Dr. Gangyan Si received his PhD in the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1993. He is the current President of International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the former head of Sport Psychology and Monitoring Center at Hong Kong Sports Institute, the professor at Wuhan Institute of Physical Education in China, and an associate professor at Hong Kong Institute of Education. Dr. Si is also an appointed expert by China Sport Ministry for 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Over the years, Dr. Si has worked directly with a variety of Hong Kong teams and China national teams providing sport psychology services for Olympic Games, Asian Games, and World Championships. Dr. Si has been invited on many occasions by different National Olympic Committees, sport research institutes, and universities to share his knowledge and experiences. His current research interests include: the applied sport psychology service, cultural sport psychology, and exercise psychology.
ISSP Past President
Sidónio Serpa got his PhD at the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the Technical University of Lisbon (currently, University of Lisbon) where he is a Full Professor and chair of Sport Psychology. Dr. Serpa has published at International level, and presented lectures in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. He has worked as a psychologist of top level athletes. Currently, he is the ISSP Past-President. In 2009, he received the “AASP Distinguished International Scholar Award”. The Portuguese Government nominated him as Ambassador for the Sports Ethics.
Vice-president of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (IJESP), the official journal of the ISSP. He is Professor of Sport Psychology and the coordinator for the university of Thessaly of the international Master’s program “European Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology”. He holds a Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MPhil in Psychology of Physical Activity from the university of Manchester and a PhD in Psychology in Education and Sport from the university of Manchester. In 2001 he was the Director of the 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Skiathos, Greece. He has been member of the Managing Council of the ISSP since 2001, including a term as Treasurer of this organization (2005-2009). In his country, Greece, he has been president of the Greek Society of Sport Psychology and past Vice-president of the Hellenic Academy of Physical Education. Professor Papaioannou co-edited the Routledge Companion of Sport and Exercise Psychology with Dieter Hackfort and he co-authored 3 Greek books in the area of psychology and physical education, 2 books for public education in Greece and one Greek book in statistics. He wrote more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of motivation, physical activity promotion and health-related behaviours. He also coordinated various national and European projects aiming to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles of children and adolescents. He has been invited speaker for the topic of motivation in sport and exercise in several international and national congresses. He likes jogging and team games.
ISSP General Secretary
Alejandro García-Mas (AGM) was born 31th Jaunuary 1957, and actually he is married with a daughter and a grandaughter. He have a degree and a PhD in Psychology. From 1985 until now, he is Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands, teaching Sport Psychology, as well Cognitive Ergonomy. AGM authors a large number of scientific papers, books, and book chapters (see Research Gate for more information) and also is professor in several Post degree SP courses in Spain and other countries. He is Co-Director of a SP post-degree at the Universidad Central of Santiago (Chile). From 1998 until 2003, AGM was Head of a Sleep Laboratory (Hospital Joan March, Majorca), and actually is the Editor in Chief of the "Revista de Psicología del Deporte" (IF JCR ISI 2014: 0.435). During his first term as a "Member at large" in the International Society of Sport Psychology"(2009-2013), the candidature for hosting the 2017 ISSP World Congress was bidded by Sevilla, and during his term as Secretary General, this candidature was (in Beijing 2013) accepted and declared host of the cited World SP Congress for 2017.
Vice-President of the ISSP
Thomas Schack's main research interest is about mental representation and mental imagery in sports, expertise and the cognitive architecture of motor action. He has been published in the fields of sportpsychology, rehabilitation and cognitive psychology. As a consultant he worked for instance with the German Junior Women’s Volleyball National Team and with Golf Professionals. Thomas Schack became the head of the international Graduate School within the Center of Excellence “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC) at Bielefeld University in 2008 (recently more than 100 interdisciplinary PhD students). His research and applied work is additionally directed towards the support of new technologies in diagnostics, mental training and coaching in sports.
