Professor. Jim Parry, 


Dr Jim Parry has been the Head of Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. His work specialises in Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy. He was formerly a high school teacher of PE and English, and worked for many years in teacher training. He is a former professional footballer, has a book series in Ethics and Sport, and is Founding Director of the British Olympic Academy. He has been an International Professor of Olympic Studies at the University of Ghent, Belgium and is currently a Visiting Professor at Charles University Prague.



Professor. Reza Rajabi,  

Reza Rajabi graduated from Manchester University (Musculoskeletal disorders research group) in 2002. He is a Professor of Health and Sports Medicine at the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Faculty at the University of Tehran. His research and teaching activities have concentrated on the area of musculoskeletal and postural measurements, postural disorders and their underlying mechanisms, corrective exercises and research methodology for the past 25 years. During the past 10 years, his research interest and projects focus on corrective games and plays amongst young children with musculoskeletal disorders. He has authored about 200 publications and 5 textbooks and served on 10 editorial boards including international and domestic journals. He is Associate Editor and Section Editor of some WOS and SCOPUS journals such as Biomedical Human Kinetics (BHK) and Advances in Rehabilitation (Adv Rehab).


Professor. Michel Desbordes, 

Michel Desbordes is a Professor at the Université Paris-Saclay, and at EM Lyon business school, France. He is a specialist in sports marketing with a research focus on the management of sports events, sports sponsorship and marketing applied to football. He has published 32 books (with Elsevier, UK; Editoral Piadotribo and Inde Publications, Spain; Economica, Les Editions d'Organisation and PUS, France) and 52 academic articles (International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship; European Sport Management Quarterly; International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, amongst others) in this field. From January 2009 to 2019, Professor Desbordes has been the Editor of the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship. Adjunct professor at the Sport University of Sport (Shanghai, China) and at the University of Ottawa (Canada).


Professor. Heydar Sadeghi, 

Heydar Sadeghi is a professor in the Department of Biomechanics and Sports Injuries, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Kharazmi University in Tehran. He received his Ph.D. in Sports Biomechanics and two postdoctoral fellowships in Biomechanics and Rehabilitation and Biomechanics and Orthopedics from the University of Montreal in Canada. He has been involved in the establishment, operation and development of sports biomechanics in Iran. Since 2002, He has been teaching several university-level courses relating to sports biomechanics, sports injuries and rehabilitation, He has published over 250 scientific-research articles, 40 books, and 10 patents. He has also served as a reviewer and editor for various international and national journals. His research interests are in all four areas of sports biomechanics including fundamental, clinical, applied and technical.



Professor. Steve Haake,

Steve Haake has a first-class degree in physics from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the University of Aston, sponsored by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2020 for services to sport. He sits on the Technical Commission of the International Tennis Federation, the English Institute of Sport Technical Steering Panel and is Chair of both the parkrun Research Board and the Active Travel Advisory Board for the Sheffield City Region. He became a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Sheffield in 1992 after two years as an experimental mechanics researcher. He built up a sports engineering research group in the 1990s, establishing the journal Sports Engineering, the International Sports Engineering Association and the biannual International Conference on the Engineering of Sport. He has acted as a consultant to UK Sport, Callaway Golf in California, Adidas in Germany, and the International Tennis Federation in London. From 2006 onwards, he set up the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University, the largest academic centre of its kind in the world. He has published six edited books of conference proceedings, authored over 200 journal papers on the physics and engineering of sport, and written numerous popular science articles for publications such as the New Scientist.  He is often interviewed in the media and in September 2020 was interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili on Radio 4’s The Life ScientificHe is Founding Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and now Director of Engagement. This centre seeks to take the technologies and lessons learnt in sport and translate them into technologies that will help people become more active. The grand vision is for the centre to help improve the quality of life of UK citizens by using sport and physical activity as treatment for long term chronic diseases.

Steve  is the author of Advantage Play: Technologies that Changed Sporting History, published by Arena Sport in 2018.


Professor. Karim Chamari,

Professor Karim Chamari is a former elite windsurfer who participated in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and an amateur football player. Prof Chamari is one of the most active Sport Science Researchers in the fields of Ramadan and also Football (soccer). He authored more than 270 scientific manuscripts and 20 book chapters, and has an H-index of 64 (to August 2019). Prof Chamari led the Tunisian Research Laboratory ‘Sport Performance Optimization’ of the National Centre of Medicine and Science in Sport, Tunis, Tunisia from its creation back in 2004 until March 2013. Since then, he moved to Doha and is now part of the injury and illness prevention program (ASPREV) at Aspetar, as Research Scientist.



Professor. Farzam Farahmand 

Farzam Farahmand received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 1991 and PhD in Biomechanics, from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1996. He is now professor and head of Biomechanics Section at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He is also director of Technology Affairs of the university. During his academic career, he has published over 200 scientific papers, granted 12 international patents, and founded several research institutes, including Research Center of Biomedical Technology and Robotics (RCBTR), and Djavad Mowafaghian Research Center of Intelligent NeuroRehabilitation Technologies (DMRCINT). His research is focused on Musculoskeletal Dynamics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Orthopaedics Biomechanics and Medical Robotics. 


