Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations (SECSI)

  • vrijdag 8 april 2016 van 9:00 tot 18:00

On Friday the 8th of April, the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science will be teaming up with the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute (link) to organise the Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations (SECSI). The aim of the conference is to bring together scientific research with respect to sport and sport innovation. The organising committee has been hard at work on creating a diverse programme, with 32 slots for oral presentations and a set of poster presentations, which will be held during a ‘walking lunch’. The event will take place at the Auditorium of the VU Amsterdam and will last from 9 AM to 6 PM. You are kindly invited to register on April 1st at the latest.

Full programme


Prof. dr. Frans van der Helm, TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute

Prof. dr. Geert Savelsbergh,  Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS)


When: Friday 8th April 2016

Time: 9.00-18.00

Where: Auditorium and Agora room, Main building VU, Amsterdam

Conference language: English



Bring together scientific research with respect to sport and sport innovation


Registration Fee 

75 euro including lunch and drinks (bank account number will be announced later). The registration fee will have to be paid by 1st of April. Apply here


Preliminary program

Keynote presentation of Professor dr. Steve Haake, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Engineering sport: how do you know it works, where is it going and isn’t it just cheating?

Science, engineering and technology have been used for millennia to improve sporting performance.  While sports science seeks to improve the useful power output of the athlete, sports engineering aims to minimise or eradicate wasteful energy losses that slow us down.  Some technologies obviously work: starting blocks in running, dimpled golf balls, carbon fibre vaulting poles.  But there are others that are a little more tenuous. String savers for tennis rackets, matched golf shafts, power bands.  This keynote will look at some of the advances that engineering has brought to sport and ask the question, does it really work?  If it does, isn’t it just cheating?  And where should the technologists working in sport go next?

Presentations: 32 slots for Oral presentation (15min = 10m + 5m Q&A time)

Poster presentation during ‘walking’ lunch

Download the full programme here.


Important dates

27 February: Deadline Abstract submission

1 March: Decisions for presentations announced

4 March: Definit program

1 April: Registration deadline

8 April: Conference


Conference secretariat


Link for abstract submission


See example template for abstract format!


Local organising committee

Stacey Angel (VU)

Dr. Daan Bregman (TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute)

Neal Damen (AISS)

Patricia van Rijn (VU)

Anoek van Vlaardingen, Msc (TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute)


Scientific committee

Prof. dr. M. van Bottenburg,  University of  Utrecht

Prof. dr. A.C. Brombacher, TU Eindhoven

Prof. dr. F.C.T. van der Helm, TU Delft

Prof. Dr. H.J. van den Herik, Leiden University & University of Tilburg H.F.J.M. Koopman, University of Twente

Prof. dr. K.A.P.M. Lemmink,  UMCG

Prof. dr.  l. van Loon, Maastricht University

Dr. A. Nieuwenhuys, Radboud University

Dr. J. Stubbe, HVA & Codarts

Prof. dr. G.J.P. Savelsbergh, VU, HVA

Dr. S.I.  de Vries,  HHS

Dr. N. van Veldhoven, NOC-NSF, Windsheim

Dr. E. Verhagen, VUMC

Prof. dr. S. Vos,  Fontys & TU Eindhoven


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