Dr. Natalia B. Stambulova is a professor in Sport & Exercise Psychology in School of Health and Welfare at Halmstad University, Sweden. Her professional experiences in sport psychology refer to her work for more than three decades as a teacher, researcher, and practitioner in the USSR/Russia and since 2001 in Sweden. Her research and about two hundred publications relate mainly to the athletic career topic with an emphasis on athletes’ career transitions and crises. Dr. Stambulova is serving as an associate editor in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and also she is the editorial board member of International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. Her particular specialization in applied work is assisting athletes and coaches to deal with various career/lifestyle issues and especially with career transitions and crises. In 2004 she received Distinguished International Scholar Award of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Since 2001 she contributes as a member of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) Managing Council continuing since 2009 as its vice president and a chair of two ISSP Committees.
Dr. Hung takes a psychophysiological approach to the study of sport and exercise psychology. In sport related research, his current research focuses on the psychophysiological characteristics of optimal sport performance and neurofeedback training to optimize sport performance, particularly in golf, archery, and pistol shooting. As for research pertaining to exercise, the impacts of physical activity on the neurocognitive function of the elderly, young children, and children with ADHD are his current endeavor. He has published more than 100 research papers in international and local journals and made more than 160 presentations in international conferences. In addition, Dr. Hung has provided more than 400 lectures and workshops for coaches internationally and domestically.
University Degree on Psychology and mMaster's degree on Sports and Physical Activity psychology. Adjunt professor for the Master's degree on Sports and Physical Activity Psychology at UNED-CSD (Spanish National Open University) and Iberoamerican Society of Sports Psychology (SIPD) Master. Founder and President of the Cantabrian Association is Sport Psychology (APD-Cantabria) and current President of the Spanish Federation of Sports Psychology and member of the SIPD Board of Director. He is President of the Deontology Commision of the Official Association of Psychology in Cantabria, spain. International volleyball coach (level 1)- National Volleyball Coach (level 3) and Member of the Spanish committee of Spanish Volleyball Coaches and Psychology teacher for the National Coaching Courses (level 3). He has been Women's junior national team coach and has been coaching volleyball for more than 20 years both in feminine and masculine a teams. Psychological counselor and coach of several athletes from various sports. He has written several books on psychology in bowling and psychological training in volleyball, as well as a great number of essays on sport psychology and delivered talks and presentations on Sport Psychology in a great number of National and International Congresses.
Sports Psychology Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Director of the “Journal of Sport Psychology” and the Interuniversity Master of Sport Psychology at UAB-INEFC. In the upcoming ISSP World Congress, we look forward to scientific papers from all areas of psychology and all over the world.
Past president FEPD
Sara Márquez is Full Professor of Physical Education at the University of León (Spain) and President of the Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPD). She holds a Psychology degree from the University of Granada and a Ph degree in Sport Psychology at the University of Salamanca. Her research interests focus in the areas of active living and health promotion, having led and managed fourteen competitive research projects. As a result of her extensive professional background she has coauthored seven books, thirty eight book chapters and more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers.
Scientific Committee Assistant
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he teaches cognitive psychology and sport psychology subjects both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is in the coordination panel of the Doctorate in Psychology of Health and Sport. He teaches at the European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He coordinates the Research Group in Sport and Exercise Psychology (GEPE) at the UAB where different national (e.g.,I+D) and international (e.g., Erasmus+) research projects are currently conducted. He has been online editor of the Revista de Psicologia del Deporte for five years and reviewer for indexed journals. His research has focused both on the field of career transitions in sport and motivation in sport.
Scientific Committee Assistant
Yago Ramis is Postdoc Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he teaches psycholinguistics and sport psychology subjects both at undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He is a teacher at the European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is a member of the Research Group in Sport and Exercise Psychology (GEPE) at the UAB. His research has focused on the field of emotional and motivational processes in youth
Congress President Assistant
Translation and Interpreting student, she is passionate about all languages and cultures. She dedicates her free time to dance, take dance lessons and any other outdoor activity. She has studied in France for one year, taking French, English, Italian and Portuguese classes, and she has travelled to the United States twice to study English, take professional dance lessons and work in an amusement park. She has also visited several cities in the USA, France, Italy and Portugal. At this moment, she works as an English, French and Spanish teacher for children and as a dance teacher as well. She is a Pablo de Olavide University sudent