SPLISS conference

'Elite sport success:

boost for society or not' that takes place November 13-14, in Antwerp

(Belgium), The sports capital of Europe 2013.

*More information* is available at:

Please find below an announcement about the upcoming SPLISS conference

which will take place 13-14 November 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. SPLISS is

an international network of research cooperation that coordinates,

develops and shares expertise in innovative high performance sport policy

research. In 2004, they developed their first joint project comparing

sport policy effectiveness in 6 nations. The results of this study have

been widely published as a book, "a global sporting arms race". Since

2009, this project has expanded and now included 15 partner countries.

Over the past year Veerle De Bosscher (SPLISS lead researcher) and I have

been discussing and preparing a project to apply the SPLISS model to

disability sport. Recognising that there are many inherent differences in

the development, promotion and policies that surround disability sport,

when compared to able body sport and across nations, we are proposing to

bring stakeholders together to meet, contribute to the direction and

potentially become future partners in this project. Initial discussions

have taken place with the International Paralympic Committee and with many

of you on an individual basis.

To this end, I would like to invite you to participate in a discussion

forum during the SPLISS conference and in a special meeting to discuss the

implications, methodology and work plan for this project. Attached in a

more formal announcement. Please note that if you want to make a formal

presentation during the conference, abstracts are due June 15th. Others

wishing to attend the conference and participate in the discussion forum

and special meeting are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible, so we

can plan meeting rooms etc.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly. If you know of anyone else who

might be interested, please pass this information along!

Best regards,