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Estonian Presidency conference: “Sport, education, university: joining efforts for athletes´ dual career and active societies”

Estonian Presidency conference: “Sport, education, university: joining efforts for athletes' dual career and active societies” takes place on 21-22 September in Dorpat Conference Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

The conference will give an overview of what has been done in the EU on the topic of athletes’ dual career so far as well as discusses how educational institutions can work together as one support system for athletes. The event is organised as part of 2017 Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.



Dedicated to the official Opening of the European Week of Sport in Tartu, on 23 September as well as to the celebration of the International Day of University sport (IDUS) on 20 September, the conference will focus on the topic of athletes' dual career in sports and their education. The second main theme of the conference focuses on sports and physical activeness.

We will look at what is the cost of physical inactiveness to society and what can be done to raise the levels of physical activity with the help of universities and sports.

The keynote speakers will be Oleg Matytsin, President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and Gerd Kanter, Chair of the Athletes´ Commission of the Estonian Olympic Committee, Olympic champion 2008 and Summer Universiade 2005 winner.

To pinpoint what measures need to be undertaken in this regard, a high-level round table discussion of stakeholder representatives will take place during the conference lead by the European Commission.


Recordings of the event

Guy Tailor's workshop "Building a world class dual career system and who benefits" (21 September)


Day one of the Conference (21 September)

Day two of the Conference (22 September)


Conference Materials

Jussi Ansala, "National recommendations for university sport - a purpose-built tool to promote sport for all students" (PDF)

Claudia Bokel, "Importance of education in and athlete's career and successful sport-education setting" (PDF)

Agata Dziarnowska, "Why dual career is a topic? What has been done at the EU level? What are the challenges?" (PDF)

Merike Kull, "Shaping physical activity habits of school students" (PDF)

UAARE, "Units of Support to High Performance in Schools - Good practice from Portugal" (PDF)

Elvira Gonzales-Valles, "Innovation for youth employability" (PDF)

Marc Theeboom, Fred Coalter, "Study on the Contribution of Sport to the Employability of Young People in the Context of the Europe 2020 Strategy" (PDF)

Guy Taylor, "Building a world-class dual career system and who benefits" (PDF)

Guy Taylor, "Dual career framework in sport and education. Stakeholders and their tasks. How to coordinate their partnership to work as a system" (PDF)

Adam Roczek, "Importance of sport and physical activity at university" (PDF)

Yves Le Lostecque, "Why physical activity is a topic and what has been done at EU level to promote physical activity" (PDF)

Mogens Kirkeby, "The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe" (PDF)


Ministry of Culture Press Releases

Estonian EU Presidency sports conference discussed ways of increasing people's physical activity rates

The European Week of Sport will be opened today in Tartu

Estonian Presidency’s sports conference focuses on the athlete’s dual career and society’s physical activity


Ministry of Culture topical newsletter articles

The sports conference of the Estonian Presidency focuses on the dual career of athletes as well as sport and physical activity

Interview with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, ahead of European Week of Sport



Related events of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in sport in Tartu, Estonia

20-23 September, 2017


Wednesday, 20 September 2017 

All Day             Celebration of the International Day of University sport (IDUS)
                       University sports clubs are open for the public
20:00              A global greeting ceremony on Tartu Town Hall Square

Thursday, 21 September 

14:00-18:45       Conference “Sport, Education, University: Joining efforts for athletes’ dual career and active societies”

Friday, 22 September           

9:00-13:00         Conference continues
15:00-17:30       High-level seminar on healthy lifestyle (PDF), hosted by the European Commission at the Estonian National Museum, Tartu. The event is open to everyone and free of charge. 

Saturday, 23 September 

10:00-12:00       Official Opening Ceremony of the 3rd European Week of Sport & Children´s Cycling Festival of the XX Tartu Mountain Bike Marathon in Tähtvere leasure park, Tartu.




Tiina Möll
Adviser for Sports
Ministry of Culture
+352 525 7624


Kai-Ines Nelson
Ministry of Culture/Spokesperson (EYCS)
+372 55689644
+372 6282271



Last updated: 14 May 2019