SVEBI Conference 2018
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An arrangement in cooperation between the University of Dalarna and the University of Gothenburg through the SCoPE research group.


We want to welcome you to the Swedish Behavioural and Social Science Sport Research (SVEBI) annual conference in Falun, Sweden, 21-22 November, 2018. The theme for the conference is "Trends and issues that are changing sport and physical education: social scientific perspectives". The languages used during the conference will be Swedish and English.

We are delighted to announce our two keynote speakers for the SVEBI conference 2018 in Falun: Professor Brett Smith from the University of Birmingham, England, and Professor Sigmund Loland from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway.

(Information på svenska)

Registration for the conference is now open.

Professor Brett Smith

Smiling manProfessor Brett Smith is Head of Research and holds a Chair in Physical Activity and Health at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham. Prior to this appointment, Brett was Professor in Qualitative Health Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Brett is a leading expert on disability, health, and physical activity. His research draws on psychology, sociology, and critical disability studies, and includes projects on the promotion of health and wellbeing amongst disabled people through physical activity; the use of stories, infographics, and animation to translate knowledge about physical activity and promote behavior change; and Paralympic identities, social activism, and retirement from Para-sport. Brett is also internationally recognised as a methodologist in qualitative research. He is passionate about cross disciplinary research, and founded the international journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (QRSEH). QRSEH is today the leading journal in publishing qualitative sport science research and discussing qualitative research methodology.

Professor Sigmund Loland

MenDr. Loland is Professor of Sports Philosophy and Sport and Ethics at the Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS). Dr. Loland has published extensively in the area of sports ethics and philosophy. He has been a visiting scholar at several foreign institutions, including Stanford University in 1993 and the University of Southern California from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Loland has held a number of executive positions and is, among others, former Rector at NIH (2005-13), former board member and president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) (2000-03) and of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) (2006-13). Dr. Loland is a member of WADA's Ethics Committee (2004-), of the Research Committee at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (2013-), and he is a supervising professor at The International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece (2001-). Dr. Loland has received a number of awards for his research and education, including the IAPS Distinguished Scholar Award (2009) and NSSS Student Rose (2013). He is an International Fellow at the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (2004-). In 2017 he held an 'Olympic Chair' (Guest Professorate) at the Universities of Leuven and Ghent, Belgium.


Please note that the schedule for the conference has been adjusted to fit with the timetables for trains arriving to and departing from Stockholm, Arlanda, Örebro and Gothenburg.


Day 1 – 21 November, 2018





Coffee and registration



Official welcome to the conference (Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell, Gunn Nyberg and Dean Barker)

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Information about sports in Falun and the sport facilities at Lugnet from a representative from Falu kommun. (Director of Leisure ActivitiesTomas Jons)

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Keynote: Professor Sigmund Loland, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences. The Challenge of Technology to Sport - Ethical Perspectives. Chair: Erik Backman

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Lunch Scandic Hotel Lugnet 

Afternoon Presentations 1



Theme: Physical Education; Language: English. Chair: Natalie Barker-Ruchti

  • Dean Barker, University of Gothenburg; Håkan Larsson, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences; Gunn Nyberg, Dalarna University: "Learning to move in physical education: Three case studies"

  • Anna Thoren, University of Skövde and Örebro University; Ninitha Maivorsdotter, University of Skövde: "To include the invisible – an interview study of inclusive physical education and pupils with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and their peers"
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Theme: Sport; Language: Swedish. Chair: Matthis Kempe-Bergman

  • Jenny Isberg, Dalarna University; Magnus Carlsson, Dalarna University; Johnny Nilsson, Dalarna University; Tomas Carlsson, Dalarna University: "Effekten av en träningsintervention avseende kvinnliga elitfotbollsspelares bredsidespassningsprecision och deras uppfattning om sin tekniska färdighet"

  • Håkan Larsson, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences; Bengt Larsson, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences: "Praktiklogiker i rörelsekulturer. Ett femtioårigt uppföljningsprojekt"
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Afternoon Presentations 2



Special Session: Training Science; Language: English. Chair: Dean Barker

  • Natalie Barker-Ruchti, University of Gothenburg; Daniel Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology; Tor Söderström, Umeå University: "Training science and its effects on athlete development: Considering past developments, current practices, and future needs"

  • Natalie Barker-Ruchti, University of Gothenburg: "Integrating training and coaching science: Current deficits, perils and opportunities for sport coaching education in Sweden"

  • Daniel Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology: "Historical perspectives of scientization of (youth) elite sport training"

  • Tor Söderström, Umeå University; Esteban Guerrero, Umeå University; Stefan Sandlund, Umeå University; Taru Tervo; Umeå University: "Elite athletes learning through physiological lab test"
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Theme: Physical Education; Language: Swedish. Chair: Karin Redelius

  • Åsa Tugetam,Linnaeus University: "Elevers lärande i friluftsliv – personburen kamera som del av metod"

  • Gunn Nyberg, Dalarna University: "Att utveckla elevers rörelseförmågor- vad kan det innebära?"
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Poster presentations

  • Christer Bengtsson, University of Gothenburg; Dean Barker, University of Gothenburg: "Lärare i Idrott och Hälsas tankar om simundervisning - en intervjustudie"

