Call for Papers | The 31st European Sport Management Conference | Ulster University, Belfast, September 12–15, 2023. Call ends April 17, 2023

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The Scientific and Programme Committee of the 31st European Sport Management Conference of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit Abstract contributions for consideration. Deadline for Submissions: Monday 17th April (23.59 CET)-

Full details of EASM 2023 workshops can be found here.

Importantly, please note the following conference policy:

      • Author restrictions: maximum of 1 paper first-authored and 3 papers co-authored.
      • Presenter restrictions: maximum of 2 presentations per participant; the presenting author (as indicated and, if needed, updated in the system by the submitting author) must have registered and paid the conference fee by 13 July 2023 to avoid exclusion from conference programme and book of abstracts.

Parallel Sessions

In Parallel Sessions, every presenter gives a maximum 12-minute oral presentation with additional 5 minutes for discussion. Our Parallel Session topics are:

      • Diversity and Inclusion Issues in Sport Management
      • Sustainability and Sport Management
      • Broader, New and Critical Aspects of Sport Management
      • Public Health and Physical Activity Management
      • Sport Marketing and Sponsorship
      • Sport Consumer Behaviour
      • Sport Events
      • Sport, Media, and Communication
      • E-Sport, Innovation and Technology
      • Sport Funding and Finance
      • Sport Law and Ethics
      • Sport Development and Socio-Cultural Perspectives
      • Sport Management Education
      • Sport Governance and Policy
      • Strategy, Leadership, and Stakeholder Management in Sport
      • Sport Tourism & Leisure Management

Poster Session

The Poster Session is divided in two parts: first, contributors provide short oral presentations (3-minutes) to the whole audience; then, presenters position themselves next to their respective poster for individual Q&A and discussion. Submissions relating to any sport management topic are welcomed.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions should be made through the ConfTool system by the stated deadline. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Abstracts not complying with Submission Guidelines will bounce back before entering the review process and authors will be asked to resubmit.

For an Abstract to enter the review process and be considered for presentation during the conference the following guidelines must be adhered to:

      • Length: the overall text length of an Abstract has to be between 650 and 800 words, i.e. excluding title, author names and references (maximum 6 references).
      • Text only: Abstracts should include text only, i.e. images (pictures, figures, and tables) are not accepted.
      • Title: use a brief title to clearly indicate the nature of the research/project/contribution; capitalise the first letter of each word; do not use abbreviations in the title.
      • Author names: provide names of all authors, their institutional affiliation, and e-mail address during the online submission process.
      • Language: Abstracts must be in English language.
      • Formatting and style guide: APA 7th edition (website).

Abstracts can be submitted in two categories:

      1. Scientific Abstract (including scientific work to be submitted to the Poster Session).
      2. Professional Practice Abstract (including practice contributions submitted to the Poster Session).

Category 1 – Scientific Abstracts should be structured using the following sections *:

      1. Aim and Research Questions
      2. Theoretical Background and Literature Review
      3. Research Design, Methodology and Data Analysis
      4. Results/Findings and Discussion **
      5. Conclusion, Contribution, and Implication **
      6. References (maximum 6; to be entered in extra box during the submission process)

* The structure should only be altered if clearly justified by the nature of the submission and contribution (e.g. conceptual work).
** In cases where the results/findings for a Scientific Abstract are not yet available at the time of Abstract submission, authors must mention this by guaranteeing that they will have the results by the time of the conference. They should provide a preview of the nature of the results/findings as well as envisioned contribution/implications.

Category 2 – For Professional Practice Abstracts the following sections are recommended ***:

      1. Statement that Abstract relates to professional practice (mandatory)
      2. Aim
      3. Purpose and Background
      4. Design and Implementation
      5. Outputs/Outcomes, Reflections and Future Development
      6. References (if applicable)

***In addition, such a structure might better work for scholarly contributions towards the Parallel Sessions ‘Sport Management Education’ and ‘Sport Law and Ethics’ if they are not concerned with scientific/empirical research. For example, sport management education contributions might be concerned with innovative approaches to curriculum development, learning environments and (higher) education management/policy (yet, please keep in mind that your Abstract should not be a sales pitch for a certain programme, but rather a discussion of ‘best practices’ and sharing learnings that other members of the EASM community may find inspiring and useful).


Please see key dates related to the submission, review, registration and programming process here.


Please contact the Co-Chairs of the Scientific and Programme Committee for Belfast 2023, Kostas Alexandris ( and Tim Ströbel ( or the Head of the EASM LOC Scientific Committee Kyle Paradis ( Visit the EASM2023 website here.

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