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Workshop on Fairness in Sports

April 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The “Fairness in Sports” workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with an interest in sports research, and fairness issues in particular.

Fairness in sport is not just about assigning the top prizes to the worthiest competitors. It is also about the way the competition itself is organized. How to design rules that do not favor certain competitors? How to design a schedule of play that a priori offers similar chances to each participant? How to reconcile various (often conflicting) requests expressed by the stakeholders? It seems that as financial interests in sports increase, fairness is increasingly under pressure, and research on fairness issues in sports is becoming more and more relevant.

The workshop focusses on scientific methods to achieve greater fairness in sports, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. Topics will include i.a. tournament scheduling and rule design.

The workshop will be a 1-day event, which will take place on April 12th 2018, and is hosted at Ghent University in Belgium.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Jörn Schönberger (Technical University of Dresden)

Prof. Mario Guajardo (NNH Norwegian School of Economics).

Prof. Mehmet Ismail (King’s College London).

The workshop will not have an open call for papers, but if you have interesting work to present related to fairness in sports, you are more than welcome to contact [email protected].


April 12, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Ghent University
Tweekerkenstraat 2
Ghent, Belgium
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