- Prof. Dr. Ernst-Joachim Hossner (Universität Bern/Schweiz)
- Prof. Dr. Andrea d'Avella (University of Messina/Italien)
- Prof. Dr. Peter Federolf (Universität Innsbruck/Österreich)
- JProf. Dr. Stefanie Klatt (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln/Deutschland)
Ernst-Joachim Hossner is Professor for Movement and Exercise Science at the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern in Switzerland. His research focuses on several problems of motor control and learning with an emphasis on the interplay between perception and action as well as handling issues of uncertainty. More generally, he is known for striving to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research. This endeavour might be best exemplified by his PhD work on modularity in sensorimotor control for which he was awarded the DOSB-Science Award (Carl-Diem-Plakette) in 1994. This research is marked by the attempt to translate contemporary concepts from cognitive science into the complex world of sport practice, taking Jerry Fodor’s (1983) «Modularity of Mind» as a starting point and arriving at a conceptual framework of «sensorimotor-brick training» as an alternative to the classical idea of coordinative abilities (e.g., Kittel, Lamschik, Kortmann & Hossner, 2016). Ernst-Joachim Hossner is a former speaker of the motor-behaviour section of the German Society of Sport Science and author of a various scientific publications, including a recent textbook on motor control and learning in sports (Hossner & Künzell, 2022).
Andrea d'Avella obtained a Laurea (B.Sc.) in Physics at Milan University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. In 2003 he joined the Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology at Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy. Since 2015 he is Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biomedical, Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging at the University of Messina, Italy. His research has focused on the modular organization of sensorimotor control and learning, in healthy subjects and after neurological lesions. Current interests include muscle synergies and motor skill learning, inter-individual differences in real-life motor skills such as catching and throwing, applications of myoelectric control and virtual reality to neurorehabilitation. He has coordinated and participated in national and international research projects funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization, the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Health, and the Italian Ministry of University and Research. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement from 2006 to 2015 and has been elected again in 2020. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Physiological Society since 2020. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Motor Behavior, the Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, Frontiers in Motor Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics.
Peter Federolf studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland and conducted the research for his doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos, Switzerland. He held Postdoc positions first at the University of Salzburg in Austria and later at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he was also appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Returning to Europe, he worked for a few years at the Norwegian School for Sport Sciences (NIH) in Oslo, Norway, until he was offered a professorship for biomechanics at Department of Neuroscience at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. In 2015, Dr. Federolf moved to Austria where he assumed the position of Professor for Neurophysiology at the Department of Sport Science of the University of Innsbruck. Since 2020 he is Head of the Department. Dr. Federolf is also a Fellow and Scientific Board member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and he serves on the Executive Board of the Austrian Society of Sport Scientists (ÖSG).
Dr. Federolf’s research interests focus on coordination of human movement and on its neuromuscular control. One of his main research themes is “Principal Movements” – a concept in which the complex, high-dimensional movement patterns of whole-body human movements are represented in a coordinate system derived from a principal component analysis (PCA) conducted on the kinematic data quantifying the movement of interest. He argues that analysing human movement and its control in this reference frame provides new and auspicious perspectives when investigating challenging research questions such as balance, stability, skill acquisition, injury mechanisms or technique in sport.
Stefanie Klatt (née Hüttermann) is a junior professor at the German Sport University Cologne and the head of the Department of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research. In 2020, she was appointed as Deputy Professor at the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Rostock for one year.
Her research interests primarily lie in the exploration of physical, perceptual-cognitive, and adaptive processes on exercise training and its applicability in (team) sports. The quality of her scientific work in the area of sports science has been honoured with several awards over the last few years. Among others, she was awarded the Reinhard-Daugs Sponsorship Award of the DVS Section Motor Activity, the DVS Publication Prize for Young Academics in Sports Science, the Karl-Hofmann Publication Prize as well as the Science Prize of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. At the German Sport University Cologne, she received the award for the best dissertation in 2014.
Due to her long-standing research activities and commitment at the University of Brighton, Stefanie Klatt was granted the status of “Honorary Research Fellow” in 2020. Besides her work at university, Stefanie Klatt has played in the top national and international beach volleyball series (e.g., participation in the European Championship) and holds the highest German coaching license in this sport.