PhD Seminar

PhD Seminar

The EASM PhD Student Seminar is a two-day international seminar, taking place on 11th and 12th of September 2023, prior to the EASM 2023 Belfast Conference. 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, that will hopefully encourage future joint research projects across nations and the establishment of fruitful social relations.

Application and Registration

The application period will start on the 20th March 2023 and will close on the 30th April 2023 (23:59 CET).

First time attendees will be given priority. There are a very high number of applications of outstanding quality each year, EASM, the EASM PhD Student Seminar Project Lead, Dr. Chris Horbel, and the EASM 2023 Organising Committee have agreed to accept 20 PhD students in total.

All successful candidates will receive their letter of acceptance and will be requested to register for the seminar and the EASM Conference via the official event booking ConfTool system. The deadline for registration is 30th of June 2023. If registration not completed by this date, the spot will be made available for students on the waiting list.

The fee for participation in the EASM PhD Student Seminar 2023 is £520 GBP. Participation in the EASM PhD Student Seminar 2023 includes access to the 2023 EASM Conference in Belfast (full package).

For information and reference to the application process:  the application must include a brief overview (max. 400 words, excluding references) of the PhD project including the problem statement, research field, as well as theoretical and methodological considerations. Furthermore, applicants must indicate the name(s) of their supervisor(s), their institutional affiliation and the status of their project (e.g. beginning, halfway or at the end). The PhD project must have a sport management perspective.

Please use the main conference’s standard scientific tracks as a yardstick whether your project falls within the sport management field or feel free to contact Chris Horbel ( if you are unsure or would like to discuss in advance of submitting your application.

Please send your abstract and the required information via email to Chris Horbel (

Requirements for participation

Submission of short paper

To participate, the doctoral student is required to submit and present a short paper.

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 submitting the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal or integrating it in the PhD thesis.

Papers can be a first draft 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 should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words (without references) in length. 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-the-art literature review or an outline of your analysis.

Paper presentation and discussion

Each participant will get 30 minutes for the presentation and discussion of the paper. Participants should briefly introduce their papers/projects in a presentation of max. 10 minutes. This should include highlighting key questions to fellow seminar participants or focusing on a specific topic for subsequent discussion.

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. After the presentation by the author, the assigned discussant will provide comments and feedback and chair the subsequent round of questions and comments by other participants and the senior scholars.

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. So please bear in mind that most participants are non-native English speakers. Over the years, the EASM PhD Student Seminar has built-up a great number of successful ‘alumni’. Also, fine international networks have been established.

Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Deadline for submission of the short paper is 5th of August, 2023. The short paper must be submitted via email to Chris Horbel ( 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.