Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (DPESS)

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences focuses on the promotion of active and healthy lifestyle throughout the lifespan. The DPESS specializes in: a) the social-psychological study of substance use, exercise participation, and lifestyle change across the lifespan, and b) the design and application of health promotion and behavior change interventions. The DPESS maintain collaboration with national and regional public policy and education authorities for the prevention of corruption in sports and the promotion of sport and physical activity.

The OSWINDS research group at the Department of Informatics mainly focuses on topics in the areas of big data and social networks analytics, Web mining, content delivery on the Web, and emerging data (primarily on social networks) communities detection and mining. The OSWINDS research group team can commit resources with respect to the analysis of large-scale (Web/social media) data and the testing of data-intensive complex algorithms, if necessary, by exploiting the Scientific Computing Center of AUTH (SCC AUTH). SCC AUTH provides Computing Services to research communities within the AUTH Institute, operating two computing clusters (GR-01-AUTH & HG-03-AUTH) that currently provide a total of ~300 computing cores and ~100TB of raw data storage. Both clusters are linked to the national (HellasGrid) and paneuropean (EGI) Grid Infrastructures giving the ability to the local researchers to access and consume computing and storage resources from the national Grid and Cloud Infrastructure.

Partner Institutions


School of Law Queen’s University Belfast: The School of Law has over 700 enrolled undergraduate students, 250 postgraduates, 65 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff. It is ranked in the top 15 law schools in the UK for teaching and research excellence. Amongst its staff are leading, internationally excellent scholars in a number of fields of law and including sports law e.g., Professor Jack Anderson.


The University of Limerick has an established reputation for being Ireland’s leading university in industry-led research. This has resulted in significant research commercialisation activities and collaboration between our leading researchers and industry. All of our key research indicators are showing strong growth, with increases in research applications, research income, postgraduate numbers and commercialisation activities complementing the strong gains in research outputs. The University of Limerick places a premium on the independent pursuit of knowledge through critical inquiry and the advancement of new ideas. We expect our academic staff to engage in high-quality research and knowledge transfer activities. Accordingly, we value and support the research efforts of all members of the campus community. At the same time, we recognise that research areas need to be prioritised so that an effective research infrastructure, supported by appropriate human and physical resources, can be developed. In line with our ambition to strengthen our connections with external stakeholders and partners, our research ethos creates a focus on convergent translational research. In this context, convergence refers to the synergistic combination of different disciplines through which fertile new fields of knowledge emerge. Translational research transcends the traditional dichotomy between basic and applied research by accelerating the application of basic research outputs to benefit the economy and society.


The Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports was founded on the initiative of the Austrian Sports Ministry, the Austrian Football Association and the Austrian Football League. The new organisation, which uses the brand name “PFC Play Fair Code” in its day-to-day functions, has former international footballer Günter Kaltenbrunner as its President. A series of other major sports stakeholders have joined the PFC Play Fair Code since it was founded. These include the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski Federation, the Bookmakers’ Federation, the Austrian Lotteries, the Austrian Ice Hockey League and a range of Austrian betting providers. In addition to this, there is ongoing close cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry’s Integrity in Sports Unit.

The operating strategy of the PFC Play Fair Code, which was laid down as soon as the organisation was founded and remains clearly defined, lies in prevention, monitoring and its provision of an Ombudsman facility.


IRIS was founded in 1991 as the result of a private initiative. It has gradually succeeded in becoming a reference among the European think tanks specialised in strategic and international issues related to foreign policy as well as to security and defence. Recognised as promoting the public interest, IRIS, through its team of 64 experts and its European and international networks embodies a reliable and credible interlocutor for public institutions – French and foreign ministries, European institutions, international organizations –  and private ones as well.

 On one side, the research units of IRIS carries out studies, produces analysis notes and provides consulting for public and private bodies. It covers both regional areas and wide-ranging issues. For instance, IRIS has developed, over the last 10 years, a specific expertise on sports. Indeed, through its Geostrategic Observatory on Sports, it aims at analysing the  impact of sports in international relations, with a particular focus on sports diplomacies and sports governance. With regards to the protection of sports integrity, IRIS became a leading European authority, through the publication of a White Book on “sports betting and corruption” in 2012, which was the result of a one-year research program on the issue. IRIS also published in 2013 the study “Money-Laundering: The Latest Threat to Sports Betting?”. In the meantime, IRIS also coordinated the EU-funded project “What national networks in the EU to fight against match-fixing?”, which was carried out in 2013-2014 and aimed at raising-awareness and fostering national cooperation in the fight against sports corruption


