Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (DPESS)
The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences focuses on the promotion of active and healthy lifestyle throughout the lifespan. The DPESS specializes in: a) the social-psychological study of substance use, exercise participation, and lifestyle change across the lifespan, and b) the design and application of health promotion and behavior change interventions. The DPESS maintain collaboration with national and regional public policy and education authorities for the prevention of corruption in sports and the promotion of sport and physical activity.
The OSWINDS research group at the Department of Informatics mainly focuses on topics in the areas of big data and social networks analytics, Web mining, content delivery on the Web, and emerging data (primarily on social networks) communities detection and mining. The OSWINDS research group team can commit resources with respect to the analysis of large-scale (Web/social media) data and the testing of data-intensive complex algorithms, if necessary, by exploiting the Scientific Computing Center of AUTH (SCC AUTH). SCC AUTH provides Computing Services to research communities within the AUTH Institute, operating two computing clusters (GR-01-AUTH & HG-03-AUTH) that currently provide a total of ~300 computing cores and ~100TB of raw data storage. Both clusters are linked to the national (HellasGrid) and paneuropean (EGI) Grid Infrastructures giving the ability to the local researchers to access and consume computing and storage resources from the national Grid and Cloud Infrastructure.
IRIS was founded in 1991 as the result of a private initiative. It has gradually succeeded in becoming a reference among the European think tanks specialised in strategic and international issues related to foreign policy as well as to security and defence. Recognised as promoting the public interest, IRIS, through its team of 64 experts and its European and international networks embodies a reliable and credible interlocutor for public institutions – French and foreign ministries, European institutions, international organizations – and private ones as well.
On one side, the research units of IRIS carries out studies, produces analysis notes and provides consulting for public and private bodies. It covers both regional areas and wide-ranging issues. For instance, IRIS has developed, over the last 10 years, a specific expertise on sports. Indeed, through its Geostrategic Observatory on Sports, it aims at analysing the impact of sports in international relations, with a particular focus on sports diplomacies and sports governance. With regards to the protection of sports integrity, IRIS became a leading European authority, through the publication of a White Book on “sports betting and corruption” in 2012, which was the result of a one-year research program on the issue. IRIS also published in 2013 the study “Money-Laundering: The Latest Threat to Sports Betting?”. In the meantime, IRIS also coordinated the EU-funded project “What national networks in the EU to fight against match-fixing?”, which was carried out in 2013-2014 and aimed at raising-awareness and fostering national cooperation in the fight against sports corruption
The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), formerly known as the International Council for Coach Education, is a not-for-profit global cooperative organisation founded in 1997 with the mission of leading and developing sport coaching globally. The target audiences for the ICCE are National Representative Bodies responsible for coach development; International Federations; institutions that deliver coach education or represent coaches; individuals who design and deliver coach education; coaches; and the international sport community at large. The ICCE aims to:
1.Promote sport coaching as a blended professional area.
2.Foster international relationships, social and cultural, with those who are engaged in coaching education.
3.Champion sport and sport-values.
4.Develop and utilize research in the field of training and competition.
5.Exchange knowledge in the field of coaching.
6.Disseminate information about curricula, qualifying standards, and any other relevant topics amongst members.
7.Co-ordinate coach education courses and resources across member countries.
8.Promote a moral code in coaching.
9.Improve relationships among Coach – Management – Athlete.
10.Create professional publications in the field of coaching education and development
11.Encourage and assist countries, in the field of coach education and development
The ICCE is uniquely qualified to address its mission because its members comprise the world’s leaders in coaching development. Its members are spread across all continents and generally all countries strong in sport have their representation in the organisation.
The Cyprus Sports Organization being the Supreme Sport Authority in the Republic of Cyprus is responsible for the development of the out-of-school sports, as well as the Sports For All project, pursuant to the 69-96 Law on the Cyprus Sports Organization. The functioning structure of the CSO has the following Sectors: a) Sports Sector (Competitive and Mass sports), b) Sporting Grounds Sector & Technical Services, c) Human Resources Sector, d) Financial Management Sector, e) Cyprus Sports Medicine & Research Centre. In addition, the Cyprus Sports Organization has established and run two scientific committees: a) the Cyprus Centre for Research in Sports and b) the Higher Council of Health in Sport. Both committees are involved in the promotion of health-related issues on sport and physical activity. The Cyprus Sports Organization has participated in several projects aiming to enhance physical activity in adolescents and young adults and tackle corruption in sport settings.
Sports Transparency and integrity protection of Greek Athletism (KEA) is a civil non for profit organization with the purpose to combat the manipulation of sports competitions in order to protect the integrity of greek sport and sports ethics in accordance with the principle of the autonomy of greek sport organizations. The mission of KEA includes:
a)addressing manipulation [match fixing] of sports competitions as a national sports integrity unit – platform, b)serve as an information hub, collecting and disseminating information that is relevant to the proactive fight against manipulation of sports competitions to the relevant greek organisations and greek authorities, c)co-ordinate the preventing fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, d)receive, centralise and analyse information on irregular and suspicious bets placed on sports competitions taking place on the territory of Greece and, where appropriate, issue alerts, e)transmit information on possible infringements of greek relevant laws or sports regulations to public authorities or to sports organisations and/or sports betting operators & sports lotteries, f)co-operate with all organisations and relevant authorities at national and international levels, including national platforms of other european States, g)to prevent, detect and sanction national or transnational manipulation of national and international sports competitions, h)to promote national and international co-operation against manipulation of sports competitions between the public authorities concerned, as well as with organisations involved in sports and in sports betting.
