Invited Speakers

List of Invited Speakers










Prof. hon. Marc CLOES
President, AIESEP
University of Liège

Prof. Dr hon. Marc Cloes is an honorary professor. He pursued his career in the Department of Motor Sciences at the University of Liège (Belgium) where he led the training of teachers in physical education. Its scientific activity concerns the Intervention in physical and sporting activities (sport pedagogy). His research is based on the integrative model of the teaching-learning process advocating an ecological approach to the educational relationship. They are characterized by a great transversality at the level of the contexts of practice of physical and sporting activities ( Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle is one of its priorities. At the academic level, he defends an approach that strengthens the meaning of the physical education class and the place of the school in the training of physically educated citizens (societal transfer, principles of PAMIA, quality physical education, physical literacy). Active in several international associations, since 2014, he is the President of AIESEP (Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique – International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education –

Reforming the Educational System: An Opportunity to Promote Good Practices Focusing on Physical Activity, Well-Being and Health

In 2016, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB – French-speaking part of Belgium) launched of a deep reform of its educational system, called ‘Pact for Excellence in Education’ (PEE). “Physical Activities, Wellbeing and Health” represents one of the 8 central domains. A group of experts from the 12 French-speaking institutions involved in physical education teacher education (CAPBES) collaborated to identify, design and share teaching resources respecting the principles advocated by the PEE and aiming to promote physical activity, wellbeing and health in schools in a way to change the society. The CAPBES prepared 148 fact sheets analyzing initiatives that could inspire PE teachers and school staff members (77 from FWB). The fact sheets are posted on a digital platform managed by the public authorities ( available for the educational community. The presentation will describe the process and illustrate concrete resources implemented in FWB.










Founder and CEO of AZENTIVE
Founder and CEO of Empower Efficiency
California, USA

Dr. Kat Donnelly is a nationally recognized behavior change, technology, and strategy expert with 25 years of professional experience in the energy efficiency and clean energy industries. She is the Founder and CEO of AZENTIVE, a woman-owned consulting firm that uses behavioral science approaches and emerging technologies to resolve wellness, productivity, and sustainability challenges in communities and businesses. AZENTIVE orchestrates the participation of diverse stakeholders to find powerful points of leadership and leverage to inspire whole communities to take action. AZENTIVE also offers new technologies that disrupt the current status quo to accelerate behavior and culture change initiatives. AZENTIVE’s latest initiative is using biomimicry to grow the most sustainable and nutrient dense, organic food locally in the most efficient manner possible, bringing access to healthy food to all communities. Kat served as program co-designer and evaluator for a $4.2 million Department of Energy (DOE) project: Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. She co-led the marketing, strategy, and engagement design for Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now® commercial behavior program, which later became part of Envision Charlotte. Kat led two large-scale behavior change programs for a California Investor Owned Utility, engaging citizens, community groups, businesses, and institutions in three medium-sized cities for community residents and two large cities for the commercial building sector. Each of these programs incorporated Community Based Social Marketing strategies and tactics and surpassed their goals for engagement and culture change.

The Energy-Health Nexus: Holistic Solutions for Interconnected Challenges

Around the world, population growth and rising standards of living are driving increases in food production, associated energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. These dynamics are accelerating alongside declines in arable land, deforestation, water shortages, and a growing consensus around the need for urgent action to reduce greenhouses gas emissions. This presentation will illustrate a holistic, community-based approach to resolving tensions between these opposing trends. Community-based programs such as Connecticut’s Neighbor o Neighbor Energy Challenge, North Carolina’s Envision Charlotte, and California’s Step Up and Power Down have proven to be uniquely effective in driving energy efficiency gains at scale. Applied to the food production and community health, these programs offer a template for creating social movements in support of nutritious, locally produced, carbon neutral food. This presentation will offer a programmatic framework drawing on insights from community-based energy efficiency, youth health and wellness initiatives, and emerging hyper-efficient biomimicry technology solutions that are lowering the carbon footprint of local food production. Within a systems framework, these mutually reinforcing connections offer a viable path towards nourishing our bodies, regenerating our communities, and sustaining our world.

