4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance 28 November - 1 December 2017
Melbourne Australia
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Organising Committee

  • Dr Daniel Billing

    Dan Billing completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and was then employed by the Victorian (VIS) and Tasmanian (TIS) Institutes of Sport over a period of 6 years working as a sports scientists supporting Olympic level athletes. Dan then completed a PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of human performance monitoring with Swinburne University of Technology, the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for micro Technology and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Dan joined Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in 2006 as the lead for the Physical Employment Standards (PES) research programme. View more.

    In addition to the PES research programme, Dan leads a broad range of human performance research activities covering the disciplines of work physiology, thermal physiology and occupational biomechanics. Dan has an extensive and broad publication record that spans the key areas of importance for human performance in a military context including the equipment worn or carried, the activities conducted and the environmental conditions within which tasks are performed. Dan has a special interest in the application of wearable technologies to optimise and augment human performance in the military context. Dan is the national lead on a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) research and technology group, which is an international organization aimed at lessening the effects of physical overburden on dismounted warfighter performance. Additionally, Dan is a collaborative project leader on The Technology Cooperation Panel – Human Resources and Performance Group Joint Panel on Land. Dan is also currently completing an Executive Masters in Business Administration at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.


  • Dr Jace Drain

    Jace completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Deakin University in 2009. Prior to this Jace completed an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University and Honours (first class) in Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. Through 2009 Jace worked as a research assistant with an occupational physiology research group at Deakin University. Jace joined Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in 2010 as a Human Performance Scientist. Since this time, Jace’s work efforts have been divided between load carriage, physical conditioning and physical employment standards related projects. View more.

    Jace is currently the Physical Employment Standards Centre of Expertise Manager which involves managing a research collaboration between DST Group and the University of Wollongong focused on the delivery of physical employment standards for the Australian Defence Force. Jace is an active researcher within the exercise science domain, with particular interest in the occupational physiology as demonstrated by various peer-review publications and conference presentations in the area. Jace is also the national lead on a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) research and technology group, focused on the physical and physiological considerations associated with the integration of females into combat roles.


  • Professor Bradley Nindl

    Bradley C. Nindl, Ph.D., FACSM is Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center and Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Nindl worked for over 20 years for the US Department of Defense as a research scientist in human performance optimization/injury prevention domains with a focus on adaptations of the neuromuscular and endocrine systems (growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-I axis) to both exercise and military operational stress. He served as Co-Chair for the 3rd ICSPP and is also an Army Reservist (COL) having been deployed in 2004-2005 in Mosul, Iraq where he was awarded a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.


  • Craig Butler

    Craig comes from an aerospace engineering background, starting in the Royal Australian Air Force as an engineering officer and then moving into the private sector managing the growth of a start-up organisation in the field of precision manufacture focused on fast jet flight control systems. After 20+ years he moved on to consulting to organisations trying to enter the Defence support market and since mid 2014 works as the Industry Engagement Manager at the Defence Science Institute, facilitating research collaboration between universities, Defence and industry.


  • Professor Yoram Epstein

    Prof. Yoram Epstein is currently a full Professor of Physiology with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University and the Head of the Environmental Physiology Branch at the Heller institute of Medical Research. His expertise is Military Physiology and Ergonomics and Environmental Physiology. During the years 1982-1999 he served as the Director of the IDF Institute of Military Physiology (military rank: LtC.). Between the years 2001-2011 Prof. Epstein was the Head of the Continuing Medical Education program in Sports Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. During the years 2000-2004 Prof. Epstein was the Chief Scientist (CTO) of a medical device start-up company. View more.

    During those years he was also the scientific consultant of the National Ethic Committee for Animal Experimentation. Prof. Epstein is a Fellow of the American Society of Sports Medicine. He serves as a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Environmental Ergonomics and a member in the ISO Committee on Environmental Ergonomics (TC159/SC5/WG1). Prof. Epstein published over 250 peer-review scientific papers; many of them are on the issue of military related injuries and especially on exertional heat stroke. He serves on the editorial board of several international scientific journals. Prof. Epstein current scientific activities are in the fields of environmental and military physiology and ergonomics and biomechanical computational modeling of military related injuries.