Professor. Nader Farahpour, 

I completed my doctorate in orthopedic biomechanics at the university of Montreal in 1996. I was awarded a scholarship to pursue postdoctoral studies at the research center of CHU Sainte-Justine hospital (linked with Montreal University), before accepting a faculty member position in Exercise Science Department at Bu Ali Sina University in 1997.

I was the founder and director of the movement lab at Bu Ali Sina University (2001) based on which we initiated the M.Sc. (2000) and Ph.D. (2007) programs of the sport biomechanics. For 12 years, I organized the national entrance examination of graduate studies in sport biomechanics. I was also the founder of the M.Sc. program of sport biomechanics and the biomechanics lab in the Azad University at Hamedan and Broojerd branches.

My main research interests lie in the broad field of Orthopedic Biomechanics.  My works focus on a) determining how the neuromuscular system and biomechanical properties are altered in orthopedic related disease such as in scoliosis, low back pain and in individuals with ACL rupture, and b) planning exercises to improve their conditions. As a certified Schroth therapist, I am the founder of the first private scoliosis specific exercise company in Iran, where I treat the scoliosis with researched based exercises and Schroth method.

My research involves the application of biomechanical techniques by means of high-speed video cameras motion analysis, force plates, electromyography (EMG) systems, and the application of musculoskeletal modeling software such as OpenSim in experiments involving human subjects (patients, normal individuals, and athletes). The ultimate purpose of my work is to generate basic knowledge and understandings that help to develop effective exercises that yield maximal benefits for the prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment of the studied population. 


Dr. Geoff Dickson,

Geoff is a leading member of the Australian sport management academic community. His research interests include interorganisational relationships, network governance, event impacts and legacies, volunteers, sponsorship, ambush marketing, consumer behavior and integrity. He has supervised to completion nearly 40 honors, masters and PHD theses.

Professor. Marko Perić,

Marko Perić is Associate Professor at University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Croatia). His research and teaching activities have concentrated on the area of sport management, event management and strategic management issues. He is a principal investigator of several scientific projects dealing with business models for sports tourism and impacts and strategic outcomes of large sport tourism events. Main results of his work have been published in prestigious international journals such as International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Small Business Economics – An Entrepreneurship Journal, Tourism Management Perspectives, Journal of Sport & Tourism, Event Management, Managing Sport and Leisure, European Journal of Tourism Research, Kybernetes, Kinesiology and Local Economy.


Professor. Do Young Pyun,

Dr Pyun is with School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK, where he has been teaching sport marketing and management for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Having more than 20 years of work experience in different sport cultures across Europe, North America and Asia, Dr Pyun has been able to become a global sport marketing expert. His research advances the understanding of consumers' cognitive and affective structures in various international sport contexts.


Professor. Carl Lavie,

Dr. Lavie attended medical school at LSUMC in New Orleans, and did his Internal Medicine training at Ochsner and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention and Director of the Exercise Laboratories at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School-The University of Queensland School of Medicine in New Orleans. He has authored over 1000 medical publications and 2 cardiology textbooks and serves on 40 editorial boards, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the American Journal of Cardiology, and is Associate Editor and Cardiovascular Section Editor of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  He is also Editor-in Chief of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases and is the author of the book The Obesity Paradox.


Professor. Helen Dawes, 

Helen Dawes, Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair, leads the Movement Science Group based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Helen initially trained and practiced as a physiotherapist specializing in sport physiotherapy and working in the UK and New Zealand, prior to undertaking postgraduate training in exercise science and neuroscience. Helen then embarked on a PhD exploring exercise for people with neurological conditions. She has since then focused on optimizing performance of everyday activities through rehabilitation and on enabling physically active lifestyles in adults and children with disorders affecting movement such as: stroke, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Her research requires cross-disciplinary collaborations. Her activities include research, teaching and the provision of a Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation in the community. Her research spans from exploring underlying mechanisms affecting performance through to service delivery of subsequently developed interventions and tools.



Professor. Johannes Zwerver, 

Johannes Zwerver MD PhD, (nickname Hans) is Professor of Sport & Exercise medicine at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He works as a specialized sports medicine physician at the Gelderse Vallei Hospital in Ede. As a former team physician for professional football, basketball and Dutch cyclo-cross teams he has ample experience in working with both elite and recreational athletes. Promoting ‘Healthy active ageing’ and prescribing ‘Exercise is medicine’ to patients with chronic disease is one of his actual tasks as well. He is one of the initiators of the Dutch National Center for Exercise is Medicine. His research focusses on etiology, prevention, diagnosis and management of (overuse) injuries, especially tendon problems but also increasingly on exercise is medicine.  He (co) authored more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters and is editor of an international book on Imaging of Sports Injuries.


