European College of Sport Science

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The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is a sport scientific
Sports science
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 founded in 1995 in Nice
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, France
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, dedicated to the collection, generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge. The spirit of this non-profit organisation is to Share your knowledge.

Objective & Purpose

The ECSS is the leading association of sport scientists at the European level and practices extensive co operations with corresponding non-European associations.
The purpose of the College is the promotion of science
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 and research
Research can be defined as the scientific search for knowledge, or as any systematic investigation, to establish novel facts, solve new or existing problems, prove new ideas, or develop new theories, usually using a scientific method...

, with special attention to sport science across Europe and beyond.
Its topics include the motivation
Motivation is the driving force by which humans achieve their goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. The term is generally used for humans but it can also be used to describe the causes for animal behavior as well. This article refers to human motivation...

, attitudes, values and responses, adaptation, performance and health
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain...

 aspects of people engaged in physical activity and the relation of physical activity and lifestyle to health, prevention
Preventive medicine
Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, rather than curing them or treating their symptoms...

 and aging. These topics are dealt with on an interdisciplinary basis.


The ECSS is a non-profit organization. It supports European institutions, such as the European Union
European Union
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 (EU) and the Council of Europe, by offering scientific advice and assistance for coordinated European and worldwide research projects defined by these bodies.
Additionally it serves as the most important European network of sport scientists from all relevant sub disciplines.


The ECSS offers individual membership to sport and related scientists. The objective is to create a scientific European and worldwide network for scientific exchange and interaction. This is strengthened by the annual Congresses and other membership benefits such as the European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS), the ECSS News Bulletin, Email Newsletters, etc.
The qualification for the ECSS membership students is a university level degree (master’s or doctor’s degree, university examination) in the field of sport science, or an equivalent university degree in other related areas.
Members comprise scientists from all areas of sport science such as Physiology
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, Sports Medicine
Sports medicine
Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise...

, Psychology
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, Molecular Biology, Sociology
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, Biochemistry
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, Motor Control
Motor control
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, Biomechanics
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, Training Science and many more.
The ECSS experiences a constant growth membership.


Annual Congresses have been organized since the inauguration of the ECSS in 1995. The ECSS Congresses are attended by sport scientists worldwide with an academic career. On average over 70% of the participants have at least a PhD or an equivalent in the field of sport science or a related discipline.
Future ECSS Congresses include 2009 Oslo
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, Norway
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, 2010 Antalya
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, Turkey
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 and 2011 Liverpool
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, United Kingdom
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. These congresses comprise a range and selection of invited lecturers, multi- and mono-disciplinary symposia as well as tutorial lectures and socratic debates.

ECSS Office

The ECSS Office is located at the German Sport University Cologne
German Sport University Cologne
German Sport University Cologne is a sport university in Cologne, Germany. It is the largest sports university in Europe with more than 5,000 students...

, which has developed over the years to one of the most distinguished teaching and research centers worldwide for sport.

Former Presidents

Based on a rotation principle, the European College of Sport Science had the following presidents:
  • 2009-2011, Prof. Hans Hoppeler, University of Bern
  • 2007-2009, Prof. Albert Gollhofer, University of Freiburg
    University of Freiburg
    The University of Freiburg , sometimes referred to in English as the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, is a public research university located in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.The university was founded in 1457 by the Habsburg dynasty as the...

  • 2005-2007, Prof. Erich Müller, University of Salzburg
    University of Salzburg
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  • 2003-2005, Prof. Michael Kjaer, Bispeepjerg Hospital
  • 2001-2003, Prof. Paolo Parisi, IUSM Rome
  • 1999-2001, Prof. Joachim Mester, German Sport University Cologne
    German Sport University Cologne
    German Sport University Cologne is a sport university in Cologne, Germany. It is the largest sports university in Europe with more than 5,000 students...

  • 1997-1999, Prof. Paavo V. Komi, University of Jyväskylä
    University of Jyväskylä
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  • 1995-1997, Prof. Bengt Saltin, University of Copenhagen
    University of Copenhagen
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