Dear Friends and Colleagues,
to help athletes pursuing their sport and academic careers, in 2019 EAS actively committed in a continuous exchange between institutions and experts working in the field of dual career across Europe.
The fruitful partnerships with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, EUSA and FISU have been consolidated through the participation in relevant events at European (e.g, the European Sport Forum, the meetings of the EU Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport”, the cluster meeting: “The role of sport in education: enhancing skills development and dual careers perspectives”, the meetings of the Bureau of the “Consultative Committee of EPAS – Council of Europe”), and established partnerships with countries beyond Europe (Bosnia, Taiwan)
The 2019 annual EAS Conference and General Assembly held in Falun, Sweden represented the dual career knowledge hub and a valuable opportunity to update our members on the best practices and on-going activities in dual career.
The contribution to a European dual career culture through Erasmus+ Cooperative Partnerships, EAS contributed to the activities of projects focused on migrating athletes (AMID), women athletes (DONA), a positive image of athletes as students (EDU MEDIA), dual career parents (EMPATIA), guidelines for higher education institutes (More than Gold), the role of sports in high school (SOS), and the development of a dual career toolkit (Starting 11).
Furthermore, through its website, EAS contributed to the dissemination of publications of dual career guidelines at national levels (Sweden), at sports clubs (ICDC), and dual career approach at national level (Italy). Finally, EAS co-authored with FISU the first international survey on dual career, and awarded the “Bengt Nybelius Scholarship” to a young Kosovar researcher at its annual conference.
In preparation for a gratifying dual career 2020, we invite you to take advantages of the call for European Collaborative Partnerships, and to share best practices, outcomes of collaborative projects, and research findings by participating in the 17th Annual Conference of EAS to be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany next September 17-19.
We strongly encourage you to be proactive in the dissemination of the dual career culture and to renew your 2020 EAS membership through the link http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/.
The Executive Board of EAS wishes you and your family a year 2020 full of peace and happiness.
On behalf of the board
Prof. Laura Capranica, EAS President