About us

In 1908, the world’s first academic education on Physical Education was established at Ghent University. Now, the movement and sport scientists in Ghent are united in one department of more than 100 members. The department is known as a dynamic team with an excellent reputation in education and high-class scientific research. The Head of the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences is Prof. dr. Greet Cardon.

The department fulfils its three academic roles: education, research and services.

The department members are mainly active in teaching in the bachelor in Physical Education and Movement Sciences, the educational master in Physical Education and the master in Movement and Sports Sciences.


The research activities have grown to a high international standard. In 2015 the research infrastructure was boosted by the newly constructed 900m2 Sports Science Laboratory - Jacques Rogge. Watch here the presentation movie.


The departmental services align with the research domains. The economical and societal research valorisation is supported by the Victoris valorisation consortium.


The research activities are centred around five research domains: