Associate Professorship of Exercise Biology organizes "Munich Endurance Symposium" for the first time on November 24, 2022

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The "Munich Endurance Symposium" is organized for the first time by the Associate Professorship of Exercise Biology
Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage, head of the Associate Professorship of Exercise Biology

"Classic discoveries & hot topics in endurance research". Under this title, the Associate Professorship of Exercise Biology headed by Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage will host the "Munich Endurance Symposium" for the first time on Thursday, November 24, 2022, from 4 to 6:10 PM.

Endurance sports such as the Tour de France, the Ironman triathlon, city marathons or Nordic ski races are a central part of modern sports culture. Many recreational endurance athletes train for their health and performance. The aim of the first "Munich Endurance Symposium" is to bring scientists, athletes and coaches up to date with the latest endurance research.

"With Melanie Knopp, Manager Athlete Science at adidas Innovation, and Daniel Appelhans, who is doing his PhD in cooperation with the German Ski Association, we have two PhD students on our team who work on endurance topics," explains Prof. Wackerhage. "Therefore, with this symposium we would like to show that the Assistant Professorship of Exercise Biology and also our Department are doing endurance research."

Participants can look forward to the following program:

4:00-4:05 PM: Martin Schönfelder (moderator): Introduction

4:05-4:35 PM: Prof. Dr. Stephen Seiler: “Physiology of intermittent endurance events”

4:35-5:05 PM: Prof. Dr. Veronique Billat: “Cardiorespatory responses during the marathon in recreational marathoners and their training”

5:05-5:35 PM: Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage: “Development of modern lactate testing by the Cologne sports medicine group in the 1970s and 1980s”

5:35-6:05 PM: Sebastian Weber: “vLa.max: what it is, how it can be measured and open research questions”

Prof. Dr. Stephen Seiler is a U.S. sports scientist based at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. He is a leading endurance researcher studying training, intensity distribution, loading and recovery.

Prof. Dr. Veronique Billat is a French exercise physiologist based at the Université d'Évry Val d'Essonne in Évry, France. She is known for her work with marathon runners and researches on issues related to endurance sports.

Sebastian Weber, together with Alois Mader, further developed existing physiological models of muscular energy metabolism and successfully applies this knowledge to support some of the best endurance athletes in various sports.

"I am very pleased that we were able to attract top-class speakers Stephen Seiler, Veronique Billat and Sebastian Weber for our first Munich Endurance Symposium," says Prof. Wackerhage. "I myself was a student of Alois Mader, Hermann Heck and Wildor Hollmann, who conducted groundbreaking research. However, the results were only published in German, which is why they have been far too little known internationally until now. We have therefore written a review on the 'Cologne School', and I would like to present the findings of the Cologne School to an international audience in my talk."

The "Munich Endurance Symposium" will be hosted digitally via Zoom, and attendance is free. Those interested can register at the following link. So far, 800 registrations have already been received.


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Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage
Associate Professorship of Exercise Biology
Georg-Brauchle Ring 60/62
80992 München

phone: 089 289 24480
e-mail: Henning.Wackerhage(at)

Text: Romy Schwaiger
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