Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin received his BSc from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, MEd from Springfield College-Massachusetts, MBA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1985. Previously he served as the Head of Sports Science at the Hong Kong Sports Institute; Head and Principal Lecturer, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at The Education University of Hong Kong (former Hong Kong Institute of Education) ; and Professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA. Currently, he is the Vice President, Global Affairs and Research, HOPSports, Inc., USA. Prof. Chin’s research interests lie in integrated and holistic approaches in the fields of physical activity, sports, exercise science, leisure, health, and technology to promote active living in school and community. An editor of 8 books and author of over 190 publications in scientific and sports journals in English and Chinese, Prof. Chin has offered over 130 keynote and invited presentations, and over 90 conference paper presentations in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific Region.
A Fellow of AIESEP and Research Consortium of SHAPE America,he is one of the four Founders and Former President, Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS) and former Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science (AJESS). Prof. Chin is the Senior Co-editor of the book
“Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice” in 2014
Scholars of 40 countries are contributing their chapters on the new direction of physical education and health in their respective country. In April 2015, Prof. Chin was awarded the Medail of Manuel Gomes Tubino by FIEP for his contribution of global work in physical education. Prof. Chin is the Co-Founder of Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP) in 2010 and Founder of Future Leaders/Volunteers (FLV) in 2013.
In 2015 Prof. Chin has been elected as the Founding President, BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS).
Prof. Dr. J. Hans de Ridder is a full professor and director of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He is currently a C2 rated researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. His current H-Index is 13 (since 2010 H-Index is 10). He was the receiver in 2002 of the Stals Award for Human Movement Sciences from the South African Academy for Science and Art for his exceptional contribution to kinanthropometry. In 2011 he was the receiver of the Albert Strating Award for Preventative Medicine, also from the South African Academy for Science and Art. At the age of 39 years, he was one of the youngest recipients of the Stals award and also the first in the history of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University in South Africa. In 2010 he reached a milestone in his research career, when his 50th post graduate student (M’s and Ph.D.’s) graduated. Currently a total of 63 students have completed their masters or doctoral studies under his guidance. He was the author or co-author of a total of 72 research articles published in subsidised academic journals.
He was the President from 2008 – 2014 and is the current Senior Vice-President of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). He is also an ISAK-accredited Level 4 criterion anthropometrist, one of just a few in the world. He has been involved in the teaching of ISAK courses for many years. Level 4 is the highest international qualification which can be awarded to an anthropometrist and one have to apply for re-accreditation every 4 years. He was honored in 2014 with life membership from ISAK at the ISAK World Conference in Murcia, Spain. He is only the 5th person in the history of ISAK to receive this prestigious award. He is the co-author of the international ISAK manual “International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment”. He is the fourth author with Dr. Arthur Stewart from Scotland, Prof. Mike Marfell Jones from New Zealand and Prof. Tim Olds from Australia the first, second and third authors. This book is currently used worldwide as a text book and a reference manual for teaching and research in anthropometry and kinanthropometry. Since the book was published in 2011, it was already cited more than 1350 times.
He is the founder Secretary-General and the Vice-President (South Africa) of the BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science (BRICSCESS) that was founded in Delhi, India on 17 October 2015. He will also be a keynote speaker at the Inauguration BRICS Conference of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS 2017) which will be in Santos, Brazil in December 2017.
For the period 2003 to 2017 (last 15 years), he was an invited and/or keynote speaker on more than 20 occasions at conferences in Thessaloniki, Greece; Gaborone, Botswana; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; Velen, Germany; Johannesburg, South Africa, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Potchefstroom, South Africa; Taipei, Taiwan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; Potchefstroom, South Africa; Merida, Mexico; Kota Bharu, Malaysia; Santos, Brazil.He was the president of GoFPEP 2014 which was presented at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He is currently the Assistant Editor of the African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD). In 2005 he was appointed the conference chair of the very successful South African Sport and Recreation Conference (SASReCon) conference which was held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from 7-9 September 2006.He was co-project director of the international research teams at firstly the 6th All Africa Games in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1995 and secondly at the 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003. In 1995 he received an award from the organizing committee of the All Africa Games in Harare in appreciation for his contribution on research at the Games and in 2003 I received awards from the Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance and the Nigerian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance for his contribution to Sport Science research in Africa.
