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7. - 9. 10. 2019 / 7th to 9th October 2019


Plennary lecturers

Prof. Anita Hökelmann, PhD

Institute of Sports Sciences, University of Magdeburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Anita Hökelmann, PhD in Sport Science at German Sport University, Leipzig. She is a Professor at the Department of Movement Science at Department of SportScience at Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg. She is also Course director of international master study “Performance Analysis of Sport” Module leader: Motor control and motion analysis. Prof. Dr. habil. Anita Hökelmann has authored more than 150 scholarly publications (journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and copyrighted assessment instruments.) She has made 75 research and professional presentations at international, national, regional and state conferences and has directed 20 international dance workshops, 4 international conferences (2003, 2006,) the Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport (WCPAS 8) in 2008 as well the Conference “Active Healthy Aging (AHA 2015). She worked as Guest lecturer in Canada, USA, Russia, France, Italy, Poland, Check Republic, Norway, Hungarian, Ukraine, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia and Greece. She is the leader of the Senior Dance Academy in Magdeburg.

Presentation Title: »Physical activity and cognition«

Prof. Sandra Pais, PhD, MD

Center for Research and Development in Health, University of Algarve, Portugal

Sandra Pais, Phd, MD, is a principal Researcher of the Biomedical Research Center (CBMR), and of the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC). She has over 20 years of experience in higher education in Portugal and was appointed to the Department of biomedical Sciences and Medicine of University of Algarve in 2017. She is a coordinator of the “Health Ageing and Kinetic Laboratory” of CBMR. Her main research areas are on effects of ageing on the function and musculoskeletal changes, non-pharmacological approaches to Osteoarthritis and the development and evaluation of public health intervention programs. Currently she is implementing a pilot study regarding the implementation of the Nacional Program to promote physical activity in local health care centres of the National Health system and coordinating to Interreg Projects.

Presentation Title: »Why don’t children participate in School Sports? The reality of the region of Algarve«

Prof. Marcela González-Gross, PhD

Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences-INEF. Technical University of Madrid, Spain

Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s degree in Nutrition from the Complutense University of Madrid. She carried out her PhD thesis assessing nutritional status, biomarkers and physical condition and its impact on the performance of the basketball and football youth teams of Real Madrid CF. As a post-doc, she worked at the Medical Physiology Department of the University of Granada (Spain), the Immunonutrition Research Group at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Madrid, Spain) and Physiology and Pathopysiology Department at the University of Bonn (Germany). In 2004, she joined the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as an Associated Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad), and since 2012, she is Full Professor for sport nutrition and exercise physiology at the Faculty of physical activity and sport sciences-INEF at UPM. She is in charge of the research group on nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyles (ImFINE). For 30 years she has been analyzing nutritional status and its impact both on functional and cognitive level of healthy subjects and those with risk factors with different levels of fitness and physical activity, especially teenagers and elderly. She is Scientific Manager of Exercise is Medicine® Spain, a founding member of the network EXERNET, Member of CIBERobn, Vice President of the Spanish Nutrition Society (SEÑ) and “Fellow of the international union of nutritional societies (IUNS). She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles in JCR journals together with other publications, book chapters, etc. He was a presenter at more than 400 congresses and conferences, beteen that invited speaker at 150 conferences at national and international events. She has participated in 55 research projects, 22 of them as Principal Investigator. She is responsible for the development of the “Healthy lifestyle pyramid for children and adolescents©”, pioneering the concept at global level, integrating dietary intake, physical activity, sleep, hygiene and other habits. She has tutored 36 Master Thesis and 17 PhD Thesis, all cum laude, most of the European/international Thesis and with awards, both at Spanish and foreign universities. She has received several awards, one of the latest, the Second National Prize for Research in Sports Medicine 2016, given by the Universidad de Oviedo.

Presentation Title: »Nutrition, physical activity/fitness and health in children and adolescents: lessons learnt from 20 years of research«

Keynote lecturers in the section

prim. assist. prof. Jernej Završnik, PhD, MD

Community Healthcare Center Maribor, Slovenia

Primarius assist. prof. dr. Jernej Završnik, specialist paediatrician obtained his PhD in the field of Biomedical sciences at the Medical faculty University of Maribor, where he was also elected in the title Assistant professor in the field of paediatrics. He finished high school education in Sioux City, Iowa, undergraduate medical degree and master of science degree in the field of medical sciences at the Medical faculty of the University of Zagreb. His special interest is focused on pediatric cardiology and preventive medicine. He is very active in many national and international societies connected with medicine, paediatrics and general health care and he is also former president of the general assembly of the Medical chamber of Slovenia. He published over 200 scientific and professional papers, and actively participated in numerous national and international conferences as speaker, moderator, as well as an organizer.

