Plenary Speakers


Prof. Sigmund Loland, PhD.

"Alpine skiing: an art and a technique. Reflections on the understanding of human movement patterns in sport."

Norwegian School of Sport Science, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Norway

Dr. Sigmund Loland is Professor and former Rector (2005-2013) of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. He has published extensively on topics such as the ideal of fair play, the ethics of performance-enhancing technologies, epistemology of movement, and history of ideas in sport. Dr. Loland is former President of the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport (2002-03) and the European College of Sport Science (2011-13), and he is member of World Anti-doping Agency's Ethics Panel (2004-). Dr. Loland is an avid skier and has coached alpine skiing at several levels including the international level.


Prof. Erich Müller, PhD.

"Biomechanics and Injury Prevention of Elite and Youth Alpine Ski Racers"

University of Salzburg, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Austria

Prof. Erich Müller is President of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), head of the research group Training and Motor Control Science at the Department of Sport and Exercise Science and Vice-Rector of the University of Salzburg. His academic career started at the University of Innsbruck, where he did his PhD (Habilitation thesis) on biomechanics in skiing which has been one of his main research topics during the last decades. He was appointed as Professor in Training and Exercise Science at the University of Salzburg in 1993. Apart from Science in Skiing he has published a high amount of papers in the areas od talent detection, talent development, injury prevention and health promotion through exercise.


Prof. Dieter Bubeck, PhD.

"Snowsport as a performance enhancer in executive functions"

University of Stuttgart, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Germany

Dieter Bubech, PhD. is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Stuttgart, Department of Sports and Exercise Science. He is responsible for exercise physiology and performance diagnostics and outdoor education, since 2004. After being vice president of International Association Snowsports at Schools and Universities (IVSS) from 2005, in March 2019 he become the president of IVSS. For more than 20 years he is engaged in ski and snow sport development in Germany. He is a board member and vice president in Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schneesport an Hochschulen (IVSS Germany), board member in INTERSKI Germany, responsible for snowsports at schools and universities, he was head of organization team of 13th International Congress Snowsport at Schools and Universities (Germany) and vice president of International Association Snowsports at Schools and Universities (IVSS). From 2005 to 2017 he was also member of professional ski teacher team Deutscher Skilehrerverband (DSLV) (ISIA Germany).

Invited Speakers


Prof. Lana Ružić PhD.

"The rise of ski helmets: What have we learned in last two decades?"

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Lana Ružić, MD, PhD is a medical doctor and scientists holding a position at Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine at Faculty of Kinesiology, Zagreb, Croatia. Currently she holds a position of Head of the PhD program in Kinesiology. Her work may be recognized through more than 150 various publications among which many published in journals indexed in Web of Science and Current Contents databases and more than 500 citations. She collaborated with GENOS genetic laboratory on development of GENperform test for general and she is a reviewer for several scientific journals. Her personal interests are exercise physiology, exercise prescription in chronic diseases and sports medicine (those topics she also teaches at postgraduate program in Sports and occupational medicine at School of Medicine, University of Zagreb). Her medical background and previous 15 years of experience as a medical advisor for health-related physical activity in fitness centers provide her an important bond of science and practice. Apart from her scientific and university duties, the sports background of professor Lana Ružić is skiing. She is a member of ISIA and HZUTS (International and Croatian ski instructor associations).


Prof. Lisa Steidl Müller PhD.

"Challenges in the talent development of youth alpine ski racing"

Institut für Sportwissenschaft, Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Lisa Steidl-Müller is an Assistant-Professor at the Department of Sport Science at the University of Innsbruck. She studied Physical Education, Sports Science and Italian Language at the University of Innsbruck. Her PhD-thesis dealt with the relative age effect in alpine ski racing. Her habilitation thesis was about talent development and injury prevention in youth sport. In relation to her young research career, she published a relatively high amount of papers in the areas of talent selection, talent development and injury prevention.


Prof. Ron Kipp, PhD.

"Long term athlete development: Alpine ski racing technique considerations"

Squaw Valley Ski Team, Olympic Valley, CA, USA

Ron Kipp is 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 Sports Science/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 o n-hill coach and sport science consultant. For five years he was the Education Manager for PSIA-I (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Ron is a Level 3 Instructor and Level 500 Coach. He has written two books, authored or co-authored over 40 scientific published papers, and has given over 100 presentations nationally and internationally on skiing.


Prof. Damir Sekulić PhD.

"Doping, substance misuse and dietary supplementation in skiing; Should we worry about it, and (if yes), why?"

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Croatia

Damir Sekulić, PhD. is a professor at the at University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia. His expertise in research is specially oriented in sport specific measuring protocols and tests as well as in substance use and misuse in sport and exercise. He leaded many research projects and his research achievements have been published in many internationally known journals. He was invited as a guest professor at different universities and international conferences worldwide. For his research he was awarded at the national and international level. From 2018 he is a dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Croatia.


Prof. Matej Supej, PhD.

“Monitoring alpine skiing performance using wearable technologies”

Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professor of Sport Science–Kinesiology and the head of Laboratory of Biomechanics at the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Having an interdisciplinary background with B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in Sport Sciences while being a former elite alpine skier, member of National Alpine Ski Demo Team and current member of the Technical board at the Slovenian Ski Association. His research with two national awards of scientific excellence, an international innovation award, ~80 scientific papers, several invited lectures and presentations, mainly focused in alpine skiing, but also includes projects on other sporting disciplines.


Andrej Miklavc

“Role and challenges of engaging kids in skiing.”

CEO and Founder of Winter Sport Expert Group

3-time Olympian (Alpine skiing), Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker & Author, CEO and Founder of Winter Sport Expert Group, CEO and Founder of global project “The Sportskid Whisperer” - aiming to support and encourage kids in sports, FIS SnowKidz guest editor. After 13 years of racing at World cup in Alpine skiing and winning a world cup race, his endeavor turned to corporate world, where he learned valuable skills needed in winter sports nowadays. Last decade his focus turned back to alpine skiing and to winter sport development, especially in “non-traditional Alpine skiing” countries, like S and E Europe, Asia, China, …