KEA works towards primary prevention and coordination of education and awareness-raising efforts in Greece. On one side, the research units of IRIS carries out studies, produces analysis notes and provides consulting for public and private bodies. It covers both regional areas and wide-ranging issues. For instance, IRIS has developed, over the last 10 years, a specific expertise on sports. Indeed, through its Geostrategic Observatory on Sports, it aims at analysing the impact of sports in international relations, with a particular focus on sports diplomacies and sports governance. With regards to the protection of sports integrity, IRIS became a leading European authority, through the publication of a White Book on “sports betting and corruption” in 2012, which was the result of a one-year research program on the issue. IRIS also published in 2013 the study “Money-Laundering: The Latest Threat to Sports Betting?”. In the meantime, IRIS also coordinated the EU-funded project “What national networks in the EU to fight against match-fixing?”, which was carried out in 2013-2014 and aimed at raising-awareness and fostering national cooperation in the fight against sports corruption
Società Sportiva Lazio (SS LAZIO)
The SocietàSportiva Lazio (SS LAZIO) is the oldest and largest multisport society in Italy founded in Rome on January 9th 1900. As a Multisport club Lazio promotes several sport disciplines, both professional and grassroots, within the same organization and denomination: currently more than 10.000 athletes are enrolled in 44 sections and 14 associated activities, practicing more than 70 different sports, with a strong social focus in Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics disciplines.
Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics
Sheffield Hallam University is a public University in South Yorkshire, England, with 33.000 students. four Faculties (Health & Well-Being; Society & Development; Business School; and Arts, Computing, Engineering & Sciences), and 30 research centres, including the Biomedical Research Centre, Centre for Sport & Exercise Science, Sport Industry Research Centre, and the Centre for Health & Social Care Research. The SHU Strategy to 2020 has a clear mission to promote research with applied focus and high impact for the society and on emerging societal, health, and environmental challenges.
The Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics is focused on research on health and well-being, behaviour change, brain and cognition, and social policy, and 45% of research at the Department has been recognized as internationally excellent. SHU maintains a strong profile in training elite athletes in competitive sports, and also operates the Performance Athlete Support Programme, an initiative that allows talented competitive athletes to balance their life between sports career and University life. Finally, SHU has close collaborations with leading UK sport facilities and organizations, including the English Institute of Sport and the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
National University of Physical Education and Sports
The National University of Physical Education and Sports Bucharest (UNFES), one of oldest public institutions founded in Europe, offers each year degree programs – bachelor, master and doctoral programs, for about 800 students, in the physical education, sports and kinesitherapy areas of studies. The high level of educational services are recognized by the Romanian Agency of Quality in Higher Education.
UNEFS is the main provider of educational programs for the future specialists in physical education and sport areas, from Romania. Its over 90 years of experience in higher education is oriented to the education quality and to the academic community performances, being confirmed by the important number of graduates who have become famous and appreciated in many countries of the world.
By understading the ahtletes special educational needs, UNEFS obtained accreditation for an extramural bachelor degree program – Sport and Performance specialisation, able to provide higher education services for elite athletes. The main condition for accreditation was the using of e-learning platform by the students and by the teaching staff. So, since 2013, UNEFS has its own platform and develops every year new digital content for different study subjects.
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
ICSSPE was founded in the late 1950s with the aims of maintaining an inclusive perspective on the different disciplines of sport, sport science and physical education, and of furthering a continuing collaboration between them. It brings together a wide range of scientific and professional organisations of various sport branches and disciplines, and creates the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration.
Intent – ICSSPE is the world’s largest network of organizations and institutions concerned with sport, sport science and physical education, accounting for millions of people. Among others, the Council belongs to the associated bodies of UNESCO and co-operates with the sport movement. By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of human society. The organization operates with the intention to advocate for the benefits related to ethical values inherent in sporting activity.
ICSSPE is committed to enhancing awareness of human values inherent in movement and sport, aiming to contribute to a strong sporting sector, high quality physical education and improved health worldwide. ICSSPE’s core functions are Advocacy, Science, and Service.
Advocacy – ICSSPE acts as a voice for sport, physical education and for sport science towards governmental, economic and administrative partners.
Service – Through its vast interdisciplinary network, ICSSPE facilitates dialogue between different scientific branches and institutions and promotes research results, conference announcements and other relevant information.
Science – Actively engaged in linking theory to practice, ICSSPE provides a world-wide network for an interdisciplinary and professional exchange between experts. It pursues developments and promotes research in sport and physical education.