Hans is married to Elsie, a maths teacher, and they have three children: Elé, De Wet and Maret. They are a very close family and enjoy travelling together. They especially love travelling and camping in Africa. The motto of the family is to make a difference in people’s lives and to always be kind and friendly to other people. They live in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
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Prof. Dr. Luminita GEORGESCU MD, PhD is a highly appreciated professor at the University of Pitesti, Romania, a scientific adviser for doctoral studies in Sport Science and Physical Education and also physician of Sport Medicine at the Emergency County Hospital in Pitesti.Having a multidisciplinary background in medicine, kinesiology, exercise and health science, physical therapy and rehabilitation, Prof. Georgescu’s academic and research activity reflects an increased interest in developing new cross-disciplinary programs and projects in these areas. Her sustained professional work resulted in: coordinating or being a member in many national and international research projects for promoting health, wellness, quality of life, physical activity and sport; being invited speaker/keynote speaker/member of the scientific committee/participant at important international and national conferences in the field of sport science, sports medicine and health; and many articles and studies published in reference scientific journals.
Besides being involved in activities promoted by prestigious international organizations like ICSSPE – as member of the Executive Board and IASK – as Vice-President, the professional experience of Prof. Georgescu includes also: Regional Expert Assessor for the National Council for Adult Vocational Training and the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education; former member of Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization (WLO); former Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sport Science (AJESS); Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Pitesti (2007-2011), President of the Medical and Anti-doping Commission at Judo World Cup, Bucharest (2005-2008), Sports Medicine Physician of the Judo Male Olympic Team (2002-2008); Director of the International Relations Department of the University of Pitesti (2004-2005).Prof. Luminita Georgescu serves in different advisory boards, she is scientific reviewer/collaborator for: The International Leisure Review (Taiwan), Pedagogical Psychological and Medicobiological problems of Physical Culture and Sports - Electronical Journal of Povolzhskaya State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism (Russia), UNESCO-EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems), The Journal of Romanian Sport Medicine Society, Romanian Journal of Physiotherapy and her accomplishments count in as well national and international awards and distinctions.
Prof. Dr. Gıyasettin Demirhan is working at Hacettepe University Faculty of Sport Sciences. He is Dean of the Faculty and Head of Physical Education and Sport Teacher Education Department. He also serves as Coordinator of Hacettepe University Communication Office Hacettepe University continues its activities with 14 Faculties, 14 Graduate Schools and Institutes , 2 Schools, 1 Conservatory, 5 Vocational Schools, and 105 Research and Application Centers. Hacettepe University, as one of the leading universities in the country, keeps contributing to social development and universal values in the fields of science, technology and art. Also, he is president of Turkish Sport Sciences Association. He is a member of some international scientific association like AIESEP, FIEP, ECSS and ISHPES.
Currently his research interests are critical thinking, instructional technology in PE, relationship between physical activity and academic performance and cognitive process, risk perception in outdoor-adventure sports. He published 22 articles in international refereed journals and 43 articles in national referred journals. Also, he has two books and 10 book chapters in physical education and sport pedagogy. He presented more than 100 papers in international and national scientific congresses and completed 12 international and national scientific projects in his own research field. He was as keynote and invited speaker at many national and international scientific meetings. Also, he organized many international and national scientific meetings. He has 118 citations in scientific journals which are indexed in SSCI and SCI and 380 citations in Google Scholar.
Demirhan is known with his sportsman identity beside his academic identity. He interests Outdoor-Adventure Sports but he especially loves mountain climbing. He has climbed several times the mount Arart that the highest mountain in Turkey and it has been perceived as the traditional resting place of Noah's Ark since the 11th century. He also paticipates lots of Outdoor-Adventure Sport, Mountaineering and Climbing Organizations in international-wide. He regularly participates Olimpic Climbing that coordinated by National Olimpic Committee of Turkey and International Erzurum-Uzundere Waterfall Ice climbing coordinated by Erzurum Governorship, Erzurum Uzundere Munipacility. In addition to this Demirhan is an active member of Hacettepe University Photography Community. He likes to take nature and landscape photos. In addition, he gives lectures about Movement and Sport Photograpy.
