Vanesa España Romero

Vanesa finished her PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) and completed her post Doc in Finland, Sweden, United States and UK. As a climber for over 20 years and a Professor at the University of Cadiz (Spain), She has been researching and teaching specifically in rock climbing for years. All of her research varying aspects of Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training, Fitness, Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Last climbing project performed was named “Climbing High Performance International Project 


Ludovic Seifert

Vice President

Ludovic Seifert is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences at University of Rouen in France. He conducts his research in the field of Motor Learning and Motor Control regarding expertise in sport, movement variability and dynamics of learning. He gained a PhD about expertise and coordination dynamics in swimming at University of Rouen in 2003, then a certification to supervise research in 2010. He is also Mountain Guide certified by IFMGA and now investigates expertise and motor learning in climbing.


Taylor Reed

Taylor contracts for the United States government as a Senior Analyst specializing in systems thinking, strategy, and long-range planning for catastrophic disasters; He uses many of the same skills, tools, and approaches from his day job in his approach to teaching climbing to youth interested in national and international competition.  His primary interest is on the relationship of technical and physical factors which lead to effective climbing movement; Taylor has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Denver, where he spent his graduate work focused on political psychology; He lives in the state of Maryland where he consults with a small handful of athletes and works on his website:

Xavier Sánchez

Xavier Sanchez, originally from Barcelona, is currently Professor in Sport Psychology in France (Laboratory CIAMS at Université d’Orléans and Université Paris Saclay) and the International Coordinator at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Orléans. Xavier has over 20 years of pluri-disciplinary (sport psychology, sport sciences, psychology) and multi-culturally working and life experiences across Europe (France, Sweden, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, and Spain).