Head of the Division of Training and Movement Sciences
University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Urs Granacher is full professor and head of the Division of Training and Movement Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany. He graduated in Sports Science and received his PhD and habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) in Training and Movement Sciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research priorities fall in the fields of strength and conditioning with a specific focus on strength training in the general youth population and young athletes. Dr. Granacher is currently principal investigator of an interdisciplinary research project on “Strength Training in Young Athletes” funded by the German Federal Institute of Sport Science ( Additional key components of his research constitute the development of targeted interventions to enhance measures of physical fitness, to examine neuromuscular performance, and to reduce injuries in athletes of different sport disciplines. Dr. Granacher has published >2010 PubMed listed research papers and is member of eight editorial boards including Sports Medicine. He was appointed by the German Minister of the Interior as chairman of the PotAS-commission to reform the German elite sports system (

The Effectiveness of Strength Training in Youth

In the 1970s and 1980s, several myths surrounded youth resistance training which included little training-related strength gains, a negative impact on growth and maturation, and a high injury risk. An exponential growth in scientific publications proved that resistance training is safe, promotes physical development, supports motor skill acquisition, enhances muscular fitness, and increases resistance to injury. Today, several national and international health organizations (e.g., WHO, ACSM, NSCA) recommend to include muscle strengthening exercises as an essential part in youth physical activity. Thus, the aims of my presentation will be to provide empirical evidence on i) misconceptions surrounding youth resistance training, ii) the effectiveness of resistance training in the general youth population and young athletes, iii) dose-response relations following youth resistance training according to age and training expertise, and iv) how to implement resistance training during the different stages of physical development.









Dr. Johansyah LUBIS
Dean, Faculty of Sport Science
Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Dr. Johansyah Lubis is currently as a Dean of the Faculty of Sport Science Universitas Negeri Jakarta. He is a former national athlete of Pencak Silat and was assigned as a national coach for the same sport category several times including the multi-event SEA Games 1999 (Brunei Darussalam), 2001 (Malaysia), 2003 (Vietnam) dan 2005 (Philipina) and the single-event World Pencak Silat Championships 2000 (Jakarta), 2002 (Malaysia), and 2003 (Philipina). He also served as a High Performance Director at the Pencak Silat program PRIMA (2016) and took part in athlete preparation in PRIMA. He was appointed as a deputy of CDM at Youth Olympic Nanjing China (2014), a deputy of CDM at SEA Games 2015 Singapore, and a manager for Pencak Silat sport at the Asean University Games 2016 Singapore. Some of his notable publications include 1) ”The effect of plyometric and maxex training method, intensity and coordination on power of kicking”, Tempawan Jurnal Penyelidikan, Jilid XXVIII 2011/ISSN 0127-6093; 2) “Enhance the Pencak silat learning course in Universities” (The International seminar on character building through sport empowerment, May 17, 2013: UPI Bandung); 3) “Development of Physical Exercise model of Archery for Student 2014” (Oral on the 1st Internastional conference on Biodiversity Crisis ICBC 2014); 4) “The Development of Single Move in Pencak Silat for ages 9 to 12 Year” (AUSCIC 2014); 5) “Cooling Vests Wool Fibre for Recovery Activity” published on the International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations vol. 6, issue 69, October 2017 ISSN: 2251-8843; 6) “Profile energy national athlete of Indonesia Pencak silat” AIP Conference Proceedings 2019, 050008 (2018Some of his studies have also been presented in several international seminars including in the ICPESS Jakarta, 2015; YISHPHESS Yogyakarta 2017 and World Conference on line learning and Research, 31 March 2020.

