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Circle U.lympics

Are you interested in exploring the Olympic Games? And would you like to go on a 5-day trip to Paris and learn more about the Olympic Games 2024 together with students from all over Europe?

If so, the Circle U.lympics is just the thing for you.

The Circle U.lympics is a programme that delves into the theme of the Olympic Games and explores it from a host of different academic angles.

One programme, two phases

The programme is divided into two phases; 1) a series of online webinars and 2) a physical conference in Paris, the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games.

Phase 1: Online lectures

The first phase includes four online lectures from January to April 2024. Here, athletes, researchers and doctoral students from Circle U.’s 9 partner universities will discuss the themes of sports science and Olympism, with the aim to enhance the Olympic culture of the students and all those taking part in these events.

In the online webinars, students and researchers get to share their exchange research topics and expertise. The webinars cover a broad range of interesting and relevant topics: e.g. exploring the Olympic Games and their similarities with religion; considering issues around sustainability, gender, and governance; discussing whether Russian and Belarusian athletes should be excluded from the competition; or understanding the impact of nutrition on physical performance.

Phase 2: Physical get-together in Paris

In the second phase, a 5-day trip to Paris will take place from April 22 to 26, 2024 at Université Paris Cité’s Sports Science Department (STAPS). The programme will include workshops/conferences/debates, visits and sporting challenges for students, as well as film screenings. The event will bring together both students from across the Circle U. alliance and Université Paris Cité.

The Circle U.lympics project is supported by the Circle U. European university alliance and organised by Université Paris Cité’s Sports Science Department (STAPS), King’s College London and the University of Aarhus.

Who can attend

The primary target group is students from all Circle U. partner universities, and secondly academic staff from all Circle U. partners interested in sharing their work in the online lectures part. The online lectures are open to all interested students and staff in Circle U.

Programme for the online lecture series

All lectures take place on Zoom from 18.00 - 20.00 (CET). You will receive the meeting links after you register.

31 January: Historical and ethical perspectives on the Olympic Games

Professor Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Aarhus University: The Olympic games and its similarities with religion - from a historical and contemporary perspective

Professor Bernard Andriu, Ethic Agency of Olympiens, Université Paris Cité : a new moral sport

15 February: Participation and performance perspectives

Professor Verner Møller, Aarhus University: Should Russian and Belarusian athletes be excluded from the Paris Olympics?

Circle U.lympics Team: presentation of the provisional programme for the week in Paris and how to apply

Zoom link for the 15 February

13 March: What does it take to compete in the Olympic Games?

Professor Louise Deldicque, UC Louvain: The importance of nutrition to win medals

Professor Milena Vukmirovic, University of Belgrade: Olympic Synergy: Paris 2024 and the Intersection of Active Living, Public Spaces, and Sustainability

10 April: Performance, pressure and politics

Professor Peter Gröbel, Unviersity of Vienna: How important is sport psychology for an Olympic athlete?

Professor Géraldine Zeimers, UC Louvain: Sustainability, Gender or Governance

Former or current  students taking part in the Olympics will share their experience (speaker panel to be confirmed)

Physical conference in Paris 22 - 26 April

Practical information and precise programme for the physical part in Paris on 22 - 26 April will be available soon.

Attending students can look forward to a varied programme with sports events, cultural visits and lots of networking among the participants from the 9 Circle U. partner universities.

Students may be eligible for a mobility grant to cover travel costs to Paris. More information and contacts at each partner university will be provided.

How to apply and application deadline

Physical part in Paris

Please apply no later than 26 February at 10 CET (9 GMT/UK time), if you want to join the online talks and the physical event in Paris. Please note, that only students enrolled at a Circle U partner university and who signed up for the online talks are eligible to apply.

We will aim for an even distribution of participants across the partner universities, and selection of applications will also be based on the following general criteria:

  • Attendance in the online talks
  • Knowledge of English
  • Personal statement (template will be provided when you sign up)
  • Students who have not previously received funding for CU events

Online lectures

Participants who are only interested in the online lectures can sign up any time. All lectures will be given in English 

SIGN UP for the online talks HERE

Contact information

Zumreta Trocellier, Université Paris Cité: zumreta.trocellier@u-paris.fr

Hannah Marshall, King's College London: hannah.marshall@kcl.ac.uk

Lotte skovborg, Aarhus University: skovborg@au.dk