Along with the Summer Universiade, FISU organises a four-day academic conference every two years. The Conference is one of FISU’s traditional events as the first edition was organised way back in 1960. This event is always organised in cooperation with the highest local academic authorities ensuring the academic level and scientific credibility.
The objective of the FISU Conference is to create a platform to present scientific papers on university sport and to stimulate the research on the topic. The themes discussed in the conference focus on the study of university sport further elaborated with keynote addresses, poster presentations, paper-presentation workshops and discussion groups.
The FISU Conference is a key FISU event as it allows many of the student athletes who compete in the Universiade to take part in an international academic conference as well. It fosters the academic spirit in the sports arena.
Few organisations in the world give young sports managers and leaders the opportunity to better understand and exchange ideas about the different aspects of the sport environment in which they operate. Every two years the FISU Forum brings together students, officials and other key partners involved in the university sport movement and with FISU member associations. Combining academic sessions with cultural, educational and sporting activities, it is a powerful communication platform for the various university sport communities. This combination gives the Forum an educational value in the broadest sense of the term.
The Forum is the only FISU event that gathers all the actors of university sport in one place. Students, junior and senior university sports managers, representatives of international sport and non-sport federations, organisers of major FISU events and renowned academic speakers are brought together for nearly a week to develop and strengthen the world-wide university sport movement.
The Forum is held over six days. It normally focuses on one main theme and four sub-themes, each of which is moderated by a speaker specialising in the subject area. Workshops on each sub-theme are held every day. Special sessions are also scheduled, for which speakers are selected on the basis of a call for papers launched within the FISU Family.
In 2002 the General Secretariat of FISU launched in Belgium a two-day seminar on how FISU operates. The seminar gives committee and staff members as well as organisers of FISU events the opportunity to meet. The organisation of the seminar is also the occasion to host the annual meeting of FISU committees (International Control Committee, Medical Committee, Committee for Sport Regulations, etc.). The variety of participants enables them to fully understand the FISU environment and to achieve better cooperation in their activities within FISU. The agenda of the seminar includes the following topics:
The Rectors' Forum gathers university rectors worldwide during two days to discuss the place of sports within the university, exchange ideas regarding the development of university sport and better understand the way university sport is organised in the different parts of the world. Every edition of the Rectors' Forum indeed brings together university rectors of the five continents.
25th FISU Conference 2013, Kazan, Russian Federation
Date: July 14-17, 2013
University and Olympic Sport: two models – one goal?
• Historical, cultural and social aspects of University and Olympic sport
• Legacy benefits of staging a Universiade or Olympic Games
• Dual career issues for student athletes
• The role of Media in University and Olympic sport
• Traditional and innovative technologies in University and Olympic sport
• Leading a healthy lifestyle: how can University and Olympic sport contribute?
• The place of sport in different educational systems
• Women in University and Olympic sport
Venue: Main International Centre of the Universiade Village, Kazan, Russian Federation
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian