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Every two years during the Summer Universiade FISU organises the FISU World Conference on Student Development through Sport. This major academic conference is a core traditional event inside the University Sport Movement, with a history that goes back to 1960.


The FISU World Conference ensures its academic level and scientific credibility by organising its event in cooperation with the highest local academic authorities.


The FISU World Conference’s goal is to create a platform for  presenting scientific papers on University Sport, thereby stimulating research on this topic.  Conference themes focus on the study of University Sport and are further complimented with keynote addresses, poster presentations, paper-presentation sessions and discussion groups.


The FISU World Conference on Student Development through Sport is open to all accredited participants of the Universiade.


Having a student development conference take place during the Universiade allows many student athletes to take part in an international academic conference, fostering the academic spirit in the sports arena.


“The Conference isn't just something you add to a Universiade as a side event, it’s an essential part of the programmes as it ties together sport and the university. I see this at the essence, the core, of the Universiade.”

-Paolo Bouquet, Sport Development Pro-Rector at University of Trento



FISU World Conference: Facts & Figures

▪ Duration: 3 days


▪ Scale: average 400 participants (but not limited)


▪ Reach: 60 or more countries


▪ Frequency: during the Summer Universiade, every two years in odd-numbered years


▪ Participants: renowned academic speakers, academia, professors, PhD students, university sports managers, representatives of international sport and non-sport federations, organisers of major FISU events, FISU Family members


▪ Programme: plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster session, cultural programme, presentation of the conclusions of the previous Forum and presentation of the next FISU educational events


▪ Objectives: to create a platform to present scientific papers and to stimulate research on sport, wherever possible linked to University Sport


▪ 26 editions held since 1960


▪ Next edition: 2019 in Napoli, Italy 


▪ Previous Conference hosts:

Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, 2017 - Gwangju, Republic of Korea, 2015 - Kazan, Russian Federation, 2013 - Shenzhen, P.R. China, 2011 - Belgrade, Serbia, 2009 - Bangkok, Thailand, 2007 - Izmir, Turkey, 2005 - Daegu, Republic of Korea, 2003 - Beijing, P.R. China, 2001 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1999 - Catania, Italy, 1997 - Fukuoka, Japan, 1995 - Buffalo, USA, 1993 - Sheffield, UK, 1991 - Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1987 - Kobe, Japan, 1985 - Edmonton, Canada, 1983 - Bucharest, Romania, 1981 - Mexico City, Mexico, 1979 - Sofia, Bulgaria, 1977 - Hyvinkää, Finland, 1974 - Billingehus, Sweden, 1971 - Haifa, Israel, 1968 - Grunwald, Germany, 1966 - London, UK, 1964 - Obertrauw, Austria, 1962 - Magglingen, Switzerland, 1960



Why FISU World Conference is essential to the University Sport Movement




Next FISU World Conference on Student Development through Sport

▪ Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade: 27-29 August: 2019 - Naples, Italy (Dates TBD) 



Past FISU World Conferences on Student Development through Sport

 You can find an overview here


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