Presentation Title: »The Importance of Movement for Coherent Child Development«

assist. prof. Primož Kotnik, PhD, MD

Department of pediatrics, Faculty of medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Assist. Prof. Primoz Kotnik, MD has graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Medical Faculty in 1999. He completed his PhD thesis in 2005 on the topic of antidiuretic signalling of aquaporin 2. Part of the PhD was completed at the esteemed Water and Research Centre in Aarhus, Denmark under the mentorship of Prof Soren Nielsen. He has completed a postdoctoral programme with Prof Martin Wabitsch at the University Children’s Hospital of Ulm, Germany focusing on adipose tissue as an endocrine organ. Since 2000 he is employed at the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University Children’s Hospital in Ljubljana, Slovenia and since 2015 also at the Medical faculty of Ljubljana as a lecturer. His clinical and research focuses are growth, endocrine function of the adipose tissue, and childhood obesity. He was involved in many research projects sponsored by grants from University Medical Centre Ljubljana and National Research Agency on these topics. As a scientific adviser he is currently involved in re-organization of primary prevention health programmes lead by National Institute of Health, focus of which is to integrate multidisciplinary approach for early recognition and interventions in children at an increased health-risk due to their lifestyle.

Presentation Title: »Physical activity and child’s growth«

assist. prof. Marta Bon, PhD

Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Marta Bon, PhD, works as Assistant professor at the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, since 1993 and takes part in the courses: Handball, Public Relations in Sports and Management in Sport. Her bibliography comprises more than 180 professional, scientific, and popular works, among which she is co-author of four books. He participates in scientific and professional conferences at home and abroad. He also works with the Ministry of Health, Olympic committee in Slovenia and with the coordinator of the program of professional conference »What is healthy youth sport? « In the field of expertise, she was a successful selector of the Slovenian women’s team, achieved two medals of the Mediterranean Games in 1996 in 2015. She was also the coach of the women’s national team of Switzerland. She was the president of the Expert Council of the Slovenian handball association (RZS)in 2010, President of the Slovenian Sports of Sports Associations, a member of the Committee for top-level sport at the Ljubljana city and Vice-President of the Governmental Expert Council for Sport. For more than a decade, she has been involved in training of coaches in sport in Slovenia; and also a member of the Accreditation Commission. Marta Bon internationally acts, as a member of the International Dual Career in Sport group (AMID), was a member of Women’s Handball Committee at of the European Handball Federation (EHF). She is currently a member of the Expert Council (Commission) in the EHF, and is involved in European systems of coach training and education.

Presentation Title: »Cocreators of the active sports environment of children and youth«

assist. prof. Sanja Šalaj, PhD

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Sanja Šalaj, PhD, Assistant Professor from University of Zagreb Faculty of Kinesiology is a Teacher at professional, undergraduate and graduate studies of kinesiology (Faculty of Kinesiology and Faculty of Medicine University of Zagreb). From academic year 2013 until 2017, she was a Coordinator of the students at a university study of kinesiology. She regularly provides education of preschool teachers on the subject of motor development in preschool children. Her scientific work includes Sport science, Training theory, programming of sport training, children and sport training, motor development and motor skills. In her career, she published over thirty scientific papers in A1 and A2 category. She was a head of research project: 2015 – 2018 “Motor skills of preschool children” [UIP – 2014-09-5428] funded by the Croatian Science Foundation and present EU project 2018-2021: Internationalization of Higher Education – Creation of postgraduate specialist study on prevention and rehabilitation of sport injuries. Seventeen invited lectures on various scientific and professional topics. She participated and organized numerous international scientific and professional conferences. She is a peer reviewer in scientific journal Kinesiology and Editor of the professional journal Physical training 2003-2015 as well as an editor of nine proceedings books of scientific-professional conferences where she participated also in the organizational committees. She is a Member of the Croatian Kinesiology Association coaches, European Physical Conditioning Association and Association of Croatian physical conditioning.