  • Dr Graham Fordy

    Graham has a background in Interdisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science (BSc [Hons] and MSc) and a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology. Graham is an independent contractor for the New Zealand Defence Force being technical lead and project manager responsible for delivering Human Systems research specifically in the areas of evaluations to support capability acquisitions and the assessment of individual and collective dismounted soldier performance. He works primarily in support of the NZ Special Operations Forces and Capability Branch - Soldier Modernisation on projects related to operational analysis, load carriage and personal protective equipment. Graham is the NZ representative on NATO HFM RTG238 (Reducing the Dismounted Soldier’s Burden) and provides advice and guidance to several other international organisations on this topic.


  • Mr Patrick Gagnon

    Patrick Gagnon is the Senior Manager of the Human Performance Research and Development cell within the Directorate of Fitness in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). As part of this dynamic and interdisciplinary team, he oversees all research activities related to the development of physical fitness standards, occupational standards and exercise programs, related to selection or maintenance within CAF occupations or specialties including firefighting, search and rescue, parachuting, diving and special operations forces. Patrick graduated from Laval University in Quebec City in 1996 with a Master’s degree in exercise science and he is a certified exercise physiologist. View more.

    He started his career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997 as a Physical Education teacher and track & field head coach at the Royal Military College of Canada. He also managed the Physical Education Program from 2001 to 2003. He has held a number of positions in fitness, sports and health promotion. Since 2007, he has been the mastermind behind the creation of a Human Performance research team. Patrick has led major research initiatives including the development of the FORCE Evaluation, the DFIT.ca exercise prescription website, the eFit electronic data collection system and the FORCE Fitness Profile, launched on April 1st 2016. He has been involved in NATO research technical groups and national and international working groups related to physical employment standards and physical performance.


  • Dr Herb Groeller

    Dr Herbert Groeller is a senior lecturer at the School of Medicine within the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong (UOW) . His current research is focused upon muscle strength adaptation, task failure, development of recruit and soldier physical performance and the setting of minimum physical employment standards for emergency and defence related services. He is the co-director of the Centre of Human and Applied Physiology and the current UOW lead for the Centre of Expertise in Physical Employment Standards, a research partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group.


  • Associate Professor Jason Kai Wei Lee

    Jason Lee obtained a PhD from Loughborough University under sponsorship from the UK Overseas Research Scholarship following the award of G V Sibley Memorial Prize. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Jason applies his experience as a Commando Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces to complement his role as the Head of the Human Performance Laboratory at DSO National Laboratories, Singapore. Jason is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and serves as an Honorary Consultant for the Singapore Civil Defence Force.


  • Dr Rob Orr

    Dr Rob Orr served in the Australian Regular Army for over 23 years as an infantry soldier, Physical Training Instructor, physiotherapist and human performance officer. Still serving in the Army Reserve, Rob co-leads the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University in Australia, an international collaboration exclusively dedicated to tactical research. Rob also serves as the co-chair of Tactical Strength and Conditioning Australia and editor of the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report. Supervising higher degree research students and other projects for various tactical communities, Rob provides consultancy and educational services both nationally and internationally, and presents his work around the globe.


  • Associate Professor Nigel Taylor

    Nigel has over thirty years of research experience in human stress physiology, with particular emphases upon environmental and exercise physiology, and in particular, human temperature regulation. He has published more than 100 refereed journal manuscripts, seven monographs and over 30 chapter contributions. He is the Reviews Editor for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, and is an International Editorial Board member of nine other refereed journals. He is the immediate past Chair of the Section on Thermal Physiology (International Commission on Comparative Physiology) of the International Union of Physiological Sciences.

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Key dates
Registration Opens 28 November 2016
Call for Abstracts Open 28 November 2016
Call for Session Proposals Opens 28 November 2016
Applications for Travel Grants Open 28 November 2016
Call for Session Proposals Closes 30 April 2017
Applications for Travel Grants Closes 31 May 2017
Call for Abstracts Close 30 June 2017
Notification to Authors and Travel Grant Applications 18 August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline 28 September 2017
ICSPP 2017 28 November –
1 December 2017