EU funded projects
On September 24, 2018, EACEA published the results of the selected proposals for ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018 to be started on January 1, 2019. Out of 18 proposal under the Priority 2 – Dual career & Volunteering, 15 projects have been funded specifically on dual career, with EAS Partner of :
Dual Career for wOmeN Athletes – DONA (Coordinator: AE CARLES VALLBONA, Spain);
Media as a channel of Athletes’ Dual Careers promotion and education – EDU-MEDIA (Coordinator: LIETUVOS SPORTO UNIVERSITETAS, Lithuania);
More than Gold (Coordinator: LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE, Latvia);
STARTING 11 “The European Dual Career Toolkit” (Coordinator: STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands).
Furthermore, under the Priority 1 (HEPA & European Week of Sport) EAS is Partner of the project Sport Opens School – SOS (Coordinator: CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO SPORTIVO – CUSPADOVA – ASSOCIAZIONE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA, Italy).
More information on the selected ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018 proposals ia available at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport/collaborative-partnerships_en
September and October had been busy weeks for EAS board members. Added to the 15th EAS Annual Conference a lot of meetings, conferences, workshops took place related with “Dual Career” projects, researches and policy frame work.
The 2nd meeting of the EU project AMID has been held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) to discuss the data on migrating athletes collected online and on-site during the 2018 EUSA Games in Coimbra, Portugal. The meeting has been very fruitful and further steps of the project and dissemination activities have been envisaged. In particular, the AMID Team agreed to present the findings during the 2018 Annual EAS Conference in Coimbra, Portugal.
The Slovenian Partner also organized a rich social event, inviting the AMID Team to attend two international sports events: the soccer match UEFA Nations League Slovenia vs Romania and the men’s volleyball match USA vs Canada at the Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge organized right before FIVB World Championship to be held in Italy.
Athletic migration: Dual Career and qualification in sports (AMID) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It promotes and supports good governance in sport and Dual Careers of athletes by building a network for exchange of best practices, by developing skills and competences in Dual Career, especially addressing migrating athletes.
More information on the AMID project is available at
On September 11 and 12, University of Coimbra hosted the 2nd coordination meeting of the EU-funded EMPATIA project – “Educational Model for Parents of Athletes in Academics”.
The representatives of the project partners met in the “Biblioteca Geral” library, discussing the project status, data gathered so far from the literature review and focus groups. The group also discussed the next research phase and steps in the project. EMPATIA project was also presented at the EAS annual Conference and General Assembly, which took place at the University of Coimbra from September 12-14, 2018.
EMPATIA project is co-funded through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as a Sports Collaborative Partnership. Its aim is to promote and implement dual career, especially targeting parents and guardians of talented and elite athletes, having primary responsibilities in supporting the combination of sport and education careers of their progeny for a holistic development as future European citizens and employees.
EAS President prof. Laura Capranica was invited to participate in a High Level Round Table during the event “European Week of Sport Beyond Borders” in Belgrade, Serbia, on September 27, 2018. The event celebrated The European Week of Sport held for the first time in this country (September 23- 30, 2018) with the support of the European Union and organized by the Olympic Committee of Serbia and the Ministry of youth and sport of the Republic of Serbia.
Health, well-being, societal and economic aspects of sports have been discussed with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics, the Member of the European Parliament Bodgan Venta, the Sport Unit officers of the European Commission Yves Le Lostecque and Agata Dziarnowska, and high personalities and policy makers of the Member States and Balcan Countries.
At the end of the high-level round table, most of the participants engaged in a futsal tournament making alive the #BEACTIVE goal. Further information is available at:
05th-6th October 2018 – “Olympism in Action” in Buenos Aires
On October 5-6, 2018 in Buenos Aires the International Olympic Committee (IOC) organized the Forum “Olympism in Action” right before the Youth Olympic Games.
As a stakeholder of the Olympic Movement, the President of EAS was invited to attend plenary sessions and to participate in the workshops addressing relevant related to sport, including education. Further information is available at
The 15th Annual Conference including the General Assembly of the EAS network was hosted in the historical lecture hall within the Museum of Natural Science at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, between September 12 and 14, 2018.
Welcome speech was given by the by the Rector of the University of Coimbra his Magnifizienz Prof. dr. Joao Gabriel Silva and the EAS President Prof. Laura Capranica.
The conference consisted of several main topics on Globalisation, Dialectic Relationship between Sports and School Systems, and University Sport. The last day was dedicated to the General Assembly, and also included the fourth session on Sport and Governance.
Among the keynote speakers were also Professor at the University of Central Florida Mr Carlton Keith Harrison (USA), International Relations Officer of the University of Coimbra Ms Liliana Moreira, Representative of the Portuguese General Direction of Education Mr Victor Pardal, Representative of the Portuguese Union of Professional Football Players Mr Bruno Avelar Rosa (POR) and Policy Officer at the Sport Unit of the European Commission Ms Agata Dziarnowska.
Secretary General of the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018, Mr Mario Santos presented the New trends for the University Sport, including good practice example of the European Universities Games 2018 (EUG2018), also supporting the EAS Conference and Assembly as one of the educational events during the event year in Coimbra.
At the elective EAS General Assembly, the members confirmed the report of the board and the financial report. Executive committee, lead by the President Ms Laura Capranica, was re-elected for another 4-year mandate. Minutes of the General Assembly can be seen here.
