This program is preliminary and changes may occur. The online platform and related social channels will be announced the week before the conference.


December 9, 2021

12:00 (UTC+1)

Opening Speech

Tobias Scholz & ERN Board Members (TBD)

Philippe Goujon, Mayor of the 15th District of Paris

12:30 - 13:30 (UTC+1)

Keynote “Shifting the Perspective in Esports: Lessons learned while building well-being in high-performance teams”

Ismael Pedraza, PhD Candidate at the Performance Psychology Department of the German Sports University in Cologne and Performance Coach at Rogue

13:30 - 14:30 (UTC+1)

Panel “Nutrition in Esports”

Anton “Foxy1” Mihailov, LEC Team Chef at Rogue Esports

Jessica Turner, Accredited Practising Dietitian and PhD Candidate at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey, Former CS:GO World Champion, Director of Development at CLG, and Founder of ÉLEVEY

Moderation by Dr. Stephanie Orme, Assistant Professor at Emmanuel College, US

15:00 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

1.1 Players Management & Esports Education

Session Facilitator: Nepomuk Nothelfer

15:00-15:30 (UTC+1): Seth Jenny, Joey Gawrysiak and Nicolas Besombes. Current Landscape of Higher Education Performance and Health-related Esports Academic Programming

15:30-16:00 (UTC+1): Yingrong Chen. From Amateur to Professional: A Brief Review of E-Sports Game Companionship in China

16:00-16:30 (UTC+1):  Claudio R. Nigg, Anna Lisa Niedecken-Martin, Mirko Schmidt, Claudia Kubica, Patrick Zimmermann, Alex Bodman, Sascha Ketelhut. Rationale and Perspective of the eSports Health And PErformance Network

15:00 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

1.2 Esports Mental Health

Session Facilitator: Bastian Kordyaka

15:00-15:30 (UTC+1): Patrik Koncz, Fanni Bányai, Zsolt Demetrovics, Orsolya Király. Are Esports Players at More Risk for Mental Health Concerns?

15:30-16:00 (UTC+1): Veli-Matti Karhulahti, Miia Siutila, Jukka Vahlo, Raine Koskimaa. How do phenomenological insights evidence the tension between gaming disorder and intense play in esports?

16:00-16:30 (UTC+1):  Youenn Rocaboy and Quentin Merlin. Effects of the implementation of a routine on the perceived control and recovery recovery for players

15:00 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

1.3 Social Health in Esports

Session Facilitator: Thomas Andre

15:00-15:30 (UTC+1): Brian McCauley. The Value of Peer-To-Peer Prosumption in Esports During Covid19: A Digital Auto-Netnography by a CSGO Noob

15:30-16:00 (UTC+1): Usva Friman, Maria Ruotsalainen and Matilda Ståhl. Equity Actions and Diversity of Representations in the Public Communications of Finnish Esports Organisations

16:00 -16:30 (UTC+1): Curtis Fogel and Cullum Brownbridge. Gender-Based Virtual Violence in Esports and Live-Stream Gaming

17:00 - 19:00 (UTC+1)

2.1 Symposium

17:00-18:30 (UTC+1): Tristan Martin, Sylvain Laborde, Bernadette Ramaker, Nicolas Besombes. Sleep and circadian rhythmicity: interest and applications in the field of esports

17:00 - 19:00 (UTC+1)

2.2 Psychosocial Behavior in Esports

Session Facilitator: Yingrong Chen

17:00-17:30 (UTC+1): Hannah Nelson, Silvio Valladão, Alexandros Milenkovic, Thomas Andre. Use of Interval Aim Training Platform to Monitor Fatigue During a 3-Hour Gaming Session

17:30-18:00 (UTC+1): Sophie Kraeber and Maréva Brunet. Communication in improvised teams in League of Legends solo-queue games: teamplay or aggressive behavior?

18:00-18:30 (UTC+1): Adrián Mateo-Orcajada, Lucía Abenza-Cano and Raquel Vaquero-Cristóbal. Influence of Competition Result on the Mood State of League of Legends Players

17:00 - 19:00 (UTC+1)

2.3 Esports Physical Health

Session Facilitator: Claudio Nigg

17:00 -17:30 (UTC+1): Claudia Kubica, Sascha Ketelhut, Alex Bodman, Claudio Nigg. Fitness And Physical Activity Levels Of Competitive ESport Athletes – A Cross-Sectional Study.

17:30 -18:00 (UTC+1): Peter Bickmann, Chuck Tholl, Markus Soffner, Ingo Froböse, Christopher Grieben. Nutritional Behavior of Video Game and eSports Players in Germany – The eSports study 2021

18:00 -18:30 (UTC+1): Sascha Ketelhut, Alex Bodman, Claudia Kubica, Anna Martin-Niedecken, Claudio Nigg. Health Status In E-sports Athletes- A Cross Sectional Study

18:30 -19:00 (UTC+1): Nicolas Voisin, Nicolas Besombes and Sébastien Laffage-Cosnier. Are Esports Players Inactive? A Systematic Review

19:00 - 20:00 (UTC+1)

Panel “Physical Injuries in Esports”

Dr. Lindsey “GamerDoc” Migliore, Esports Medicine Physician at the Faculty Associate for the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, and Wellness & Performance Consultant for Evil Geniuses

Dr. Caitlin McGee, PT, DPT, Co-owner/Performance and Esports Medicine Director at 1HP, and Co-founder of the Esports Health and Performance Institute

