EAS 2019 – Back and To Their Future, 18-20 September

On behalf of Dalarna University and the City of Falun, we would like to welcome you to the 16th Annual Conference of EAS entitled ‘Back and To Their Future’.

This year’s conference returns to Falun, the hometown of Bengt Nybelius, one of the founders of EAS. It also focuses on creating and developing ideas for EAS activities with the future of our student athletes at the heart of them.

Building on the success of previous meetings, EAS 2019 will feature a variety of sessions, round-table discussions and networking opportunities. These will allow us to share information on how, in this fast-changing global climate, our members and stakeholders work with student athletes; on university and school sports systems; on government and policy; and with the student athletes themselves. The aim is to provide a platform in a stimulating social setting for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on current issues, and practical challenges and solutions.    

The conference will take place in the heart of Sweden, in the region of Dalarna, in the cultural, historic and sporting city of Falun. A renowned World Heritage Site, Falun offers the quintessential Swedish experience, with red wooden houses, beautiful lakes and forests, outdoor sports on your doorstep, and local edible Swedish delicacies. You will be treated to several social events around the city, including a visit to the Lugnet Ski Museum atop the ski jump towers with panoramic views of Falun and Lake Runn. Don’t forget your walking shoes, as it will be our honour to share with you the natural surroundings of Falun. 

We look forward to seeing you in Falun!


Please note the change to the schedule.

18/09, Wednesday (Swedish day)


Opening of the Conference; Presentation about history of the EAS, Risto Keskitalo


Dual Career at Dalarna University since 1985


Psychology of Dual Career, Natalia Stambulova


The ecology of Dual Career, Lukas Linnér




Swedish National Guidelines, Kent Lindahl


E-learning, Dalarna University / Student workshop


Student workshop / Discussion on outcomes of Day 1


Walk to the jumping hills (10-15 minutes walk)


Visiting Ski World Championship museum at the ski jumping tower. Light dinner.

19/09, Thursday (EU day)


Outcome of the students’ workshop


Being an elite sports student and the outcome of dual career studies, Andreas Küttel


Dual career knowledge hub of EU projects

There are two parallel sessions of presentations.


Session 1

09.40  Media as a channel of athletes’ dual careers promotion and education

10.05  Sports and academic results of students-athletes from the Faculty of Sport of the UCAM (Spain) in the academic season 2017/2018.

10.30  Athletic Migration: Dual Career and Qualification in Sports: The AMiD Project

10.55  The construction of an educational model for dual career parenting: The EMPATIA project.

11.15  Break

11.30  Perception of athletes on the effectiveness of a dual career support program in private university in Spain as a differenting model 

11.55  More Than Gold: Guidelines for Higher Education Institutes support of Dual Career Athletes

12.20  UNISPORT-ITALY and the Dual Career Challenge in Italy

12.45  First steps of Palermo University towards the dual career of student - athlete

Session 2

09.40  Intercultural Education through Physical Activity, Coaching and Training (EDU-PACT): state of art.

10.05  Skills4Life: Developing skills methodology as cross-sectoral approach for sports and society

10.30  Portuguese version of the Student Athletes' Motivation Toward Sports and Academics Questionnaire in university student-athletes: cultural adaptation and validation

10.55  Educational Opportunity for Italian Football Players

11.15  Break

11.30  Dual career and motivation of student athletes: A Self Determination Theory perspective

11.55  Analysis of the Croatian coaches’ awareness in dual career

12.20  Perceptions of dual career challenges of adolescent volleyball players

12.45  STARTING 11: The European Dual Career Toolkit


Lunch with a walk


Agata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer, Sport Unit, European Commission


Workshop on DC project ideas and Swedish fika

1 E-learning     2 Life Management     3 Parasports         


Discussion on outcomes of the DC project workshop and Day 2


Evening program, appetizer at Scandic Hotel


Magasinet Social Evening

20/09, Friday (Swedish/EU day)


The balance between training and studying, Michail Tonkonogi


ENOSS. 1st European Sport School Conference.  Secondary school presentation, Falun


Winner of Bengt Nybelius scholarship




Presentation of the next year's conference host


EAS General Assembly and Closing of the Conference

The program is preliminary.

Program content

The conference will commence with a presentation by the second founder of EAS, Risto Keskitalo, on the history and ideas behind EAS. The rest of the day’s presentations will focus on Dalarna University and Sweden.

We would like to invite students from the universities of the members of the EAS network to take part. They will attend a workshop on this first day, when they will discuss their experiences with and thoughts on Dual Career. The outcome of this workshop will be presented on Thursday.

Dalarna University specialises in online learning (e-learning), and EAS members have expressed interest in learning about its experiences and development. We have therefore invited the University’s Next Generation Learning Centre (NGLC) to give a presentation on the current and potential use of online learning platforms.

On Thursday, our focus is the EU and Europa, with a presentation by Agata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer in the Sport Unit of the European Commission. The day’s sessions will look at EU strategies regarding sports, followed by the outcomes of Dual Career projects and workshops to develop ideas for projects and cooperation between members.

The final day, Friday, will include presentations on balancing studies and training, and on perspectives on Dual Career in secondary schools. The recipient of the Bengt Nybelius scholarship will also give a presentation.

The conference will close with the EAS General Assembly.


Wednesday: We will meet and take the “bergbanan” (funicular railway) to the ski-jump tower and visit the Nordic Ski World Championship Museum. There will then be a light Swedish-themed dinner.

Thursday: We will meet at Scandic Lugnet Hotel for appetisers (at your own cost). At 19.00, we will walk to the evening’s venue, “Magasinet”, for a light dinner and social evening, which will include the award of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship.

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to submit your abstract to the EAS Conference.

