neural control of limb blood flow, to muscle oxygen uptake and mitochondrial capacity. The collective talks will provide insights on structure-function relationships stemming from exercise training and a physiological basis for maintenance of high functional capacity throughout the lifespan.

The invited session [IS-BN06] Lifelong endurance training: maintenance of high cardiovascular and oxidative metabolic performance with aging will start 10:20 Saturday 27th June in Lecture room “High Live 2”.

 Post by Robert Boushel,
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
Jose Calbet
Department of Physical Education, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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