Presentation Title: »Correlates of motor skills of preschool children«

Prof. Irena Rogelj, PhD

Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Irena Rogelj is full professor in Dairy Science and Nutrition at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, with PhD in Food Science. She has 30 years of research experience in the field of dairy microbiology, probiotics and different aspects of nutrition. In the last period, her research is focused on the study of the early development of the intestinal microbiota and the impact of early nutrition and microbiota in the development and health of the child. The results of the research group, she leads, were presented at several international conferences and published in more than 80 scientific articles.

Presentation Title: »The impact of early life exposures on growth and body composition of a child«

Prof. Maha Mahmoud Shafik Ebeid, PhD

Faculty of Pysical Education for girls, Alexandria University, Egipt

Maha Mahmoud Shafik Ebeid, PhD, is a professor and the Vice-dean of graduate studies and research of Faculty of Physical Education at Alexandria University. Her teaching experiences are in the Undergraduate study program courses: training specialist in Swimming; Supervised students in training young people in Swimming, Teaching Physical fitness (Theoretical and practical) as well as at the postgraduate program: Preparing of the body, skills and planes in sport; training programs, Movement analysis in swimming, advanced swimming training. Her professional carrier encompasses membership as accreditation Peer reviewer at Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) program of continuous improvement and qualification for accreditation (PCIQA), she is a member of scientific committee for promoting graduate students and a member of the scientific committee for developing undergraduate curriculums “movement science” at Alexandria University 1996. She published several scientific works in journals and peered reviewed congress proceedings.

Presentation Title: »Can athlete parents affect their children behaviour to practice sports?«

assist. prof. Elena Komova, PhD

Institute of Sport and Sports Medicine of the Russian State University for Sports Education, Youth, Tourism and Research, Moscow, Russia

Dr. Komova Elena got her PhD in Education, she works as a Head of Foreign Languages Department of Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism (Moscow). Her PhD topic deals with pedagogical control of sport readiness in shooting. She is an academic consultant for several sport institutions in Russia. From 2010-2014 she was a transitional member of the ISCPES Executive Board. Spheres of her interest are sport pedagogy, school sport, theory and methods of sport training and language studies. She has more than 25 years of University teaching experiences. From 2009 till present time she is an organizer of Annual International Conference of Students and Young Researchers in the field of PE and Sport. In 2010 she was a representative of the Russian federation National Olympic Committee for school games Observer program in Brazil. She is a former elite athlete in skeet shooting.

Presentation Title: »Use of information technologies for evaluation and correction of school students’ physical condition«

assoc. prof. Vladimir Ivančev, PhD, MD

Faculty of Kinesiology Split, University of Split, Croatia

Specialist of sports and occupational medicine President of Croatian Sports Medicine Society Institution where employed (present): University of Split Faculty of Kinesiology (Exercise physiology; Sports medicine) University of Split School of Medicine (Exercise physiology; Occupational, sports and maritime medicine) University of Zagreb Faculty of Kinesiology (Exercise physiology – postgraduate study) University of Zagreb School of Medicine (Exercise physiology – postgraduate study) Professional activity: – specialist of sports and occupational medicine – medical doctor of Croatian Olimpic Sailing Team (2011 – present) – medical doctor of Basketball team KK Split (2000 – present) and Baskeball national teams (periodically) – medical doctor – consultant at Football club HNK Hajduk Split (2001 – present)

Presentation Title: »Advantages and disadvantages of early sports specialization«

assoc. prof. Nenad Stojiljković, PhD

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Niš, Serbia

Nenad Stojiljković was graduated at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Niš. In 2015, he received doctoral degree in Physical education, sport and kinesitherapy at the same Faculty where he is employed from 2008, firstly at the position of teaching assistant, and after obtaining PhD at the position of assistant professor for the field of Methodology of scientific research in sport and physical education. He is visiting lecturer at the University of Belgrade. He finished postdoctoral studies at the Faculty of Kinesiology (University of Zagreb). From 2010 to present he is engaged as scientific researcher in two national scientific projects „Physical activity and components of fitness of older“ and „Development and integration of technology of projecting intelligent mechatronic interface for application in medicine (HUMANISM)” funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia. From 2012 to 2014, he was engaged as expert consultant in project „We are athletes too “devoted to the people with disabilities funded by the Ministry of youth and sport, Republic of Serbia. In 2017, he was the key expert in development of strategic plan for improvement of sport tourism offer in cross border region Bulgaria – Serbia financed by the European Commission. From 2016 he is lecturer at the UEFA B license courses for football coaches. Also in 2016, he was engaged as lecturer at the license courses for skiing coaches and skiing teachers. He has published over 30 scientific articles in the international scientific journals. Since 2018 he is at the position of Vice Dean for science and international cooperation at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of the University of Nis. He is active in skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and wind surfing.

