International Teaching Week


Year 2020 has been full of surprises, challenges and adaptation to new technologies for everyone around the world and it was no different for us at Palacký University Olomouc. As it suddenly became impossible for us to organize our annual event International Teaching Week, during which we host several international guest speakers at our Faculty of Physical Culture, we decided to make the best of the situation we found ourselves in and create an online version of this event. We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to offer to our students and staff a great variety of online lectures from amazing specialists from all over the world, including New Zealand, UK, USA, Spain, Canada, Republic of South Africa, Israel and others. Our guest speakers talk about topics from many different fields of sport sciences, like sports psychology, biomechanics, nutrition, sociology of sport, sports pedagogy and many others, some being even connected to the very actual issue of COVID-19.

We are very excited to present the 16th International Teaching Week in an online form and we hope you will enjoy it as much as in the previous years, if not even more.

List of Topics


Amber Mosewich (Canada) – Sport Psychology

Dr. Amber Mosewich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her research focuses on stress, coping, and emotion in sport.  A key directive of her work is to understand the psychological skills and resources necessary to facilitate successful, healthy, and positive sport experiences and how best to foster their development. While her main connection to sport at this point in time is research, but she does some mental skills consulting and has prior experience as a competitive track and field athlete, winning national titles during her time in university.

Athlete Coping and Development During COVID-19

Cora Burnett (South Africa) – Sociology of Sport

Cora Burnett is a Research Professor in the Department of Sport and Movement Studies at the University of Johannesburg and the Director of the Olympic Studies Centre which is situated in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has lectured for more than 30 years in the field of the sociology of sport and published 165 articles and chapters in the field. She co-authored Sport in Society (Southern Africa) with Jay Coakley in 2014, served as Vice-President of the International Sociology of Sport Association. She has done extensive international and national research in the field of gender studies and Sport for Development and Peace. She loves outdoor living, hiking, choreography and art.

Gender in Sport Through a Lens of Human Justice

James Richards (United Kingdom) - Biomechanics

Professor Richards is the Director of Research for the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing and Research Lead for the Allied Health Research unit. Professor Richards' research includes clinical application of biomechanics, the development of new assessment tools for chronic disease, conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and the development of evidence based approaches for improving clinical management and rehabilitation. The focus of Professor Richards' work is to encourage inter-professional research and to develop direct parallels with research to the ‘real world’ of allied health work.

Understanding Clinical Subgroups and Targeted Treatments for People with Patellofemoral Pain

Michael Pratt (USA) - Physical Activity Policy

Michael Pratt, MD, MPH, MSPE is a Professor and the Director of the Institute for Public Health and the MPH program at the University of California San Diego. He is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been engaged in research on physical activity and health for 30 years. He also worked for many years on global health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Formerly a runner, he now walks, swims, cycles, occasionally gets to the gym, and tries to keep up with his four-year-old triplets.

The Challenge of Implementing Physical Activity Policies and Guidelines

Sandra Mandic (New Zealand) - Research Project and Design

Sandy works as Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Her academic training and professional experience span Europe, Canada, United States and New Zealand and she speaks four languages. Sandy’s academic activities are inspired by interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach to physical activity and health with the links to transportation, built environment and sustainability. She is the principal investigator on the BEATS Research Programme. Sandy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cycling, travelling and photography.

Setting up and Running a Research Project: A Look Behind the Scene

Marija Rakovac (Croatia) – Physical Activity & Physiology

Marija Rakovac is Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in Occupational and Sports Medicine. Her research interests include physical activity and health, correlates of physical activity, functional anatomy and physiology of exercise. She has been a collaborator in different projects in the field of physical activity and health, authored/coauthored journal articles and book chapters. She is passionate about films, theatre and books. She is also an enthusiastic everyday exerciser.

Determinants of Thermoregulatory Responses During Physical Activity


Mojtaba Kaviani (Canada) – Sports Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Dr. Mojtaba Kaviani is a sport nutritionist with an exercise physiology background. An emerging scholar, he joined Acadia University as Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016. He is also the lead of Acadia’s Sports Nutrition group, which provides nutritional support to all of Acadia University’s varsity teams. Dr. Kaviani is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. His primary research foci are sports nutrition and exercise physiology, with major attention paid to investigating metabolic responses to nutritional interventions, glycemic control and diabetes, and pulse-based diet and health. He enjoys outdoor biking and running.  

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sleep during Pandemic
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Jo Roberts (United Kingdom) – Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness Therapy and nature based interventions are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people experience the benefits of being outdoors. This introduction to the theory and practice of wilderness therapy will offer insight into the neurological and physical outcomes of nature based therapies and why they work, as well as the practical challenges and benefits of delivering deep, immersive wilderness therapy expeditions. It shares the research and outcomes that back up this work.

Jo Roberts has been working within the field of wilderness therapy for 13 years, researching and leading expeditions, as well as teaching wilderness therapy techniques and practice in Europe and UK.

