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Welcome to Firstbeat HRV Summit 2018 in London

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Firstbeat HRV Summit 2018. It’s your opportunity to explore the exciting worlds of elite sports, preventive healthcare, and consumer fitness technology. Meet and learn from top international coaches, professionals, and leading experts about how physiological insights from the heart are unlocking the secrets to better health, happiness and performance.

Are you a professional eager to boost your knowledge of sports and wellness topics? Keen to explore the technology of tomorrow?

Join us at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Grounds to:

  • See how lives are being changed with scientific insight into stress, recovery, and physical activity. An evidence-based approach holds the key lasting behavioral change.
  • Discover how training load, intensity, fitness and recovery data unlock increasingly personalized guidance for optimal performance, fewer injuries, and athlete development.
  • Learn how smartwatches and fitness trackers are making cutting-edge physiological insights available to everyone. Glimpse into the future to see what tomorrow holds.

Firstbeat HRV Summit | 3-4 May 2018 | Lord’s Cricket Ground

The event is free. Reserve your seat now.


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Agenda May 3-4

Seminar agenda is applicable to changes.

Day 1 ~10.00am – 6.00pm

The first day of the Summit will include talks on the applications of heart rate variability on sports performance, wellness, and preventive healthcare settings. Experts will share how HRV-based insights remove the guesswork to produce better coaching and personal decisions regarding physical activity, fitness, sleep, stress and recovery.

7:30 Morning run with Firstbeat staff
9:00 Registration at the Nursery Pavilion
10:00 Summit begins

Session 1: Why Fitness Matters
Whether you’re an elite athlete, targeting health benefits, or just trying to feel younger, easy access to your cardiorespiratory fitness, proven to relate to overall health, quality of life, and performance, is a game changer. It also opens the door to a wealth of personalized insight and guidance.

10:00-10:10 Welcome to HRV Summit 2018
Joni Kettunen, PhD, CEO, Firstbeat

10:10-10:20 A short overview of HRV: The vagus keeps us safe
Owen Epstein, Royal Free Hospital London NHS Trust

10:20-10:50 Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Health Outcomes, and Health Care Costs: The Case for Fitness as a Vital Sign
Dr. Jonathan Myers, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

10:50-11:10 Firstbeat and the Science of Personalized Insight for Everyone
Dr. Ilkka Korhonen, VP of Technologies, Firstbeat

11:10-11:45 Break 35min

Session 2: Enhancing Performance and Readiness
To perform at a high level when it matters most, adequate recovery is a must. Load management makes it possible to reduce injuries and sick days alike. On the field, in the workplace, and at home successful people strive towards and achieve the right balance.

11:45-12:05 Panel Discussion on professional sports
Martin Spohrer, Eintracht Frankfurt; Tom Allen, Arsenal FC. Moderator: Nigel Stockill, Firstbeat

12:05-12:35 Technology in elite sport – where are we now?
Tom Allen, Arsenal FC

12:35-13:00 Panel discussion: Corporate wellness around the world: trends, solutions and challenges
Colin Thomas, BMI Healthcare; Duncan Young, Lendlease; Ole Petersen, FitImJob; Tim Wright, Firstbeat. Moderator: Tiina Hoffman, Exercise Physiologist, Firstbeat

13:00-14:15 Firstbeat-sponsored lunch 1h 15min

Session 3: Compelling Wearables and Consumer Technology
The race is on, and the future belongs to devices capable of providing more meaningful, more personalized feedback. HRV-derived insights power the health, fitness, and performance features that keep wearables interesting. What will tomorrow bring?

14:15-14:45 Future of wearables
Ray DC Rainmaker” Maker

14:45-15:15 Introducing Suunto 3 Fitness
Markus Kemetter, Suunto

15:15-15:45 VO2Max is the new 10,000 steps
James Stables, Wareable

15:45-16:05 Panel Discussion: What makes a best-selling product?
Ray DC Rainmaker” Maker and James Stables, Wareable. Moderator: Aki Pulkkinen, Director of Consumer Technologies, Firstbeat

16:05-16:30 Break 25min

Session 4: Powering Preventive Healthcare
Small changes can make a big difference. An evidence-based approach offers an opportunity to pinpoint the antecedents of lifestyle diseases and simultaneously reveals a path for sustainable behavioral change.

