German Sports University’s main entrance. (c) Duhon Used under Creative Commons license CC-BY-3.0
The Association for the Study of the Sport and the European Union has the pleasure to announce that its 9th anual conference, in 2014, will be hosted by the German Sports University in Cologne. The conference, provisionally titled ‘Sport Systems and Sport Governance in Europe: Changes and Challenges’ will take place on 26 and 27 June 2014 in the wonderful surroundings of the German Sports University’s campus in Cologne. The conference will be jointly organised by the Department of Political Science of the University of Mainz and by the German Sports University’s Institute for European Sport Development and Leisure Studies. The academic convenors are Professor Jürgen Mittag (Cologne), Professor Arne Niemann and Dr Alexander Brand (Mainz). The conference will coincide with the end of the Brazil 2014 World Cup’s group stage and the conferences organisers are already planning a public viewing event for those interested!
This will be the fourth time that Sport&EU travels outside the United Kingdom, showing once again the association’s commitment to an inclusive an international membership. Moreover, this is the first time that Sport&EU is organised in a all-sport campus, which hopefully will prove inspirational for the speakers and paper givers. The leafy surroundings of the German Sports University’s campus, in the outskirts of Cologne and next door to FC Cologne’s stadium promise to be an ideal setting for Sport&EU delegates. We are also especially happy to see that two of the most prestigious German universities showed their interest in organising our conference. Moreover, we are honoured to have three EU-studies leading academics of international reputation convening and organising our 2014 conference.
As always, Sport&EU will welcome researchers, academics, PhD students and practitioners with an interest in sport and the EU to participate in our annual conference, which is now becoming one of the important dates in the conference circuit. Please reserve these dates in your diary, as we would like to see as many of you as possible in beautiful Cologne. In due course, a call for papers and panels will be made public through the website, so please log in regularly to get the latest information about Sport&EU, our annual conference and all our events.
Commenting on the decision to take the conference to Cologne, Sport&EU honorary chair, Professor Richard Parrish said: ‘Sport&EU is thrilled to be taking our 9th annual conference to one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Sport studies in this continent are synonimous with Cologne and we are glad to take our conference there. We also want to thank the generosity of the University of Mainz, who will co-organise the conference. Arne Niemann and Alexander Brand have been strong supporters of Sport&EU since our foundation and we are really honoured to have them as our conerence co-organisers in 2014. This decision reflects our commitment to continue to internationalise the association. The conference will take place during the football World Cup and I am sure the location and the environment will prove attractive for delegates. We hope to attract a new attendance record in Cologne in 2014. Join us in Germany in 2014!’
Sport&EU would like to thank the interest of many outstanding academic institutions in organising our 2014 conference. We received a good number of outstanding proposals. The Sport&EU Committee would like to congratulate all the applicants for the extreme good quality of their proposals, which made the decision very difficult to take. We would like to encourage the unsuccessful applicants to consider applying again for our future conferences. Similarly, we would like to encourage all our members to consider the possibility of applying to host Sport&EU in the future. Please contact us if you want to discuss the details of organising a Sport&EU conference.
Finally, Sport&EU would like to thank the 2014 local organising committee, headed by Arne Niemann, Alexander Brand and Jürgen Mittag. They presented an outstanding application, of excelent value for money, and we are sure that they will deliver an exceptional conference. We look forward to seeing many of you in Cologne in June 2014.