Tools and Networking for your Doctoral Degree

The EASM PhD Student Seminar is a two-day international seminar and is held prior to the 27th European Sport Management Conference in Sevilla (from 3rd to 6th September). The seminar aims at gathering doctoral students in the field of sport management from all over the world for mutual discussions, presentations of their research projects and feedback from a senior scholar. Another important element is the creation of networks which hopefully encourage future joint research projects across nations and the establishment of fruitful social relations. The seminar takes advantage of being scheduled prior to the European Sport Management Conference by inviting leading scholars from the field of research to join the seminar as keynote speakers.


Applications must be submitted via ConfTool. The application period starts on the 15th of January. Applicants, who submit before 15th March will receive a response (acceptance/rejection) until 25th March. First time attendees are given priority. Since a maximum of 20 PhD students can participate in the seminar, we encourage submissions in this first period. Further submissions will be possible until 31st May, if there are still free spots available and will be processed on a first come-first served basis

Your application must include a short presentation (abstract of max. 400 words) of the PhD project including a brief presentation of the problem statement, research field, as well as theoretical and methodological considerations. Furthermore, applicants must indicate the status of their project (e.g. at the beginning, halfway or at the end), the name(s) of their supervisor(s) and their institutional affiliation. All information needs to be in one document.

After confirmation of acceptance, participantsneed toregister for the seminarvia the official conference booking system. Deadline for registration is 30th June. Otherwise the spot will be made available for students on the waiting list.

Requirements for participation

In order to participate, the doctoral student is required to submit and present a short paper and prepare a poster (see guidelines below). The PhD project must have a sport management perspective (please use the main conference’s standard scientific track as a yardstick whether your projects falls within the sport management field, but feel free to contact Chris Horbel ( in case you are unsure or like to discuss in advance of submitting your application).

Guidelines for paper submission and presentation

Paper presentations are an important part of the EASM PhD Student Seminar. The purpose is to give young scholars the opportunity to present their work and receive comprehensive feedback from senior scholars and fellow students. We do not expect fully finished papers. On the contrary, we encourage submitting ‘early-work-in-progress’ because this provides a good point of departure for subsequent revision and improvement before a submission of the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal or integrating it in the PhD thesis.

Papers can be an early phase of a journal article, a detailed description of the research project or a (method-)chapter for the dissertation. Papers must be written in English and between 2,000 and 3,000 words (without references). A consistent reference style must be applied.

We encourage a focus on research design, methodology or philosophy of science. This implies less emphasis on comprehensive state-of-art literature review (what is going on in the specific research area) and thorough analysis (we assume this will be the next step). Our intention is, if possible, to discuss the early-phase of the PhD research projects. For second time seminar attendees: if a methodological paper was presented the first time you attended, you might move on to present a paper containing either your theoretical framework, a state-of-art literature review or an outline of your analysis.

Each participant will get allocated 30 minutes for the presentation and discussion of the paper. Prior to the seminar all papers will be circulated among the participants. Therefore, we expect participants to be familiar with others’ papers/research topics. Participants should briefly introduce their papers/projects in a presentation of max. 10 minutes. This might include highlighting key questions or focusing on a specific topic for subsequent discussion. After the comments of the senior scholar (and if the schedule allows this) other participants can ask questions and comment on the paper.

We put great emphasis on a comfortable atmosphere to provide fruitful and constructive feedback to each presenter, which will hopefully support progress on everyone’s project. Over the years, the EASM PhD Student Seminar has build-up a great number of successful ‘alumni’. Also, fine international networks have been established. Please respect that most participants are non-native English speakers.

We hope that all of you will use the breaks and evenings for informal discussions and networking.

Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Deadline for submission of the short paper is 1st August. The short paper should be submitted via ConfTool.


To facilitate visibility of PhD students’ projects and discussions among attendees of the European Sport Management Conference, a special poster session will be organized during the main conference. Therefore, every participant has to prepare a poster.The poster size should be A0 (841 x 1189 mm) and layout orientation portrait.

Contact Information

Please do not hesitate to contact the Lead Coordinator of the EASM PhD Student Seminar, Chris Horbel (, for any further academic information.

Date 2nd – 3rd September
Place Universidad Pablo Olavide
Registration Online registration via conference booking system required

On-site registration for accepted participants 1st-2nd September
Price 600€
Package includes Admission to EASM PhD Student Seminar (incl. coffee breaks and lunches)

Admission to the main conference (full package – see conference section on the website for details)
Accommodation It is not included, if you want to stay at Celestino Mutis Residence inside Universidad Pablo Olavide, contact us:
Participants Max. 20 PhD students

For more information regarding logistics, accommodation, registration and others, please contact

** The PhD Student Seminar is fully booked. Further applicants can therefore only be accepted for a waiting list at this point.