Invited speakers

Vance Bergeron, ENS Lyon

French-American and CNRS Research Director in the Physics Department at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Vance Bergeron, following a bike accident in 2013 that left him tetraplegic, re-established his research to focus on a translational approach for Advanced Neurorehabilitation Therapies and Sport (ANTS). Gathering regional and international experts to work with him and his association “ANTS” they provide patients with state-of-the-art rehabilitation tools and organize recreational therapies. Vance competed as a FES pilot in the 2016 Cybathlon. ​

Thomas Bru, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Thomas is a research engineer within polymer fibre composites at RISE research institute. His interest in sports started as a young age, and when he decided to study material science / mechanical engineering it was with the ultimate goal to combine his passion for sport and engineering. Today Thomas is working in research project with Swedish sport industries to help them with challenges related to material selection, product development, sustainability and circularity. ​​

Mathieu Decharme, Sr Director Product Development Bauer

I’m an engineer with a passion for sports. I played competitive hockey all my life and still do to this day. I’m based at our Blainville office in the Province of Quebec, Canada. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke and graduated in 2005. A few months after graduating, I started working for Bauer Hockey as a product development engineer. Throughout the last 16 years that I’ve been working for the company, I’ve been fortunate enough to occupy many different roles in R&D and I’m now in charge of the Product Development for 4 categories under 2 brands:

  • Ice Hockey Sticks, Bauer Hockey
  • Ice Hockey Goalie Equipment, Bauer Hockey
  • Lacrosse Sticks, Maverik Lacrosse
  • Bags, Bauer Hockey & Maverik Lacrosse

Johan Högstrand - Founder and CEO of Skisens sports tech startup

Johan is the CEO at Skisens AB, a sport tech startup developing the world’s first powermeter for cross-country skiing, and an elite athlete in orienteering with national and international merits. 
He has a master’s degree from Chalmers in Automation and Mechatronics Engineering and is working full-time with managing Skisens through the startup climate, combining company-funding and technology development. Skisens is a spinoff of his bachelor thesis at Chalmers which has been growing together with projects and customers and it is since 2017 an established company in Chalmers Ventures portfolio.


Lars Larsson, Professor of Hydrodynamics at Chalmers 1982-2020. 

Research area: development, validation and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to hydrodynamic problems. Founder of the CFD company FLOWTECH International AB. Special interest and hobby: Sailing. First author of the book “Principles of Yacht Design”. Hydrodynamicist in five America’s Cup campaigns.


Peter Matsson, Head of Elite Sports, Swedish Sports confederation

​Peter Mattsson is the head of elite sports at the Swedish Sports confederation. He leads the work with #elitidtrott2030, which aims to provide Swedish athletes and teams with better conditions to achieve international success. This requires both greater resources and smarter use of the assets we already have. To achieve this we need to intensify the collaboration with academia, both in terms of education and research, as well as with the business sector. Being at the forefront and developing excellence are hallmarks of all these areas.


C. Mikael Mattsson, svexa & Stanford University

Mikael is an Expert in Digital Health, with special knowledge in Precision Health, Exercise Physiology, Endurance Training, Sports Genetics, Mobile Health, and Exercise Analytics. He has a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences from Karolinska Institute, and currently divides his time between being the CEO of the exercise intelligence company svexa, project manager for Health and Sports Technology Initiative in Blekinge, and as researcher at Stanford University.

Alexandra Rickham, Head of Sustainability World Sailing

Having joined World Sailing as Head of Sustainability earlier this year, double Paralympic medallist Alexandra Rickham has been working in sustainability in the sport sector as a consultant since retiring from full time competition in 2017. She combines her academic knowledge and insight with her practical experience in competitive sport and environmental operations to focus both on changing the sports industry and its practices, and on utilising sport’s platform to inspire change. Alexandra is very passionate about diversity and inclusion and ensuring the athlete’s voice is heard concerning sustainability.​​