The Cyprus Sports Organization being the Supreme Sport Authority in the Republic of Cyprus is responsible for the development of the out-of-school sports, as well as the Sports For All project, pursuant to the 69-96 Law on the Cyprus Sports Organization. The functioning structure of the CSO has the following Sectors: a) Sports Sector (Competitive and Mass sports), b) Sporting Grounds Sector & Technical Services, c) Human Resources Sector, d) Financial Management Sector, e) Cyprus Sports Medicine & Research Centre. In addition, the Cyprus Sports Organization has established and run two scientific committees: a) the Cyprus Centre for Research in Sports and b) the Higher Council of Health in Sport. Both committees are involved in the promotion of health-related issues on sport and physical activity. The Cyprus Sports Organization has participated in several projects aiming to enhance physical activity in adolescents and young adults and tackle corruption in sport settings.


Sports Transparency and integrity protection of Greek Athletism (KEA) is a civil non for profit organization with the purpose to combat the manipulation of sports competitions in order to protect the integrity of greek sport and sports ethics in accordance with the principle of the autonomy of greek sport organizations. The mission of KEA includes:
a)addressing manipulation [match fixing] of sports competitions as a national sports integrity unit – platform, b)serve as an information hub, collecting and disseminating information that is relevant to the proactive fight against manipulation of sports competitions to the relevant greek organisations and greek authorities, c)co-ordinate the preventing fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, d)receive, centralise and analyse information on irregular and suspicious bets placed on sports competitions taking place on the territory of Greece and, where appropriate, issue alerts, e)transmit information on possible infringements of greek relevant laws or sports regulations to public authorities or to sports organisations and/or sports betting operators & sports lotteries, f)co-operate with all organisations and relevant authorities at national and international levels, including national platforms of other european States, g)to prevent, detect and sanction national or transnational manipulation of national and international sports competitions, h)to promote national and international co-operation against manipulation of sports competitions between the public authorities concerned, as well as with organisations involved in sports and in sports betting.
KEA works towards primary prevention and coordination of education and awareness-raising efforts in Greece.


The ICSS is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to contribute to safe, secure and clean sport. It currently employs 60 people in its offices located in Doha, Washington D.C., London, Paris and Geneva. It is constructed upon two pillars: Sport Security and Safety; and Sport Integrity. The work done around the safety and security area concentrates on providing expertise to event organisers, governments and bidding nations, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs on both the construction safety and the security during the events.

The Sport Integrity Directorate was created because of the important concerns about match-manipulation becoming the next major threat to sports after doping, but has extended its mandate to observe and work on solutions for many other issues linked to sport integrity, such as transparency, good governance, procurement. All of these issues have to be tackled together as they are all part of the same problem and are interdependent. The need to share knowledge, best practice, and experience has never been greater and the ICSS wishes to provide a platform allowing for all stakeholders to collaborate when it comes to the areas of research, policy and education, by doing so improving international cooperation to offer a global response to a global problem. To reach its objective, the ICSS concentrates on four specific areas: security & risk advisory, training, research & knowledge gathering and sport integrity. As a non-profit organisation, the ICSS has no private or governmental interests and all profit gets re-invested into the core activities.


The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), formerly known as the International Council for Coach Education, is a not-for-profit global cooperative organisation founded in 1997 with the mission of leading and developing sport coaching globally. The target audiences for the ICCE are National Representative Bodies responsible for coach development; International Federations; institutions that deliver coach education or represent coaches; individuals who design and deliver coach education; coaches; and the international sport community at large. The ICCE aims to:
1.Promote sport coaching as a blended professional area.
2.Foster international relationships, social and cultural, with those who are engaged in coaching education.
3.Champion sport and sport-values.
4.Develop and utilize research in the field of training and competition.
5.Exchange knowledge in the field of coaching.
6.Disseminate information about curricula, qualifying standards, and any other relevant topics amongst members.
7.Co-ordinate coach education courses and resources across member countries.
8.Promote a moral code in coaching.
9.Improve relationships among Coach – Management – Athlete.
10.Create professional publications in the field of coaching education and development
11.Encourage and assist countries, in the field of coach education and development
The ICCE is uniquely qualified to address its mission because its members comprise the world’s leaders in coaching development. Its members are spread across all continents and generally all countries strong in sport have their representation in the organisation.