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The Symposium Spirit

The Greek symposium, dated back on 416 B.C., was a key social institution in ancient Hellenic culture and provided a platform for debate and celebration with others. This is also what we are striving for! Since 2006 it has become a tradition that Olympic scholars from all over the world come together for a symposium during the Olympic Games as well as other Olympic events to exchange thoughts, present their Olympic research and have a great time together. The next occasion will be Thursday, August 8th, 2024.

The Olympic Games are the most prestigious sport event in the world and provide extraordinary opportunities in regard to sports, social and cultural life as well as for the environment of the host city, region and country. The host must undertake tremendous efforts to not only fulfil the requirements for staging the Games, but also to maximize the economic, social, environmental, political, and structural benefits which come along with the event.

This demand will lead to a tremendous effort and in an ever-quicker change of the world solutions are needed to address the upcoming challenges by technology, climate change, growth of population. Hosting Olympic Games in France, an extremely developed country induces chances to think about solutions and looking into the future. Paris 2024 set the concept of the Games as: "Let's open the Games to all energies. It is also a dream, a dream shared by everyone who is building these Games. A Games, to reinforce the place of sport in our lives; to support the transformation of the territories, particularly in Seine-Saint-Denis. Ground-breaking Games, which imagine the world of tomorrow, testing, inventing, creating, and shaping solutions that will genuinely serve society. And which place youth at the heart of their action.”


The presenting time for each speaker is 10 minutes. After the presentation there will be 5 minutes to ask questions or discuss the topic.