Virtual PhD Student Seminar

The EASM PhD Student Seminar is a two-day international seminar taking place from Monday the 14th of September to Wednesday the 16th of September, 2020. 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 senior scholars. Another important element is the creation of networks which hopefully encourage future joint research projects across nations and the establishment of fruitful social relations.

Applications must be submitted via ConfTool. The application period starts on 31st of January. Applicants, who submit before 15th of March will receive a response (acceptance/rejection) until 27th 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 of May, if there are still free spots available and will be processed on a first come-first served basis. The participation in the Virtual PhD Student Seminar 2020 is free of charge.

Your application must include a short presentation (abstract of max. 400 words, excluding references) 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 name(s) of their supervisor(s) and their institutional affiliation and the status of their project (e.g. at the beginning, halfway or at the end; please use the filed ‘Remark/Message from the Authors to the Programme Committee and Chairs ‘ for this information).

After confirmation of acceptance, participants need to register for the seminar via the official conference booking system. Deadline for registration is 27th of June, 2020. If no registration is made until that date, 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 (see guidelines below). The PhD project must have a sport management perspective. Please use the main conference’s standard scientific tracks 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 and each participant will be assigned one paper in the role as main discussant and 1-2 papers in the role as second discussant. Participants should briefly introduce their papers/projects in a presentation of max. 10 minutes. This should include highlighting key questions or focusing on a specific topic for subsequent discussion. After the comments of the assigned discussants and the senior scholars chairing the session 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.

Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Deadline for submission of the short paper is 15th of August. The short paper should be submitted via ConfTool. Within a week after submission deadline papers will be circulated and roles as discussants assigned.

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