Jean VIVÈS (1921-1999) was a French university champion of 400 meters (flat), coach of international athletes, professor at the Normal School of Physical Education for more than twenty years, after being a student, and founder of the EP.S Review, which he ran for half a century until his death.

Practicing and theoretician, he was one of the first in France to train his students in modern techniques, to give them a taste for research, to bring them to frequent foreign texts. Through the review he directed and the publishing center that merged it, he was an outstanding propagator of ideas, inhabited at once by opening an intellectual and a requirement flawless. He was the author of several books on athletics, gymnastics and sports pedagogy, all of which became reference books.

The French National Olympic Academy wished to pay tribute to him by instituting a prize which illustrates the exemplary qualities which were his and which led him to be one of the main actors of the integration of scientific research in the field of sport.

This initiative is part of the awards and prizes initiated by the French National Olympic Academy for research, pedagogy and social inclusion.


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Created in 2005 by the French National Olympic Academy, the Jean VIVÈS Award reward scientific excellence of a young Francophone researcher in the field of engineering sciences applied to sports biomechanics movements. This prestigious award is delivered annually to a laureate who has demonstrated a high scientific starting point (maximum 5 years post-doctoral thesis defense) and a strong interest in the application of his scientific research to field applications.



The French National Olympic Academy and the Societé de Biomécanique are responsible for distributing and promoting the widest possible, with the relevant structures, detailed conditions for participation in the Jean VIVÈS Award.



The entrance criteria for the Jean VIVÈS Award are as follows:

1.    The applicant must be French-speaking.

2.    The application file must be written in French.

3.    The applicant must have completed a doctoral thesis between September 1, 2013 and December 19, 2017.

Applicants who have had a significant career interruption (e.g. parental leave) during the 6 years following their doctoral thesis defense may produce supporting documents including career break dates and attach them to their file application.

4.    The research activity of the applicant must be conducted in the field of sciences for the engineer applied to the biomechanics of sports movements.

5.    The research activity of the applicant must be original and characterized by scientific excellence.

6.    The applicant undertakes to provide a complete copy of her doctoral thesis if the committee so requests.

7.    The applicant must have submitted the abstract of an original work to the "8th World Conference of Biomechanics" within the "Christian Oddou award reading and Young Investigator awards SB session" before December 19, 2019.

8.    The applicant, if selected, undertakes to produce a summary of 20 000 characters to be published by the magazine Revue EP.S.

9.    The applicant, if selected, undertakes, to participate in the "Christian Oddou award reading and Young Investigator awards SB session" organized at the "8th World Conference of Biomechanics". The winner will present during this session, in a plenary conference, a summary of its research. The costs related to this participation (registration, transport, accommodation) will be at her/his expense.



Applications will be reviewed from the only information provided in the application file on the basis of the following criteria:

1.    Scientific output: articles, conferences, books, patents or licenses ... The national or international level of the elements indicated will be taken into account.

2.    Impact and innovation of scientific activity in the field of sciences for the engineer applied to the biomechanics of sports movements.

3.    Scientific outreach: awards, honors, invitations to foreign universities, national or international expertise, presentation by invitation to conferences / symposia / workshops / events, participation in editorial boards of international journals.

4.    Scientific responsibilities: student supervision, research programs, organization of conferences / symposiums / workshops, industrial or public contracts ...

5.    Involvement and impact in the sporting environment.



The applicants will have to submit, for oral presentation, and as thefirst author, the summary of an original work to the “8th World Congress of Biomechanics” (WCB), to be held from 8 to 12 July 2018 in Dublin (Ireland), according to the terms and dates provided for in the WCB's call for papers (

Submission details on the congress website are as follows:

1.      Register and log in to the abstract submission portal.

2.      Complete all the appropriate information down to the “Presenting Author E-mail”.

3.      Select the most appropriate scientific session for your abstract from the “Congress Track and Session” drop down menus.The applicant will choose here the general scientific session of the congress best suited to the research topic of the abstract submitted. This session will be used if their application is not selected for the Jean VIVÈS Award.

4.      Complete the subsequent information required as far as the “General Awards and Travel Bursaries”.

5.      Under the “General Awards and Travel Bursaries” tick the Award session you wish your abstract to be considered for (you can only tick one box). Here the applicant will necessarily choose the specific session “Christian Oddou award reading and Young Investigator awards SB session”.

6.    Complete the submission process.

At the same time, the candidates will have to fill in the application file of the Jean VIVÈS Award. It can be downloaded from the Société de Biomécanique website at the following address: <>.

This duly completed application form will be sent by e-mail in PDF format to the French National Olympic Academy (<Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.>) and Floren COLLOUD (<Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.>).

The deadline for receipt is 19 December 2017.

The subject of the email must be “Prix Jean VIVÈS 2018”. An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent to confirm the good reception of each application.



The committee, chaired by the French National Olympic Academy, nominates each year the winner of the Jean VIVÈS Prize.

Besides the president of the French National Olympic Academy, Arnaud RICHARD (or his representative), the committee is composed of thirteen members:

·      Four institutional members whose president or authority can appoint the representative of his choice:

      - The French National Olympic Academy: Alain JUNQUA

      - The French National Olympic and Sports Committee: remains to be designated

      - The National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance: Audrey PERUSIN

      - The Société de Biomécanique: Patricia THOREUX

·      Three personalities of the French National Olympic Academy appointed to individual title for their involvement in sport research or support:

      - Xavier DURUPT

      - Arnaud DECATOIRE

      - Yves TOUCHARD

·      Five researchers appointed by the Board of Directors of the Societé de Biomécanique chaired by Jacques OHAYON:

      - Stéphane BAUDRY

      - Floren COLLOUD

      - Gaël GUILHEM

      - Antoine NORDEZ

      - Isabelle ROGOWSKI



The committee will make its decision during the first half of 2018. The decisions of the committee are final. It may also decide not to deliver the award.


The Jean VIVÈS Award includes a certificate and monetary award of € 1,500. The award prize will be awarded during the session of the Societé de Biomécanique at the “8th World Conference of Biomechanics”.



This Regulation, set for the year 2018, may be amended each year, before December 31st for the following year.



2017: Yoann BLACHE (Lyon, France)

2016: Marlène GIANDALONI (Annecy, France)

2015: Caroline MARTIN (Rennes, France)

2014: Gaël GUILHEM (Paris, France) and Pierre SAMOZINO (Chambéry, France)

2011: Antoine NORDEZ (Nantes, France)

2009: Mickaël BEGON (Loughborough, England)

2005: Arnaud DECATOIRE (Poitiers, France)