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About Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

In 1880 VU Amsterdam first opened its doors to students. VU stands for ’Vrije Universiteit’ which means ’Free University‘. Here, ’free‘ refers to freedom from state and church interference. VU University Amsterdam was established in 1880 by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring, innovative and involved. Throughout the past century, the university has continued to expand. It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 19,000 students.

The conference will be held at the Main Building, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main auditorium (Aula) there seats 900 and multiple smaller rooms are available in sizes ranging from 30 to 400 seats.

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About VU Faculty of Human Movement Sciences

Within the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, founded in 1971, a number of researchers work in cooperation with each other to increase insight into human movement and to solve problems in the field of human movement. The Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences (IFKB) was founded in 1995 and approved by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. The IFKB is the only research school in the Netherlands that is devoted to the study of biological movement. It is a cooperative effort between the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (VU), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (UMCN), Department of Orthopaedics, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (AMC), and Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, Amsterdam (VUMC).

The goal of the Research Institute MOVE is a collaboration between researchers of the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU Medical Center and ACTA. The goal of MOVE is to understand human movement by conducting excellent scientific research. The underlying goal is to optimize movement of several groups of patients (i.e. patients with osteoporosis, arthrosis, cerebral palsy or a stroke) and of healthy persons (i.e. children, elderly, sportsmen/women and workers). The goals of MOVE are related to healthcare, with the focus on prevention and recovery of injury and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and on optimal recovery of tissue and function. Furthermore, MOVE wants to apply results of research, which are related to prevent injury and other health problems, as well as improve performance, in ergonomics and sports. MOVE covers a broad spectrum of research. Fundamental as well as applied human movement research is performed with a strong integrative and translational signature. The focus of the research is on healthy and pathological movement, as well as on the musculoskeletal system and its disorders.

The research is organized in three themes. Each theme focuses on normal and pathological functioning. Interventions, aimed at improvement of functioning while moving are developed and evaluated.

1. Musculoskeletal Biology (click to read about)

2. Structure and Motion (click to read about)

3. Motor Control (click to read about)