Prof. Dr. Myriam Guerra-Balic, is a professor in the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences – Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull (URL). She is a Medical Doctor specialized in Sport Medicine, with a Doctoral Degree that was developed on Exercise Physiology and Down Syndrome. She became a full professor of Exercise Physiology since 2001. She was the International Relations Vice-Dean at the URL for 9 years coordinating national and international exchange programs, cooperation programs and research mobilities for students and professors of her institution, as well as international research programs.
She has taught as international visitor professor in several countries from Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 25 years in the field of Health, Adapted Physical Activity and Adapted Sport, especially focused in children, elderly and persons with Intellectual Disabilities, being the leader of the research group. At present she is a member of the SITLESS project team, which has received European finaciation (H2020-PHC-2014; nº 634270-2), and she is also involved in the ENPARID network, focused in physical activity research in persons with intellectual disabilities.
She is member of the International Relations Committee of the ACSM since 2011. She has received the ACSM Student Award (2000) and the ACSM Dr. Lisa Stroud Krivickas Clinician Scholar Award.She collaborates with the Health Agency of the City Council of Barcelona developing the POIBA project, which works for the prevention of children’s obesity in Barcelona city.She has been invited to collaborate with the Down21 website, where she will be in charge of the information about physical activity and Down Syndrome, and its regular updating.She has been collaborating since 1992 with the School Jeroni de Moragas, for children and adolescents with special needs.
Through this collaboration, she is also involved in the project Hockey+, focused in the inlcusion of Hockey+ for persons with Intellectual Disabilities in regular league competition.
She has been an invited delegate of GOFPEP twice: GoFPEP2014-Pochefstroom 2014 (South-Africa) and GoFPEP 2016-Ankara 2016 (Turkey) . She will also participate in BRICSCESS 2017 in Santos (Brazil).
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Uvinha is Founding Member of BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science) and Associate Professor of the Graduate Program in Physical Activity Sciences, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of Sao Paulo – USP, Brazil.
He holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP (1997), a PhD in Tourism and Leisure from the University of Sao Paulo – USP (2003), a Postdoctorate in Sports and Leisure Studies from Griffith University, Australia (2004) and a Habilitation in Culture and Leisure Studies from USP (2008). Dr. Uvinha is the author of several articles and books in his country focused on Sports, Physical Education and Leisure.
He is strongly committed to projects that focus on the development of Sports and Leisure Studies in Brazil, mostly in the Sao Paulo region and related to the Sports Megaevents. He has attended academic and professional meetings in more than 50 countries.
“Professor Ricardo Uvinha has established himself as a true academic scholar over his academic career and in his career he has clearly demonstrated his competence as an academic, not only in his country Brazil, but also on an international level. He has an advanced theoretical knowledge of the field of Tourism and Leisure and is recognized by the academic community, on national as well as international level, for his excellent scholarship in teaching and learning as well as expertise in research. Ricardo has illustrated his ability as a leader on an international level on several occasions and has very good administration and management skills.” Professor dr. J. Hans DE RIDDER, Secretary-General and Vice-President (South Africa) of BRICSCESS
The University of Sao Paulo (commonly referred to as USP) is the largest institution of higher education and research in Latin America. USP is influential in the area of higher education in the South American continent, having educated countless professors with masters' and doctors' degrees now teaching at private colleges and universities in Brazil. With its numerous accomplishments throughout the years, USP continues to involve in the areas of education, science, technology and the arts.
Prof. Dr. Verónica Violant Holz is a doctor in Psychology, graduated in clinical psychology from Comillas Pontificia University and in Teacher training from Ramon Llull University. She is a Professor at the Department of Didactic and Educational Organisation. University of Barcelona
Leader of the postgraduate studies: Hospital Pedagogy in Neonatology and Paediatrics. Chief Investigator of the acknowledged research group (SGR, 806): Hospital Pedagogy in Neonatology and Paediatrics.