Professor. Roozbeh Naemi,

Roozbeh Naemi is a Professor in Biomechanics at Staffordshire University and has played a crucial role in establishing the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technology at the University. Roozbeh's research has a focus on biomechanics spanning across sport, exercise and clinical areas. His main research over the past 12 years have had a focus on the mechanics of the foot-ground interaction with specific interest in diabetic foot disease. He has developed methods for assessment of the mechanical behavior of plantar soft tissue with implications in identifying the risk of mechanical trauma to the foot during activities of daily living. Roozbeh is leading the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Science at School of Health, Science and Wellbeing and as a chartered engineer and scientist, he is involved with the relevant professional societies, serves in the editorial panel of international journals.


Professor. Han Houdijk,

Han Houdijk is professor of clinical movement sciences at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands. He has a BSc degree in Physical Therapy and MSc in Human Movement Sciences. In his PhD the studies the biomechanical effects of the klapskate for speed skating. In his current research he shifted back from sport research to rehabilitation focusing on restoration of walking ability and assistive technology in different rehabilitation population, integrating knowledge from biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor control. His interest in sports however remains and is materialized in projects on running specific prosthesis for Paralympic athletes.

Professor. Wassim Moalla, 

Prof. Wassim MOALLA is a full Professor in exercise physiology and physical training. He is belonged to the University of Sfax: High Institute of Sport and Physical Education (ISSEP). He has created and was the head of the research unit EM2S: Education, Motricity, Sport and Health. He was also a senior lecturer in the University of Picardie, UFR STAPS Amiens France. He is usually invited by various international universities to teach and to bring his experience.



Dr. Laura Carey,

Laura Carey is a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and has spent over 12 years working in elite sport and has attended a number of major sporting events. Laura is currently lecturing in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University and is a Supervisor and Assessor on the HCPC training pathway routes. Laura's main research interests lie in perceptual expertise with a specific focus on using eye tracker and Electroencephalogram (EEG) technology.


Dr. Jenny Meggs, 

Dr Jenny Meggs is a HCPC Sport and Exercise Psychologist and the Lead Sport Psychology for Swim England Northern regions. Her research includes psychological resilience, mindfulness interventions for adolescent youth athletes and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health and psychological well-being.



Dr. Juha Hijmans, 


Juha Hijmans studied Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen and graduated 2002. From 2003 till 2008 he did several research projects at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the University Medical Centre Groningen, all related to balance and gait. In 2009 he successfully defended his PhD thesis on orthotic interventions to improve balance. After a postdoc at Industrial Research ltd. New Zealand, where he developed upper limb training devices for stroke survivors, he returned to the UMCG as clinical gait analyst. Now he is associate professor and head of the MotionLab, with a research focus on gait analysis, ulcer prevention, gait training in virtual environments and assistive devices.



Dr. Lucas Maciel Rabello,
Lucas Maciel Rabello is a physiotherapist graduated at the Londrina State University, in the south of Brazil. He is an active member of the Brazilian Sports Physical Therapy Society with a large experience in athletes rehabilitation. During several years worked with elite Taekwondo teams, including the National team. Dr. Lucas Rabello is a professor of physical therapy at Unisociesc University in Brazil. His research focuses on athletes overuse injuries (e.g. tendinopathy) and imaging examination.



Dr. David Jiménez-Pavón,
David Jiménez-Pavón is Senior Lecturer and director of the MOVE-IT research group at the University of Cádiz. He has a remarkable trajectory as researcher in the area of physical activity and exercise in relation to health, and especially, in relation to obesity, aging, and dementia. His line of research is focused on Improving health through physical activity, exercise and nutrition, with special attention to the problem of Obesity and Aging, especially in brain health and functionality. His research has been focused during the last years on the epidemiology of health promotion and prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases (obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance) through physical activity and exercise in young population. Recently, his research line has evolved and focuses on Enhancing health through physical activity, exercise and nutrition, with special attention to active aging, fragility and Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Maedeh Mansoubi,

Maedeh Mansoubi is a Research Fellow at the College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter. She holds a PhD in Physical Activity, Public Health and Behaviour change. She previously led several projects focusing on using technology to promote public health. As her publications indicate, Dr Mansoubi is an expert in using behavioural change interventional methods to improve quality of life and wellbeing across different age groups. She is also currently leading Health Innovation and Technology Trials group at MOReS centre, Oxford Brookes University.


Dr. Helen Rout,


Dr Helen is a registered sport scientist with Exercise and sport science Australia and has spent over 25 years in professional sport. She has been a national and international champion in Karate, and have coached athletes at recreational, club, state and national levels.  She is currently the state coach director of Karate victoria federation and is a national Karate judge/referee. Her research interest is in sports psychology and sports coaching. 



Dr. Homa Rafiei Milajerdi, 


She is a post-doctoral researcher at the Sport Technology Research Lab, Faculty of Kinesiology, and University of Calgary working on shared projects with Autism Asperger Friendship Society (AAFS). Her passion is to improve physical literacy, communication and interaction skills in typically developing children and youth and those with developmental disorders especially autism. They are exploring how novel software and applications could be applicable to have a positive effect on movement and social skills in individuals with autism in their lab. 10 years of experience instructing sport and physical activity has been helpful to her in this path. She is an active person and a big fan of sports like swimming, fitness, yoga, hiking, running, and skiing.