Introduction to Wilderness Therapy: Theory and Practice

Miriam Palomo Nieto (Spain) – Physical Education & Motor Development

Miriam Palomo is working at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain. Before that, she worked at Palacký University Olomouc as a postdoc for 3 years. It was a really nice experience. During her career she has visited different universities (New York University, Copenhagen University, Braga University or Paris Sud University). Miriam‘s field of expertise is related to motor development and motor control and learning, she is especially interested in knowing more about children that have difficulties to move, how we can identify them and how we can work with them.

She loves travelling and sports and used to play badminton. Nowadays, she goes for running, plays tennis and loves to enjoy the mountains either through hiking or skiing with her husband and two daughters.

Clumsiness and Motor Competence: How Can We Deal With These Children in PE Lessons?

Shira Robbins (Israel) – Dance, Biology & Marketing

Advertising is one of the most important tools for the success of every business. But what guarantees a winning advertisement? And how can you create an influencing ad even though you have a low budget? Shira Robbins, the creator of LifeDance company, is a teacher and lecturer at Wingate College in Israel. She is an entrepreneur and combines dance, technology, biology and creativity. In this lecture she will give us a very basic introduction to how biology and business complete each other, and will add a different perspective on the world of marketing. 

Advertising and The Brain Chemicals


About ITW

Our International Teaching Week (ITW) is a small teaching event with big impact. During this week 6–10 incoming teachers have classes for altogether about 500 students (mostly home students but also international ones). The ITW guarantees realization of at least 8 teaching hrs (usually in 4 teaching units, each of them for a group up to 20 students) per each participating teacher.

The ITW is held twice an academic year: November in autumn semester and April in spring semester. Language of instruction is English.

Participating teachers won’t only teach, but also have possibility (if interested in) to visit classes of other ITW colleagues, to meet their "same-teaching-area" Czech colleagues, to discuss prospective research and project topics of common interest, to visit our modern application centre BALUO, to experience welcome dinner in a real Czech pub and to discover beauties of our wonderful historical city Olomouc.

The ITW was developed as a tool of "internationalization at home" and as a motivational feature of English language classes. Once in a semester, students of Bachelor’s degree have, instead of their regular English language class, a lecture/seminar/workshop/class in gym with an international, English speaking teacher. This is the core of the ITW but classes of the ITW teachers are also included in other courses related to their field of expertise according to the teaching topic/s they offer.

Realization of the ITW is based on support of the Erasmus+ programme. Teachers wishing to participate are kindly recommended to ask at their home institution for possibility of getting an Erasmus+ grant for teaching mobility. For this purpose your institution needs to have Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement with Palacký University Olomouc.

We welcome also colleagues for Erasmus+ staff training. The ITW friendly environment offers young academics opportunity to get their first experience in teaching abroad.  These young academics can prepare just one teaching topic and repeat it four or five times for different groups of students. To realize staff training, the Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement is not needed.

Good command in English (at least B2 according to CEFR for non-native speakers) is essential to be accepted as our ITW teacher.

If you wish to participate or get more information, please contact Tereze Havlová (

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that a photographic and audio-visual record for reporting purposes of Palacký University Olomouc may be made and subsequently published. A person taking a photo or recording a video for Palacký University Olomouc will be clearly marked and you can get more information from them or ask them not to be captured on the record. You can also inform them any time later.

We look forward to meeting you and experiencing your teaching in Olomouc :-)

Short video from the 15th ITW

Nine lecturers from Israel, Iran, Portugal, Serbia, Canada and USA gave lectures and led practical lessons during the 15th ITW for our domestic and international students.


Anat Farkash (Israel):

"Not only did I make professional contacts but also personal ones. The receiving staff at Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, went out of their way to enable a very high level of professional and personal experience. The interaction with the students was perfect and the interaction with fellow foreign lecturers was simply wonderful. I personally met a fellow local colleague in my field. This already led to a professional cooperation and my personal development in means of possible further Ph.D. studies. I would like to thank all staff of Faculty of Physical Culture for their efficient professional collaboration and their personal warm welcome."

Gord Inglis (Canada):

“The International Teaching Week at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic in November, 2019 was a tremendous educational and cultural experience. This multi-national teaching and knowledge exchange brought together inspiring faculty from 6 countries and the result was an empowering week. The very high level of professionalism, expertise and engagement at all levels, from the planning and hosting arrangements, to the staff and faculty support for us as visiting faculty, to the engaged students during the lecture presentations, the cultural activities and the rich interactions and connections with both the host faculty and staff and the other visiting faculty, created a truly very valuable and fulfilling venture. Thank you sincerely for this most wonderful time at your great institution.”

Previous ITWs

ITW has a long tradition at the Faculty of Physical Culture, which has in the framework of this event hosted over 80 international guest teachers from all around the world. Check out the details of previous ITWs, including gallery, timetables and the teachers’ profiles.

