ESMAC 2019 Annual Meeting of the European Society
for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children
23 – 28 September 2019, Amsterdam

Seminars Wednesday

On Wednesday, 25 September, we will organise two seminars led by world-renowned experts, aiming to further discover the depth of the issue and open up new horizons to listeners.

Together, these two seminars form the core of the Dutch/Flemish SMALLL congress 2019, but the seminars are open to everyone interested.

Motor learning and gait training


  • Han Houdijk
  • John van der Kamp


  • John van der Kamp
  • Will Young
  • Raoul Bongers
  • Eva Swinnen
  • Adam Booth / Marieke Arts
  • Melvyn Roerdink
In addition to surgical, medicinal or orthotic interventions, gait training is an important aspect of gait rehabilitation. Through gait training patients find effective movement strategy to compensate for underlying impairments and/or habituate to the effects of other interventions. But how can gait training be performed most effectively? 

This seminar will deal with current theoretical models and practical applications in gait training. In the first part, theoretical concepts in motor learning will explained, dealing with the role of instruction, feedback, variation and adaptation. In the second part different ways to exploit current technology to augment motor learning in gait training are presented, such as virtual or augmented reality, robotic gait training, and myo-electric control. 

This seminar aims to provide a theoretical basis for novel technological advances in gait training and provide evidence current experiences and evidence for the efficacy of such gait training methods.

Clinical reasoning: from gait graphs to treatment decision


  • Marjolein van der Krogt
  • Kim van Hutten


  • Stéphane Armand
  • Annemieke Buizer
  • Kaat Desloovere
  • Morgan Sangeux
  • Michael Schwartz 

Panel discussion led by Jaap Harlaar

This seminar focuses on bridging the gap between the raw outcome of gait analysis (gait graphs, physical exam data, etc.) and treatment decision making. 

How do different clinical centres approach this interpretation process? Can we make this process more standardized and objective? Should we focus on biophysical reasoning or should we learn from the past using statistical algorithms? 

The seminar aims to offer the attendants some practical guidelines on how to approach this topic in their clinical routine; as well as to raise discussion on the best approach. 

SMALLL Congress 2019

Date: Wednesday, September 25
Venue: De Meervaart Theatre, Amsterdam

In 2019, SMALLL, the Dutch/Flemish Society for Movement Analysis Laboratories in the Low Lands celebrates its 20th anniversary. For this reason, the annual SMALLL congress will be combined with the ESMAC preconference, to celebrate the SMALLL birthday together with international friends and colleagues in an inspiring environment.

During this SMALLL congress the annual SMALLL student award is handed out.

Graduates from Dutch institutes who performed research in the field of movement analysis and handed in their thesis,  can apply for this award and will have the chance to present their work at the SMALLL annual congress.  Find more information at

Preliminary programme of the SMALLL Congress 2019

Time Programme
09.00 - 09.25 Get together with coffee/tea
09.25 - 09.30 Opening by SMALLL president Herwin Horemans and ESMAC president Sebastian Wolf
09.30 - 11.00 Seminar 1: Motor learning and gait training
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee/tea break (with SMALLL exhibitors)
11.30 - 12.30 Seminar 1: Motor learning and gait training (continued)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch and SMALLL posters (with SMALLL exhibitors)
14.00 - 15.30 Seminar 2: Clinical reasoning
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee/tea break (with SMALLL exhibitors)
16.00 - 17.00 Seminar 2: Clinical reasoning (continued)
17.00 - 17.30 SMALLL Award 2019 presentations and voting
17.45 - 18.15 SMALLL Annual General Meeting
18.30 - 20.00 Closing drinks combined with ESMAC Welcome Reception