16:30-16:55 The energy of courage and resilience to achieve change – the added value of HRV
Sue Henry, MSH Partnership

16:55-17:15 Learnings from sleep: Firstbeat big data
Tero Myllymäki, Physiology Research, Firstbeat

17:15-17:40 Resilience: Reset, Recover & Recharge
Justin Haroun & Kate Fismer, University of Westminster, Center of Resiliense

17:40-17:50 Summary of Day 1
Joni Kettunen, PhD, CEO, Firstbeat

17:50 ->  Networking get-together. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.


Day 2  10.00am – 1.15pm

The second day offers a variety of interactive workshops focusing on HRV-derived insights and their application in everyday life and professional sports. You can choose the subject you want to learn about based on your own preferences.

10:00-13:15 Sports & Wellness workshops: Practical implications of HRV-based insights


Wellness workshop:

Corporate Wellness: Past, Present & Future. From case studies to physiological insights offered by Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment

10:00-10:10 Welcome to the Workshop & today’s agenda | Tiina Hoffman, Firstbeat

10:10-10:35 5-min Expert Presentations: corporate wellness projects

  • Dr. Erica Thieman, University of Illinois
  • Gergely Vada, Fusion Vital
  • Jonathan Bloomfield, PhD, Support2Perform
  • Carlyle Jenkins, Prohab Performance
  • Ian Mackenzie, BNP Paribas

10:35-10:50 Discussion and Q&A to the Experts | Simon Shepard, Optima-Life, Tim Wright, Firstbeat

10:50-11:30 Video & group exercise on wellness trends and solutions | Simon Shepard, Optima-Life

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment: a professional tool for corporate wellness

  • Physiology review: from HRV to stress and recovery | Tiina Hoffman
  • Recent and upcoming updates & user tips | Tiina Hoffman
  • Launch: MaxVO2 walking test to Lifestyle Assessment Tero Myllymäki
  • Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment Corporate Project | Toby Murray

Closing words

12:30 – 13:00 Firstbeat team and presenters available for questions and informal discussion.


Sports workshop:

Using HRV-derived Insights in the Context of Elite Sport

10:00 Overview of Firstbeat Sports system – where are we heading? | Veli-Pekka Kurunmäki, Firstbeat
How do we see our positioning and role in providing analytics for elite sports. What drives our development processes?

10:30 Pre-release: Stress and sleep monitoring for elite Sports | Tero Myllymäki, Firstbeat
Overview of the new stress and recovery analysis feature.

11:00 Getting the buy-in for physiological monitoring, Q&A with Darren Burgess, PhD, Arsenal FC & Nigel Stockill, Firstbeat
Darren shares his experiences and insights about implementing monitoring technology in team settings.

11:30 Managing training load and recovery in ice hockey | Jarkko Hyytiä, Finnish ice hockey league JYP
Overview on training load and recovery monitoring throughout the season. Practical examples on players will be presented.

12:00 Roundtable discussion with Firstbeat Sports users | Dr. Christoph Rottensteiner, Firstbeat
Finding the best practices and tackling the challenges in physiological monitoring. Interactive session with Firstbeat Sports users.

13:00 Closing words | Firstbeat team


Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, Nursery Pavilion
Address: St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN, UK | see map

How to get to Lord’s:

Lord’s is located in central London, just a few minutes’ walk from Regent’s Park. The nearest London Underground station is St John’s Wood, and there are several underground stops within walking distance. See more here


What happened at Firstbeat HRV Summit 2017?

The very first Firstbeat HRV Summit held in Helsinki, Finland gathered over 150 international guests to hear speakers from various corporations share their professional insights about HRV.

Take a look at the HRV Summit 2017 overview and on Twitter #HRVSUMMIT17.