15th ITW

November 4th–8th 2019

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Manuel A. Janeira, University of Porto, Portugal
Gord Inglis, Camosun College, Canada
Sigalit Dasa, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Anat Farkas, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Ratko Stanković, University of Niš, Serbia
Saša Milenković, University of Niš, Serbia
Donald Roberson, Palacký University/University of Georgia, Czech Republic/USA
Ali Abbasi, Khrazmi University of Teheran, Iran
Faezeh Pakravan, Khrazmi University of Teheran, Iran

14th ITW

April 1st–5th 2019

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Araki Tatsuo, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Faezeh Pakravan, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran
Chalak Majidi, Kharazmi University Tehran, Iran
Shahab Parvinpour, Kharazmi University Tehran, Iran
Fiona Ling, Northumbria University, UK
Katherine Baker, Northumbria University, UK
Thomas Jones, Northumbria University, UK
Slawomir Winiarski, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Poland
Nemanja Stankovic, University of Niš, Serbia
Petar Mitić, University of Niš, Serbia
Noa Choresh, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Orly Kayam, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel

13th ITW

November 5th–9th 2018

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Reza Abdollahipour (Iran), Palacký University Olomouc
Carolina Casado Robles, University of Granada, Spain
Suzete Chiviacowsky, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil
William Land, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Chunyan Long, Beijing Sport University, China
Laura Victoria Rivera Amézquita, Del Rosario University, Colombia
Donald Roberson (USA), Palacký University Olomouc
Simona Šafaříková, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Qin Zhen, Beijing Sport University, China

12th ITW

April 9th–13th 2018

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Ali Abbasi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Pia Simona Făgăraș, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Târgu Mures, Romania
Malgorzata Fortuna, Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra, Poland
Farhad Ghadiri, Kharazmi University, Iran
Patricia Jackman, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Neda Khaledi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Haydn Morgan, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Pezhman Motamedi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Franky Mulloy, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Donna Windard, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

11th ITW

November 6th–10th 2017

List of Topics

Teachers and their topics

Reza Abdollahipour (Iran), Palacký University Olomouc
Alex Carre, Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Camosun College, Canada
Lenka Dušková, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc
Fan Gaosheng, Beijing Sport University, China
Sevim Güllü, Istanbul University, Turkey
Simona Šafaříková, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc
Gregory J. Welk, Iowa State University, College of Human Sciences, USA

10th ITW

April 3rd–7th 2017

List of topics

Teachers and their topics

Adela Badau, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
Dana Badau, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
Marie Biermann, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Germany
Cora Burnett, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Billy Graeff, Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brasil
Debbie Hellerstein, Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Anastasyia Khomutova, University of Brighton, UK
Engela van der Klashorst, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Geoff Kohe, University of Worcester, UK
Yael Netz, Academic College at Wingate, Israel
Graham Spacey, University of Brighton, UK
Sima Zach, Academic College at Wingate, Israel

Photogallery on Facebook

8th ITW

April 8th–14th 2016

List of topics

Teachers and their topics

Justyna Cieplik: Railway Heritage Tourism – Polish and Czech Perspective
Jonathan Hughes: Monitoring Neuromuscular Performance in Team Sport Athletes; Neuromuscular Readiness to Perform in Fileld Based Sports
Jolanta Jablonkowska: Backpacking – A Comtemporary Form of Travel
Bilal Karakoc: Sport Ergonomics; Sport Marketing
Geoffery Kohe: Advertures in an Olympic State; Finding Unexpected Plaesure in Physical Activity Obsession: Geocaching, Healthy Lifestyles and Global Participatory Communities
Malcolm McLean: Developing Community Health & Physical Activity Interventions: What Are We Trying to Achieve?; Assessing Comunity Health & Physical Activity Interventions: How Do We Know They Work?
Kwok Ng: Using International Classification of Functioning (ICF) as a Part of Physical Activity Assessment
Ahmet Haktan Sivrikaya: Do You Know HEMSBALL?

7th ITW

November 2nd–6th 2015


Teachers and their topics

Jeff J. Martin: Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology: From Paralympics to Physical Activity Participation
Mary-Grace de La Peña & Shaheera Ajmal: Reliability of Breathing Assessment and Chest Expansion Measurement in Children
Nuala O'Donovan: Irish Dancing
Eliza Souza: Forró: A Brazilian Dance
Ilse Hemmelmayr: Table Climbing
Reza Abdollahipour: Sport Tourism in Iran
Milena Vagaja: Inclusive Education in Serbia
Peter Rehor: Academic and Professional Opportunities in the US, Canada & Australia in Sport Science and P.E.
Donald N. Roberson, Jr.: Research in Leisure Time
Shuang Chen: Tai Chi

6th ITW

April 13th–17th 2015


Teachers and their topics

Alessandra Maria Pinto Pereira (Spain)
Irem Uz (Turkey)
Nilay Arman (Turkey)

5th ITW

November 3rd–7th 2014

List of topics

4th ITW

April 7th–11th 2014

List of topics

3rd ITW

November 4th–8th 2013

List of topics

2nd ITW

April 15th–19th 2013

List of topics

1st ITW

November 5th–9th 2012

List of topics