Keynote Speakers
Elke Grimminger-Seidensticker is a Professor for Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education at the TU Dortmund University, Germany. She is head of the Department of Sport and Sport Science. Her research is particularly focused on PE teachers´ competencies in dealing with heterogeneity as well as on students´ perspectives in physical education (PE). Her studies are mainly anchored in pedagogical-psychological theoretical frameworks, and based on multi-methodological research designs, with the idea of developing research-informed concepts for PE and PE teacher education. Both qualification works (PhD thesis, habilitation) were awarded. Her habilitation was awarded with the 3rd prize of the Scientific Award of the German National Olympic Sport Federation. The work focused on inclusion and exclusion processes among students in PE, and identified learning situations where exclusion processes are even provoked and lead to the humiliation of students. With this work, she opened the discussion about the `dark´ side of PE and why PE is not always well experienced by students. Thus, the perspective on PE teachers and how they can be trained for a `criticial´ teaching style is part of her research and teaching activities. Consistently, she doesn´t work on mainstream topics. Years ago, her PhD supervisor, Prof. Petra Gieß-Stüber, said: “I am not sure about your scientific career, if you always look on these niche topics”. However, improving PE for those students who do not fit in the mainstream inspires her internationally recognized work. She is an associated member of the interdisciplinary research laboratory “Sport and Social Sciences” at the University of Strasbourg, France. In this context, she works with colleagues from France, Italy and Switzerland on questions about social (in)equality and health issues. Furthermore, she is an elected member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS).
Professor Peter ISERBYT
Peter Iserbyt received his PhD in Physical Education at the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Professor within the Department of Movement Sciences at KU Leuven where he is a member of the Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group. He is also leading the Physical Education Teacher Education Program.

His research combines two complementary domains. The first is the improvement of instruction in elementary and secondary Physical Education. His focus lies on how content knowledge improves teaching and learning in Physical Education. More specifically, he investigates the effect of content knowledge on teacher behavior (pedagogical content knowledge) and how this teacher behavior in turn affects student learning. Second, he investigates how Physical Education can contribute to the development of a physically active lifestyle by conducting school-based interventions that promote generalization and maintenance of engagement in physical activity from Physical Education to extracurricular settings.
Professor David LUBANS
David Lubans received his undergraduate degree in Human Movement and Health Education from the University of Sydney, Australia and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is currently a Professor in the School of Education and Theme Lead for school-based research in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Dr Lubans is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sports Sciences and Physical Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. Dr Lubans and his colleagues have published extensively and secured funding from competitive sources including the ARC, NHMRC, Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, Health Research Council New Zealand, and Hong Kong General Research Fund. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the design, evaluation and dissemination of school-based physical activity interventions. Much of his research has involved inter-sectoral partnerships with government and non-government organisations. His secondary area of interest is studying the effects of physical activity and fitness on young people’s cognitive and mental health. Dr Lubans is regularly invited to serve on expert committees to guide physical activity policy and practice. Recent examples include the Australian Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People, Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, Sport Australia Physical Literacy Expert Panel and Chair of the Sports Medicine Australia Scientific Committee. He is currently involved in a range of school-based physical activity projects with colleagues from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
Professor Hai REN
Hai REN, Professor of Beijing Sport University (BSU). He got his doctoral degree in the University of Alberta, Canada. Academically his main areas are sport social-cultural studies, especially the Olympic studies. He also carried out a variety of research projects on sport reform in China. He was the chief editor of the Olympic Movement, a text book for university students in China. Currently, his main interest is the introduction and application of Physical Literacy to the physical education and sport systems in China.
Professor Amelia Mays WOODS
Dr. Amelia Mays Woods is the James F. & Karen S. McKechnie Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. She is also the Department Head of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Dr. Woods holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in Instruction and Curriculum in Physical Education, an MS from the University of Tennessee with a specialization in Motor Behavior, and a BS from Winthrop University with Teacher Certification. Previously, she served as a professor at Indiana State University, St. Olaf College, and Columbia College.

Her research focuses on advancing school-based physical activity and understanding and enhancing teacher development. This research informs both policy and practice in teacher education, the consequences of which are more meaningful, effective, and influential experiences for K-12 students. Her research has resulted in two co-authored books, more than 125 scholarly articles and chapters, and numerous national and international invited lectures and conference presentations. She has served as Associate Editor for both Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Dr. Woods is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (#544) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators. She is a recipient of the University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award, the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the Winthrop University Distinguished Alumna Award. She is also a faculty inductee in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the recipient of the Society for Health and Physical Educators’ Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to research in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.