Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Claude Bouchard - Genetics & Movement

Claude Bouchard is professor and director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds the John W. Barton Sr. Endowed Chair in genetics and nutrition. His research deals with the genetics of adaptation to exercise and nutritional challenges, as well as the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities. He has authored or coauthored more than 1100 scientific papers and has written or edited 35 books.

Dr. Bouchard received Honoris Causa Doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1998, from the University of South Carolina in 2009, from the University of Guelph and from Brock University in 2011, from the University of Ottawa in 2012 as well as from the University of Athens (Greece) and Laval University in 2015. Early in his career, he was on the Kinesiology Faculty at Laval University, Quebec City, and he was made a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, upon his retirement. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Nutrition, the American Heart Association, the Obesity Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prof. Dr. Gordon Cheng – Sports & Robotics

Prof. Dr. Gordon Cheng is founder and director of the Institute for Cognitive Systems as well as coordinator of the Competence Center of Neuroengineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Technology Munich (TUM). Prof. Cheng investigates the basic understanding and the construction of cognitive systems. On the one hand, he tries to tie together the most different abilities in multifunctional, high-capacity robots. On the other hand, he develops natural communication mechanisms for better user-friendly robots.

Prof. Cheng studied informatics at the University of Wollongong, Australia and, in 2001, conferred a doctorate in system technology at the Department of System Engineering of the Australian National University. He founded and led the Department for Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience in the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications Research in Kyoto, Japan from 2003 to 2008. In addition, from 2007 to 2008, he was project manager at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan, as well as at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, where he was responsible for the project "Computational Brain" (from 2004-2008). Since 2010, Prof. Cheng performs research and teaches as a full professor for cognitive systems at the TUM.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann – Health & Education

Klaus Hurrelmann is a senior professor of Public Health and Education at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Hurrelmann studied sociology, psychology and educational theory at the Universities of Freiburg, Berkeley (USA) and Münster and did his doctorate with a topic from his school research. In 1975, he qualified as a professor with a paper on "Education System and Society" and afterwards took over a professorship for empiric educational research and socialization research at the University of Essen.

In 1980, he changed, although in the same area, to the Faculty for Educational Theory at the University of Bielefeld. There, together with his colleagues and financed by the German Research Council, he built up the special, interdisciplinary field of investigation on "Prevention and Intervention in Children and Adolescents" whose speaker he was during the whole time from 1986 to 1998. He was also a co-founder of the Center for Childhood and Adolescent Research in Bielefeld.

From 1994 on, Klaus Hurrelmann was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, which he himself had founded. Concerning the contents, he represented the field of Prevention and Health Promotion there. He was a manager of the "Collaborating Research Center for Health in Adolescence" by order of the World Health Organization (WHO) and led the German part of the study "Health Behaviour in School Children HBSC". In 1990 he received a guest professorship for sociology at New York University and, in 1999, a guest professorship for health sciences at the University of California in Los Angeles.

In both the special field of investigation as well as in the Collaborating Center, he carried out numerous research projects. Main focuses were conditions of the school and family in the development of achievement and personality, the relationship of socialization and health and the development and evaluation of preventive strategies on such risk behaviors as power, addiction and psychosomatic health disturbances. He was part of the management team of the last Shell youth studies and has initiated the World Vision children studies according to the same format, leading it multiple times.

Since 2009, Klaus Hurrelmann is Senior Professor of Public Health and Education at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Sigmund Loland - Sport Philosophy & Ethics

Dr. Sigmund Loland is a professor of sport philosophy and former rector of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (2005-2013). He has published extensively within sport ethics, the ethics of performance-enhancing technologies, epistemology of movement, and history of ideas in sport. Dr. Loland is former president of the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport (2002-03) and the European College of Sport Science (2011-13). Since 2004 he is member of WADA's Ethics Board.

Prof. Dr. Heike Tiemann - Inclusion & Didactics

Prof. Dr. Heike Tiemann is a senior teacher and special pedagogue. She has worked as a teacher at both a special school as well as at a secondary school. In addition, Prof. Tiemann has a European Master's Degree in Adapted Physical Activity. Currently she is a professor at the Sport Science Faculty of the University of Leipzig and manages the field of school sport.

Her main focus is on work and research in sports education theory, sport didactics and sport sociology. She deals with the subject fields of "Inclusion in scholastic and extracurricular sport" (at the moment concentrating on "professionalization of active sports teachers in inclusive settings"), "sport and gender" and the "sociology of disabled person's sports".

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mark Tremblay - Pediatrics & Promotion of Movement

Prof. Dr. Mark Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) in the pediatric clinic of the Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor for Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Tremblay has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters, among others in the fields of "adiposity in children and adolescents", "measurement of physical activity", "training physiology" and "health monitoring". In addition, Dr. Tremblay has held more than 600 lectures in scientific conferences, among these more than 140 keynote lectures on invitation in 19 different countries.

For his contributions to a healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Tremblay has received an honorary doctorate as well as Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a member of the American College of Sport Medicine, Chairperson of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance as well as of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Project. He founded the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network and is the former Dean for Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, Dr. Tremblay was among the torchbearers of the Olympic fire.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Wulf - Motoric Skill Learning & Performance

Gabriele Wulf is a professor at the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In her research, Dr. Wulf deals with the factors which influence the learning of motor skills, such as, for example, attention focus and motivational factors like achievement expectations and autonomy. Her research led to the publication of nearly 200 magazine articles and book chapters as well as two books.

Dr. Wulf has received different honors for her research, among them the UNLV's Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was a foundation editor of two magazines, Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012) and the Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-2015). Aside from that, Dr. Wulf was president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2013-2016). In 2016, together with Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite, she published the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning, which contains implications for the improvement of training sports-motor skills.