Professor Nikos Ntoumanis 
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

I received my PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Exeter (UK) in 1999. My longest period of employment (2001-2014) has been at the University of Birmingham (UK). I joined the School of Psychology at Curtin University (Australia) in 2014 on a research-only role. In July 2021 I moved to the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark.

I am interested in personal and contextual factors that optimise motivation and promote performance, morality, psychological well-being and health-conducive behaviours. Areas of particular interest are physical activity promotion in different community settings, self-regulation of life goals, and psychology of sport with emphasis on applications of contemporary theories of motivation. To date, I have written two books on statistics that were published by Routledge in 2001 and by Wiley in 2016. I have also published over 250 peer reviewed articles and 25 book chapters; my research has attracted over 33,000 citations on Google Scholar (h index=88; Scopus h index=60). The citations for my research are from 11 subject disciplines showing its broad academic impact. According to Web of Science, 59.05% of my publications are in Quartile 1 journals; for 56% I am the first or last author. My research has been published in various prestigious journals (e.g., Perspectives on Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Health Psychology), and has been supported by funding (over $13.5m) from major research councils in the UK (ESRC, MRC), the Australian Research Council, the Australian Heart Foundation, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, Healthway, Cancer Council WA, UK charities, UK local health authorities, Australian Army, and the industry.

My research has received awards from various academic and professional organisations (e.g., BPS, ISSI, NASPSPA, AASP, ECSS). In 2014 I was awarded a fellowship by the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences for exceptional research. In 2015 I was awarded a fellowship from the British Psychological Society (BPS). In 2016 I was awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title by Curtin University. In 2019 I was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the US Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Since 2011 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise (official publication of the European Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology) and have served on the editorial board of many other journals (e.g., Journal of Educational Psychology, Annals of Behavioural Medicine, Motivation Science, Motivation & Emotion). My favourite physical activities are weight training, basketball, and swimming.

Professor Panteleimon Ekkekakis
Iowa State University, USA

Panteleimon (“Paddy”) Ekkekakis is a Professor of exercise psychology at Iowa State University, and an elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology of the United States. His research examines pleasure and displeasure responses to exercise, including their underlying cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms, and their implications for exercise behavior. He has developed the Dual-Mode Theory of affective responses to exercise and the Affective-Reflective Theory of physical inactivity and exercise (with Prof. Ralf Brand). Ekkekakis is the author of The Measurement of Affect, Mood, and Emotion: A Guide for Health-Behavioral Research (Cambridge University Press, 2013), the editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of the Psychobiology of Physical Activity (Human Kinetics, 2006). Ekkekakis has presented keynote lectures, seminars, and workshops in over 30 cities in 15 countries outside the United States.

Professor Hugo Sarmento
Universidade de Coimbra

Hugo Sarmento é doutorado em Ciências do Desporto e Professor Auxiliar na Faculdade de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física da Universidade de Coimbra, onde coordena o Mestrado em Treino Desportivo, e o Mestrado em Treino Desportivo para Crianças e Jovens.

Publicou 8 livros e mais de 80 artigos científicos sobre análise da performance, identificação e desenvolvimento de talentos e atividade física e saúde. Adicionalmente, é membro da comissão editorial de 6 revistas científicas. Ao longo dos últimos 10 anos tem desempenhado funções como formador de treinadores em diversas Federações Desportivas.

Professor Luís Curral
Faculdade de Psicologia da Universidade de Lisboa

Luís Curral é professor associado na Faculdade de Psicologia da Universidade de Lisboa, onde integra o grupo de Psicologia Organizacional. É membro do Centro de Investigação em Ciências Psicológicas da Universidade de Lisboa onde tem participado e coordenado vários projectos de investigação. Nos anos 2001-2005, foi bolseiro da Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia e doutorou-se em Psicologia Social em 2005 na Universidade de Lisboa. Tem estudado processo cognitivos subjacentes ao trabalho em equipa, adaptação, inovação e empreendedorismo. Atualmente interessa-se ainda pela aplicabilidade das teorias de complexidade às organizações. Autor de mais de cerca de 50 publicações em revistas internacionais num total de mais de 900 citações, publicou também inúmeros artigos e livros de divulgação em português.

Professor Paul Wylleman
Vrije Universiteit, Brussel 

Paul Wylleman, Doctor in Psychology, lic. Clinical psychology is full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he teaches, among others, Sport psychology, High Performance Management and Mental support during the athletic career. By way of a holistic perspective his research focuses on the development of and transitions in the (elite) sports career, the development of psychological competences in talented and elite athletes, the mental well-being of talented and elite athletes and elite coaches, and the competences of (sport) psychologists working in elite sport. He was the 2017 Distinguished International Scholar of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP; USA). He was President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and was also a member of the board of Associated Members in the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA). During the past 30 years, Paul has provided support to talented, elite athletes and Olympic athletes and coaches (e.g., in archery, judo, figure skating, swimming, track and field) during various European and World Championships and Olympic Games. He was also team psychologist for the Belgian DavisCup and FedCup teams. Finally, since 2013, Paul has been performance manager Performance Behavior at TeamNL (the Olympic Committee of the Netherlands, NOC*NSF) where he leads a team of psychologists in support of talented and elite athletes, teams, coaches and support staff. He was the team psychologist for TeamNL during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.