Prof. Dr. Filip Mess

Associate Professor

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Uptown München-Campus D, Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60/62, Room R 217 (2nd floor)

Office hours: by arrangement (Email)




Since 10/2015 Associate Professorship of Didactics in Sport and Health at Technical University of Munich
10/2014 – 09/2015 Professorship of Sports Sciences and Health Promotion at University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd
10/2012 – 09/2014 Substitute Professorship of Sports Sciences at University of Konstanz
02/2014 Habilitation at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
09/2007 – 09/2012 Research Assistant at University of Konstanz
11/2007 Doctorate at University of Konstanz
10/1997 – 05/2003           

University teacher training (Maths/Physical Education) for secondary school at University of Konstanz


  • Angewandte Vermittlungskompetenz I und II
  • Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderungsprogramme
  • Unterrichtsplanung, -durchführung und -auswertung
  • Grundlagen der Sportdidaktik
  • Einführung in die (Sport-)Pädagogik


Research Activities

  • Determinants and effects of physical activity with focus on health promotion
  • Social aspects of physical activity: social integration, social inequalities, lifestyles
  • Activity research in the school context
  • Physical activity levels in full-day schools
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of health promoting programmes in the workplace setting


Publicatios (Selection)

Schnitzius, M., Kirch, A., Spengler, S., Blaschke, S., & Mess, F. (2021). What makes a physical education teacher? Personal characteristics for physical education development. British Journal of Educational Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12415

Kirch, A., Schnitzius, M., Spengler, S., Blaschke, S., & Mess, F. (2021) Knowing Students' Characteristics: Opportunities to Adapt Physical Education Teaching. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:619944. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.61994

Sengler, S., Kuritz, A., Rabel, M., & Mess, F. (2019). Are primary school children attending full-day school still engaged in sports clubs? PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0225220. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225220

Rabel, M., Mess, F., Karl, F. M., Pedron, S., Schwettmann, L., Peters, A., . . . Laxy, M. (2019). Change in Physical Activity after Diagnosis of Diabetes or Hypertension: Results from an Observational Population-Based Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(21), 4247. doi:10.3390/ijerph16214247

Schnitzius, M., Kirch, A., Mess, F., & Spengler, S. (2019). Inside Out: A Scoping Review on the Physical Education Teacher’s Personality. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(2510). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02510

Kirch, A., Schnitzius, M., Mess, F., & Spengler, S. (2019). Who Are Our Students? Understanding Students' Personality for Refined and Targeted Physical Education. A Scoping Review. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1(31). doi:10.3389/fspor.2019.00031


Haag, W., Wäsche, H., Woll, A., Mess, F. (2019). Ein Modell der Entwicklungsförderung durch Sportunterricht. Förderung der Entwicklungsaufgabe Sozialkompetenz bei schwierigen Schülern. KIT Scientific Working Papers 109.

Jaitner, D., Rinas, R., Becker, C., Niermann, C., Breithecker, J. & Mess, F. (2019). Supporting Subject Justification by Educational Psychology: A Systematic Review of Achievement Goal Motivation in School Physical Education. Frontiers in Psychology, Educational Psychology, 4(70). doi: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00070.

Jirovec, J., Musalek, M. & Mess, F. (2019). Test of Motor Proficiency Second Edition (BOT-2): Compatibility of the Complete and Short Form and Its Usefulness for Middle-Age School Children. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 7(153). doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00153.

Rabel, M., Laxy, M., Thorand, B., Peters, A., Schwettmann, L. & Mess, F. (2019). Clustering of Health-Related Behavior Patterns and Demographics. Results From the Population-Based KORA S4/F4 Cohort Study. Frontiers in Public Health, 6(387). doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00387.

Schwender, T. M., Spengler, S., Oedl, C. & Mess, F. (2018). Effects of dance interventions on aspects of the participants’ self: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(1130)

Spengler, S., Rabel, M., Kuritz, A. & Mess, F. (2017). Trends in motor performance of first graders: A comparison of cohorts from 2006 to 2015. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 5(206)

Spengler, S., Mess, F. & Woll, A. (2015). Do media use and physical activity compete in adolescents? Results of the MoMo Study. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0142544. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0142544

Mess, F. & Woll, A. (2012). Soziale Ungleichheit im Kindes- und Jugendalter am Beispiel des Sportengagements in Deutschland. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 32(4), 359-379.