ICSE as Podium and Platform

Sport can teach values such as fairness, teambuilding, equality, discipline, inclusion, perseverance and respect. Sport contributes to a healthy lifestyle and has the power to provide a universal framework for learning values, thus contributing to personal wellbeing and development of (soft) skills up to favorable conditions triggering responsible citizenship. 

The International Conference on Sport and Education [ICSE] intents to function as a Podium for academic research and as a Platform for sharing best practices, debate and focus on employing: the methodology of ETS as a vehicle of:

  • upskilling and curricular enhancement of Sport with an extra attention to disadvantaged target groups, fostering inclusion and equal opportunities in as well as through Sports. 
  • dynamic forms of values-based education V-ETS using sport to deliver curricula actively and cooperatively, the role of values and social skills in tackling global challenges, such as inactivity, obesity, unemployment, and conflict. 

This approach is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education, which advocates for inclusive lifelong learning opportunities and innovative content delivery)

The platform intends to evidence and reflect on how sport is broadening traditional educational paradigms, bringing in new tools and procedures. An integrated and multi-sectoral perspective on Education Through Sport [ETS] and its application scenarios – for stakeholder adoption and societal impact

In short “using sport to build a better world” – as quoted by the UN and IOC cooperation

ICSE 2023

Building onward to ICSE 2022 in Berlin, The 2nd edition of International Conference on Sport and Education aims in 2023 to explore how education, lifestyle, society is changing / can be influenced through sport. 

The conference intends to analyze cross-sector and local impact by means of sport integration / ETS adoption as well as its perspectives in the fields of management, inclusiveness and sustainability. 

Conference Topics

As key dimension of project added European value its the embedding an approach of transnational and cross-sectorial research, the conference will display:

  • ETS methodology towards a comprehensive model of general applicability
  • To address a wider usability and impact across the European spectrum Sport as an educational tool: components as mentorship, skills, training, reflection and intervention are now inherent in the concept of ETS. Therefore, this educational model, following the framework of non-formal education [NFE], could be increasingly applied for various fields and purposes. 

  • Sports Tourism
  • Sport as an accelerator for the development of the territory: encourage the teaching and dissemination of managerial models for the growth of sports tourism by focusing on the realization of major sporting events and the preservation of traditional games. 

    Sports tourism is one of the most demanded types of tourism. In particular, with the disappearance of borders, by making appropriate planning, almost everyone can participate in sports tourism organizations actively or as an audience. 

    In the simplest terms, sports tourism can be defined as a type of tourism created by those who travel for the purpose of sporting activities (Alpull, Ak; 2018). 

  • Healthy Lifestyle through Sport
  • Aligned to the “The HealthyLifestyle4All Initiative” the European Commission wishes to involve sport movements at national, European and international level; state authorities (ministries), cities & regions (local governments) and civil society organisations.

  • A dual career path for sport professional and semi-professional athletes
  • Combining a sports career with education and work: how education changes and evolves to meet the needs of many professional and semi-professional athletes in their post-career placement. Dedicated pathways and cross-sectoral competences in the European Union policy framework. 

    Call For Papers and Posters

    For information and submission – visit the dedicated the dedicated Call for Papers page 

    Interactive Debates

    The conference will address the five key topics in plenary sessions where keynote speakers will present challenging views and innovative / empowerment tools. International keynote speakers will present on site and in streaming their experiences, research and visions, which in turn will be challenged by the organizing partners and/or participants engagement during the sessions. 

    In between the plenary sessions network opportunities will be provided, to discuss conference topics and renew their networks with research, user groups and stake holding representatives 

    Stakeholder Pannels will address in the afternoon interactive sessions presentencing a Inclusion / Integration and Dual Careers, Athletes real life experiences – as ETS case study’s

    The Conference will be closed by a participatory session, wherein the organizers and speakers will engage the audience to address Q&A’s on presentations held and in a debate over potential partnerships and schemes of a European up to potential intercontinental follow-up – to further develop the platform and enhance its sustainability in a long-term perspective.

    Expected Results

    • Identification of key concerns and issues. These e.g. include ethical implications, environmental disturbances, economic balance of power, legal implications, intellectual property, philosophical-religious considerations, and political decision making. 
    • Insight into the ways these aspects can be involved in decision making processes of associations, social enterprises, companies, research, policy makers, interest groups so as to enable truly informed choices, and to link the scientific and migrant empowerment in and through sport to societal goals. 
    • Exploration of future trends in lifestyle, tourism, education and sport.  

    Intercontinental Reach

    English is the spoken language during the conference, the positioning finds an European Academic mindset and includes intercontinental participation / stakeholders outreach. Where relevant examples will be used from Local, Regional up to international experiences, with specific reference to Sport, Education and Tourism, and related aspects of ETS. 

    Who Will Attend

    This full day conference is intended for all those who feel they have a stake in Sports, Education,  Tourism’ and ‘Wellbeing’. This means bringing together representatives on a real interdisciplinary level – from user groups, developers, policymakers, scientists – professionals from Sport Clubs, NGOs, educational institutions, universities, public authorities, sport suppliers, social enterprises – etc.  

    Conference Organization

    The event is organized by: La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), İzmir Katip Çelebi University, (Türkiye), NGO Nest Berlin (Germany) And hosted by the Sports Service Centre of La Sapienza University

    Supporting organizations: ASD Sport Compass, Validee

    Find out more about the organizers here

    Enquiries & Suggestions

    Might you need more specific information about the programme, the platform and or related initiatives kindly contact the ICSE Coordinator

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