Call for Papers

Extended Deadline for Submissions: 07th May (23.59 CET)

The Scientific and Programme Committee of the 2021 Festival of Sport Management Research and Practice of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation. Additionally, we invite short papers to be considered for the EASM Best Conference Paper Award 2021 and for the ESMQ New Researcher Award 2021 for young scientific scholars. Reviewers contributing to assessing and progressing colleagues’ work in an excellent manner as part of the peer-review process will be awarded with the EASM Best Conference Reviewer Award 2021

The EASM 2021 Festival of Sport Management Research and Practice will rely on several online Thematic Events organised with partner institutions.The themes and specific dates will be announced soon. In that respect, submissions that particularly relate to online Thematic Events are encouraged but contributors will have the opportunity to present submissions not specifically related to a Thematic Event in Parallel Sessions, and Poster Sessions during one of the online Thematic Events.

The main aim of all Thematic Events and sessions is to encourage participants from across fields to share knowledge, provide new insights and inspire the future of sport management. Sessions also offer a platform to create inter- and cross-disciplinary contacts and collaborations.

Please carefully consider the submission guidelines for a successful submission of your abstract.

Online Thematic Events and Parallel Sessions

The Thematic Events and days information will follow shortly.

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

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

ESMQ New Researcher Award (NRA) 2021

The NRA, sponsored by Routledge, is for the best original theoretical or empirical advance and significant unpublished contribution in sport management. To be eligible for this award, researchers must be near to completion of their PhD or have graduated less than three years prior to submission. Full details are available at ESMQ NRA tab

Developing Future Sport Management Researchers and Practitioners

We invite PhD research students to apply/register for the EASM PhD Student Seminar, which take place online 13th – 15th September 2021. Full participant status at the EASM Festival is included in the registration fee. More information:


For your inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Scientific and Programme Committee of the EASM Festival of Sport Management Research and Practice, Guillaume Bodet (EASM Scientific Chair,

If you would like to join our large international community of conference abstract reviewers by offering your expertise and valuable time, please email Gui (incl. contact details, preferred tracks/topics).