At the Assembly, also the Bengt Nybelius Award was presented to young researchers Ms Kinga Varga (University of Ljubljana) and Giancarlo Condello (University of Taipei).
The Conference ended up with a presentation of the representatives of the Dalarna University and the City of Falun (Sweden). Lead by Mrs. Marit Nybelius, the daughter of one of the two EAS founders, Mr. Bengt Nybelius, who passed by much to early, gave an overview on the beautiful city of Falun and the research and facilities at Dalarna University, who will host the 16th Annual EAS Conference from 18th-20th September 2019.
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One day prior to the 15th Annual EAS Conference, the 2nd meeting of the EU project EMPATIA, more information see here: https://www.empatiasport.eu/about, takes place in the University of Coimbra.
15 representatives of each project partner meet in the historical “Biblioteca Geral” on top the University’s campus to discuss the actual project status and till now collected data, for example from the literature review. In addition to that, the group discussed the next research design based on the results of the focus group studies.
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On August 6-10, 2018, EAS was invited to lecture and to organize a dual career workshop at the FISU Forum held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Within the main theme “Student Sport: Springboard for Innovative Leadership”, four subthemes were encompassed:
– Gender equality
– Equal opportunities or access
– Dual Career
Students, university sports managers, representatives of international sport and non-sport federations, organizers of major FISU events, academic speakers, and FISU Family members. In particular, EAS President, Prof. Laura Capranica and the Director of UK TASS, Guy Taylor, addressed the assembly on dual career issues.
Further information is available at: http://forum.krsk2019.com/photoalbums/
On June 12-13, 2018, EAS has been invited to the European Conference “Sport for All as a means of integration and a bridge between traditions and innovation” held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference has been organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme.
The event encompassed three main topics: “How to promote physical activity through tradition and innovation”; “Traditional sports – opportunities for improving health through the practice of physical activity”; “Innovation in sport”. More information, the presentations, and photos can be found at the website of the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports:
If you want to learn more about what is going on in the field of Dual Career and what EAS is involved in actually, join the 15th EAS Conference, which will take place in Coimbra/Portugal from 12th to 14 September.
On July 14-15, 2018 EAS participated in the Rectors’ Conference organized as a part of the 4th European Universities Games (EUG) 2018 governed by the European University Sport Association (EUSA) and organized by the National University Sport Associations (NUSA).
The event has been held in the remarkable Sala dos Capelos of the University of Coimbra where the most relevant academic cerimonies take place.
The President of EUSA Mr. Adam Roczek, the President of the International University Sports Federation Mr. Oleg Matytsin, the Secretary of State of Youth and Sport of the Government of Portugal Mr. João Paulo Rebelo and the Rector of the University of Coimbra Mr. João Gabriel Silva, welcomed more than 50 participants who had a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and good practice of university sports.
In particular, the President of EAS participated in the round table “Promoting dual career: A key issue for educational system”, during which several aspects of the combination of study and work have been addressed for the benefit of athletes and students.
At the end of the event, the Rectors signed the Coimbra’s Consensus Statement, which aims to improve the university sports in Europe.
The Secretary General Joerg Foerster represented EAS in Coimbra, also as a member of the Technical Commission and the actual Technical Delegate for Volleyball within EUSA. Furthermore, Antonio Figueiredo organized the meeting of the Executive Board of EAS during the EUG 2018.
Finally, the EUG 2018 Games have been a tremendous opportunity to collect data on athletic migration for the EU-funded project Athletic migration: Dual career and qualification in sports (AMID), coordinated by the Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg associated with KADA and the Olympic Centre Salzburg, in cooperation with University of Ljubljana associated with EUSA, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio associated with Centro Universitario Sportivo Cassino, University of Hamburg associated with the German University Sport Federation, Lapland University of Applied Sciences associated with Finnish Olympic Committee, and EAS.
… of the European Athlete as Student (EAS)
We are pleased to announce that on September 12-14, 2018 at the Museu da Ciência in the historical site of the University of Coimbra, Portugal the 15th EAS Annual Conference will bring together experts in all fields related with the educational and sport systems to discuss state-of-the-art on dual career and to foresee future projects, collaborations and friendships for the benefit of athletes as students.
The theme for the 2018 Conference is: “Establishing an effective framework in dual career” and will include presentations related to globalization in dual career, the dialectic relationship between club and high school, university sport, and sport governance.
Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to attend the presentation of the winner of the Bengt Nybelius scholarship for young investigators.
We invite you to submit your abstract before August 10, 2018.
Please feel free to inform the Colleagues of Yours who might be interested in the event and can contribute to the success of the EAS Conference. If there is any additional question, do not hesitate to send it to the local organizing committee – afigueiredo(a)fcdef.uc.pt – .
On behalf of the Executive Committee of EAS and the Organizing Committee of the 15th EAS Conference, I am looking forward to meet you again in Coimbra next September! Come and join us at the 15th Annual EAS Conference in Coimbra, Portugal! http://www.fcdef.uc.pt/eas2018
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EAS Secretary General
This years conference will take place in between 12th – 14th September, 2018.
The Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education at University of Coimbra will be the host and is preparing an attractive program following the HEADLINE:
“Establishing an effective framework in dual career”.
Abstract submission is still possible till July 15th, 2018
For more information please see: https://www.fcdef.uc.pt/eas2018