Effect of Cupping Therapy on Athlete Recovery

Training in sports in Indonesia is aiming at preparing athletes to reach high performance during competitions by manipulating training volume and intensity. One of the key factors to achieve this specific target is recovery process. Numerous recovery means have been widely recognized and frequently used by athletes. Recovery aims anatomical and physiological mechanism and is regulated by neurological and endrocrine systems. Means for recovery with specificity should be managed by physicians, while non-specific means are managed by coaches. Most athletes prefer traditional means for recovery. One of traditional means for recovery developed in Indonesia is Cupping therapy. Whether Cupping therapy has the capacity to treat musculoskeletal disorders, improve flexibility or other possible condition affecting athlete performance will be discussed further.
Cupping therapy also proven to be able to help improve blood circulation. Dirty blood suction increases the blood flow, making the vessels stronger. Toxins, cholesterol can be withdrawn by sucking dirty blood so that the blood becomes clean. Usually, toxins, cholesterol gather with blood in the skin layer. The benefits of cupping can overcome excessive body fatigue by massaging tense muscles. As we have discussed, cupping can move muscle positions. The muscle relocation can calm nerves, secrete the hormone serotonin which makes our body fresher and our brains more cheerful. In this study we will know empirically about Effect of Cupping Therapy on Athlete Recovery.












Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma SAÇLI UZUNÖZ
President, 5th ICPESS 2018
Senior FLV, ICPESS 2015, GoFPEP 2016, BRICSCESS 2017,
The Foundation For Global Community Health (GCH)
Head of Department of Coaching Education
Former Founding Director, School of Sport Sciences and Technology
Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma Saçlı Uzunöz is Head of Department of Coaching Education and she is also the Founding Director of the School of Sports Science and Technology at Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Cappadocia, Turkey. She earned her master’s and PhD degrees in sport sciences and technology from Hacettepe University, Ankara. She is a member of international and national scien¬tific associations. Her research interests include teaching models and methods, teacher qualities, thinking in sport sciences, initiatives in physical activity, creative drama in education. She has published in this area in national and international peer review journals and presented scientific papers at various national and international conferences. She has contributed to chapters in scientific books and also completed scientific projects in the field of sport sciences.

Physical Activity Involvement from Classrooms to Houses: Case from Cappadocia Region of Turkey

In the framework of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC), scientific results of positive effects on the holistic development of On-Line-Streaming (OLS) Brain Breaks (BB) were our milestone to promote physical activity in Cappadocia region of Turkey since 2014. Our journey in creating an active and healthy society began with 300 kids’ involvement after convincing the school principals, then it spread all over the city schools with 7000 students’ and 300 teachers’ participation after persuasion the directorate of provincial education of Nevşehir. Based on our experimental study results we moved BB on higher education with 1500 youths’ participation, then we applied BB all over the university to promote physical activity step by step. The practice as movement culture which became their lifestyle, especially for students from sport sciences was also moved to schools and sports clubs in their own positions after graduation. It was another turning point for us that all people stayed in their homes all over the world with global problem Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020. During that time it was a great opportunity to make our university students as a locomotive in order to engage all family members in physical activity in many cities in Turkey. In this presentation, there will be concrete examples from children in active classrooms to family at active homes as outcomes of collaboration among educational institutions, school leaders, city, and also families to improve physical activity level in society.










President, International Council of Sport Sciences and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
Past President and Board member, International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE)
Lecturer on Sport Management and Sociology of Sport
Wingate Institute in Cooperation with the Rupin Academic College
Director General, Israel Coaching Association

Dr. Uri Schaefer is the President of ICSSPE (elected in 2016 for a 4-year term). He lectures at the MBA program specializing in Sport Management at the National Institute for Sporting Excellence – the Wingate Institute in cooperation with the Ruppin Academic College, Israel. He received his Master’s degree at the Tel Aviv University in the field of study and research in Education, and his Doctorate degree from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. His professional career included being the Director – General of the Wingate Institute (10 years), and Deputy Director – General and Director of the Sport Administration in the Ministry of Culture and Sport (8years).In 2019 Dr Schaefer has initiated the establishment of the Coaching Association of Israel (For all sport disciplines), together with Alex Averbuk 3 times Paul Vault European Champion. His main area of research and interests include sport management and sport strategy, coach education and coaching, talent identification, and the sociology and social psychology of sport. He has published numerous articles on sport and physical activity with the emphasis on how to motivate children and youth, to engage in physical activity and sport across their lifecycle. Dr Schaefer has initiated and was among the founders of the International Council of Coach Education, (today known as Coaching Excellence), and served as its First President (1997 – 2005), and is today its Past President and a Board member. Dr. Schaefer was awarded with several prestigious national and international awards, including the 1992 Sport Science award of the IOC President, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the Appreciation Award of the National Olympic Committee of Israel, and The Sport Administration, during my tenure as its director received, The National Award for Quality Excellence in the Public Sector- Silver Star.

