One day prior to the 15th Annual EAS Conference, the 2nd meeting of the EU project EMPATIA, more information see here:, 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.

Dear friends and collegues,
on behalf of the EAS Executive Committee and the local Executive Committee of the EAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 in Coimbra / Portugal (12th – 14th September, 2018) I`d like to inform you about this program, which includes the EAS General Assembly 2018. The EAS General Assembly will be held at Friday 14th from 9:00-11:00 am in the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Attached you can find the programm (Scientific Programme EAS 2018 COIMBRA) of the conference and as well the agenda (180825_Agenda – GA in Coimbra) for that General Assembly. By the reason that this years GA will see elections for the new board working period 2018-2022, I will give you a brief information about membership rights and duties as written in the statutes.


Membership and Dues

  • Members shall be expected to uphold the principles and ethos of the European Athlete Student, the dual career network as contained in its Statutes and agree to abide by the EAS Statutes, Bye-Laws, Policies and Procedures.
  • Members are institutions who have been accepted into membership by the Board.
  • Individual members may be:
    1. Honorary [ndividual Members: appointed from time to time by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the BoardHonorary members are appointed in recognition of their exceptional merit or service to EAS. Honorary members shall have the same rights as Full Members, and may attend Executive Board meetings, unless otherwise stated in these Bye-Laws.
    2. Institutional members are such organizations as the Board of EAS may from time to time recognize They may include International, National or Regional Athlete Student Associations, Federations or Organisations; Universities; Sport Organisations; Federations or Councils; Olympic Committees; Local Government sports departments; and suitable other properly constituted bodies .
Application for Membership
  • All applications for membership shall be subject to approval by the Board. The Board shall cause a response to be given within 60 days of receipt of an application to indicate whether the application has been accepted.
  • An institution does not become member until the application has been accepted and the membership fee for the current year has been paid in full.
  • The Board shall maintain register of names and addresses of all the members at all times .
Membership Fees
  1. All members, except honorary members shall pay an annual membership fee.
  2. Membership fees shall be determined from time to time by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Board. If a recommendation is not approved, or no recommendation is presented, then the existing fees shall continue to apply.
  3. The membership year shall be from the end of the Annual General Meeting of the General Assembly to the end of the next Annual General Meeting .
Election of the Executive Committee
  • only enrolled members are allowed to vote during the General Assembly.
  • Nominations for Committee Members, shall be received before the thirty first (31st) January each year. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor during an Annual General Meeting. All nominations must be duly proposed and seconded and bear the written consent of the person nominated. ff.… (see statutes =>   EAS_Statutes-signed_26Jul2016) 
  • Membership was informed by Website and Facebook in January about the procedure .
  • Till the 31st of January we received the following nominations for the upcoming EC Elections:
    • Ilvis Abelkalns – University of Latvia, LAT – Position EC Member
    • Laurence Blondel – INSEP Paris, FRA – Position EC Member
    • Laura Capranica – Foro Italico, ITA – Position President
    • Antonio Figueiredo – University of Coimbra, POR – Position EC Member
    • Ole Keldorf – Elite Sports Academy Aarhus, DEN – Position EC Member
    • Mojca Doupona Topic – University of Ljubljana, SLO – Position EC Member
    • Jörg Förster – University of Hamburg, GER  – Position EC Member

In any case of questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the EC by mail:; Joerg Foerster, Secretary General on behalf of EC

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:

– Values/Ethics/Integrity,
– Gender equality
– Equal opportunities or access
– Volunteers
– 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:

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) – .

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!

Antonio Figueiredo
Chairs Local Scientific Committee
Laura Capranica
EAS President
Joerg Foerster
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:

On Monday May 14, 2018 in Strasbourg (France), EAS represented by EAS President Prof. Dr. Capranica, has been elected as Member of the new Consultative Committee (CC) Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport of the Council of Europe.
To contribute to better governance, ethic, inclusive, and safe sport, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) is the platform of the Council of Europe for co-operation between public authorities of its Member States.
EPAS also encourages dialogue between sports federations and NGOs on its programme of activities and advices for the decisions of the Governing Board through its Consultative Committee, which includes 25 Members
In a series of contested elections, the EPAS Consultative Committee re-composed its Bureau by admitting two new members: ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation) represented by its President Carlos Cardoso, and EAS (European Athlete Student Network) represented by President Laura Capranica. The Secretary General of EU Athletes, Paulina Tomczyk, was re-elected, as was Co-President of EGSLF (European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation), Annette Wachter.

The Executive Committee of the 15th annual conference of the European Athlete Student – Dual Career Network would like to invite you to participate in this meeting to be held in Coimbra, Portugal between 12th – 14th September, 2018.

The EAS annual conference brings together experts in all fields related with the educational and sport systems to present and discuss state-of-the-art research and conceptual and political issues. The theme for the 2018 Conference is: “Establishing an effective framework in dual career”.

The 2018 Conference will include presentations on areas like the globalization, the dialectic relationship between club and high school, university sport (will be a post European University Games event – EUSA Games will be held in Coimbra in July, 2018) and sport and governance.

As in the previous EAS conferences we aim to attract many early career researchers, but also well-known experts to ensure valuable information exchange. The friendly and open nature that characterizes the EAS conference has the potential to foster future projects, collaborations and friendships. The Bengt Nybelius scholarship for young investigators is an opportunity for young scientists to have their work recognized by their peers.

The symposium venue will be held at the Museu da Ciência in the historical site of the University of Coimbra, which has been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO for its role as the centre of production of Portuguese language literature and thinking and for the universal value of its campus. The University of Coimbra was created in 1290 and is the oldest institution of higher education in Portugal. It is also one of the oldest universities in the world with more than 700 years of experience in education, training and research. Accommodation will be available within walking distance of the symposium venue as well as from the main cultural and tourist sites.

When coming to Coimbra you will experience the historical heritage of one of the oldest cities of Portugal, with its monuments and museums, but also the relaxing atmosphere of its restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes and wines. If you long for the ocean, the Atlantic Portuguese coast with its white sandy beaches and seafood restaurants is only 40 km away. As well, you may also enjoy the wine tourism circuit around the city.

We hope that you will be able to join us in September 2018 for 15th EAS annual Conference.

The Local Executive Committee,
António J. Figueiredo, Conference Chair
Carlos Gonçalves, Conference Co-Chair
Liliana Moreira, Conference Co-Chair

EAS is honored to be invited to the first “Olympism in Action Forum” at 05./06. October 2018 in Buenos Aires, right before the Youth Olympic Games will take place there.

We will take a stand for athletes rights on Dual Career and the needed frame work on that international highly demanded topic.