ICSSPE Programme

ICSSPE is committed to enhancing awareness of human values inherent in movement and sport, aiming to contribute to a strong sporting sector, high quality physical education and improved health worldwide. ICSSPE's core functions are Science, Service and Advocacy.


  • Actively engaged in linking theory to practice, ICSSPE provides a world-wide network for an interdisciplinary and professional exchange between experts. It pursues developments and promotes research in sport and physical education. To discuss and disseminate contemporary scientific findings and international issues in relation to sport, ICSSPE leads and co-ordinates, in cooperation with partners, the organisation of international events such as the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS).
  • Aiming to invigorate scientific research, the Council annually awards the Philip Noel-Baker Research Award. This prestigious award is named for the Nobel Prize winner and former President of ICSSPE and recognises those who have substantially contributed to sport science at an international level. ICSSPE also supports institutions of sport science and physical education in countries with limited financial means.


  • Through its vast interdisciplinary network, ICSSPE facilitates dialogue between different scientific branches and institutions and promotes research results, conference announcements and other relevant information.
  • In some cases, members of ICSSPE may also apply for financial support for their international activities.
  • Beyond this, the Council provides help and expert advice to partner organisations outside of its network, including UN agencies, the International Olympic Committee as well as national ministries concerned with sport, education and science.


  • ICSSPE acts as a voice for sport, physical education and for sport sience towards governmental, economic and administrative partners.


Building on these core functions ICSSPE's work is defined by three strategic priorities:

  • Ethics and integrity;
  • Quality physical education;
  • Healthy living across the lifespan and the human performance/human development continuum.

To implement and pursue the objectives of sport and physical education, and thereby shape their status worldwide, ICSSPE promotes sustainable and innovative scientific research.