Thursday, 27. February 2020

New Year's Dinner of the WHU Foundation

The well-known sports scientist Prof. Dr. Ingo Froböse spoke at the WHU Foundation's New Year's Dinner. His topic was: "What we can learn from top-class sports - how athletes stay fit and healthy".

It is a long-standing tradition that the WHU Foundation starts the New Year with a dinner in a small circle of supporters, friends, faculty members and alumni of WHU. This year, 60 guests from science, politics and business found their way to Klostergut Besselich in Urbar, where the New Year's Dinner took place in the festively decorated hall of the former Franciscan convent, which was founded in 1496.

After the welcoming address by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand and Dr. Peter Kreutter, Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, gave an overview of the development of the university over the past twelve months and its goals for 2020 and beyond.

Guest of honor and keynote speaker of the evening was the well-known sports scientist from the German Sport University Cologne, Prof. Dr. Ingo Froböse. In his laudation for the guest of honor, Dr. Toni Calabretti, Chairman of the Board of the WHU Foundation, emphasized that Froböse embodied the so important and necessary application and practical orientation of science - which has always been a core value of WHU - like no other. For many Germans he is the personification of sports and health science. He also emphasized the scope of Froböses many years of intensive research and his pronounced scientific curiosity. Froböse is not only dedicated to the "classic" sports, health and rehabilitation topics, but also to innovative future-oriented questions, such as the topic of eSports.

In his dinner speech Professor Froböse addressed the topic "What we can learn from top-class sports - how athletes stay fit and healthy?” There he elegantly spanned the arc from the fundamental scientific background of physical and mental regeneration, through the various types of regeneration processes and the necessity of breaks, to the question of how these considerations can be applied to the performance of companies, teams and managers. The direct feedback and questions from the audience following the Dinner Speech showed how much he had stimulated reflection and thought, especially among company representatives.

The subsequent lively discussions at the tables brought the evening to a close in a relaxed atmosphere and gave the guests the opportunity to deepen old contacts and establish new ones.