Keynote Speakers

Marco Narici SPE Balkan Ski

Marco Narici (PhD)

Marco Narici (PhD) is Professor in Clinical Physiology at the MRC ARUK Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Ageing of the University of Nottingham. He is also member of the Executive Board of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) was president of the ECSS from 2012 to 2014. Marco completed his studies in 1984 (BSc in Physiology and MSc in Human and Applied Physiology, KCL, London) and subsequently achieved his doctorate degree in muscle physiology from University of Pavia. He worked as researcher at the Rodolfo Margaria Laboratory, University of Milan, Italy, and took up the position of Assistant Professor at the Medical Research Centre of Geneva University, CH (1994-96). In 1999 he moved back to the UK as Professor in Physiology of Ageing at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Director of the Institute of Research into Human Movement from 2000 to 2012. He has been coordinator of EU FP5 Project Better Ageing and co-I of EU FP7 Project Myoage. In 2012 he moved to the University of Nottingham to work at the MRC ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing.

He has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles (H-factor 50) and book chapters. His present work and interests are focused on the mechanisms of remodelling of human skeletal muscle, tendon and the neuromuscular system with exercise, inactivity (including spaceflight) and ageing.

Ron Kip SPE Balkan Ski

Ron Kipp (PhD) - USA

Ron Kipp (PhD) has just taken a position as the Ski Team Education and Development Manager for Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows Race Team. Prior to that he was the Alpine Sports Education Manager for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He did his Ph.D. work in motor control at the University of Utah prior to working with the U.S. Ski Team’s Sport Science Department as Director of Athlete Preparation. He has also coached and was the Head Physiologist with the U.S. Ski Team’s Men’s Alpine World Cup Team, and was Assistant Director of Coaches Education for USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association). He has worked with the Norwegian Men’s Alpine National Team as an on-hill coach and sport science consultant. For five years he was the Education Manager for PSIA-I (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Ron has written two books, authored or co-authored over 40 scientific published papers, and has given over 100 presentations nationally and internationally on skiing.

Alberto Minetti SPE Balkan Ski

Alberto Enrico Minetti (PhD) - ITA

Alberto Enrico Minetti (PhD) is Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Milan, Italy. He has also been Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Manchester Metropolitan University for 6 years. Despite his Degree in Medicine and Specialisation in Biostatistics, most of the published research focusses around the mechanical and metabolic aspects of human and animal motion, locomotion and sport. Professor Minetti’s expertise ranges also from Computer Science to Mathematical Modelling of the investigated motor activity, including optimisation and automatic of acquisition and processing of biomedical signals.