Since the beginning of the decade, the ISS has established itself as an international scientific centre of competence for health and physical activity with a strong focus on ageing.

Since 2001, the institute has been able to sharpen its profile by appointing two new professors (main focus: sport science and public health, kinesiology and rehabilitation), increasing the overall grant volume by more than 5000%, and by quadrupling the annual output of publications.

In a competitive call for funding by the Bavarian Innovation Fund for the Advancement of Elite Research that included a multi-stage reviewing process, the ISS was awarded an additional professorship for sport and kinesiological medicine in 2006.

The ISS has four main divisions:

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