Invited Keynote Speakers
Prof. Julien S. Baker
Director of Research
Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science, Applied Physiology Research Laboratory
School of Science and Sport
University of the West of Scotland, U.K.

Prof. Julien Baker is the Director of Research for the Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science. He has published over 325 full papers in peer-reviewed journals, published over 290 peer-reviewed abstracts, provided 69 invited keynote presentations, presented at 91 prestigious international conferences, contributed to 19 academic book chapters, written 2 books in partnership, and published 23 invited full papers. His key research areas include high intensity exercise and obesity cardiovascular disease and co-morbidities, immune function, hormonal control, oxidative stress and muscle damage, steroid abuse and exercise biochemistry. Prof. Baker is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Doctor of Science (DSc). Prof. Baker holds fellowships with important and relevant professional organisations these include: Fellow of the Physiological Society (FPhysiol), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM), Fellow of Human Biology Association (FHB), Fellow of the Institute of Biology (FIBiol), Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research (FICR), member of the Society for the Study of Biology (SSOB). Prof. Baker is also a Chartered Biologist (CBiol), and Chartered Scientist (CSci). He is also a member of both the Physiological Societies of Great Britain and the USA. He also has membership with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the British Pharmacological Society. Prof. Baker is also a visiting Professor at University of Ningbo, University of Sydney, Hong Kong Baptist University and Ningbo Ninth Hospital Medical Research Centre.

Dr. Jason A. Bennie
Senior Research Fellow
Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group (USQ PALs)
Institute for Resilient Regions
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Dr. Jason Bennie is a public health scientist and leads the muscle strengthening-exercise epidemiology theme within the Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group, University of Southern Queensland. Dr. Bennie research has a board focus on physical activity for public health. His current interests include population monitoring and measurement of aerobic physical activity, muscle-strengthening exercise and sedentary behaviour and translating and ‘scaling-up’ research into public health-related policy/practice.

Dr. Bennie’s research recent focus has been on the behavioural epidemiology of concurrent aerobic-muscle-strengthening exercise. He has recently led the analyses of the first epidemiological data describing the prevalence, correlates and health consequences of concurrent aerobic-muscle-strengthening exercise among Australian, Finnish, South Korean, U.K and U.S. adult populations. Dr. Bennie previously worked as a gym instructor, personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

Prof. Sebastien Chastin
Institute of Applied Health Research
Glasgow Caledonian University, U.K.
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences
Ghent University, Belgium

Prof. Sebastien Chastin is a tenured Reader in the Institute of Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University and Professor at Ghent University. He received BSc in metrology, a Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and a PhD in Non-linear physics. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Previously he had post at the British Antarctic Survey, Oxford and Edinburgh University. His research focuses on dynamics of behaviour and compositional analysis applied to human 24 hour movement behaviour and participatory health research. Currently Sebastien heads the sedentary behaviour investigations for the European Knowledge hub on Determinants of Diet and Physical activity (DEDIPAC) as well as a large portfolio of projects on the determinants of movement behaviour in older adults and clinical populations.

Prof. Bik Chu Chow
Head and Professor
Department of Sport and Physical Education
Director, Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Prof. Bik Chu Chow has taught at the Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University over 20 years. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, USA, majoring in the measurement of exercise science. In recent years, she has focused her research on the “Measurement of Physical Activity for Children in different contexts” and “Physical Activity Intervention for Individuals with Special Needs”. Apart from teaching, she currently serves as the Director of the Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Training and Wellness, Hong Kong Baptist University, Editor of the Asian Journal of Kinesiology, and Vice-Chairman of the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China.

Prof. Sonia Lippke
Head of Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine Unit
Department of Psychology & Methods
Jacobs Centre on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development
Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Sonia Lippke is Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Department of Psychology and Methdos, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. There she started in 2011 and at the same time became Faculty Member at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). She obtained her PhD at the Department of Psychology; Health Psychology Unit, Freie Universität Berlin in 2004. Before that, she studied psychology in Göttingen, Germany. Her post-doctoral training she received at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She also worked at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, and the Humboldt University Berlin.

Prof. Lippke’s research focuses on theory-and evidence-based health behaviour promotion such as physical activity, healthy diet, and smoking cessation. She has published more than 200 academic articles which cover diverse samples and settings (e.g. worksites, rehabilitation centres, clinics) applying various techniques including internet based intervention and randomized controlled trials. She serving on the editorial board of three journals: “Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing” as Associate Editor, “Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal” as member of the Editorial Board and “American Journal of Health Behaviour” as member of the Review Board. In the year of 2014, she was elected as the president of the Health Psychology Division of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP).

She received research funding from different national and international institutions. Her current research focuses on promotion physical activity of older people, investigating the interrelationship between physical fitness, behaviour and employability of rehabilitation patients, training medical students to facilitate health literacy of their future patients as well as researching the orchestration of social participation of retirees and individuals receiving disability pension.

Prof. Thomas L. McKenzie
Professor Emeritus
School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences
San Diego State University, U.S.

Prof. Thomas McKenzie has collaborated with colleagues in Hong Kong for over a decade. He is Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University and former Adjunct Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego.

A native of Canada, he is a former school physical education and health teacher, coach, and administrator, the director of residential programmes for obese individuals, and a 16-year consultant to USA Olympic Volleyball Teams.

He has authored/co-authored over 250 scientific papers and chapters, developed numerous assessment and curricular materials, and presented over 500 papers at state, national, and international conferences.