She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 20 years in the field of Creativity and Health in Hospital Pedagogy and she is the vice-president of ASOCREA-Creativity Association.She has been invited to give conferences about these topics nationally and internationally: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Venezuela. She won the scholarship for the promotion of professors-UB2015 Internationalisation to work in the field of Hospital Pedagogy in Malaysia and Costa Rica. She is the coordinator of the UNITWIN Network of Hospital Pedagogy-UNESCO.
She is a member of the COMAU (Worldwide Counsel of Academic University Students) and an honorary member of REDLACEH: the Latin-American and Caribbean network for the rights to education of hospitalised or in treatment infants and adolescents.She is the author of several publications about care during childhood and adolescence in illness condition. She has written over 40 books and chapters of books and over 23 indexed articles that are available in databases such as JCR-Social Sciences Citation Index, Scorpus, IN-RECS, Latindex, IRESIE and Resh. Her last publication, under her direction, is a collection of 5 books about Hospital Pedagogy published by Editorial Aljibe-Málaga (Spain). Furthermore, she received the Diamond award in Research, from the World Wide Awards in Science Eureka in 2012 (awarded in Cuba).
Prof. Dr. Ian Culpan is currently the Professor in the School of Health Sciences and the former Head of the School of Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has strong research interests in physical education teacher education (PETE), Curriculum Development, Pedagogy, the socio-cultural aspects of Sport and Olympic/Olympism Education. He has a high international profile, led and directed many national initiatives in physical education and has published nationally and internationally.
He was one of two principal writers of the national health and physical education curriculum and chaired the national standards body for senior school qualifications. He is the immediate past president of the New Zealand Olympic Academy: and has served as the president of Federation Internationale d'Education Physique. (FIEP Oceania) where he is currently the NZ delegate. He is the director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, a Trustee of International Alpha Upsilon Chi, chair of the FutureSport Trust and is a board member of the Sport Museum of New Zealand and Physical Education New Zealand. He has been awarded the International Olympic Committee Trophy twice (2000 & 2014) for his teaching and research in education and sport; and was the 7th person in the history of physical education in New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious Sir Alexander Gillies Medal for Physical Education.
He has been a visiting Professor at Charles University in the Czech Republic and a visiting Professor at the German Sport University Cologne, University of Peloponnese and the International Olympic Academy, Greece, Kristianstad University Sweden, Nanjing Normal University, China and University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is a National: Fellow for Physical Education New Zealand, has served on an advisory panel for UNESCO and co coordinated the New Zealand All Blacks leadership programme.
Dr. Mariana Tudor is Physiotherapist and Associat Professor at Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy, University of Pitesti – Romania. She has a Master Degree in Physical therapy for people with disabilities and in September 2013 she obtained her PhD Degree in the field of Human Motricity Science.He teaches full time disciplines like Evaluation in Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy in Cardio-Respiratory Diseases and Health Education. She is passionate about working with students and beyond transmitting them knowledge, she likes to involve them in different activities and help them to explore their opportunities at the fullest.Her major research interest is on health, therapeutic or health education, rehabilitation, active lifestyle promotion, both at individual and community level. She has been involved in several projects and many scientific conferences with themes related with rehabilitation in different settings and age groups, adapted physical activities, injury prevention and social inclusion for people with disabilities (children and adults).Since 2013 she is actively engaged as Team Leader and Future Leader in coordination of the international young scholars participants in Future Leader Volunteer Program (APCESS, Taiwan 2013, GoFPEP 2014, South Africa, GoFPEP 2016, Turkey).
She considers her participation in the Future Leader/Volunteer Program an amazing, exciting and enriching journey, the best place to provide conditions to learn, gain experience, a chance to personal and professional expression, innovation and development for the young researchers.
Also, Dr. Mariana Tudor has experience in working in community projects to promote health and physical activity. She is a member of the Romanian team to promote Brain Breaks in schools, she involves students to create Brain Breaks with Romanian cultural specificity and she was an implementing member of the HOPSports on-line streaming brain breaks international study.