Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) has been named as host of the next World Congress on Science and Football, further cementing the University’s status as Australia’s leading sports university.
The official announcement was made to an audience of over 500 international delegates at the close of the 2015 World Congress this week in Copenhagen.
The outstanding research reputation of ISEAL’s sport scientists and sport social scientists, both staff and students, as well as the University’s deep industry links to leading sports organisations, were among the committee’s deciding factors.
Strategic partnerships with the Western Bulldogs and the Australian Institute of Sport as well as developing collaborations with Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels were strongly influential in the successful bid for the four yearly event. The 2019 congress is hoped to offer further opportunities to develop strategic links with universities and sporting organisations related to Football throughout Asia.
The World Congress on Science and Football, supported by the World Commission of Science and Football, focuses on the newest research results, methodologies and applied approaches to football codes:
- Australian rules football
- rugby league
- rugby union
- American football
- Gaelic football.
Hundreds of participants from all over the world, including international scientists from the natural, human and social sciences, as well as practitioners, gather to participate in an exchange of knowledge on multidisciplinary aspects of the game.