Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Renate Zimmer

University of Osnabrück
Osnabrück, Germany

Renate Zimmer is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Osnabrück. She was Director (2007-2018) of the Institute for Preschool Education and Children Development of Lower Saxony, and Dean of the School of Sport Science (2002-2016) of the University of Osnabrück. Her research and published work focus on movement education in preschool age. She is the author of a significant number of scientific researches and more than 50 books on topics related to the enhancement of children’s development, the important role of movement for personality development, Psychomotor Education, etc., which have been translated into many languages ​​(Greek, Korean, Chinese, Finnish, Polish, Spanish, etc.). She is a member of scientific associations and scientific committees in a number of journals, while assisting, as an expert, the work of the Ministries of Education of Germany, which concerns both the planning of interventions for the motor development of children and the construction of pedagogically appropriate preschool structures. She is a remarkable scientist and an enthusiastic educator whose work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2007 she was awarded the “National Medal of Honor” of Germany by the President of the country for her contribution to children, in 2009 she was voted “Teacher of the Year” in Germany, in 2010 she was awarded the medal “E.J. Kiphard ”and every year she is invited to give lectures at dozens of universities around the world. But most of all, she is a fascinating woman. A meeting with her is a life experience!

Dr. Theodore J. Angelopoulos

Ph.D., Professor and Chair,
Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science,
College of Nursing and Health Sciences,The University of Vermont
Burlington, USA

Dr. Theodore J. Angelopoulos is a professor and chair in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at the University of Vermont, where he teaches courses in the physical therapy and exercise science areas. His major research areas include adiposity, exercise, metabolism and physiogenomics. Specifically, Dr. Angelopoulos’ research is focusing on: 1) the development of lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disease, 2) the role of regularly repeated exercise in modifying risk factors for cardio-metabolic disease and 3) the impact of dietary sugars in the development of adiposity and cardio-metabolic disease, 4) To identify genetic factors that dictated the response of health-related fitness phenotypes to exercise training.

Dr. Angelopoulos received his B.S degree from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (TEFA)) in 1982. He attended the University of Pittsburgh from 1983-1991 for post graduate studies. He received his M.S in Exercise Physiology in 1986, his M.P.H. in Epidemiology in 1990 and his Ph.D in Exercise Physiology in 1991. From 1991-1994 Dr. Angelopoulos was a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri. Dr. Angelopoulos served as Research Director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at the University of Central Florida from 2005-2010 and Director of Clinical Research at Florida Hospital Celebration Health (Orlando, FL) from 2002-2008.  Dr. Angelopoulos serves as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and regularly reviews manuscripts for numerous journals including American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Obesity, Journal of Applied Physiology, Metabolism, International Journal of Sports Medicine, and Diabetes. Dr. Angelopoulos is the co-editor of the book Obesity: Prevention and Treatment (CRC Press).

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