Prof. McKenzie is a Fellow of four professional organisations, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). He has been an investigator on 15 large scale multidisciplinary research projects supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. These include both school-and community-based interventions as well as obesity prevention programmes targeting homes, schools, and community parks.

His expertise in designing and assessing physical activity programmes for diverse populations is widely recognized. For example, he has received the prestigious International Olympic Committee President’s Prize for sport and physical education programme development, research, and scholarship, both the Lifetime Achievement (2012) and Science Board Honour Awards (2014) from the U. S. President’s Council Physical Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition, the Gulick Medal (SHAPE America’s highest honour), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Prof. Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani
Research Professor
Physical Activity and Well-Being Lab
Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine Research Group
School of Psychology
Curtin University, Australia

Prof. Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She is a behavioural scientist with expertise in motivation for physical activity behaviour change. Her research is focused on designing, implementing and evaluating physical activity interventions that can be sustained long-term, and assessing their effects on health and well-being in physically inactive individuals, including older adults. She has published 75 papers in international peer-reviewed journals over 70% of which are published in Q1 journals and published 3 book chapters. Her research has attracted 3572 citations in Google Scholar (h index=25) and 1662 citations on Scopus (h index = 17). Her research has been published in highly prestigious journals, such as Behavioural & Brain Sciences (20.415), Annals of Behavioural Medicine (IF=4.915), Health Psychology (IF=3.611), Perspectives on Psychological Science (IF=7.658), Journal of Environmental Psychology (IF=2.647), and Health Psychology Review (IF=8.976). Prof Thøgersen-Ntoumani has attracted over AUS $2.1 m. in external research funding, awarded by Healthway, Cancer Council WA, Department of Health WA, Human Performance Research Network, the Australian Army, BUPA Foundation (UK), Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (UK), industry, and Hospital Research Foundations. She serves as a Section Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. Further, she is an invited member of the Self-Determination Theory Faculty [].

Dr. Allison Wong
National Director
Special Olympics Hong Kong
Executive Director
Hong Kong Sports Association for
Persons with Intellectual Disability, Hong Kong

Dr. Allison Wong received her Doctorate Degree with research focus in motor skills and development of children in 2006. Before joining Special Olympics Hong Kong (SOHK) and Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability (HKSAPID), she was the Lecturer and Chief Coordinator of Associate Degree in Sport and Recreation Studies, Department of Physical Education, and the Director of CIE Wellness Promotion Center, Hong Kong Baptist University.

During her voluntary service to SOHK, Dr. Wong coordinated university student volunteers to serve in local events. With passion in spreading the spirit of Special Olympics (SO), she was then designated as the SOHK Education Director from 2010 to 2012. Through educational programs, she delivered talks and organised workshops for the mainstream to promote SO Movement.

Dr. Wong serves as the National Director of SOHK and Executive Director of HKSAPID since 2013. SOHK and HKSAPID manage 14 sports for person with intellectual disability from grassroots to elite level. Dr. Wong is determined to work closely with athletes, coaches, volunteers, colleagues and other stakeholders to develop sports for persons with intellectual disability and foster inclusion of the community.

Invited Workshop Speakers
Prof. Gladys Shuk Fong Li
Department of Athletic Sports
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Prof. Gladys Li has 23 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Topic in Fitness, Strength Training Body Sculpture, and Recreational Activity for Elderly at Department of Athletic Sports, National Chung Cheng University (NCCU), Taiwan. She is a Physical Education Professor driven to inspire students and people around her to achieve their personal excellence, wellness, and happiness.

After Prof. Li got her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, she had both Master and Doctoral Degree in Physical Education at Springfield College, USA.

Prof. Li’s professional experience includes the following: Certified as ACSM Fitness Instructor, the coordina- tor of the Fitness and Health promotion lab in NCCU, and an examiner of Fitness Instructors Certification for Ministry of Education. She is one of the members of Taiwan Elderly Happiness Promotion Council, and the member of Taiwan Fitness Association. She spent most of her spare time in training community elderly functional fitness instructors for hospital and Long Term Care 2.0 programme.

Apart from teaching, she also co-authored two books: Exercise prescriptions for elderly and special populations, and Functional fitness for elderly. Her expertise includes exercise prescriptions for elderly and special populations (Knee Osteoarthritis, Spondylolisthesis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Schizophrenia, Weight loss, Functional fitness), and strength training.

Prof. Hsiu-Hua Wang
Department of Athletic Sports &
Gradute Insititute of Sport & Leisure Education
Co-Chairman of Physical Fitness and Health Promotion Laboratory
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Prof. Hsiu-Hua Wang obtained her Master Degree in sports physiology and PhD in fitness and health promotion in the Taiwan Sport University. Recently, she teaches physical education in the Department of Sport and Leisure graduate program in National Chung Cheng University. She is also an external evaluator for the fitness and consultant at a fitness promotion for society senior citizens.

Prof. Wang's field of expertise lies in sports and health promotion, sports pedagogy, physical activity instruction of older adults, and the design of educational sports programmes for active-aging learners. She works as an exercise instructor and related programmes developer in the Ching Chiang Learning Center of Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan.

Her research typically focused on fitness and health and sports education. With the growth of the elderly population in Taiwan, she has been developing appropriate sports programmes for the elderly using her expertise in active- aging sports education and social wellness for senior fitness. She has contributed more than 30 publications and written more than 20 conference papers with her research proposals receiving funding from the National Science Board, Taiwan.

*Biographies are provided by the Keynote Speakers