Student Seminar

Student Seminar

The Student Seminar is an international four-day meeting of sport management students to be held in Belfast over the 9-12 of September, prior to the European Sport Management Conference (September 12-15). Both the seminar and the main conference are included in the fee (see below).

Target Group and Seminar Focus

The Student Seminar is primarily aimed to enhance managerial skills in practice while cooperating in the international environment. The educational programme consists of a management game (team projects), lectures and workshops related to the topic of the projects. It also includes field trips and study visits as well as social events. Furthermore, given the number of leading experts and established researchers, the European Sport Management Conference is a great opportunity for networking and building professional relationships.

The topic of the Student Seminar is based on the conference theme: “Forward Thinking in Sport Management: Strengthening Inclusivity, Accessibility and Sustainability in Sport.”. More specifically the Student Seminar will focus on questions regarding the nexus between inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability, the development of new trends in these fields and how today’s challenges and opportunities can affect sport management. Therefore, it is key that the students are enrolled in studies with a sport/leisure studies and/or sport management focus.

Cases for the management game will be linked to the famous city of Belfast and the activities will relate to managing sport in accessible, inclusive and sustainable ways.

The Venue

Located in the famous Cathedral Quarter, The Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC) is home to all kinds of exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental works and endless goings-on.  From their own website The MAC is a cultural hub and since opening in 2012 has quickly become a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast, offering an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more.  The Student Seminar will take place in The Factory a larger seminar room within the facility.  Teas and coffees and lunches will be provided at the venue


Student: GBP 545

The price includes accommodation, food, activities and the conference fee. Accommodation is twin share and provided at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, located a 2 min walk from the main conference venue and a 15 minute walk from the seminar venue. Rental city bikes are available for an affordable fee but we recommend to walk through the city of Belfast.

Cultural activities

In addition to the Management Game we will ensure that all Student Seminar attendees will experience the best sporting and cultural activities that Belfast has to offer.

Application process and Requirements for participation

The application period starts on the 20th March 2023. First time attendees are given priority.

Since a maximum of 50 students can participate in the seminar, we encouraged students to submit a motivational letter (min. 300 to max. 500 words), including a short self-introduction and outlining their contribution and expectations for the seminar, by the deadline 19th May 2023 (23:59 CET)  to – the conference lead for the student seminar. All applications are processed on a first come-first served basis and under the conditions that a maximum of 6 students per University can be accepted, to ensure diversity and the international character of this seminar.

The 6 students per University will be selected on a first come-first served basis.

Successful applicants received a notification of acceptance by the 31st of May 2023.

Further submissions may be possible until the 31st of July 2023, if some free spots become available. These will also be processed on a first come-first served basis.

After receiving the acceptance letter, it will be mandatory to register on Conftool as a Student Seminar Participant by 30 June 2023 (23:59 CET). Any registrations after this date will not be accepted and the spot will be made available to other students on the waiting list.

Contact information

Please do not hesitate to contact for any further information you might require.