  • Klara Boije af Gennäs, University of Gothenburg; Solveig Sand Hausken, University of Gothenburg; Natalie Barker-Ruchti, University of Gothenburg; Astrid Schubring, University of Gothenburg; Stefan Grau, University of Gothenburg: "A case study of overuse injuries among adolescent soccer players"

  • Sibongile Malaza-Axunger, University of Gothenburg; Astrid Schubring, University of Gothenburg: "Teaching for inclusion: A qualitative study on physical education and health teachers' experiences of teaching newcomer pupils"


SVEBI's annual meeting



Scheduled physical activities that require registration (cross-country skiing, swimming, innebandy, gym, etc) or meetings

Sport facilities at Lugnet


Network for doctoral students



Dinner and entertainment

Scandic Hotell Lugnet




Day 2 – 22 November, 2018





Keynote: Professor Brett Smith, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham. ”More of the same or time to move forward?: Expanding methodological options in qualitative and mixed methods research”. Chair: Gunn Nyberg

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Morning Presentations 1



Theme: Sport; Language: English. Chair: Natalie Barker-Ruchti

  • Urban Carlén, Högskolan Väst: "Runner's use of digital tools and participation in social media: an interview study about meaning-making in the digitalization of running"

  • Emily C Owen, Swansea University; "Evaluation of Tackle: a school-based education and sport intervention utilising a professional rugby club to target the classroom behaviour and engagement of pupils at-risk of school dropout"

  • Renato Francisco Rodrigues Marques, University of São Paulo, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, University of Gothenburg, Astrid Schubring, University of Gothenburg, Jessica dos Anjos Januário, University of São Paulo, Rafael Pombo Menezes, University of São Paulo, Myrian Nunomura, University of São Paulo, "The familial cultural inheritance of Brazilian men elite futsal players: an influential factor on sport career."
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Theme: Physical Education Teacher Education; Language: Swedish. Chair: Helene Bergentoft

  • Andreas Isgren Karlsson, Dalarna University: "Är friluftsutbildningen för blivande idrottslärare relevant för undervisningen i skolan?"

  • Erik Backman, Dalarna University: "Att röra sig bortom rigida ortodoxier i undervisning och bedömning av rörelsepraktiker inom idrottslärarutbildning – ett studentperspektiv"
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Morning Presentations 2



Special Session: Youth Elite Sport Research; Language: English. Chair: Astrid Schubring

  • Johan Berg, University of Gothenburg; Astrid Schubring, University of Gothenburg: "Coping with weight demands in judo: a qualitative study on young elite athletes' experiences of making weight"

  • Heidi M. Haraldsen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences; Frank E. Abrahamsen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences; Hallgeir Halvari Norwegian School of Sport Sciences: "Successful failures? A test of the Role of Controlled Learning Conditions in the Motivational processes of Perfectionistic Elite Performers from Ballet, Music and Sport in a Moderated Mediation Model."

  • Maarit Nieminen, Research Institute for Olympic Sports, Jyväskylä, Finland; Outi Aarresola, Research Institute for Olympic Sports, Jyväskylä, Finland; Kaisu Mononen, Research Institute for Olympic Sports, Jyväskylä, Finland: "Evaluation of the project developing "Sports middle school model" in Finland"
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Theme: Sport; Language: Swedish. Chair: Urban Carlén

  • Paul Sjöblom, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences: "Idrottens samhällsnytta – en vetenskaplig sammanställning av idrottsrörelsens mervärden för individ och samhälle"

  • Karin Redelius, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences; Matthis Kempe-Bergman, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences: " Selektering av barn i föreningsidrott – hur vanligt är det?"
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Best MA presentation: Runa Westerlund, Umeå University " Att utvecklas från nyutexaminerad till etablerad lärare i idrott och hälsa-framgångsfaktorer och svårigheter". Chair: Erik Backman

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End of conference

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Scandic Hotel Lugnet


Conference OrganiSation Timeline

  1. 23 March – release call for abstracts and webpage
  2. 10 May – deadline for abstracts and opening of registration
  3. 20 June – notification of acceptance of abstracts
  4. 31 August – deadline for early bird registration
  5. 15 October – programme is published
  6. 21 October – deadline for normal registration

Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts

Book of abstracts

Book of abstracts (pdf)



Register via this link.


Note that students have a 500 SEK discount on the prices listed below, and that lunch and coffee are included in the fee for the conference. The conference dinner is not included in the conference fee but can be added in the registration for the conference.

SVEBI Member

Early Bird
(before August 31)

No. of Days




21-22 Nov

2750 SEK



21-22 Nov

3050 SEK



21-22 Nov

3050 SEK



21-22 Nov

3500 SEK


Booking of accommodation based on the alternatives below should be made no later than 40 days before the conference starts, i.e. October 10. Booking one of the alternatives below can be made by email and phone. When making the booking, provide the code ”Högskolan Dalarna Svebi konferens”.

Scandic Hotels

Falu Fängelse Vandrarhem

Nordic Camping Lugnet


For more information and questions, contact Erik Backman at

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