Winter School: Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease

Application deadline

01 December 2023. We will respond within three weeks after receiving your application.


The course is taught in English.


25 February to 01 March 2024


PMU Campus, Strubergasse 21, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Erasmus+ grant

Participants can apply for Erasmus+ grants in their home institutions.

Registration fees

Student: € 549,-
Non-student: € 699,-

Winter School: Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease

Winter School Physiology


We define exercise physiology as the human body’s response to different types of exercise and how it adapts over time. Therefore, exercise physiology has broad individual and public health relevance, considering its value for exercise performance, disease prevention and treatment.

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of human exercise physiology and its connection to health and disease. International and leading scientists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway will provide participants with overviews and in-depth insights into the cardiovascular system, blood, metabolism, skeletal muscle, endocrine system, nutrition, and environmental modulators like hypoxia or heat. A special feature of the course will be the constant alternation between theoretical and practical parts, in which attendees will get to know methods such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing, inert gas rebreathing, resting and exercise cardiac ultrasound, CO-rebreathing, endurance and sprint performance testing or indirect calorimetry and will be theoretically introduced to tracer-based assessments of metabolism.


The course is of an advanced level and is intended for students of master courses (i.e. at least B.Sc. graduated) in life sciences (e.g. medicine, molecular medicine, sports science, physiotherapy, etc.), PhD candidates and licensed physicians or post docs who want to deepen their knowledge and experience in exercise physiology.


Course language is English. The course will be held from Sunday, Feb 25 (6 p.m.) to Friday, Mar 1, 2024 (4.p.m.) at the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is a highly attractive city and can be reached easily by plane, train, and car.

Erasmus+ eligibility

This course awards 3 ECTS and is thus eligible for an Erasmus+ short-term mobility grant. University staff can also apply for an Erasmus+ grant for staff training. Please contact your home university for information about Erasmus+ grant application.

DFP points

Medical doctors in Austria can obtain 42 DFP points upon successful completion of the course.

Registration fee

Registration fee includes tuition, laboratory work, three social events including opening dinner on Sunday, lunches, coffee/tee, and certificate of participation. Additional meals, travel, and accommodation are not included and must be arranged for by the participants.

Student: € 549,-
Non-student: € 699,-

We will confirm your place in the course within three weeks after receiving your application and send you an invoice including payment instructions.

If you identify as a student, you will be required to submit a copy of your official confirmation of enrolment. If you identify as a PhD student with maximum 50% employment, you need to additionally submit a confirmation of your employment status. Documents must be emailed as a pdf file to

Insurance requirement

Please note that laboratory as well as outdoor activities will be carried out as part of the program. By submitting the online application form, you confirm that, if you are accepted to the course, you will have sufficient accident and liability insurance during the entire program.

Course Leader

PD Dr. Gunnar Treff, PhD, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg


PD Dr. Dr. Mahdi Sareban, MD, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Gehlert, University of Hildesheim
Prof. Dr. Gerrit van Hall, University of Copenhagen
Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler, Technical University of Munich
Prof. Dr. Carsten Lundby, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer
Prof. Dr. Dr. Josef Niebauer, MBA, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg
Prof. Dr. Markus Ritter, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg
PD Dr. Dr. Mahdi Sareban, MD, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg
Prof. Dr. Hermann Schwameder, Paris Lodron University, Salzburg
PD Dr. Gunnar Treff, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg
Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage, Technical University of Munich