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ECSS 20th anniversary program for social & physical activities

For those of you who haven’t yet seen the additional social and physical activities for the ECSS Congress in Malmö, please enjoy!

The hosts of the ECSS Congress in Malmö 2015 invites you to take part in the ECSS 20th Anniversary Program of Social & Physical Activities. Several times a day there is a chance to meet up, do some physical activities and socialize.

Thursday 25th

07:00 Historical Malmö – a Guided Tour
Have an early morning walk and enjoy a guided tour of historical Malmö. Limited number of participants (30) – sign up here! Meet up here.

18:00 Gerilla Run Ribban
Meet Malmö Gerilla Runners – and have a run with them (5 or 10 k)! Malmö Gerilla Runners is an open and informal group in Malmö that gets together to run. Free and open for all. Meet up here.

20:00 The Boule Bar Experience
Play some Boule, have a drink, chat, enjoy life… (You pay for your own drinks, food and bouleplaying). Meet up here.

20:00 ECSS 20th Anniversary Dinner
The City of Malmö is inviting the ECSS to a dinner at the Malmö City Hall. Invitation only. Read more here. Meet up here.

matFriday 26th

07:00 Bengt Saltin Run
In memory of Bengt Saltin we will have a timed 5k running race in the Pildammarna Park. Limited number of participants (250) – sign up here! Meet up here.

17:00 Sporting Women of Malmö
Enjoy an walk through Malmö while taking part in the guided tour of Sporting Women of Malmö. Limited number of participants (30) – sign up here! Meet up here.

20:00 Friday Night Out
Enough with the exercise, lets just chill out… Or you haven’t had enough? – Go dancing! (You pay for yourself). Read more here. Meet up here.

båtturSaturday 27th

07:00 Rejuvenating Yoga
Feeling drained and fatigued? Get you mojo back working order with some meditative Yoga. Limited number of participants (40) – sign up here! Meet up here.

15:00 Malmö by Boat – a Guided Tour on the Canal
Recharge your energy – go on a guided boat-ride through Malmö, the Green City. Limited number of participants (60) – sign up here! (You pay for yourself, in cash, on site, 10 €). Meet up here.

20:00 Party in the Peoples Park
The Congress will round off with a party in the beautiful Folkets Park (The People’s Park). Here, we socialize, enjoy the great atmosphere of the congress – and party! Read more here. Meet up here.


sommar på ribbanWednesday 24th & Sunday 28th

09:00 Summer on Ribban
Arriving early or leaving late? Then you can take part in Summer on Ribban. Every summer the City and its sports clubs arrange sporting activities for all by the beach. Read more here. Meet up here.


Questions about the social programme? Please contact: Mikaela, mikaela.farnqvist@mah.se, or Joakim, joakim.akesson@mah.se.

Join the guided tour about ”Sporting Women of Malmö“

Right in the heart of Malmö, near Triangeln and Pildammsparken, at the venerable Malmö IP (“Malmö Sports Field”) we’ll start the walk that focuses on women’s sports and sporting in the city. The walk could be done anywhere in and outside the city; women’s sporting and physical activity is far from an isolated phenomenon. And strangely enough, despite decades of gender-politics and activism, it seems necessary to draw attention to women in sports. The reason is that sport, just like the rest of society, is characterized by male superiority and the subordination of women.

Photo: Urszula Striner

The women’s football team FC Rosengård plays their home matches at Malmö IP. The team wins the Swedish top league, and aims to win the Women’s Champions League, almost every season. It offers world-class player as Mittag, Sjögran, Bachman and Marta. Ten years ago, the club name was Malmö FF Women, then LdB FC and now FC Rosengård. All these name changes have have a gender dimension: the economic subordination of women’s football, which forced the changes.

Roller_Derby_SM-4Across the street we’ll find the old Tennis Hall, which now holds roller derby, a contact sport on roller skates that’s played exclusively by women. The sport originates from USA and the banked-track roller skating marathons of the 1930s. It was revived after languishing in the early 2000s. Some say that roller derby is part of contemporary feminist activism, although there are some male clubs in the US. In Malmö, there are two roller derby clubs.

utegymFor our last stop we visit Pildammsparken and one of the two outdoor gyms that have been there for a few years. For women, taking place in public areas is a known problem – outdoor gyms and other spontaneous sites are no exceptions. Boys and men do take place, and they take places in possession. This is not acceptable and we need change! What can the various stakeholders contribute with, as future public spaces for sport and exercise are planned and constructed?

This walk is intended to provide knowledge of women’s sporting and physical activity in the city, but also to provoke thoughts about various aspects of women’s bodies, economic, social and cultural conditions, and terms and conditions of women’s sports.

Register for the guided tour here. Limited number of participants!
There are two meetingpoints, 16:30 outside Malmö Live or at the square infront of Malmö Opera, here, at 17:00.

Let’s celebrate the 20th ECSS Congress together at Moriska Paviljongen in Folkets Park


Don’t forget to bring your party shoes to Malmö! Together we are going to round of the 20th Congress with a spectacular party. The ECSS Congress party will take place at Moriska Paviljongen in Folkets Park, “The People’s Park”. Moriska Paviljongen was built 110 years ago and is one of Malmö’s most famous and beloved buildings. The venue is constantly used for events, galas, parties and congresses.

handsWe are not only going to celebrate an amazing congress held at Malmö Live congress center, some newfound friendships and a great time in Malmö, we are also delighted to be able to celebrate 20 years of sport science under the umbrella of the European College of Sport Science. Let’s celebrate the ever-important development of knowledge and the opportunity to share it with each other!

