First Speakers Announced for XV ENSE Forum

Louis Moustakas
April 17, 2019

The first panelists and keynote speakers for the 15th ENSE Forum, which will be held at the University of Vienna's Institute for Sport Science on the 26th and 27th of September 2019, are now confirmed.

Under the theme Sport – Education – Society. Links and Solutions, these speakers are leaders in their field and represent various important sectors, including research, policy, and grassroots sport.

Jean-Francois Laurent, Director at the The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), has spent over a decade promoting sport and active living, and, with his keynote address, will contribute a unique perspective on how education can enhance and promote sport.

A top caliber round-table panel exploring the links between sport, education and society is also set, and will include Agata Dziarnowska, John Bales, Kristine de Martelaar, and Karen Petry.

Agata Dziarnowska is a Policy Officer at the European Commission, and brings a broad view, along with 15 years of experience, on the importance of sport education across the continent.

John Bales is President of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), and has many decades of experience working in international sport as a coach, administrator and athlete.

Kristine de Martelaar is a Professor at the Free University Brussels, and she has worked extensively on topics related to sport, culture and youth.

Finally, Karen Petry is the current President of ENSE and a Deputy Head of institute at the German Sport University, and she has worked for over 30 years on the development, delivery and evaluation of sport education programming.

Beyond these speakers and panelists, the Forum will offer a space for reflection and discussion about the potential of sport to address the societal and educational challenges facing Europe. Through interactive sessions, groups and presentations, the Forum will generate knowledge and recommendations that will help both researchers and practitioners alike.

To register to attend the Forum, individuals must simply fill out the registration form.

Those interested in presenting at the Forum can submit their abstracts by June 15th to info(a) Oral presentations and posters are both welcome. Full requirements can be found here.

For more information, you can view the Forum flyer and draft programme, and, if you need accomodation, you can view our conference hotels.

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