  • Each presenting author may submit a maximum of one abstract in the capacity of main author.
  • The maximum length of the abstract must be 300 words (1 page): figures and tables are not accepted.
  • The abstract needs to be written in English using Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing.
  • The title should be concise and describe the work to be reported. Do not use subtitles.
  • The author submitting the abstract should appear as the first named author and will be expected to present the work if it is accepted.
  • The abstract should explain the objectives of the study/project/practice, the methods and the results obtained, and the conclusions reached.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the mode of paper presentation (as poster or oral) and to choose a suitable session for the abstract.
  • A blind review system will be used to evaluate the abstracts. Notice of acceptance will be e-mailed to the submitting authors.
  • Submitting authors must register as conference participants and must pay the registration fee.
  • Abstracts that have not been prepared according to these instructions will not be considered.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is August 1, 2019 (midnight CET): submit by e-mail to mny@du.se.


Last day for registration is September 1, please register here.

Travel and Accommodation


Falun is located 250 km from Stockholm and 220 km from Arlanda Airport, Sweden’s main international airport, just outside Stockholm. The easiest travel option is the direct train to Falun from either Arlanda Airport or Stockholm Central Station. There is also a rail link from Copenhagen.

Trains depart directly from Arlanda Airport from an underground platform in the airport terminal Sky City. Buy your ticket in advance to avoid high prices. At a slightly higher cost, you can choose to buy a refundable/transferable train ticket just in case your flight is delayed. Give yourself at least an hour between your flight’s scheduled landing and the train departure. Also, check what time the final Falun train departs from Arlanda Airport to avoid having to overnight there or in Stockholm.

Bromma and Skavsta Airports are also options; however, it is less simple and takes longer to connect to the train from these. Stockholm itself is easy to access from Arlanda Airport should you wish to do some city sightseeing: the Arlanda Express train takes 20 minutes into Stockholm; an airport bus takes 50 minutes.

Alternatively, you can rent a car and take either the scenic route via Sala and Avesta or the main highway via Uppsala and Gävle: both take about 2.5 to 3 hours.

Once in Falun, you will probably not need a car as the university is within a 15-minute walk from the town centre, and there are good bus connections/taxis should you require transport.


We recommend you stay at Scandic Lugnet Hotel, Falu Prison Hostel or Nordic Camping Lugnet. See below for links/codes when making your reservations.

Scandic Lugnet Falun

A number of rooms have been pre-booked at Scandic Lugnet at a reduced price. Book your room yourself by email falun@scandichotels.com or by phone +46 23 669 22 10.
Be sure to provide the booking code Högskolan Dalarna EAS to receive the reduced price.

Scandic Lugnet Falun is located next to the Falun Campus and about a 20-minute walk from Falun’s train station.
Visiting address:Svärdsjögatan 51, Falun

Price: approx. 85 Euros/night (890 Swedish Kronor) for a single room
VAT included, breakfast, free Wifi
More information - Scandic Lugnet

Falu Prison Hostel

We have also pre-booked rooms here at a cost of -
Price: approx. 37 Euros/night (380 Swedish Kronor) for a single room
Price: approx. 27 Euros/night (280 Swedish Kronor) for a double room per person
VAT included
You can add bed linen, towels and cleaning at a cost of approx. 18 euro (180 Swedish Kronor)

Be sure to provide the booking code EAS2019

Pre-booked breakfast approx. 7 euro (75 swedish kronor)
Email: info@falufangelse.se Phone: 023-795575
Visiting address: Villavägen 17, 791 37 Falun, 

This is unique accommodation in an old prison. Youth hostel, conference centre and meeting rooms.  ​It has a central location in Falun: a 7-minute walk to the centre and 15 minutes to Lugnet’s Sport and Recreation Complex, Dalarna University Falun Campus. Open all year round.
More information - Falu Prison Hostel

Below you can find a few more places to stay when you are in Falun.

Gruvortens Bed & Breakfast

Website: www.gruvortens.se

Email: info@gruvortens.se Phone number: 072-2020949

Visiting address: Krongårdsvägen 15, 791 61 Falun

In the historic area surrounding the Falun copper mine, right on the edge of “Stora Stöten” (“The Big Pit”), lays a beautiful house dating from the 18th century. The house has been renovated to offer a unique Bed & Breakfast in the centre of the world heritage. Here you can enjoy silence, a good night’s sleep, look for eagle owls and start the day with a delicious breakfast.

Nordic Camping Lugnet Cottages

Website: www.lugnetscamping.se

Email: lugnet@nordiccamping.se Phone: 023-65400

Visiting address: Lugnetvägen 14, 791 83 Falun

Nordic Camping Lugnet (cottage area) is situated in a quiet and natural spot within the Lugnet area. Our cottages consist of ten modern self-household cottages with 2 apartments in each one (two adapted for disability) and 10 basic cottages.


Other information

Google maps with hotel locations

Further information about visiting Falun can be found here: www.visitdalarna.se/en/falun

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Emergency number

The common European emergency number is 112.

Dalarna University welcomes you through ERASMUS

If your university has an ERASMUS charter, then you can apply for an ERASMUS exchange to attend the conference. Please contact your international office and ask them to complete a mobility agreement document with Dalarna University.

Send the completed form to Dalarna University, specifically Susanne Corrigox, International Office, sco@du.se, with a cc to Marit Stub Nybelius mny@du.se.

EAS 2019 - We want to hear the athletes as students’ voices

We would like to involve our athletes as students in the upcoming conference and would therefore like to request you, our network colleagues, to invite one or two athletes from your university, college or secondary school to take part in the conference.

The students will attend the conference, and there will be activities especially scheduled for them. Our vision is that we shall meet in different workshops to discuss strategies for the future. In the immediate university campus area, there are great training facilities and opportunities for about 80 sports.

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