Presentation Title: »Can exercise make our children smarter?«

prof. Siniša Kovač, PhD

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Professor Siniša Kovač, PhD is involved in several pedagogical activities in the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education as University Professor of Biomechanics at the first and second cycle of studies, Corrective Gymnastics at the First Cycle of Studies and course of Kinesiometrics at doctoral study. He also cooperates with Zagreb University, Faculty of Kinesiology with the study course of Athletes Fitness Preparation.His research interest refers to Biomechanical diagnostics of posture status, using 3D technology; Isokinetic diagnostics of muscle potential with biomechanical results analysis; Kinematic diagnostics and movement structures analysis in different sports and Biomechanical analysis of Alpine skiing techniques with dynamic kinetic tools. His biography is consisting of several active participation at numerous international conferences and symposiums, international research projects funded by E.C., (IPA SpineLab project) as a researcher and coordinator of full research and as the original author of the project and a series of scientific papers in the period from 1997 until today, published in indexed scientific journals.

Presentation Title: »Kid’s Fitness and Overweight Prevalence Trends in Sarajevo«

assoc. prof. Boris Popović, PhD

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Associate Professor Boris Popović, PhD, is employed at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education in Novi Sad, Serbia, as a teacher in the subjects “Rhythmic Gymnastics” and “Dances” at the bachelor academic studies, “Life span motor development” and “Diagnostics in physical education and sport” at the master academic studies, as well as “Physical exercise science” at the doctoral academic studies. He is the author and co-author of over 80 scientific research papers, books, chapters in monographs and various publications presented at numerous scientific meetings throughout the country and abroad, mostly in the field of work on improving the motor competence of young children. In the last couple of years, he has participated in several scientific meetings and conferences abroad as a visiting professor in the field of motor development and improvement of physical fitness of young children. He was involved or is currently working on several provincial, national, and international scientific and research projects related to the motor development of young children. During the past two decades, he worked as a trainer, then worked as a coordinator of a professional team, and now he is a co-owner of the multisport school at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education in Novi Sad, which the main goal is to improve the anthropological status of preschool and young school age children by using the most diverse means of physical exercise.

Presentation Title: »Physical fitness of preschool children enrolled in different exercising programs«

prof. Vincenzo Marco Narici, PhD

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Vincenzo Marco Narici, PhD is Professor in Physiology and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy and at Institute for Kinesiology Research at SRC Koper. His fruitful carrier in research encompasses research fields of Ageing of the neuromuscular system, Muscle Contraction, Exercise and Inactivity. His published over 200 selected Peer-reviewed Publications with H-index: 58. He is a Member of several prestige’s scientific society and association: the Physiological Society, London, UK, Appointed member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Pool of Experts (Panel A) (ongoing), till 2015 was President of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS).

Presentation Title: »Resistance Training in Young Athletes«


prof. Elke Knisel, PhD

Department of Sport Pedagogy and Sport Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Prof. Elke Knisel, PhD in Sport Science at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She worked as a post-doc at the department of sport psychology and as a Prof (sub.) of sport pedagogy at the Institute of Sport Science of the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2015 she is full professor and the head of the department of sport pedagogy and sport sociology at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany. Her focus of research is the promotion of health and physical activity in children and adolescents and the development of pedagogical concepts connected with new technologies in Physical Education. She participated in 42 research projects and was Principal Investigator in four projects funded by the European Union. She has published more than 100 scholarly publications (journal papers, monographs, book chapters). She presented her research in more than 300 national and international conferences and was president of the international conference “Health Across Lifespan” in September 2018 at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg.

Presentation Title: »Children´s Physical Activity – a Social Problem?«