Saturday, June 27th 2015 will be a night to remember! Make sure to pre-book your tickets beforehand through your ECSS account. Limited capacity only. Tickets are free of charge.

The doors will open at 19:30 for all congress delegates and for the general public at 22:30.

So, bring your dancing shoes and show us your best moves on the dance floor!

Find more information about Moriska Paviljongen here.



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


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!

Join in on a guided tour in historical Malmö

Why not start your visit at the congress with a guided tour in historical Malmö? At 7 am on Thursday morning we walk together and discover Malmö’s past. Malmö’s history goes hundreds of years back in time and it was, for a long time, the largest industrial city in Sweden. Today Malmö is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a population of 315.000 people.

Malmöhus Castle

Malmöhus Castle

Malmö is an old city with both Swedish and Danish history. Malmöhus Castle is the oldest preserved Renaissance castle in Northern Europe. The castle was completed around 1500, and has been reconstructed a few times after that. When Denmark reined over Skåne, the Danish kings stayed at the castle during their visits in Malmö. In 1658 Skåne became Swedish and its fortifications were strengthened. However, in the 1700s the fortress lost its strategic importance, and it was used as a prison from 1828 to 1909. Since a restoration and reconstruction 1937, the new Malmö Museum was opened, using some parts of Malmöhus Castle. Today Malmö Museum contains exhibitions and museums, an aquarium, a technical and maritime museum and cafés, and some of the exhibitions are permanent and some open for a limited time only.

Karl X Gustav

Karl X Gustav

In the historical center of the city you will find Malmö’s oldest church, Sankt Petri Church, which was inaugurated in the early 13th century ,and just two minutes away you’ll find The City Hall, at the Grand Square. At the center on the Square, opposite The City Hall, stands the statue of King Karl X Gustav who took the city from Danish command in 1658.

Malmö Stadion

Malmö Stadion

An interesting, sports-related curiosity is that Sweden was the host to 1958 FIFA World Cup – or at least to some matches at the group stage. Malmö Stadion was built with the intent to use it during the championship, and the record attendance, 30.953, was set in the very first match played at the World Cup, between Argentina (1) and (3) West Germany. The venue was also one of the arenas that were used for the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship, hosted in Sweden. Today the arena is a used as a multi-purpose stadium.

Malmö has a lot more to offer than these examples and you are welcome to join in on a guided tour at the 25th of June! Pre-booking required. Limited capacity.

Register here
Find meeting point here

Run with Malmö Guerrilla Runners

Malmö Guerrilla Runners have been running on the streets of Malmö since December 2012. It all started when Måns Renntun and Dan Stenqvist ran 10 km along the Ribersborg beach as fast as they could. They thought that running should be fun and available for everyone without too much hassle. Together with Moa Björnsson they founded Malmö Guerilla Runners, a network in Malmö for those who love to run. Today the network engage almost 1,300 people and the members of the group are between 20 and 70 years old. A typical running session contains intervals, long distances or just a run for social reasons.


Malmö Guerrilla Runners

The Runners are connecting through a Facebook group and anyone is allowed to start a run. Together, sometimes two persons, sometimes 40, they runs varying distances and tempos together in Malmö. The group meets spontaneously and run when they want and where they want, without having to create a formal race. Once every month they try to bring as many members as possible together to run 10 km along Ribersborg beach. Everyone is always welcome to participate and the group spirit is very encouraging and inspiring. Their motto is to keep running simple, and being involved costs nothing and you run on your own terms.

Some of the members of Malmö Guerrilla Runners are very active while other members’ partake less frequently. When there is a formal competition close by, you can almost be sure that someone in the group is going to participate and they will try to help each other as much as possible.

Want to participate? Run together with Malmö Guerrilla Runners on the 25th of June at 18.00. Find the meeting point here

Why Malmö is Scandinavia’s Hippest Travel Destination

hippest-destinationWe are not bragging about Malmö ourselves this time, its actually the New York magazine Travel + Leisure who put Malmö on the list as one of the best places in the world (phew) to visit. Travel + Leisure highlights some of the best things about Malmö:

    • Because it has one of Scandinavia’s most progressively designed neighborhoods. The once-gritty Western Harbor is now Europe’s first carbon-neutral district. As part of a government-funded competition, architects were tasked with creating statement-making structures that use renewable sources of energy.
    • Because some of the region’s best chefs are setting up shop. Cheap rents and a food-obsessed public have lured bright culinary talents.
    • Because coffee is considered a high art. Single-estate beans, on-site roasting, cups brewed with high-tech gadgets: Malmö, like much of Sweden, takes its coffee seriously.
    • Because there’s a really good nightlife scene. A cocktail renaissance is taking over southern Sweden.

So, as you can see, some of these good things about Malmö is connected to the sustainable theme for ECSS 2015.

And soon you will have the possibility to discover all this by yourself. Welcome to Malmö.

Please visit Travel + Leisure to find out more about the 2015 ECSS city!