Host institutions

VU University Amsterdam

VU University Amsterdam (Dutch: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) was founded in 1880 and is one of two large, publicly funded universities in Amsterdam. The university is associated with VU University Medical Center Amsterdam through the VU-VUmc Foundation.

The university comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 26,000 students. With more than 50 Bachelor’s programmes and almost a 100 Master’s programmes, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of degree pathways.

Academic research and education at VU University Amsterdam is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communication. VU University stand for universal academic values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name: the literal translation of the Dutch name Vrije Universiteit is "Free [as in liberated] University". ‘Free' refers to freedom from state and church interference.

VU University Amsterdam is organized along the lines of the twelve faculties and their departments with a strong emphasis on collaboration through interdisciplinary and translational research institutes. Two of these institutes, EMGO+ and MOVE, are co-hosts for the ECSS 2014 congress.

The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business district and RAI Convention Centre, the congress venue.


VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) is a university medical centre, closely associated with VU University Amsterdam. Its core objectives are to deliver patient care in close association with scientific research, academic teaching & postgraduate training.

In its scientific endeavours, approximately 700 full-time research staff helps it to maintain a nationally and internationally competitive position in its fields of specialization. VUmc concentrates its research on five dedicated research areas: cancer & immunology, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, public health, primary care & long-term care and movement sciences.

Our research is organized in five multidisciplinary research institutes; two of them being co-host for this congress: EMGO+ Institute for Health & Care Research (Public health, primary care & long-term care), MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam (Movement sciences, rehabilitation, sport).

VUmc research is strongly translational: from bench to bedside to society. VUmc's studies focus on discovering, testing, implementing and disseminating new insights and on enhancing health care. The VUmc research focus is tailored to international human health and life sciences research programmes, especially those of the European Commission.

Both at VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam sports and human movement are studied in depth. The research of MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam aims to understand and improve sport performance by studying biomechanical, exercise and muscle physiological, and perceptual and cognitive processes and factors. Research at EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research is devoted to the health aspects of sports and physical (in-) activity. The scientific quality and practical applicability of our research is testified by their vast output in high-impact, refereed international journals devoted to both theoretical and applied aspects of sports and human movement research.