International Congress on Enhancement of Physical Activity and Motor Skills
November 1-3, 2012, Jyväskylä, Finland


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World 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 topics.

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Expertise of Invited speakers

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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.

Keith Davids
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
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
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
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
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.

Risto Ilmoniemi
Risto Ilmoniemi, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 biomechanics.

Heidi Syväoja
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.

Mark Tremblay
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
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 journals.

Helena Viholainen
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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