known speakers have been invited to give keynote lectures utilizing the
knowledge in pedagogy, developmental psychology, neurology, exercise physiology,
biomechanics, cognitive science, and coaching science dealing with the topic
of enhancing physical activity and motor skills. The program will also
include both poster and oral presentations to be selected from submitted
abstracts. All presentations will provide an excellent opportunity to
exchange recent research findings and new ideas related to the congress
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of Invited speakers
Lisa Barnett is funded through a postdoctoral fellowship for her research
into the role of motor skill ability and motor skill perception in physical
activity behaviour. The fellowship was awarded in
recognition of her PhD research into the impact of early motor skill mastery
on physical activity participation and fitness in adolescence. She has a
Master’s in Public Health and came to academia after 10 years of professional
health promotion experience, giving her an interest in research that can make
a difference. For an early career researcher she has a strong track record
with 24 peer-reviewed publications.
Stephen A. Butterfield
Stephen A. Butterfield is Professor of Education and Special Education at the
University of Maine. Stephen has taught every grade level from pre k to
graduate school; each of those levels has included individuals with
disabilities. Dr. Butterfield has published numerous studies of developmental
change in children’s fitness and fundamental movement skills. In 2006 he was
elected a fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Professor Keith Davids investigates the
coordination and control of human movement, and skill acquisition. He has published
over 100 papers in this field of work and currently supervises many doctoral
students from Portugal, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. A major focus of his
research concerns how ideas from ecological psychology and nonlinear dynamics
can be integrated into a Nonlinear Pedagogy for sport and Physical Education.
Arto Gråsten works as a
researcher in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä. He is preparing his PhD on students’ physical
activity and motivation in Finnish school physical education.
Markus Gruber is Professor of Sport Sciences at the University of Konstanz,
Germany. His research work is on the Biology and Physiology of human
performance and movement and on the mechanisms and adaptations of functions
in human exercise. His teaching focuses on the fundamentals of Movement and
Training Science as well as on health related specific aspects of sport. He
is author and co-author of over 50 research publications and book chapters in
the areas of Training and Movement with a special focus on the mechanisms and
adaptations that take place on a neuronal level.
Charles Hillman is Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology &
Community Health, Psychology, and Internal Medicine. He is an affiliate of
the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Division of
Neuroscience, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the director of the Neurocognitive
Kinesiology Laboratory, where his research focuses on the relationship
between fitness, brain health, and cognition in preadolescent children. He
has published more than 60 research publications, 9 book chapters, and
co-edited one text on neuroimaging in sports and exercise.
Pertti Huotari work as a
lecturer in Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä. This year he completed his PhD on the change
of students’ physical activity patterns and physical fitness between years
1976 and 2001.
Academy Professor and Professor of Applied Physics, is neuroscientist and
developer of neuroimaging technologies at the Department of Biomedical
Engineering and Computational Science of Aalto University. He has developed
new brain imaging and stimulation technologies such as multichannel magnetoencephalography (MEG), navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS),
and combined MEG and ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MEG-MRI). He
is coauthor of some 200 journal articles, which have been cited about 10000
times; he has produced over 10 patents.
Sami Kalaja is junior high school principle in Jyväskylä. He is just finishing his PhD on fundamental
movement skills in school physical education. Kalaja
is also experienced coach in many sports.
Urho Kujala, MD, PhD, is Professor of Sports and Exercise Medicine at the
Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä.
He has published over 200 scientific papers related to physical activity and
health in international scientific journals, and supervised 18 PhD studies in
the area. He is one of the editors of the Finnish textbook on Sports and
Exercise Medicine and a Section Editor (Health and Disease) of the
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.
E. Michael Loovis
E. Michael Loovis is Professor of Health and
Physical Education at Cleveland State University in Ohio (USA). He authored
the O.S.U. SIGMA, a criterion-referenced measure of fundamental motor skills.
His area of expertise is adapted physical activity, and as a Fulbright
Scholar at the University of Jyväskylä in 2011, he
studied motor skill development in children with intellectual disability. Dr.
Loovis has published over 40 refereed journal
articles and book chapters. In the area of motor skill development, he and
Dr. Stephen Butterfield pioneered the use of hierarchical linear modeling in
combination with time-lag sequential designs.
Geoffrey Luck is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow within the Finnish
Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at University of Jyväskylä. Using a combination of motion capture,
computational, and statistical modelling
techniques, he studies the role of the body in musical communication and
cognition. Topics currently under investigation include the effect of
personality, mood, music preference, genre, and audio features on the way
people move to and engage with music, as well as the affect
of these factors on people's perception of such movements. Other work
examines the movements of pianists and other instrumentalists, as well as
both temporal and expressive aspects of conducting gestures. In the past, he
has developed analysis tools for improvisational music therapy.
Gert-Jan Pepping is Senior Lecturer of Human
Movement Sciences at the University Medical Centre of the University of
Groningen in the Netherlands. His research work is in perceptual expertise,
perception and action, and cognitive affective neuroscience in sport. Gert-Jan teaches introductory psychology, sport
psychology and various topics on decision making in sport. He has edited a
book, and is author and co-author of book chapters and research publications
in the areas of experimental psychology, neuroscience and sport psychology.
Caterina Pesce is
Associate Professor at the University “Foro Italico”, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Rome,
Italy. Her research work is primarily focused on the relationship between
physical exercise and cognitive functioning in children, older adults and
skilled athletes, with further lines of research concerning motor
coordination across the lifespan, enhanced physical education, ergogenic aids
and drug abuse in youth. Her teaching focuses on physical activity for
children and older individuals. She is co-author of an edited book on
Exercise and Cognitive Function and author/co-author of 27 research
publications in the areas of sport and exercise psychology and physical
education. She is on the editorial board of the JSEP and JAPA.
Matti Pietilä works as a Counsellor of Education in The Finnish National Board of
Education. His responsibility is the subject of school physical education.
Ludovic Seifert is Associate Professor at the
Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Rouen, France. He investigates the
coordination, control and learning of human movement following the dynamical
systems approach. He currently supervises several PhD students working on the
movement patterns and learning dynamics. He is author and co-author of over
50 research publications and book chapters in the areas of motor control and
Heidi Syväoja is a researcher and current PhD
student in LIKES Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences. Her research
are includes the investigation of physical activity, cognitive function and
academic performance among Finnish children.
Professor Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity
Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research
Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University
of Ottawa, where he is also cross-appointed to the School of Human Kinetics
and the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine. He has published more
than 140 papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical
activity measurement, exercisephysiology, exercise
endocrinology, and health surveillance. He has delivered over 450 scholarly
conference presentations, including more than 120 invited and keynote
addresses, in 15 countries.
Beatrix Vereijken is Professor in Human Movement
Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,
Norway. Her research work applies an experimental approach to study the
dynamics of motor control, learning and development across the lifespan, with
particular interest in issues of complexity, stability, and variability. Her
teaching focuses on human movement control and coordination, learning,
development, and research methods. She has 66 peer-reviewed publications in
scientific journals and books, serves on the Editorial Board of 2
international scientific Journals, and is reviewer for an additional 20
Helena Viholainen is post-doctoral researcher and
docent of special education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Her research interests cover
associations of motor development and motor skills with other developmental
areas. She is especially interested in motor learning difficulties and their
comorbidity with other learning disabilities.
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