Keynote speakers

Jérome Bourbousson, Maitre de Conférences-HDR, University of Nantes, FR (Collective Activity in Sport)

Jérôme Bourbousson was graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, former Professeur Agrégé of Physical Education, Ph.D. in 2010, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in 2015.

Developing his research at the University of Nantes, France, his research interests fall within the area of “team cognition”, that aim to describe the cognitive and behavioral processes implied in team performance and learning. His work has principally centered on cognitive ergonomics of natural sports situations, grounded on dynamical systems and enactivism theory, using, separately or conjointly, both qualitative methodologies (e.g., collection and analysis of verbal protocols) and quantitative methodologies (e.g., statistical analysis of behavioral data). Developing a fruitful interdisciplinary approach for investigating practical challenges has been one of his main challenges in research.

  • Bourbousson, J., R’Kiouak, M., & Eccles, D.W. (2015). Dynamics of team coordination: A social network analysis as a window to shared awareness. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 24(5), 742-760. DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2014.1001977
  • Bourbousson, J., & Fortes-Bourbousson, M. (2016). How do co-agents actively regulate their collective behavior states ? Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, 7:1732. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01732.
  • R’Kiouak, M., Saury, J., Durand, M., & Bourbousson, J. (2017). Joint action in an elite pair crew after intensive team training: The reinforcement of extra-personal processes. Human Movement Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2017.09.008


Ralf Brand, Head of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Potsdam, DE (Life-style and physical activities)

Dr Ralf Brand (born 1971) is a full professor of sport and exercise psychology at the University of Potsdam (GER). After having received academic master degrees in physical education and psychology, he started his career as a research associate at the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Konstanz (GER). There he earned a doctorate degree in social sciences in 2001. He completed his postdoctoral habilitation at the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Stuttgart (GER) in 2006 with a monography on exercise psychological interventions and health behavior, and was appointed professor at the University of Potsdam finally in the year 2008. Since 2012 he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. Dr Brand’s research focuses on the link between motivation and behavior. His recent work is characterized by an emphasis on automatic evaluative processes and the role of affect in exercise behavior change and maintenance.

  • Antoniewicz, F. & Brand, R. (2016). Learning to like exercising: Evaluative conditioning changes automatic evaluations of exercising and influences subsequent exercising behavior. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38(2), 138-148. doi:10.1123/jsep.2015-0125
  • Brand, R. & Ekkekakis, P. (2017). Affective-Reflective Theory of physical inactivity and exercise. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s12662-017-0477-9
  • Brand, R. & Antoniewicz, F. (2016). Affective evaluations of exercising: the role of automatic-reflective evaluation discrepancy. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38(6), 631-638. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2016-0171


Dave Collins, Chair and Director, Institute of Coaching and Performance, University of Central Lanshire, UK (Talent Development)

José Del Rio Millan, Defitech Chair, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH (Brain, Imagery, Brain Interfaces)

Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London, UK (Artistic Performances)