Physical Education and Physical Activity in the Context of the Pandemic: Global Perspective Shared by ICSSPE

In 2020 the world, for the first time in several decades, was forced to respond to a pandemic which reached almost all countries with a temporal delay. Many governments decided to lockdown public life and implement social distancing measures in order to slow down the spread of a mutating virus. The impact on society was tremendous and was felt by individuals and groups alike. The restrictions caused severe physical and economic challenges, in addition to this, the emotional stress on individuals was tremendous. Despite the existing medical evidence, that moderate physical activity is associated with better immune functioning, lower levels of anxiety, perceived stress, and despite WHO launching campaigns with central messages to #BeActive and #healthyathome – the lockdown in many places meant that sport and physical activity outside and in clubs were not possible. Even more regrettable was that several countries announced, when reopening schools, that for an unlimited time, physical education would be dropped from the curriculum – for various reasons, including the intention to use facilities such as gyms, as classrooms, which would allow for social distancing. In his presentation, ICSSPE President Dr Uri Schaefer will present the gap between existing evidence regarding the impact of physical activity on development and wellbeing on one hand, and physical education policies on the other. He will close his presentation by proposing components for a strategic approach to increase the impact of evidence-based policy development.












Prof. Dr. Xiaozan WANG
Board of Directors, BRICSCESS
Yangtze Youth Scholars of Chinese Ministry of Education
Secretary of the Party Committee
College of Physical Education and Health
East China Normal University

Prof. Dr. Xiaozan Wang is the Dean of School of Physical Education and Health, East China Normal University, a former president of International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health, and Vice President of International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sports. Her research interests are in curriculum of Physical Education and Teaching Reform, learning evaluation of Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers Education, physique monitoring and management of adolescents, and learning interest of Physical Education where she has published widely on these topics. She has led and directed many national initiatives in physical education, including Physical Education and Health Course Criterion, Physical Education Learning Assessment System of Middle and Elementary School, and new courses education methodology of Junior Middle School, Middle and Elementary School. She also has presided over UNESCO-funded projects in the Asia-Pacific region, major projects of the National Social Science Fund as well as 51 projects of the Ministry of Education and Shanghai. She has edited more than 54 books and textbooks in the research for Exercise and Sport, international sport studies, sports science and other high-level journals such as SSCI, SCI, CSSCI, etc. She has published more than 150 academic papers and published more than 50 papers at AERA, AAHPERD, AIESEP, NASPE and other domestic and international academic conferences. Prof. Wang has been the first female Yangtze Youth Scholars of Chinese Ministry of Education, won the first prize of the 4th National Education Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award, Baosteel Education Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awards Nomination Award and other 54 national and provincial-level teaching and research awards.

A Study on the Development Strategies for Chinese Children and Adolescents’ Sports Health Promotion Project

This study is to effectively improve Chinese children and adolescents’ physical activity (PA) and reduce their sedentary behaviors (SB). In this study, 18,242 children and adolescents (Male=9,291, Female=8,951) aged 8-18 were surveyed by the use of “The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children and Adolescents (PAQ-CN)”, “Children and Adolescent Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire (ASAQ-CN)” and “International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)”. The results show that the PA level of students is significantly different at all ages, and the PA level of girls is lower than that of boys (P<0.05); students’ extracurricular PA level is generally low (< 10,000 steps / day); the SB time of both male and female students increases at the age of 8-11, decreases sharply at the age of 11-15, and increases rapidly after the age of 15. Based on social ecological theory, healthy behaviour change theory, life history theory and social learning theory, and combined with the advanced experience of international health promotion, it puts forward “3-4-5” development strategy system for Chinese children and adolescents’ sports health promotion, namely, the cohesion of 3 main forces-family, schools and community, the radiation of the 4 areas-in class, out of class, in school and after school, and the implementation of 5 action plans-high-quality physical education and health curriculum development, vigorous campus construction, family-school-community partnership, sports reward plan setting-up and sports intelligent monitoring application.