Jacob “Jake” Lyon, Coach of the OWL Team Houston Outlaws

Moderation by Dr. Seth E. Jenny, Assistant Professor at the Department of Exercise & Rehabilitative Sciences of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, US


December 10, 2021

12:00 - 13:00 (UTC+1)

Panel “Mental Health in Esports”

Martina Čubrić, Esports & Sports Psychologist at MAD Lions

Mia Stellberg, Independant Esports & Sports Psychologist

Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, Dota 2 Proplayer at OG Esports, Back-to-back winner of The International

Moderation by Dr. Tobias Scholz, Associate Professor at the University of Siegen, Germany

13:30 - 15:30 (UTC+1)

3.1 Performance Psychology in Elite Esports

Session Facilitator: Tobias Scholz

13:30-14:00 (UTC+1): Dylan Poulus, Tristan Coulter, Michael Trotter, Remco Polman. Longitudinal Analysis of Stress and Coping in Elite Esports Athletes 

14:00-14:30 (UTC+1): Maciej Behnke, James Gross and Lukasz Kaczmarek. The Role of Emotions in Esports Performance

14:30-15:00 (UTC+1): Julian Discher, Christoph Schild, Bastian Kordyaka, Tobias Scholz, Tim Kuhlmann. Mental Toughness In Professional Esports – A Critical Factor?

15:00-15:30 (UTC+1): Carlos Valls-Serrano, Cristina de Francisco, Alfonso Caracuel and David Marcos-Cuesta. Comparison of Cognitive Performance Between Professional Esports Players, Regular Players and Non-Players

13:30 - 15:30 (UTC+1)

3.2 Physical Injuries in Esports

Session Facilitator: Sascha Ketelhut

13:30-14:00 (UTC+1): Caitlin McGee, Arnaud van Marcke de Lummen, Elliot Smithson, Leslie Nicholson and Kevin Ho. Musculoskeletal Injuries in Competitive and Non-competitive Video Gaming: A Scoping Review

14:00-14:30 (UTC+1): Garrick Forman and Michael Holmes. Prevalence and Patterns of Upper Body Gaming-Related Pain and Discomfort in Teenagers and Adults

14:30 -15:00 (UTC+1): Caitlin McGee and Kevin Ho
. Tendinopathies in Video Gaming and Esports


13:30 - 15:30 (UTC+1)

3.3 Symposium

13:30-15:00 (UTC+1): Phil Birch, Matt Smith and Benjamin Sharpe. Stress, Coping and Mental Health in Esports

15:30 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

4.1 Psychology of Esports Players

Session Facilitator: Veli-Matti Karhulahti

15:30-16:00 (UTC+1): Maxime Larrieu, Joël Billieux and Greg Décamps. Problematic gaming and quality of life in online competitive videogame players: Identification of motivational profiles

16:00-16:30 (UTC+1): Orsolya Király, Patrik Koncz and Zsolt Demetrovics. Comparing the Gaming Motives of Esports Players, Recreational and Highly Engaged Gamers

16:30-17:00 (UTC+1): Bastian Kordyaka, Marlies Brunnhofer, Tobias Scholz, Tim Kuhlmann, Christoph Schild, Jan Sturm. Mirror, mirror of the Game? Exploring the truthfulness of self-reports of generational cohorts in eSports

15:30 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

4.2 Perspectives for Global health in Esports

Session Facilitator: Joanne Donoghue

15:30-16:00 (UTC+1): Tsubasa Shinohara. The Clarification of Human Rights Obligations to Protect Esports Players Against Physical and Mental Health Problems under Article 12 of the ICESCR

16:00-16:30 (UTC+1): Jake Middleton. A Novel Exercise Programming Model for Esports Athletes, Teams, and Organizations

16:30-17:00 (UTC+1): Kevin Vázquez del Castillo, María Ros Domínguez, Miguel Ángel Betancor León, Yaneli Pérez Silva. Video Game Usage and Healthy Habits in Student Gamers at Secondary School.

15:30 - 17:00 (UTC+1)

4.3 Symposium

15:30-17:00 (UTC+1): Andres Ramos, Joar Svensson, Raul Fuentes, Dexter Wolffsohn, Isak Regnér. Exploring The Possibilities & Challenges Of Gamers And Esporters

17:30 - 18:30 (UTC+1)

Panel “Parental Environment in Esports Careers”

Shae “Shaemmon” Williams, Founder of Coalition Of Parents in Esports (COPE) and proud mother of Duster (OA FN Proplayer) and Brooke (accomplished figure skater)

Koen “Koenz” Schobbers, Former Trackmania esports athlete and Founder of Parents of Play

Michael “” Winther, G2phoria fan and proud father of Caps (G2 LoL Proplayer), Ryze (Former C9 Dota2 Proplayer) and 2 others on CSGO

Moderation by Dr. Brian McCauley, Assistant Professor at Jönköping University, Sweden

18:30 - 19:30 (UTC+1)

Keynote “Managing Esports Health: It’s more than just exercise”

Joanne Donoghue, Director of Clinical Research and Associate Professor at Center of Esports Research and Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology

19:30 (UTC+1)

Closing Speech

Bernard Andrieu, Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Sport and Health Sciences of Paris (I3SP) (URP 3625)

Parallel session

1 facilitator + 3 (maximum) participants
20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A


1 host + 1 invited academic speaker
45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A

Panel of experts

1 moderator + 3 invited experts
50 minutes conversation + 10 minutes Q&A