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Universities, R&D Groups and Academic Networks

icSPORTS is a unique forum for universities, research groups and research projects to present their research and scientific results, be it by presenting a paper, hosting a tutorial or instructional course or demonstrating its research products in demo sessions, by contributing towards panels and discussions in the event's field of interest or by presenting their project, be it by setting up an exhibition booth, by being profiled in the event's web presence or printed materials or by suggesting keynote speakers or specific thematic sessions.

Special conditions are also available for Research Projects which wish to hold meetings at INSTICC events.

Current Academic Partners:

University of Lisbon (ULisboa)

The University of Lisbon (ULisboa) is a public research university in Lisbon, and the largest university in Portugal. It was founded in 2013, from the merger of two previous public universities located in Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon (1911-2013) and the Technical University of Lisbon (1930-2013). The history of a university in Lisbon dates back to the 13th century. As of 2013, the University of Lisbon comprises eighteen schools (being Faculty of Human Kinetics - - one of them)  and its research institutes, six specialized units, social and shared services, and also the Lisbon University Stadium. University of Lisbon is an active part in icSPORTS congress organization.

REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity

Research into Policy to enhance Physical Activity (REPOPA) is a five year project funded by the European Commission, where researchers from seven countries are working together to build future evidence into policy making. REPOPA’s aims are to (1) integrate research knowledge, expert know-how and real world policy making to increase synergy and sustainability in promoting health and preventing disease; (2) promote physical activity theme in structural policy making, and (3) establish structures and best practices for future health promotion. A short introduction to our work can be found here:

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a Specialized University. NSSS holds a national responsibility to provide higher education and scientific research in its corresponding fields.

European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment (ENSSEE)

The objectives of the Network are, firstly, to encourage European co-operation in relation to research, education, and employment in sport, and to increase the mobility and the exchange of students, teaching staff, and professionals. Secondly, ENSSEE supports the endeavour towards the convergence of education and training systems for sport-related professions in the European Union, as well as towards developing better quality sporting opportunities for all.
While respecting the autonomy of its member countries in defining the specific contents and organization of their own education and training systems, the Network intends to contribute to greater harmonization in the area, and specifically to develop:
•    A shared body of knowledge in relation to research, education, qualifications, professionalization, and employment in the field of sport;
•    Relations and the exchange of information between all organizations responsible for education, research, and training in sport, or related to sport;
•    Synergies and relations between all partners of the Network, including the organizations of the European Union, governmental and non-governmental bodies, institutions of vocational and academic education, training and research, professional organizations, and sports organizations;
•    Links with similar organizations inside and outside the European Union.

Wi-Shoe: A novel wireless, wearable shoe-based system for real time monitoring of energy expenditure and gait parameters for Sport and Medical applications

The Wi-Shoe FP7 project (, Grant agreement no: 605777) is developing a shoe-based system for measuring kinematic gait parameters and energy expenditure during walking. The project answers the need of the rehabilitation and sports sectors for a precise, affordable and non-intrusive product that will allow monitoring subject’s progress and continuing rehabilitation even outside a clinic. The Wi-Shoe system acquires real-time measurements from precise force and inertial sensors in the shoes and uses them to calculate gait parameters, but also energy expenditure, which is a unique functionality, compared to currently available systems. The project is coordinated by CyRIC – Cyprus Research and Innovation Center Ltd.


Credits4Health (C4H) is a social innovation and health promotion project funded by the European Union aimed at designing, developing, and testing a preventive healthcare system with the following goals:

 ·         Reduce sedentary behaviours;

·         Enhance the level of physical activity;

·         Foster the adoption of healthy dietary styles  in people living in the Euro-Mediterranean Countries.

The project aims at fighting the increasing prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases through an innovative multi-stakeholder approach based on people empowerment, by actively involving people in maintaining and improving their health status.

The approach is based on an ICT platform aimed at stimulating people to become more physically active and follow a Mediterranean diet, by means of personalized paths based on their existing behaviours and their medical, psychological, and social background.

The goal of the platform is to enhance their engagement, motivation, planning and self-monitoring, and further reinforcing their motivation through an incentive system consisting of discounts on healthy goods and services provided by Industrial Partnes.

C4H is run by a Consortium led by the University of Florence, and constituted by 15 Partners comprising European research centres, universities, non-profit organizations, private companies, as well as important public bodies from different Countries.

Faculty of Human Kinetics

With a mission initially focused on the integration of bodily practices in the school, thus assuming a high propensity of pedagogical, the College is currently open to a range of new areas of interest and broad sectors of society - the education system, the Productive System the Sports System, System Artistic and Rehabilitation System.

The Faculty of Human Movement aims fundamental Human Development, through the motor, the study of the body and its manifestations in the interaction of biological processes with the sociocultural values.