Johan Rogestedt - Lead data scientist at Svexa 

Johan is the lead data scientist at Svexa, an exercise intelligence company based in Silicon Valley, and one of the best middle distance runners in the Swedish history. With a master’s degree from Chalmers University in Engineering in Physics as well as 12 national titles and currently holder of 2 national records, Johan is a well-suited engineer for the exercise technology field. At Svexa, Johan leads the data science team, developing algorithms and models for sports ranging from baseball to triathlon and Olympic gold medalists to recreational athletes. ​

Eva Skiöldebrand, Swedish University of Agricultural Science​

I am a veterinarian and professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala. My main research is focused on osteoarthritis (OA) or joint inflammation in the horse. OA is the most common reason for chronic lameness in racehorses and the disease is often diagnosed in a late stage. The inflammation gradually leads to leak of tissue fragments (biomarkers) into the synovial fluid, blood and saliva. We can measure tissue fragments that represent early stages of the destruction process in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone of the joint. By measuring biomarkers in saliva, we have developed a new non-invasive diagnostic tool that can be of great value for monitoring the efficacy of training and how different footings influence the release of fragments. Today there are no disease modifying drugs for OA, instead the treatment inhibits the pain, however the destructive processes in the joint structures are ongoing. We have developed a new combination drug that stops the destructive processes in the OA joint.  This have been shown in a clinical trial including Standardbred trotters.
We are a  multidisciplinary research team from several universities that share the same goal and ambition to solve the diagnose and treatment of OA, which is a clear welfare issue for the equine athlete.​

Craig Staunton, Swedish Winter Sport Research Centre

I am a sports scientist from Melbourne, Australia, now working as a PostDoc at the Swedish Winter Sport Research Centre in Östersund. My research interests surround the use of wearable technologies in elite sports. My PhD involved the development and application of novel accelerometer-derived metrics for athlete monitoring in basketball. I have also worked extensively with Aussie Rules football, Soccer, and Rugby. I now conduct research primarily in skiing sports such as cross-country skiing and biathlon​.​

Anna Ström, Chalmers

Anna Ström gained her PhD 2006 from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. The focus of the thesis was correlation between chemical structure and function of polysaccharides. Until 2012, she acted as research manager and project leader at Unilever R&D, the Netherlands, where she used and further developed her expertise on polysaccharides and their function in global product brands like SlimFast and AdeS. During 2012 she returned to academic research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and she currently holds a position as Professor (biträdande) at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  At Chalmers, she successfully combines fundamental research on polysaccharide structure – function with their applied use in fields such as sports nutrition, food, biomedicine and materials.

Professor David Sumpter, Uppsala University

David is author of Soccermatics (2016), Outnumbered (2018) and The Ten Equations that Rule the World (2020). His research covers everything from the inner workings of fish schools and ant colonies, through social psychology and segregation in society, to machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is co-founder of Twelve football and has consulted for leading football clubs and countries, including Hammarby, Barcelona and England. He works actively with outreach to schools, industry and the social sector. His talks at Google, TedX, the Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture and The Royal Institution are available online.


Linn Söderholm - Biomedical engineering student, research assistant and CEO of Kneedly AB
Linn studies the master’s program Biomedical Engineering at Chalmers University. Since her bachelor thesis which aimed to develop an objective method for diagnostics of knee ligament injuries she has been the CEO of Kneedly AB, a company in the Chalmers Ventures portfolio, which develops a medical device with that purpose. Linn is also part time doing research at Chalmers to validate the diagnostic method. Linn is currently one of the best middle-distance runners in Sweden and has through the RIU program combined her studies at Chalmers with her elite athletics carrier. ​


Dr Susie Tomson – Sustainability Director at thinkBeyond  

Susie is one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainability in sport. She started her career in marine and coastal resource management and since 2001, Susie has pioneered industry leading sport and sustainability strategies and delivery programmes, notably, World Sailing, World Athletics, SailGP and Liverpool Football Club. She has developed carbon emission inventories and carbon reduction plans for sporting clubs, NGBs, federations and leagues and is co-chair of the UN Sport for Climate Action working group on Measure, Reduce, Offset that leads the signatories (over 300) on understanding their carbon emissions, how to define scope and measure as well as reduction plans. Susie is Sustainability Director at thinkBeyond, a sport and social impact consultancy.


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Page manager Published: Mon 05 Sep 2022.